Wendy Jones
Fine art is the head and the heart and the hand together

The Rebellious Curator

(posted on 23 Aug 2020)

I always liked this photo of my fridge magnets. I have always wanted to do a series of photos about people's fridge magnets because I think they can tell us about who we are .

(posted on 21 Aug 2020)

They say to go back to the things that made you happy as a kid. Whatever that was. 

These are just some of the things I enjoyed as a kid and still incorporate in my life today..

Cats, animals, miniatures, nature, art, art history, board games, books, bikes, beads, poetry, and music.

 

Consider revisiting some of the things you enjoyed as a kid it will make you happy.

(posted on 18 Aug 2020)

I pulled into Nazareth

Was feelin' bout half past dead

I just needed some place where I could lay my head

"Hey mister can you tell me where a man might find a bed?" 

He just grinned and shook my hand, "No" was all he said.

 

Take a load off Fanny

Take a load for free

Take a load off Fanny

And you put the load right on me

 

I picked up my bag

I went looking for a place to hide

When I saw Carmen and the devil walking side by side

I said, "Hey Carmen, come on let's go downtown"

And she said: "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."

 

Go down Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say

It's just 'ol Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the judgement day

"Well Luke my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"

He said: "Do me a favor son, will you stay and keep Anna Lee company?"

 

Crazy Chester followed me and he caught me in the fog

He said: "I will fix your rack, if you'll take Jack my dog"

I said: "Wait a minute Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man"

He said: "That's OK boy, won't you feed him when you can."

 

Catch a cannonball now, to take me down the line

My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time

To get back to Miss Fanny

You know she's the only one

Who sent me here with regards to everyone.

 

Robbie Robertson

(posted on 13 Aug 2020)

 

Never exhibit in a gallery where yours is the best painting.

When I first started making assemblages, I knew I was having fun, but I was terrified to show them to anyone. They were abstract pictures of my mind and I was afraid I would look like a fool.

But then I realized, my job as an artist IS to be the fool.

Our culture is a pretty unreliable critic..just look at the entertainment industry. So never mind the masses, or the inner critic. It's more liberating to embrace that even though some may deem us foolish, our creativity is God manifesting his image through us, and what a privilege that is.

(posted on 10 Aug 2020)

"A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods." - Robert Henri

(posted on 3 Aug 2020)

Forest Sunset by Robert Henri

The MONA Collection, Museum of Nebraska Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ne.

 

"Forget about art and paint what interests you in life." - Robert Henri

(posted on 1 Aug 2020)

(posted on 29 Jul 2020)

99.95 done.

 

For the most part finished today. I have a few adjustments for the upper hand(there is a bit of swelling, and the wrist needs some work.) Her cloak on left side is not quite right, and I'm not happy with the landscape on left as I look at it now.. 

I just couldn't give it any more and I wanted it to end. Classical Portraiture is not my thing and it was starting to wear on me. I am very happy I was able to complete it though and even more proud that throughout the entire project I almost entirely used left-over student paint palettes. Rarely a tube of paint was opened! 

I have attributed to DaVinci(even though the painting is far from an exact copy), and hope to frame it in a Barogueish frame.

I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned a lot about sfumato, noses and value changes. It took discipline, observation, study and time. 25 hours exactly. Started in January, I devoted 2-3 hours most Wednesdays - except during the Covid lockdown which was 2 months. I challenge anyone to give this a try. It's a great learning experience and an exercise in perseverance. Also, I might add, it is not as easy as it looks..:)

 

Huge thanks to all who checked in and supported my journey!

 

Now onto other things..I think I hear a landscape calling..:)

(posted on 25 Jul 2020)

Coming in on Final

 

I think I may have about 15% left to do:0 Mostly what is left is the fabric details and folds, some finger tweaking, and any other adjustments and highlights. Barring any disasters, it could be very close to the end. Next week I hope to post final photos.

Looks like I may be 5 months ahead of schedule! 

Thanks so much for checking in:)

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