Friday, January 31, 2014

Blue Flow with Limes original mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Blue Flow with Limes by Polly Jones
Here's that old blue flow bowl again.  I've used an Indian print napkin as backdrop but changed the color of it from blue to yellow. It's very freeing to do that in a painting.  It makes me remember that I have a lot of choices I can make that aren't tied to duplicating what I see.  Why on earth I have to remember that after painting these things for over thirty years I don't know!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Revisiting some paintings

Mandarin Happy, old version.  I never realized what an awful photo it is til now.
Mandarin Happy by Polly Jones, new version.

Two Sides at Once by Polly Jones, new version.
Couldn't find my old photograph of this 16" by 20" one.  I've added it to my Etsy store.
Winter Pear, old version.

Winter Pear by Polly Jones, new version.

Sometimes these paintings taunt me until I work on them some more.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bird's Eye Grapefruit mixed media painting by Polly Jones

Bird's Eye Grapefruit by Polly Jones

Using layers of paper embedded in thick paint were my strategy to keep from getting caught up in the details. The light was almost blinding in my studio today.  I like that.  One inspiration for using such thick paint was recently seeing Melissa Miller's juxtaposition of tightly rendered areas with really wildly painted backgrounds.

Saturday night we drove to Dallas for the opening of a friend and former student, Jay Hendrick at Cohn-Drennan. It was a great show!  His work centers around playful grids and are done on discarded cardboard boxes he finds at George Mason where he studies.  We went to several openings in the area including the Melissa Miller one.

Bird's Eye Grapefruit, Sold.