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Bruce Jones – Watercolors, Ink, Drawing, Sculpture

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I’m fascinated with the way our brains use clues of shape, shadow and texture to figure out what we are seeing. I explore patterns of these clues in my paintings, drawings and sculptures -- always seem to be searching for interesting shapes.

My subject matter is varied: landscapes, seascapes, people, florals, glass, rusty equipment, practically anything with interesting colors or textures. I do a lot of my painting on location rather than using photographs, and this is part of the discipline that is important to me in art – to be able to make the shapes I see without any technological aids, as in traditional of “plein air painting” and “life drawing”.

I paint primarily in watercolor, usually as a watercolor “purist” but sometimes finishing with pastels, ink or colored pencil. In contrast to most watercolorists, I like to use hard lines and strong darks in my compositions and I spend a lot of time working on textures. I try to paint colors the way they really are, whether the overall painting ends up representational or not. Some of my paintings are wet-on-wet, some dry-brush, but most have some of both. I don’t do “thumbnail sketches” in advance of starting a painting, but I do draw lightly with a soft pencil to work out the composition and plan my approach.

I draw a lot: small pieces in colored pencil with a lot of burnishing, large ones in charcoal or black and white pencil on gray or brown paper with a lot of blending. I use sumi ink to draw with a pen and brush, using a “chrysanthemum dish” holding different concentrations of ink. The brush is used for ink washes.

I have done paper mache masks for decades, did a lot of metal sculpture in the 70’s, been carving alabaster, limestone and marble since 2004, and started making sculptural ceramics in 2010. While I seem to keep filling sketchbooks with drawings, and painting feels like playing with color, sculpture seems like more serious work.

Although my education and work experience were in economics and business, I’ve been painting all my life, as did several members of my family. I’ve done art practically every day since moving to the coast in 2000.

Contact Information:

Bruce Jones
PO Box 250
Gualala, CA 95445

Phone: 707-884-3381

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