Peace to all...

It's been a fun year sharing creative ideas, heartache, good news, not-so-good news and thought-provoking ideas and images with old friends, new friends and my new-found blogging family. It's been wonderful having a place to sound-off about the frustrations of being an "artist" in this complicated world, as well. Thank you all for visiting and leaving your comments. Here's to a great 2011!


Stop, look, listen...

Dear Diary: I have had enough! Enough holiday chatter to last me a lifetime. Enough already! (That's what my dog told me today while I was trying to get a good shot of her by the Christmas tree, in her new holiday sweater).

I am revisiting some photos of mine of a recent camping trip the the Washington coast, near the town of Ocean Shores. I can hear the surf, the birds, smell the brine, the damp, the muck...it's glorious!

Remember to stop, look and listen...

I wish everyone a very warm and peaceful and quiet holiday, whatever that holiday may be. Be grateful, be in the moment. Sit by a lake, or on a beach, or by a river....as a gift to yourself.


My "Virgins of the Day"

Top: The Virgin, Rome, Italy
Bottom: The Virgin, Ana Capri, Italy

A Virgin a Day

Visit Rebecca's truly amazing art blog here:  Recuerda Mi Corazon


Dear Diary: My Life. This Week...

What a week. After spending Monday and Tuesday posting new "goodies in Etsy, I have turned "inward"– exploring new work involving Mom, and how her early death affected me. I'm thinking about this because I was recently asked to submit to a new publication that is "in the works". It involves answering some tough questions about my experiences as an "artist", and a request for some art that is inward-looking, personal. I have been skirting the issue for years, knowing full well that some day I would have to embrace Her, fully, in my art. I have felt her in the studio with me, as I peruse old photos of her. All I have left of her "life" are her old cookbook (her notations are in the margins, along with unknown bits of dried food), one of her art history books (complete with her handwritten lecture notes) and her photos from the 1950's, right before I was born. As I work on this particular piece, I seem to be having some heartfelt, silent conversations with her...feels good. Love you mom.

Pictured: work in progress.


There is still space left in this wonderful mixed media journaling class!

Altered Book Journals: Document Your Life, Travels and More!

Do you have a passion for old books? The desire to journal in more creative and unique ways? In this class you will learn how to transform an old, discarded book into a very personal, expressive journal. You will learn how to prepare your book for journaling—including mixed media techniques with acrylic paints, ink, rubber stamps, collage, photographs and niches. Creative journal writing prompts will also be discussed. Beginners are welcome!

Treat yourself and a friend to an EARLY holiday gift you will never forget! Course #10.0244, class will be held on the Seattle campus of University of Washington.

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN THROUGH THIS THURSDAY, DEC. 2! Call 206-68-Learn to register with ASUW Experimental College, or visit http://exco.org/ and find this class under "Arts &  Crafts", Course #10.0244.


La Vida Artistica: The Artist's Life. My life. This week.

Dear Diary: the life of an artist is not easy.  Lot's of ups and downs this week. A workshop that I very much wanted to teach, did not fill. Yet, I was asked to give a talk about encaustics at a local art guild meeting. What fun! Today, I get to work on ART all afternoon. Fantastic! Yesterday, I spent half the day updating my resume just in case that "perfect" part-time gig suddenly appears or drops into my lap. After 52 years on this earth, with a Bachelors degree in fine art, a successful 15+ years in the graphic design field, raising a family of two fabulous and creative children, and finding my way into one of the most desireable paths a person could choose (making and teaching art): I somehow feel inadequate. Updating resumes and applying for jobs can do that to a person.

But, my heart remains full, and sometimes, hopeful. That I am doing the right "thing", going against ALL logic, and pursuing this crazy career. That's all for now...

I would LOVE to hear about some of your "trials and triumphs" under "Comments"!


Getting ready to STOMP!

I'm so excited that I get to take my kid to see this on Sunday. Just had to share a video...


It's not too late to sign up for my upcoming art workshops!

Top: Altered Book Journals,  Bottom: "Miracles in Wax"

Altered Book Journals: Document Your life, Travel and More! Do you have a passion for old books? The desire to journal in more creative and unique ways? In this class you will learn how to transform an old, discarded book into a very personal, expressive journal. You will learn how to prepare your book for journaling—including mixed media techniques with acrylic paints, ink, rubber stamps, collage, photographs and niches. Creative journal writing prompts will also be discussed. Beginners welcome! December 4, 12-5 p.m. $ 86. UW campus, Seattle, Wa.To register, call UW Experimental College at 206-68-LEARN, or visit http://exco.org

Miracles in Wax
Learn the basics of working with the exciting medium of encaustics while carving your own little “miracles” into warm beeswax. In Latin America, the milagro (“miracle”) is a small trinket that depicts a part of the body that is ailing a loved one. This can include images such as heads, hands, hearts, eyes and more. You will work on a milagro design of your own, then transfer the image to your encaustic surface. After carving the design, you will be able to experiment with color and texture using various mixed media, such as ink and powdered pigment. Nov. 18 & 20, class fee $85., $12. materials fee payable to instructor. Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, Wa. To register, call 425-257-8380.


New Work!

New work...12x12 encaustic with mixed media, sand, metallic pigments, ink, photographs. It is called "Aloe Quietly Breathing", inspired by a haiku that I wrote:

Filtered sun through glass
Aloe quietly breathing–
Winter waits outside.

See this work in person at Fraker/Scott Gallery's "12x12" group show, opening TODAY, November 4 (First Thursday Art Walk is 5-8 p.m.) and running through December 31 in downtown Seattle! (see my sidebar)


NEW exciting items in my Etsy shop!!!

Internet Publico Wall photograph...taken in Oaxaca, Mexico. LOVE the colors! Go to jonesmoore.etsy.com to see more!
All images COPYRIGHT JonesMoore


NSCC Encaustics Art Show

It was an AMAZING show opening for the Encaustics Art Show at North Seattle Community College Art Gallery last Tuesday. This truly is a show you do NOT want to miss! A huge "thank you" to Brenda and Wendy (pictured above) for the fabulous job they did with hanging the show, not an easy undertaking with SO many artists and art involved. It looks gorgeous! (see my sidebar for show information).

Also pictured, some of my artwork, as well as art by Binky Bergsman and many others!


Join me tomorrow at the opening of the Encaustics Group Show in Seattle!

I will be at the opening for the Encaustics Group Show at North Seattle Community College TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 12 from 1-3 p.m. Come an down and join me! Here is the address:

North Seattle Community College Art Gallery, 9600 College Way No., Room IB 1322. 
It is located next to the campus bookstore.

In case you can't make it then, there is another gallery opening/meet the artists from 6-8 p.m. I will be there from 1-3 p.m.!


Much needed humor for the week (TOO cute )...

Coopyrights to this film are held by its creators.


BLUE group exhibition to open this Thursday in Seattle!

BLUE...Haunting and hopeful images in the colors of sky and sea. Artists at Fraker/Scott Gallery will fill the gallery with this endless color...

Show dates: October 7-30
Seattle First Thursday Art Walk: October 7, 5-8 p.m.
Meet the Artists Reception:  Saturday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. (wine and cheese will be served)
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat.  11-5

Featured artists: Lynn Scott, Tracy Fraker, Kate Steiger, Sue Robertson, Barbara Wyatt, Mona Fairbanks, Lynn Garka, Mike O’Day, Jim Ballard, Michelle Montjoy, Nancy Thompson, Rick Stafford and Lisa JonesMoore.

Pictured above: "Tango (Haughty Poses)", by Lisa JonesMoore, encaustic with mixed media, COPYRIGHT 2007 Lisa JonesMoore


My Beeswax Collage Workshop still has space!

You won't regret taking the PLUNGE into collage with warm beeswax! Here are the details of this wonderful workshop that will take place in Edmonds, Washington, on October 9. You MUST sign up by Friday, October 1, in order insure that the class takes place:

ArtsNow C420: Beeswax Collage: Celebrate Fall!

Do you love the scent and look of natural beeswax? In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to create a collage with warm beeswax using found papers, various fabrics, and items from nature. You will also learn how to use scribing tools, oil pastels, powder pigment rubs, and texture with the beeswax. The possibilities are infinite! You will complete the class with the knowledge of how to do this in your own home, and where to find the necessary supplies. Saturday, October 9, 10-5, $ 119. Register by calling ArtsNow by 10/1 at 425-640-1243, or go online for more information: http://www.edcc.edu/artsnow/registration/


The Edmonds show is up and running!

All images copyright 2009, 2010 JonesMoore

Well, the show is up and the space is beautiful! Matthew Robert Salon is a serene, light-filled space, fantastic for showcasing artwork or treating yourself to a haircut or style. Come and see thought-provoking artwork by Lisa JonesMoore and Sue Robertson! No appointment is necessary to see the art! The show will be up through November 27. (See sidebar for address, phone and more information).

Pictured above: "Sacred Door", Corazon del Girasol", "Double Venus", by Lisa JonesMoore.


Currently Showing at ArtsNow Gallery in Edmonds, Washington

 "Mary with Blue & Green", Beeswax collage (encaustic), COPYRIGHT 2008 JonesMoore

I am currently showing five encaustic (beeswax) collage pieces at the ArtsNow Gallery in the Edmonds Conference Center in Washington state. The show features artwork and exhibits by the ArtsNow/uLearn faculty. On October 9, I will be teaching a full day workshop called "Beeswax Collage: Celebrate Fall" (see my sidebar). Come on down to the gallery and spend a morning or afternoon in the  beautiful town of Edmonds, where there are numerous shops and restaurants and BEACHES! Here's all the important information about the show:

The ArtsNow Gallery is featuring artwork and exhibits by ArtsNow/uLearn instructors, including mixed media and encaustic collage by Lisa JonesMoore. For more information call 425-640-1243. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Meet the instructors and artists on Third Thursday Art Walk, September 16, from 5-8 p.m.

The show starts September 14!


A long road trip and hands at work in my Warm Wax Collage class!

Hello fellow blogging friends. I do apologize for my wee absence from the blogging world. It's been a wild summer involving three shows, one workshop, a ten day road trip through the American West (and British Columbia), and getting one offspring settled in a new city and new college! But, I am glad to be back!

I have posted one 'teaser' photo from my road trip (on the back of a Harley, somewhere in Idaho) and a few "hands at work" from my recent workshop, "Warm Wax Collage". I want to thank all of my students, who graciously returned for the 2nd session after I had to call in sick. You were all wonderful students!

(Copyrights to actual artwork pictured belong to the creators).


Masters: Collage–a MUST see!

You will be BLOWN off the face of the planet when you open this book, "Masters: Collage", just put out by Lark Books. Well worth the $16.-25. price tag (check Amazon.com). I can only view a few pages at a time, in order to savor each piece of "gorgeousness". My cyber aquaintance, Donna Watson (her beautiful blog is called "layers"), is featured among the many uber-talented artists. Make sure you have some quiet time, away from everything, before you open this book...


Happy Birthday Dad...

Dear Dad, today would have been your 94th birthday! If you were still here you would have scolded me for saying this in public! I still dream of our fishing and camping trips together, backpacking trips and eating out of a peanut butter jar in the rain. I still wonder what happened to that string of 20 trout I dropped to the bottom of 11 Mile Reservoir in Colorado...still remember how you very patiently extracted that fish hook from my thumb, and sitting in the car during thunderstorms while our fishing lines were still in the water...the Cessna flight to Pueblo, Colorado, you flew with me, grinning at my strange shade of 'green' while winds buffeted us along the front range of the Rockies. I love you Dad.

(photos copyright Estate of Thomas Jones)


A few good reasons to come to Edmonds this weekend!

Here is another sneak peek at new artwork I am showing in Edmonds, Washington, through the weekend of July 17th and 18th. "Maman" (encaustic with mixed media) is making her first appearance in public at ArtSplash, and "The Rodent Speaks" is speaking his point of view on things at the Fabric of Life Boutique. (see my sidebar for links to show hours and addresses).

There are also a few FUN events going on around town, like the free bluegrass concert happening on Sunday in Edmonds City Part at 3:00 p.m. Edmonds in Bloom, a gorgeous garden tour, is also taking place on Sunday from 11-4. And, there are always the beautiful beaches to visit!


Two shows in Edmonds, Washington

I am currently preparing for two shows that are opening next week in Edmonds, Washington. I will be showing new encaustic paintings and assemblage at ArtSplash. And right up the street, I will be showing mixed media and encaustic collage and assemblage work at Foundation of Life Boutique. (see sidebar for show info.) I do apologize for not keeping up with posts to this blog! I do promise more to come soon...After the two shows are hung, I will relish reading your blogs and catching up with you all!


A "sneek" peek at the Ladies...

This is one of the new pieces I will be showing at ArtSplash, opening July 15, in downtown Edmonds, Washington. You have GOT to see this one in person, the photo doesn't quite do it justice! This is based on an old drawing from college that I did many years ago, and I have carved the figures into encaustic wax. I've added ink, graphite, sand and glass micro-beads. See the sidebar to the right for more information on this fabulous upcoming show...


More beauty from Maui...

Simple beauty in the sacred...Lahaina town, Maui, Hawaii.


South Pacific and the Pacific Northwest

I am blessed...
to have been able to visit these gorgeous places in May and June.
Pictured from top to bottom: Dragon's Teeth, Maui, Hawaii; salt deposits at Dragon's Teeth; a 
West Maui ocean view; cliff at North Beach in Port Townsend, Washington; rock sculpture at North Beach; log 'wall' at North Beach, Port Townsend, Wa.

This is what keeps this artist 'ticking'...


I'm back!

New and exciting posts coming SOON! Thanks for your patience! I just recently returned from tropical Maui breezes, and had to plunge right in to the massive Artists Garage Sale, which took place in Everett, Washington this last weekend. It was a HUGE success, and "Thanks" to everyone who attended and stopped by my booth. A gorgeous 70 degree day, with full sunshine--which is rare in June in Washington!!


This is a "must attend" event!!

This fabulous event is happening at the new Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington on June 5. I will be selling pastel and oil landscapes, mixed media collage, art prints, photographic prints and more! Over 90 artists will be participating, and here's a little secret: the "early bird" gets the worm. Stuff sells 'uber' fast, and prices are jaw-droppingly (is that a word?) amazing!! Cold hard CASH is best, checks or O.K., a small number of artists will accept plastic. 9 to 3 p.m. For more information, you can call the Arts Council of Snohomish County at 425-257-8380. See you there!

Poster art copyright Arts Council.


My shrine has arrived!!

This beautiful shrine,"Art Heals", has just arrived on my doorstep! It was made by artist Lisa DiNunzio, and you can see her blog at: www.pritistudio.blogspot.com. Lisa was one of many talented artists who participated in the auction to benefit Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, which raised approximately $4,000 this year. I was also very privileged to be involved in the auction, by making and donating a handmade shrine called "Protect the Children". (see my sidebar)

Here is a little bit about Lisa DiNunzio:
"I am a self-taught (self-critical) artist.  I was brought up by the
"waste not-want not" mantra, so this explains the up-cycled art
I create and also probably my extra 10 pounds :)
I am a paradox: eternally optimistic and at the same time
almost always melancholy.

I have a family that I am in love with...a charmed life I am so thankful for... I am bashful and ridden with anxiety, but I do have a "brave-face-mask" that I wear almost all of the time..."

I feel so fortunate to have met all of the artists (through our blogs) who participated in this heartfelt cause for children in Oaxaca, Mexico. I encourage you to visit Lisa's beautiful art blog!