Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vonda Evans Fine Art

Spring is here! Along with the new growth of the season, a few of my aquaintances have created websites or new blog sites. Over the next several posts, I will share their valuable information with you.

Today, I want to spotlight Vonda Evans Fine Art. Vonda creates beautiful fine art using colored pencils. She also teaches the art of colored pencil. Vonda is a very patient person who I know anyone would love to learn from. In addition to her artwork, she does photography. Take a look at her site and say hello.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Painting Sold

Colors of Fall
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge
Copyright Valerie Jones

The original of Colors of Fall sold to a very special friend's son. You can purchase prints or cards of this piece at Valerie Jones Art .

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sneak Peak

Here's a sneak peak of my current colored pencil work in progress..............

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Baby Kitties

Here's what I've been busy with the past few days.....feeding 4 baby kittens. Their momma disappeared and their owner (in-laws) went on vacation. So, I couldn't say no to these precious souls. My husband named this kitten "Thomas O'Malley" from the Aristocrats movie.

I have a new work-in-progress. I haven't gotten too far with it, so not much to show yet. I need to get it done in a month. Not sure if I'll pull it off but I'll give it a good try.

Happy days!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Finished or Not?

I was on a roll last night...drawing the night away. I stopped without putting a background in. I worked on this today and put the background in. I don't like how it turned out. I should have made the background all one color or left it white. It looks like my son is floating in the air or his head is growing of grass.

This piece is titled "Homecoming". Our children are adopted and I chose this format because they came home to us partially grown. Thus, the half-face portraits.

I'll sit on this one awhile before I call it finished. I've already sprayed workable fixative on it, so it's not going to be much fun to change.

I hope you all have a blessed Easter!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Living in the Now

Work in Progress
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge
Copyright Valerie Jones
How many times do you say, “I wish things were like they used to be?” That phrase can get us into a lot of trouble. Choosing to live in the past will only bring regret to today. The day will be filled with despair. A day filled with despair will get no art done. There will be no room in us for inspiration. We won’t be able to see the beauty in front of us for the fog we have created around us. We need to train ourselves to live in the now and not in the past. God is moving us forward with each new day He gives us. He doesn’t move us backwards. We are the ones who choose to go backwards into what we “think” we would like to have.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” NIV

So, when you think you are living in the desert of despair, remember that God is always creating a new thing in us. Let's teach ourselves how to enjoy what is given to us with each new day!