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Jone's  Family Commission

From Fredricksberg to New Mexico

I had an email from an admirer who asked if I would do a painting for her husband and herself based on one they had seen on a wall in a restaurant in Fredricksberg, Texas. I thought in a restaurant-how odd! So I replied asking them more about the particular painting-size, subject matter etc and what they, in particular, had in mind for themselves? A few exchanges later I had the full picture and a search on the internet revealed a random scene of the interior of the restaurant with my painting on the wall. I remembered it clearly. It was one of my big paintings featuring a run of horses with a waterfall in the background and broken water in the front. I was sold from a very exclusive gallery in Beaver Creek, CO. My friends Mike and Diane tried to buy it from the restaurant but with no luck they decided to track me down and see if I could do one along the same lines for them. Some more back and forth about more general parameters of the painting proposed and I headed to their holiday house in New Mexico to do the painting. 


I asked if they had any sort of accommodation they could provide and a garage in which I could do the painting. They had a flat attached and a double garage under the house so off I set from Scottsdale with my son Graeme and my bag of paints, brushes and collection of random photos.

Making a Start

We had agreed on the size 96 x 42 inches and I ordered a top line frame, at factory price, with a stretcher to be made and delivered to the house. From the time of the initial enquiry to arriving at the house about 4 weeks had passed and the frame arrived on time for the painting to get under way. Graeme and I bought some lumber, lights and nails and constructed an easel with lights above and with the canvas we had bought with us stretched up the blank canvas ready to paint. Mike helped in all this and then sat with me and talked more about what he visualized in the painting. I encouraged this as it is precisely what he has in mind that I needed to know and incorporate in the painting. From a life on the land in the Panhandle of Texas, Mike had an assembly of photos of horses and family that he thought would be great in the painting-as long as the ‘look was along the lines of the one in Fredricksberg. He wanted the same elements-water, waterfall, rocky outcrop, fall colors, tumbling water in the front with exposed rocks here and there. I approach painting in a flamboyant and open shoulders way going for a ‘look’. Detail follows and is only exercised when needed. I stop when it gets too busy and detracts from the ‘feeling’ and ‘look’. It’s very easy to lose  the spontenaiety of a painting by overworking it. Given that, my tightrope was to include sufficient detail in the actors so they could be identified as friends and family that Mike new and the horses that were part of that line of experience. Some of the horses had passed on and the photos were less than optimum with light coming from the right rather than the left and so on, so I had to do my artistic somersaults to make things work!

Taking Flight

It took a good 5-6 days of painting from 9-5 to get it done. Mike and Diane was with me all the way-watching how I started and slowly built the elements in the painting and moved things around to hold the balance and switched colors and tones to effect distance and immediacy and all the other manouvers that go with constructing a skyscraper!

Wrapping Up

I’ve been pushing paint around for about 30 years and still enjoy every moment of it- so its still a hobby I guess. My boyhood was spent exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia

 

while stepping around snakes that basked in the midday sun. School was as little bookwork as possible and moments of unconsciousness on the football field. exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia while stepping around snakes that basked in the midday sun. School 

I’ve been pushing paint around for about 30 years and still enjoy every moment of it- so its still a hobby I guess. My boyhood was spent exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia

I’ve been pushing paint around for about 30 years and still enjoy every moment of it- so its still a hobby I guess. My boyhood was spent exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia

 

while stepping around snakes that basked in the midday sun. School was as little bookwork as possible and moments of unconsciousness on the football field. exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia while stepping around snakes that basked in the midday sun. School 

I’ve been pushing paint around for about 30 years and still enjoy every moment of it- so its still a hobby I guess. My boyhood was spent exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia

Framed up

while stepping around snakes that basked in the midday sun. School was as little bookwork as possible and moments of unconsciousness on the football field. exploring the rainforests of the Tweed Valley in Australia while stepping around snakes that basked in the midday sun. School 

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