Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A peek inside the Studio

©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

So... just before my newly purchased iPhone 4 completely crapped out on me yesterday (an error message saying "no SIM card detected" (??)... I was able to take a few snap shots with it in my studio. I'm hoping Apple will help me out by fixing or replacing my phone this afternoon. Hope is a lovely thing, isn't it?

©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

Anyway, the photos were from the huge photo session at my studio yesterday... I just wanted to give everyone a "peek" into the studio during one of the professional shoots by Robert Hill. A shout out to you, Rob, for all your hard work- thank you!

©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

Five or six more paintings to finish before the Earthshine series is officially completed! They are all beauties and I'm looking forward to sharing images of them with you on my updated website soon. Yes, it really is going to happen... :)

©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

Thanks for all your support- it's incredibly appreciated!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"Chiyu" donation for Auction at Stellers Gallery October 1st

Mixed Media Painting on Wood Panel
©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

"Chiyu" is the Japanese word meaning healing/recovery. I thought this would be an appropriate title for this piece given that it was created with the idea of donating it and auctioning it off for breast cancer awareness. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and this is one of many paintings I have donated over the years to support breast cancer research and awareness; this is the second painting I've created specifically as a donation.

There is also a great little story behind this painting as well... Originally it was a painting entitled "Red Luminary" that I shipped to Lisbon, Portugal for an exhibition in 2006. This particular gallery ended up closing and the owner didn't bother to contact me or let me know... it took me over a year to get someone to find him, I hired a lawyer that "duped me" and I had to get numerous attorneys to assist me and eventually the U.S. Embassy became involved in order to get the painting returned from the gallery owner. Once the painting was recovered, it was locked up in a safe at the embassy until I could make arrangements to ship it back to the states. While they do have shipping companies abroad, they unfortunately don't have "pack and ship" companies. This put me in a predicament and the only thing left to do was to fly to Portugal and pack up my paintings myself. I flew to Lisbon and had an incredible journey... and long story cut short, that is how one of my paintings ended up in the Embassy's permanent collection. If it weren't for the strings pulled by my attorney here in Atlanta as well as the Embassy's assistance, this painting would not have been available for me to rework and turn into something entirely new and different this summer. I see this painting as a survivor! And I think it's appropriate to name it "Chiyu".

Chiyu's retail value is $3600. I hope we will be able to see at least that amount from the upcoming auction at Stellers Gallery. It's going toward a great cause and I hope some of you out there (even long distance) will consider bidding on this piece. Please contact Hillary Tuttle at Stellers Gallery for more information and/or to place your bid.

Thank you all so much for your wonderful support!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Detail - Neighbor Newspapers

In July I signed on with Pryor Fine Art Gallery (formerly Bennett Street Gallery) to represent my work in Atlanta, Georgia and tonight they celebrate their 20th anniversary! Neighbor Newspapers posted a story about the gallery turning 20 and their new direction and contemporary stable of artists... including yours truly (I'm excited that my big show is scheduled for January!) Detail - Neighbor Newspapers

Hope those of you in the area can come out and support tonight- proceeds from the first week of sales will benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Ever" from the Earthshine series on exhibition at Pryor Fine Art

For those of you wondering where I've been... no worries! Yes, I've been M.I.A., but I'm very much alive and doing well. I may not be on Facebook anymore, but that doesn't mean life has stopped! In fact, the longer I've been away from that social online networking scene, the more time I've had to be productive in other ways. Namely, painting! So that's where I've been... hard at work in the studio, getting ready for my upcoming exhibitions. . .

(ensemble of 12 out of a series of 25)
5"x5" each, mixed media paintings on wood panels
©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

The image above is just an example of a few of the smallest pieces in the new series. My new series "Earthshine" is one of the largest bodies of works to date... it's not completed quite yet, but getting there in a hurry. That's a good thing because it's due to debut in a few short weeks at several different national gallery locations: October 1st at Stellers Gallery, (in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida), October 15th at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary (in Santa Fe, New Mexico), and October 16th at the Cindy Szczecinski curated exhibition space (in Savannah, Georgia). I have a busy two weeks coming up to be sure to get things wrapped up, but looking forward to sharing all of this new work with you all SOON!

60"x60" Mixed Media Painting on Wood Panel
©2010 Jennifer J L Jones

The first completed painting from this new series is "Ever" (60"x60") and is on exhibit and available at Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia. It will be featured this Friday night (September 17th) as Pryor Fine Art celebrates its 20 year anniversary and the opening reception for the the owner, artist, Susie Pryor. The reception is from 6-8p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

I'll be posting again soon... I need to share an image of "Chiyu",one of my new paintings that I've donated to be auctioned off on October 1st at Stellers Gallery to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. I'd love to get everyone on board to help support such an important cause!

Thanks for all of your support!!!

Wishing you a lovely day... and with gratitude,

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stellers Gallery Exhibition: October 1, 2010

Fall is on the heels of summer and I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I spent most of my time in the studio getting my work ready for the upcoming October 1st exhibition at Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. As the days of September quickly pass, I'm making sure they are each filled with as much painting as possible. I'm excited about the new work in my "Earthshine" series and will be sending paintings from this new series out to Hunter Kirkland Contemporary in Santa Fe as well as a few selected pieces in the curated exhibition coming up in Savannah, Georgia on October 16th. These images will also be included online when my new website launches!! Very excited about that... a few delays because I've spent more time in the studio then on the computer, but it will be worth the wait... I promise!

I have lots more work to do between now an then, so I must make this post brief... I just wanted to post something short and sweet to express my appreciation for all of the incredible support from my friends & family, clients & collectors, galleries & fans. . . You all show me on a regular basis how much my artwork means to you and it fills me with endless inspiration. I feel incredibly grateful and blessed! My sincere thanks to you and all best wishes...

And more soon... of course!