Thursday, May 28, 2015

Supplicant original mixed media still life painting by Polly Jones

Supplicant by Polly Jones
Finally the sun is out enough to photograph. 18" by 24" acrylic mixed media on cradled wood panel.

Do you think plants could have a prayer life?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Work in progress and a newsletter signup

work in progress by Polly Jones
Hello everyone. Hope you are all well! Our life has slowed down a bit after all of the leading up to our daughter graduating from college. We are so proud of her! You think these things are never going to happen and then they do.

We've been having rainy cool days that are perfect for spending time in the studio. Above is a work in progress, 24" by 18."  It's been pretty challenging to draw this plant!

I'm in the process of finally trying to gather together an email list for those who would like to receive an occasional newsletter. I'm planning on a sale soon and would like to try this out as a way of sharing the information. If you are interested, over on my website at http://pollyjonesart.com/, there is a signup button--  http://pollyjonesart.com/newsletter-signup

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Daffodils on the Sill original still life painting by Polly Jones

Daffodils on the Sill by Polly Jones
6" square acrylic on cradled wood panel. I did this one a while back and forgot to share.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bouquet with Indian Blanket original still life painting by Polly Jones



14" by 14" acrylic mixed media on canvas. I found this nice canvas at a thrift store. It had a pre-printed paint by number flower background. I didn't go by the guides but had a lot of fun on this one.
 It's been unusually rainy here but the sun came out for a few minutes in order for me to catch a photograph. Sold

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Seashell original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Little Seashell by Polly Jones
So you might want to put on your sunglasses for this one. I painted it from a seashell on hand but the background is from pure imagination. In my Etsy store here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Between Places, original mixed media still life by Polly Jones

Between Places by Polly Jones
I did this back in the winter. I was trying to capture that kind of cool blueish light that happens on grey days. I like the idea of a shimmer between physical and spiritual and that is why I'm using so much of the polka dot grid these days, I feel like it is a stand in for some other reality I glimpse while going about my everyday life. 30" by 40" and named "Between Places"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Field in Italy, mixed media landscape painting by Polly Jones

Field in Italy, 2 by Polly Jones
8" square mixed media acrylic on wood panel. This view may look familiar, I had done another version in more traditional colors while we were in Italy.  I really liked that view. Just put this one in my Etsy store here.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Works on paper

Irises and Peppergrass by Polly Jones

Irises in a Pitcher by Polly Jones
These are 18" by 24" heavy arches paper. There's something about working on paper that gives me permission to be more experimental. If it doesn't work out, it's easy to toss it out! The top one is inspired by an old theme I revisited-categories of weeds and flowers.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Improvised Bouquet original mixed media still life painting by Polly Jones

Improvised Bouquet by Polly Jones
I am still having fun painting the petunias. They are such the under dog in the flower world, but I'm finding a new appreciation for them. In my Etsy store here.

Monday, April 06, 2015

The One With the Dandelion original still life painting by Polly Jones

The One with the Dandelion by Polly Jones
Sunshine glinting through a honey jar bouquet was my subject here. Petunias and a geranium from my pots with a dandelion thrown in because I needed a spot of yellow. 10" by 8" acrylic mixed media on wood panel in my Etsy store here.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Mandarin on Dots tiny still life painting by Polly Jones

Mandarin on Dots by Polly Jones
4" by 4" acrylic mixed media on wood panel.  I love using thick paint.  It makes me go back and forth between seeing the image of the mandarin and cloth and then just seeing it as pure paint and paper.

Sold

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Experiments in Evaporation, 2 original mixed media still life painting by Polly Jones

Experiments in Evaporation by Polly Jones

I've been a lazy blogger this spring even thought I have been at work in the studio.  Here is a 24" by 36" acrylic mixed media on wood panel done with a group show in mind at The Center for Comtemporary Arts. The theme for the exhibit is water which is a subject that's important to those that live in West Texas.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Low Clouds little painting by Polly Jones

Low Clouds by Polly Jones
Low Clouds by Polly Jones
I'm posting the second photo so you can get a sense of scale.  It's really that small, four inches square. It feels good for me to do some quick ones between all of the larger pieces I've been working on. When working small, you are more likely to resolve it quickly instead of obsessing over details...something I have to work at keeping fresh when going bigger.  Here in my Etsy store.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Strawflower in a blue bottle original still life painting by Polly Jones

Strawflower by Polly Jones
I love this cobalt blue jar which is the perfect size for showing off small flowers. I had to google this flower. Let me know if it's not a strawflower. The color was so vibrant and gorgeous and hard to capture, I just did the best I could to replicate it. This little 8" by 8" painting is in my Etsy store here.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Plums and Artichokes mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Braided Bowl by Polly Jones
I've been wanting to paint this milkglass pedestal bowl for some time now.  It's another one that was my mother's and I just love it. Layers here include map of the poles and Idaho, drawings of nightshade, peppergrass and thistle, wrapping paper I had saved and an article on hypnotism from The Golden Encyclopedia.  Okay, these are your ingredients-make something up if you like.  That's what I do:)

40" by 30" acrylic mixed media on canvas.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Two small landscape paintings by Polly Jones

Another Glimpse by Polly Jones
 This is another painting inspired by a photo I took off the train in Italy last summer. I wish the surfaces of these highly textured ones photographed better.   It's 8" square and in my Etsy store here.
Ash Street Railway Tracks by Polly Jones
There's a huge stretch of railway tracks that I used to cross in my home town that has always made a visual impression on me. In my interpretation here, I've used dotted swiss fabric in areas which gives a funky texture, as well as an old hymn and some other papers. I like adding layers in order to express the many influences that go into the simplest acts of seeing.  This one is in my Etsy store here.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Daffodils in a Blue Willow Sugar Bowl original painting by Polly Jones

Daffodils in a Blue Willow Sugar Bowl by Polly Jones
I'm so glad I picked these before the latest coating of ice outside!  The sun is shining today:) 8" by 8" on cradled wood panel. Sold

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Two large mixed media still life paintings by Polly Jones

Double Happiness with Daylilies by Polly Jones


detail of Double Happiness with Daylilies by Polly Jones


Changing Light by Polly Jones
Changing Light detail by Polly Jones


These are a couple of the 30" by 40" still life mixed media paintings I'm working on for an upcoming show in November.  I'm really working hard to keep them as loose as possible and to avoid overworking them.   

Monday, March 02, 2015

Changing Light large mixed media acrylic painting by Polly Jones

Changing Light by Polly Jones
I decided to just post something even though there has been no decent sunshine for taking photographs.  This is one of three large still life paintings I've been working on.  All of them are 30" by 40."  I'm trying to decide if I'm done.  Today was the first day I've left the house since Thursday because of the weather.  Hope you are keeping safe and warm wherever you are!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Work in Progress ginger jar and daylilies painting by Polly Jones

work in progress by Polly Jones
I've been working on a couple of 30" by 40" canvases.  I ordered new supplies and am really liking the Paramount brand gallery wrap canvas. It's sturdier and will resist warping better.  I'll show you the other one later when I work it out better.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Winter makes you do things and Free Shipping on Society6 art prints


I have a few prints over at Society6 where they are offering free shipping until midnight PST if you use this code http://society6.com/pollyjones?promo=ZC8YDZ7MWCHV  I believe this code only works in my shop but there are lots of other artists and designers over there, it's a fun site to visit.
I Dream of Daffodils by Polly Jones
I revisited an older daffodil painting, changing the stripes to make them a more vibrant background for the flowers. Winter makes you do things like that.  It won't be long before I can paint daffodils from life!  They are already poking through the ground in my yard. This painting is in my Etsy store here.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Ginger Jar and Patchwork Italy original mixed media paintings by Polly Jones

Ginger Jar by Polly Jones
I'm going to have to stop working on smaller paintings and gear up to make some big pieces I need for an upcoming show. More about that later:)  This one is on Etsy here.  It makes me happy to look at it on this grey day.

Patchwork Italy by Polly Jones
Here's another stab at landscape. The surface is crazy up close, full of brushwork and some collage. 11" by 14" acrylic mixed media on wood panel, here in my Etsy store.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pear paintings

Monday Pears by Polly Jones
12" square on wood panel.  I experimented with some Liquitex texture gel, ceramic stucco.  Let me tell you, it was so much fun to use, reminded me of icing. Click on the image to get an idea of the surface if you want. Sold

Pears on Pink by Polly Jones
This 8" by 10" painting was done on request and is now headed to Australia!  I love it when that happens.

Grapefruit in Half by Polly Jones
Finally, an 8" square mixed media on wood panel. If you've been following my blog for very long, you've probably seen that blue willow bowl before.  Sold

Monday, January 26, 2015

Double Happiness with Hydrangea mixed media still life painting by Polly Jones

Double Happiness with Hydrangea by Polly Jones
The characters on this ginger jar are for "double happiness."  And yes, it really is this bright in person. I am especially happy these days, there is so much to be grateful for in this life.  I was thinking about Matisse window paintings and Sigmar Polke while making this one. Some of the underlying papers are about film and moving pictures (Golden Book Encyclopedia) and arteries (a very old biology book).

It's on Etsy here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spiral mixed media still life painting by Polly Jones

I've been looking through my Matisse book again.

 18" by 24" acrylic mixed media on wood panel in my Etsy store here.