My Original Artwork ~ A Tree of Many Colors

This is my latest acrylic painting on canvas called ‘My Original Artwork ~ A Tree of Many Colors (16″ x 20″), and the second in my colorful contemporary series of paintings.  I’m very pleased with how this painting turned out, as it’s even better than how I first imagined it would be.  I kept the tree and lawn background rather simple to not take away from the focus on the leaves, while allowing the sky to have subtle ‘cloud like’ variations flowing within it.

My intention was to have each section of leaves represent a different color, and deliberately kept the darker portions lower and closer to the main tree trunk, while keeping the lightest pastel colors around the edges representing the brighter reflections of sunlight around the outside.  The original initial inspiration for this painting came to me while I was studying images of color wheels, and thinking of ways to portray color wheels differently.  In the end I decided that the color wheel concept was too rigid and academic for my intentions – so I came up with this tree of many colors instead ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

My Original Artwork ~ A Tree of Many Colors (16″ x 20″)

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My Original Artwork ~ St. Michael’s Mount

I’ve completed my latest acrylic on canvas painting that I call ‘My Original Artwork ~ St. Michael’s Mount (18″ x 36″)’ – a foggy oceanside view of the famous island castle off the shore of Cornwall, U.K.  The level of detail in this composition was a challenge to complete, but I’m satisfied with the outcome and it was worth the effort ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

My Original Artwork ~ St. Michael’s Mount (18″ x 36″)

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St. Michael’s Mount (18″ x 36″) ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-In-Progress (Update 4) ~ A Medieval Fair

This is the fourth update of my Original Artwork-In-Progress ~ A Medieval Fair (18″ x 24″), and all that’s left to finish now are the jousting knights and horses! 🙂 I’ve added in all the townspeople and villagers, finding it quite a challenge to paint such little figures ~ but at the same time the process encouraged me to explore painting portraits some time in the future.

My next update will complete this current painting, and I’m pondering what subject to explore in my next painting.  At the moment, I’m considering painting a field of wildflowers using an acrylic watercolor technique ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

'A Medieval Fair' (18" x 24") ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

‘A Medieval Fair’ (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 2) ~ A Medieval Fair

This is my second update about my Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ A Medieval Fair (18″ x 24″), and I’m happy with how it’s unfolding so far.  I continued the theme of trying to create a softer distance impression in the background from the sky down through the mountains and forests, allowing them to fade into a fog shrouded dreamscape.  My plan is to make the castle and foreground the primary focus of the painting, while letting the background fade into the distance.

I enjoy the fact that paintings take on a life of their own during the process of painting them, as I have little idea at the start as to how the painting will unfold ~ even after sketching it out at the beginning. A good example of this, are the castle’s three giant doors or gates, as they each lead into a different level of the fortress.  In the beginning, I hadn’t even considered creating two visible upper gates, thinking the space was simply part of an elaborate main gate construct.  Now I think of each gate individually as a magic door.

The outer castle gate and door represents ‘earth’ and has the outline of mountains inscribed upon it.  The middle door represents ‘nature’ and has the silhouette of a tree outlined on it.  The upper door represents the ‘sky’ with ornate hinges, tying into the castle’s stained glass windows in the upper level.  In addition, the three castle walls grow lighter in shade with each level, with the white walls of the upper level of the castle representing the Medieval chivalrous notion of ‘truth, purity and light.’  So in essence, each painting develops a story during the process of painting it, never imagined by the artist at the beginning of the process.

Next I turn my attention to the Medieval Fair, with the jousting tournament, colorful tents and people in the foreground ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

'A Medieval Fair' (18" x 24") ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

‘A Medieval Fair’ (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 4) ~ Castle Hamlet

This is my fourth update of my current Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″), and I’m starting to work the details as I described in my last post.  After all, everything’s in the details.  I figure that if I’m going to paint a fantasy hamlet, it might as well be fun, so that’s what I’m attempting to do with plenty of climbing vines and flowers! 🙂

Since taking this photo earlier today, I’ve added an orchard in the distance, and next I’ll turn my attention towards adding trees and gardens in the foreground.  My aim is to add villagers to finish the painting, and as painting people isn’t my strong suit, it’s a good reason to tackle my weakest area ~ so stay tuned! 🙂

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″)

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My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 3) ~ Castle Hamlet

This is the third update on my Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″), as I’ve completed much of the background and now it’s time to fill in the details.  Everything’s always in the details…

Much of what I’ve finished to date only serves as backdrop to the details that follow.  The issue at this point is that I don’t know what many of the details are, so they will be as new to me as they are to you once the painting’s done.  I sort of make it up as I go along, which is why I like serializing my paintings, because it allows me to try to grasp the big picture and figure out what will follow.

I considered placing a Medieval Fair in the distant green space in front of the forest, but realized I didn’t have enough room and the details would be too small, so I think that will be the subject of my next painting that I’ll call ‘A Medieval Fair.’  Much of life seems to happen that way, by coincidence, circumstance, and accident ~ as opposed to planning ~ because life’s too complicated to have all the details sorted out ahead of time.

My next goal is to finish the bridge and the fronts of the cottages, and then see how everything develops from there ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″)

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My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18" x 24") ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 4) ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria

This is my forth update serializing the progress of my current Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ ‘Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria’  (11″ x 14″).  You can see that I’m now beginning on the center highlight of the painting ~ the historic buildings and the buildings lining the banks of the Salzach River in winter.  While the historic buildings will be part of the nighttime backdrop of the painting, the brightly lit and colorful buildings along the river will be the center focal point, with the many lights and lamps reflecting across the surface of the water.

I’ll also mention that I paint on a blue beach towel draped across my new and ‘still fresh’ white drafting table in my studio, as it keeps paint off the table ~ and securely holds the canvas in place while painting on an incline, while still allowing me to turn it at will.  This photo turned out much better than my previous photo efforts, as my wife used her tablet to take today’s photo ~ fun facts to know and tell, stay tuned, enjoy! ☼ 🙂

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ ~ Work-in-Progress

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'Salzburg, Österreich' (11" x 14") - (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ (11″ x 14″) – (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria

After a pause in painting art, to paint our house and do some landscaping in the yard over the past few months, I’ve set up a new art studio in our home and started painting again!  I very much enjoy composing and painting images I love, and now that I have a new standing drafting table, I can immerse myself in my art once again! 🙂 My favorite compositions are based on city profiles, where there are distinctive buildings, landscape features and profiles that I can incorporate into my paintings.

I have two smaller 11″ x 14″ canvasses to use at the moment, and then I’ll return to my favorite 18″ x 36″ size to focus more on larger projects in the future.  My current work-in-progress is called ‘Salzburg, Österreich’ (11″ x 14″) – using the German spelling for Salzburg, Austria.  I’ll share updates of my painting progress with you from time-to-time, to show how this painting develops ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ ~ Work-in-Progress

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'Salzburg, Österreich' or Salzburg, Austria ~ Work-in-Progress

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ or Salzburg, Austria ~ Work-in-Progress

My Original Artwork: Leaves (2016)

This is my latest acrylic on canvas painting titled ‘Leaves’ (11″ x 14″) 2016, which is a continuation of the natural theme I began with ‘Four Seasons’ in my previous work.  I love exploring colors and techniques, and each one of my paintings takes me something new and different.  This painting took some time to complete, as the past two months I’ve been busy landscaping the back yard – and my next ‘painting’ will be finishing painting the outside of our home – so it’ll be a while before I tackle a new acrylic painting, but I’ll eventually begin a new one.  Enjoy! ☼ 🙂

‘Leaves’ (2016)

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'Leaves' (11" x 14") 2016 by Mark D. Jones (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

‘Leaves’ (11″ x 14″) 2016 by Mark D. Jones (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork: Four Seasons (2016)

This is my latest acrylic painting which I call ‘Four Seasons’ (11″ x 14″) 2016, exploring a different technique for me that combines both contemporary and folk art.  It was a different mindset for me to create four individual panels within a single painting, each depicting a season of the year – essentially a year at a glance – but I like both the process and the result.  I think I’ll continue exploring this new technique and see where it leads me! ☼ 🙂

‘Four Seasons’ (2016)

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