Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blue Willow with Pompoms original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Blue Willow with Pompoms by Polly Jones
I don't drink out of this old mug because of all of the crazing, but I sure enjoy painting it.

8" square on canvas. Sold

Friday, March 28, 2014

Some Day

Some Day by Polly Jones
18" by 24" acrylic mixed media on wood panel. Pompom daisies in that same glass pitcher, seashells and a ginger jar... it might be finished. There's a group show at The Center for Contemporary Arts next month that I'm hoping to have this included.

I keep forgetting to mention that I have been setting up a website.  It's on Virb, and has been fairly painless to work on.  If you have a moment, please take a look here:  Let me know if you have any suggestions.  It's a work in progress.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dirty Drawers and a catch up post

My friend Lara and I finally went to an open life drawing session at  The Center for Contemporary Art  here in Abilene last night.  The group is called "The Dirty Drawers." We've been talking about doing it for years.  Now I know why I hadn't is hard and scary.  Wow, I was much worse than I expected.  I "forgot" to take pictures while there and am only showing the portrait I did.  Let me clarify that she did not actually have facial hair. In drawing the full body, apparently a good sense of anatomy is pretty important.  I feel challenged now, and am going to have to go back and do better!
Listening Shell for Lynne by Polly Jones
 Here is a commission painting I did a couple of weeks ago.  I learn so much every time I go back and repeat a subject. 
I'm working on an 18" by 24" painting now, taking it slow because I want to leave it open and have different degrees of finish in it.  Fortunately the flowers are still alive!  I hope to work on it this afternoon, but also need to clean house and make a desert for my book club coming over tonight.  We're discussing "Orphan Train" by Kristina Baker Kline.  Has anyone out there read it?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Two paintings, new versions

I Dream of Daffodils by Polly Jones

Sunday Afternoon by Polly Jones
I'm pretty sure I've made public vows on this blog not to go back and rework paintings but instead move on to new work.  That's easier said than done. Some paintings are very bossy and won't shut up until I go back and work on them some more.  Here's are links to the old versions:  I Dream of Daffodils and Sunday Afternoon.  I'm also working on a commission of a shell painting.

Monday, March 10, 2014

I Dream of Daffodils original mixed media still life painting by Polly Jones

I Dream of Daffodils by Polly Jones

I Dream of Daffodils by Polly Jones

This vase shape reminded me of "I Dream of Jeanie's" home.  You have to be a certain age to get that reference.  Doing taxes and eating Chinese food....hope all is well with you.

12" by 12" acrylic mixed media painting on canvas.  In my Etsy store here.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sunday Afternoon original acrylic mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Sunday Afternoon by Polly Jones
After a dreary season of cold and grey, my eyes desperately need to see some color. This was a crazy still life set up full of pattern and fun to paint. I used a wood block print cloth from Eternal Threads as a beginning point and went on from there with some of my favorite objects: that same black ginger jar, blue willow bowl and teapot from China. It's part of my series that incorporates a page of poetry from an old book I have, as well as map bits.

12" by 12" mixed media acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas. Sold.