Welcome to my blog
A journal of the ongoing exploration of painting. Continually trying to push the boundaries of my art practice. The challenge is to reach the image in my head. Drawing is always my default starting point and then the materiality of the paint takes over to breathe life into the result.
By valbrightjones, Jan 4 2019 08:33AM
The first deadline has already been set.....an exhibition at The Minories in Colchester on March 1st.
I've started making new work for this as it will be an exciting new place to show my work. The Minories is a long established gallery opposite Firstsite so a good chance to visit both.
Following on after the construction of the revolutionary architecture of Firstsite, this whole area of Colchester is undergoing a facelift and gradually becoming an much more inviting place to visit with new restaurants springing up.
My second deadline will be self-imposed. I hope to offer a few workshops now that my studio space has increased. It will be so much more comfortable to be able to plan these at home rather than having to transport materials to another site. So I think thes will be more enjoyable and useful. If you are interested and have any special requests for topics you'd like covered, please email me.
I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.
The first of my new paintings for The Minories Exhibition completed - see below - Pathway to the sea, Cornwall 76 x104 cm.
By valbrightjones, Jan 4 2019 08:31AM
Having sold my Warraba painting at Art Fair East, I decided to paint the scene again. It is a lovely memory of swimming in the cool river whilst staying in dusty, Manilla, Australia where temperatures reach the low 30 degrees daily. Capturing the fierce sunlight on the water as it filters through the giant trees is difficult. By thinking myself back into the space I try to achieve the feelings of being there. Hope I've come reasonably close but will probably make more attempts at this. Some may find their way into a forthcoming exhibition at The Minories, Colchester in March.
By valbrightjones, Dec 15 2018 06:42AM
After a successful exhibition with a friend, Amy Drayson, at the Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, I went on to achieve even more sales at Art Fair East in Norwich. This was a great venue where I met lots of lovely people and received some vry useful feedback. Below is an image of just one of the paintings sold here.
On my return I decided to relocate my studio into a bigger area at home. It was a mammoth task moving plan-chests, books and general paraphanalia but I now have amuch larger space in which to work and can also offer short workshops. I still enjoy teaching and am looking forward to this. I shall probably send out a new Mailchimp letter and put details here too when I've finalised details of this venture.
Warraba NSW Acrylic on canvas - sold at Art Fair East
By valbrightjones, Nov 5 2018 10:23AM
I've at last learnt how to use MailChimp and just sent out my first newsletter.
If you'd like to subscribe to this please email me on -
and I'll add your details to my list.
Here's one more image - Welsh Slate Fence - acrylic and mixed media on paper. This was sold from my print browser along with several more drawings and unframed paintings at the Sentinel Gallery and later at Art Fair East.