Friday, September 19, 2014

So sweet tomato still life painting by Polly Jones

So Sweet Tomatoes by Polly Jones
These taste really good and were fun to paint with their greenish orange cast, a little different from the grape ones I've been buying.  How I wish I could grow tomatoes in my yard.  Apparently it doesn't cool off enough at night to set the bloom in our climate.

6" square acrylic on canvas.  In my Etsy store here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rainy in Italy original mixed media landscape painting by Polly Jones

Rainy in Italy by Polly Jones
It was a little bit rainy here in Texas too.

In my Etsy store here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This years early pumpkin painting, mixed media still life by Polly Jones

Early Pumpkin by Polly Jones
It felt like fall a couple of days ago!  You know what that means:)

In my Etsy store here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Working from photographs



Near and Far original mixed media landscape by Polly Jones
Near and Far by Polly Jones
I finally did a large, 18" by 24" version of a landscape from one of the photographs I took in Italy this past summer. My mom was an artist and participated in workshops and shows when I was growing up.  She was co-president at the beginning of the Plains Art Association in my home town of Plainview, Texas.   I've been thinking back on how as a kid, learning from this environment, there was a big stigma about using a photograph to paint from. Real artists only painted from life. I've changed my mind about that over the years, believing it's what you do with the photograph that matters. It's important to keep in mind that the camera sees things different than my eye. Photography brings up the question of why paint realistically when you can just take a photograph?  What do you think?

In my Etsy store here.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Mown Fields original mixed media landscape painting by Polly Jones

Mown Fields by Polly Jones
All that talk yesterday about doing larger landscapes and here I am with an 8"square again.  In my defense, I did it in between preparing the surfaces of bigger panels to paint on:)

In my Etsy store here.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Blog hop around the world



Warning, this post is a little different for me, a lot more words than normal! I was tagged by Kathleen of Four Miles North of Nowhere to participate in a blog hop. I got to know Kathleen through blogging and art collecting. A couple of years back I had the pleasure of meeting her in person over a painting commission.  As part of the hop, I'm supposed to answer some questions about creativity.

Kathleen and me.


Here goes with the questions:

Why do I create what I do?

Creativity was something I grew up with.  My grandmothers were very different but they both were "makers."  Granny Compton sewed dresses without needing patterns. Once we were visiting them and it was discovered I had no dress to wear to their little country church, she whipped one up for me that very Sunday morning. Nanny Goodpasture made hats, sewed, and partook of every craft hobby that was available. Remember resin grape clusters and liquid embroidery? My mother was an artist who when young wanted to be a dress designer.  She painted and did pen and ink when her health permitted. She was a great cook and decorator.  My dad was one of the most creative people I have ever known. He wasn't a visual artist, though he was a good photographer. It was his approach to everyday living that was unique. One small example-he hung a radio in the peach tree to keep the grackles from devouring his crop.  He made a huge telescope from scratch. He also wrote poems and songs for his own enjoyment.

Some of my clearest memories are of drawing.  I remember in second grade my teacher had a linear picture of a daffodil for us to copy.  It was the first time I saw how to depict an object in space instead of symbolically.  This made a huge impact on me.  I never stopped enjoying the magical aspect of making something on paper that looks 3-dimensional. 

I love using still life as subject matter because it is full of possibilities.  It's a structure with which to hang all the other important parts of a painting...color, line, shape, texture, and value. I also have stayed with doing still life (over thirty years now) in a kind of stubborn resistance to the idea that it's not very important in the art world...that it's female territory.  I beg to differ, believing that these small everyday parts of life are full of opportunities to engage big ideas such as gratitude and mindfulness.

How does my creative process work?

Terra Incognito show, Polly Jones.
Different ways. Sometimes I get my ideas as a picture that comes to mind when I'm trying to go to sleep at night or taking a shower. The finished painting is never quite like the image in my head, but it makes a beginning point. Sometimes when faced with a blank canvas, I go look in the refrigerator, my still life shelves, or my kitchen shelves for inspiration. The next step would be to set up a still life. I use vine charcoal to draw with because it can be quickly smudged out and redrawn. When I have an idea of the composition, I prepare a ground of collaged papers and the color I want showing through the imagery. At this stage I'm ready to paint from my still life set up.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not sure that it does that much. I have been combining collage with painting, but I see other people doing that as well. I have been told by people that they can always tell when a painting is mine. Every artist seems to have their own mark or gesture or way with color.

What am I presently working on?

Too many ideas right now! I have recently been inspired by a trip abroad to try my hand at landscape. So far I have worked small but am planning to try a larger format. Also, I have plans to use some of the old photographs I inherited last year as beginning points for paintings. Right now, however, another still life idea is demanding to be done. It popped into my head a couple of nights ago and it wants to be VERY BIG.

Who inspires Me To Create?

Thin Placements (with J.M. & H.P.) by Kenny Jones
Well, I mentioned the gratitude part and that is due to the Great Creator I believe in and am filled with amazement towards. I'm also inspired by my husband Kenny.  I wouldn't even have the time to paint were it not for his belief in the importance of art. Because of him, I have had the opportunity to pursue a life of art making. AND he is an amazing artist. We share studio space, ideas, criticism, art supplies, discovery of other artist's work, and encouragement. I'm inspired by his constant drawing and passion for visual ideas as well as rigorous thinking. His website is here: http://kennyjonesart.com/

Link 2 blogs that inspire you. 

I'm tagging both of the people below to participate in the blog hop for a posting next Monday.  I hope you'll check them out!  I procrastinated in asking and am not sure if Mary will be able to participate with the questions next week, but you can still enjoy looking at her work either way.

Natalie inspires me with her wonderful color, pattern and design sense.  She hails from London and her blog is: http://thehomelyplace.blogspot.com/

Fellow Texan Mary Gregory has a lovely way with the brush and simple images that make lasting impressions. Her blog:  http://marygregorystudio.com/blog/  


Provide a Relevant Quote

“My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth's loveliness”  Michelangelo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

For Lucy original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

For Lucy by Polly Jones
I have been working on this one off and on for a few weeks, posted some process shots on Instagram. It's named "For Lucy" after a chimpanzee in a story I heard on the radio.  Hidden in the tablecloth is a picture of a chimpanzee from a volumn of The Golden Book Encylopedia. 30" by 40" acrylic mixed media on wood panel. In my Etsy store here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A days work

studio, Polly Jones
Today I spent some time painting edges and wiring backs.
Lemon Sunshine by Polly Jones
I found a little lemon painting that had disappeared for a while.
Meander by Polly Jones
Sold.  It's 4" by 5"

This one I showed the other day got a little rework. Sold

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Down the Row landscape mixed media painting by Polly Jones

landscapes by Polly Jones

Down the Row by Polly Jones

I  promise I haven't given up still life... just continuing to have fun with landscapes painted from photos taken during our time in Italy this summer.  Thank you for looking!

5" by 7" acrylic mixed media on canvas by Polly Jones.  In my Etsy store here.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Orchid Grid original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Orchid Grid by Polly Jones
 This is what I've been busy with lately, inspired by flowers my husband gave me for our  anniversary.  I was really taken by the way the bloom stems offshoot from the main stem.  It measures 24" by 12"  and is mixed media on canvas.  On Etsy here.

 Are you on Instagram?  I've been posting over there under pollyjonesart and finally getting the hang of  it a bit.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Around the Curve, landscape painting by Polly Jones

landscape paintings by Polly Jones

Around the Curve by Polly Jones
Happy Monday to you!  I'm sharing a couple of paintings done on my trip to Italy this summer.  These scenes were from photos taken out of the window of the train with my Iphone.  I can't remember exactly where, but I think it was on the way from Florence to Rome.  I've listed the 8" by 10" one on the bottom in my Etsy store here.

Meanwhile I've been at work on a pesky, wayward flower painting.  Hopefully I will resolve it soon and show it to you.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Field in Italy mixed media landscape painting by Polly Jones

Field in Italy by Polly Jones
I painted this during some down time in Italy.  The imagery came from a photograph taken out the window on the bus. I believe it has a museum pass and a grocery receipt hidden under the paint.  It was meant to show through but I painted over it too much.  8" square acrylic on canvas.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Watercolor Landscapes from Italy by Polly Jones


View from San Miniato by Polly Jones
View from The Boboli Gardens by Polly Jones

These were painted on site. We found high places in Florence for amazing views.  Having time to sit and paint was a great way to experience Italy and rejuvenate.  It was a wonderful contrast to all of the crowded museums and mass transportation. 

The top painting was done with a micron pen and watercolor while the bottom was just plain watercolor.  I'm still trying to get the hang of the layering process of watercolor.  It really makes a difference to let areas dry before adding details.  It creates a more translucent affect with crisp edges to contrast with the more "flowey" areas.  I think I just made up a word.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Fruit original still life painting by Polly Jones

Summer Fruit by Polly Jones
I began this 8" by 10" still life in Oxford as a demonstration piece and then finished it up after we traveled to Italy.  I ended up adding the stripes from imagination because it was pretty boring without them.  We saw a lot of orange in Italy with all of the terra cotta roofs.  I've added this painting to my Etsy store here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

two landscape watercolors

Watercolor landscapes by Polly Jones
Hello again.  I hope all is well with you!  I've been away for a couple of months.  My husband was one of the art professors with a college study abroad group and I was able to tag along on a wonderful trip.  We were based in Oxford, England and Scandicci, Italy and our time was spent museum hopping and painting.

I'll be sharing a few pieces from the trip over the next few days.  Above are watercolors I did in Oxford.  The first was the view across the street from the house we stayed in.  The second was done in University Parks from a bench that J.R. Tolkein frequented.  Watercolor is not my favorite way to paint but it's growing on me. 

Monday, May 05, 2014

Taking a break and Open Rose original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Open Rose by Polly Jones
I'm going to be taking a break from posting on the blog for a little while.  Also, my Etsy store will be on vacation.  You may still contact me through my email at pollyjonesart@gmail.com. and I'll be back sharing work some time in July.  I'm planning on doing some outdoor landscape painting in the mean time.  Thank you so much for taking time to look at my work, I feel honored and humbled by your interest.  Some of you have been with me since 2006! 

Friday, May 02, 2014

Progression and Some Day at The Center for Contemporary Arts

Progression by Polly Jones
30" by 40" acrylic mixed media painting on canvas. (sold)  I showed a progress photo of this here a while back. I'm really happy with the finished piece, though it is nothing like the ephemeral, mostly white painting I had imagined when beginning.   "Progression" as well as the painting below are part of a new work by Signature Artist Members show at The Center for Contemporary Arts here in Abilene.  There will be an opening during ArtWalk on May 8th.  Hope to see you there!
Some Day by Polly Jones
24" by 36" acrylic mixed media painting on cradled wood panel.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

White Iris original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

White Iris by Polly Jones
This one has a little more invented color than usual.  I had to bring some irises inside to save them from the crazy wind we've been having.

In my Etsy store here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

White Iris, Restless original acrylic painting by Polly Jones

White Iris, Restless by Polly Jones
I've been so restless this week which is frustrating since I had time to paint.  I have been up and down checking email, putting loads of laundry in to wash, checking the real mail so much, it's a wonder I finished anything. 

8" square in my Etsy store here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Vick's Salve Rose original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Vick's Salve Rose by Polly Jones  

When I was little our Vick's Salve was in a cobalt blue bottle like this.  Now you know how old I am.  


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Progress on "Progression" large mixed media painting by Polly Jones


Here's a look at what's on the easel right now.  It's been on the easel and the floor too as a matter of fact.  The studio is a mess but at least it's filled with the smell of irises from the back garden.  This painting started with a very distinct image in my head which looks nothing like this.  I'm not sure how I got here and I'm not sure where it's going, but I'll keep you posted.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Garlic in Golden Light original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Garlic in Golden Light by Polly Jones

Garlic in Golden Light by Polly Jones
I spend quite a bit of time looking through all of the garlic in the bins at the grocery store until I find just the right ones.  They have to have that little tail part intact. 

8" square on canvas in my Etsy store here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Whelk Shell for Dylan original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Whelk for Dylan by Polly Jones
I do art with a boys and girls club once a week. Not long ago I took my shells for them to look at and draw. One little girl was so enamored with this little whelk shell. She was so excited about all of the colors shimmering together and she layered her markers to give that same quality to her drawing. It helped me to see it with fresh eyes.

4" square acrylic mixed media on canvas in my Etsy store here.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Just a small little seashell original painting by Polly Jones

Small Shell by Polly Jones

Small Shell by Polly Jones
I just want to say thanks for taking time to look at my artwork! 

This is a tiny one at 4" square and it's in my Etsy store here.