Thursday, December 31, 2015


A Few Weeks Have Passed.  I've been a little more up to date on the Instagram page. 
There has been some painting but more so lots of planning for future projects.
It is feast or famine when it comes to ideas. So now to take them from the drawing board and into reality.
In the meantime... here is a little painting I'm pleased to say won
 People's Choice in the 2015 Artspace 506 Small Works show.

Winter by Rachel Jones
oil on panel

Friday, November 13, 2015

All "The Girls" happily together.
Coexist Y'all

Have a happy weekend!

Seacoast Artists Gallery Display by Rachel Jones

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

As I am  learning this brilliant thing called painting, I experiment with different techniques and style constantly. I've learned so many over the years. I'm even applying what would be considered exclusive watercolor techniques to my oil painting. It all ends up in the soup. Some I am more comfortable with...some more pleased with the final result. It all goes towards developing a signature style. I'm told by many they recognize my paintings from a mile away. So I'm well on my way. But I realize there is still much work to do, much practice, much trial and error and much change. It is all part of the game. Here is the latest oil I finished in an unfinished way. I'm very comfortable with the 'unfinished' style.
oil on panel/ by Rachel Jones

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I mentioned over a week ago that the Fall Art show for the Seacoast Art Guild was about to happen. Well, living in South Carolina, we had a little flood action that brought us to a standstill and cancelled the show. Of course with all the devastation, an art show was the least of our worries. However, we rallied together and had the show a week later.
 I always find the shows exciting because some amazing cutting edge stuff comes out of the woodwork as if they have been hibernating most of the year. This year was no exception. I often use it as an opportunity to do a little experimenting myself, stretching out of my comfort zone. I did a painting of my husband. As mainly a painter of women, I struggled trying not to make him as feminine as my ladies. To leave him with his manly edge. I can not say I mastered it, but I finally got to a place (after much scrubbing) where I thought it was acceptable. It got a Third Place ribbon, so for an early attempt, I'm not complaining.
Unfinished Man/Oil on Panel/by Rachel Jones


Friday, October 2, 2015

This weekend is the Fall Art show for Seacoast Artist's Guild here in Myrtle Beach, SC. It will be one of the few events not canceled due to the wind and rain we're experiencing during the beginning of hurricane season. I've been fortunate enough to finish two pieces that I felt OK about entering. Why is it we rarely feel a piece is actually done? But at the risk of overworking them I'd rather have an almost finished painting than overdone. This is a smallish one. It is oil on wood and about 8" X 10". I also finally did a painting of my husband which I'll post later. I am looking forward to seeing all the other work produced by the various artists. It is always a blast. Photos to follow.

the quickening by Rachel Jones Oil on Wood

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In the Works
My first little painting in the works using my re-purposed palette.
Hands are beautiful...yet tricky.

oil on wood/by rachel jones

Monday, September 14, 2015

I've been working on telling a story using more than one figure or face. 
I am fascinated by "the happenings" of the past. Where just 'being' and 
'reacting' in itself took center stage. It allows a person to slow 
down, observe, think, process, and respond. It was slow art.

This is my little homage to that almost bygone era.

The Happening by Rachel Jones Oil on Canvas 12" X 24"

The Happening detail by Rachel Jones

The Happening detail by Rachel Jones

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

various watercolors by Rachel Jones
Hello, All.
I've had several request for prints. I understand prints are often far more affordable than an original piece. However, I am still in love with offering one of kind pieces to buyers. I want each collector to have something no one else has. I battled for a bit on how to deal with this. First of all, THANK YOU for admiring my work. Secondly, I'm adding a few Buy It Now  studies and older experiments each day at the top of the Available Works Page or in a Blog Post. They may not be perfect, but therein lies the beauty. Many find these interesting to have as collectors as they own a little piece of the "progression" of the artist. I find these intriguing to look back on and often revisit a style when it aesthetically fits a new project. Finally, I will soon add new smaller versions of larger works and completely new works. These most likely will be acrylic, watercolor, or even oil on paper. I hope to begin adding these as early as next week.  The paintings will appear for a time on their own posting on this blog. I will also add a prompt on Facebook.  On average the price range will be between $30-$60 (US) so that even the youngest collectors are able to purchase an original with their allowance (with maybe a little help from parents). 
If there is a particular larger piece you've had your eye on in the gallery and  would like to commission a more affordable version, please feel free to message me privately and I will see what I can do. I want to offer  quality pieces in this budget friendly range, so please allow time as I get the ball rolling.
I hope this endeavor not only satisfies the request received so far but also  allows even more to have something they can cherish and enjoy.
Thanks again to all for your support thus far.
Rachel Jones

Friday, July 17, 2015

A few progression shots of another one of the masked ladies...
Enjoy! And as always... Thanks for your interest and support.
Excuse the glare on the final. It was still wet.

by Rachel Jones/ oil on canvas

by Rachel Jones/ oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This is a Redo from a while back. It hung around for a bit
and only recently did I have an inspirational moment. I used 
a knife on it but it doesn't show up too well in 
this photo. I think i need to knock some of the peaks back.

You're able to see the original/before on my Instagram site.

by Rachel Jones/ oil on canvas

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I've been teaching a workshop on basic oil value painting. As we know, one can use all the beautiful colors on offer, but if the values are off, the painting isn't successful. It is nice to refresh myself as I pass this process on to others. Next, we will move onto introducing color by overlaying our finished value painting with nice rich glazes.

by Rachel Jones/ sketch preparing for value study

by Rachel Jones/ Day One of and 2 of understanding values

by Rachel Jones/ Waiting for this value painting to dry before Glazing can begin

Monday, June 15, 2015

by Rachel Jones/ oil on canvas

I think I finally got to where I wanted with this one.
It has photographed a little awkwardly but I think you'll get the idea.
 Learning and Loving the process of painting with this one too.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello, Everyone. I finally got up to date.
 (at least until it all changes again)

Come join me on Instagram.

Thank you, All.
R. Jones

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rearranged display now in Seacoast Artists Gallery, Market Commons, Myrtle Beach, SC.

by Rachel Jones

Friday, May 1, 2015

Discovering Duplicity/ oil on wood/ by Rachel Jones

  I have continued to work on my current series Secrets and Searching. It has been interesting exploring how one may act, feel, or be perceived differently when masked or partially obscured. Even without props, there are times we wish or even need to be seen a certain way depending on the circumstances. There is far too much to say about it and all the little nuances that accompany it so I'll just leave you with one of my latest finished paintings. 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Just a little something new I've finished... well almost.
No matter how much I think I've done, these "story" paintings
often feel a little unfinished. That is part of the attraction they hold for me. 
But then I think..."just a little more" which 
ends up in overdoing it. So I think I shall leave it here
until I form a more solid plan.

oil on canvas by Rachel Jones

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Somehow, I completely forgot to post this exciting news.
Size doesn't matter.

oil on wood block  

by Rachel Barns

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Triple Threat Challenge

I decided to give myself a little challenge and work on something a with more details. I fell in love with some mask that I found and thought that may be good place to begin.
There was also the challenge of the mask being white. And as we know, white is never really white.
So this was a double challenge. Actually, it was a triple challenge. As you can see from the top photo, there is a bare place where hair should be above the ear. The model has lovely dreadlocks. I was contemplating how to approach them so they were still beautiful, but did not compete with the mask. I never figured that out, so she is without dreads. I suppose two challenges in one painting was enough to tackle this week. There is always next week...and another painting.

oil on wood
by Rachel Jones

oil on wood
 by Rachel Jones

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The girls are framed and available. Contact me if interested.

Primary Girls
oil on 4 X 4 blocks
by Rachel Jones

Monday, February 23, 2015

Having fun working on some little wooden blocks. Here is a little play by play. The first idea was to do watercolor, but it felt more like it should be oil as it progressed.

oil by Rachel Jones

oil by Rachel Jones

oil by Rachel Jones

oil by Rachel Jones

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My ideas are finally coming together little by little. 

I now have more blocks in the works...

by Rachel Jones
It seems that working smaller is fueling me and so much less daunting. Having a creatove block is dreadful as fellow painters, writer, creators, are aware.  I had a lovely session with a local model and one more session to go.  I will then have plenty of material. Now on to making that first big stroke with brush and thick buttery oils onto canvas. oooh...ahhh...

I also am making recessed frames for smaller blocks with found wood, rulers, wood glue, and stain...
by Rachel Jones

by Rachel Jones
They may not be pretty, but I rarely do pretty. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

by Rachel Jones
4X4 oil on wood

by Rachel Jones
4X4 oil on wood

by Rachel Jones
4X4 oil on wood

Friday, January 30, 2015

Though it may appear so, I've Not been idle.
 I've been artfully simmering.
I had a really great idea that I wanted to carry out. The more I thought about the great idea it became a gargantuan idea... Or at least in my mind. It was becoming so grand that I had to take a little time to slice it up and work on little pieces at a time instead of treating it as a whole and becoming overwhelmed. So now I have a very hopeful model (massive part of the plan). I have most of the props. I have a story, though I want it all to evolve as it may once all the players are in the same room. I think I have a space. And what is left is lighting. I'm heading back to my chiaroscuro stage and lighting is key. 
I'll be back in a bit after a bit more planning and a massive amount of painting.
I'm a little excited.

Friday, January 9, 2015

After a bit of a hiatus, I've picked up the brush again. 
I have been working on lots of little watercolor sketches in order to continue to practice the techniques learned from the workshop discussed in previous blogs. However, my oils were calling out to me. I did a little blocking in today. My theme is "WAITING". More to follow soon.
I apologize to those who have asked about the AVAILABLE for purchase page. I am updating as quickly as possible and trying to make the page a little bit easier to navigate. Thank you for your understanding. Feel free to continue to ask about anything seen in the blogs.
oil in progress
by Rachel Jones

Have a great weekend, all.