You start with a base, and it has to be made in some way, shape or form – that’s basically what I’m trying to do with this painting.”
His process starts with sanding. He picks up his brush and strokes the wood until it’s smooth, or as smooth as he can get it, taking a moment to think of his idea. He then begins spraying the wood and using a sanding block – “a wooden thing you get set up to do that on the surface of anything that’s sanded.”
Next, he begins working the colours around the painting. “My idea is to not make the colours too dark because I’m trying to make sure the colour is always very vibrant, and so then it should be the same colour for the entire canvas, for the whole composition,” he explains.
“I always ask myself how it looks after. I try to work from the edge. Maybe it’s one colour but it could be 10, 12, 14 to see if that’s something that I want to use.” He starts with the edges so he can spot the changes to the paint and how they’re shaping the paint.
As he works, he will have a point of reference, usually a piece of photography or painting. “So I will look at it and say to myself: ‘OK, I can see the way the lighting makes this look and how this piece of art looks – maybe this idea in general sounds nice to me.’ And then, in the end, I will be inspired by what I see.”
A lot of the work he does begins with the edges – but if there’s a painting that is specific for your project, he’ll sometimes just start working there. “Sometimes there was a certain painting I could paint and it wasn’t about how I painted it. This one, I thought, ‘Maybe I will just put it in a frame on the wall, because it is so special to me, and it means different things to different people.’ Or I’ve got this painting that’s really special to me, a piece of art in my house, so I put it in a frame and I put it on a wall, and I get started with colour and technique. I can see the painting in my head, and I think it’ll be just right,” says Jones.
Working the edges of his work is one of the reasons he has such fun in the field. “It’s a great challenge, and it’s fun to be the painter and