Pictured above is Kelley! One of my students with some of her work of the day, in San Miguel de Allende Mexico.
NEWS! After a WONDERFULLY successful three winter months in my new studio, located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I have undertaken setting up yet ANOTHER studio set-up! I recently sold my home near Seattle, Washington, and moved “back” to the landscape that I know and love best: the mountains. Yes, “the mountains are calling and I must go”. I have the t-shirt to prove it (ironically, I bought the shirt in Mexico). Since moving to the Seattle area some twenty-five years ago, I have felt the never-ending “pull” of the mountains. I grew up in the Colorado Rockies, and those mountains made an indelible impression on my soul. So here I am AGAIN, setting up yet another new art studio! This time, my studio view is of luscious pines and distant hills, now beautifully “blanketed” with lovely red, orange and yellow vine maples.
I have to admit, this has not been an easy two years! In all honesty, as soon as I arrived back in the U.S. after working and TEACHING out of my new studio in Mexico, my dear husband announced to me that “he’s exhausted and no longer wants to maintain our current house”! Time to get serious about a condo search! I knew this was coming but did not expect it so soon. Lo and behold, we found the perfect town home–which allowed for a decent art studio–located in the perfect place: the gorgeous Cascade mountain range just two hours from the Seattle area! We had only two months to prepare our house to be sold, receive a decent offer AND purchase the new condo. And embark on a major move. Purchasing two new homes (one in Mexico), shedding my dear “old homestead” and setting up TWO encaustic art studios has tested my strengths–and has shown me my weaknesses. What I have learned: all in good time, have patience (with a capital “P”), don’t try to “do it all at once”, and what I have done “today” is enough. Tomorrow is always another day to make a little more progress.
I am close to completing my NEW studio, located near Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth, Washington. I’m still adjusting to “condo life”, and the loss of my beautiful private outdoor spaces. On the other hand, when I am feeling a little “blue” about this, I walk out of my door and in five minutes I am on a lovely hiking trail in the national forest. Now THAT’S amazing!
I am currently “feathering my nest” with some art I have not seen for a few years. The art that is really speaking to me at this moment, as I slowly unwrap them with anticipation, are my assemblage pieces. More than HALF of my storage space are bins and bins of “doodads”, fabric, papers, small and large rusty items, sand, shells, twine, wire….well, you get the idea! So, I have come to the obvious conclusion that I need to be doing MORE ASSEMBLAGE! Assemblage with wax, to be more specific. stay tuned for the studio “reveal”and new works in progress!
In the meantime, please visit my Shrine and Assemblage Gallery here: http://www.jonesmoorestudioart.com/art-assemblage
I had the privilege of teaching THREE very successful encaustic workshops to three groups of some very talented artists and women–although they didn’t give themselves enough credit! What an incredible way to break in my new San Miguel studio! I am so thankful for these opportunities and really grateful to these students, who were my very first ones in Mexico. I am currently scheduling time slots for CUSTOMIZED encaustic and mixed media classes in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I will be available to teach in February and March of 2020. I can teach up to 5 students, so your small group is very welcome! Space is limited so contact me soon: firstname.lastname@example.org