Sunday, March 29, 2009


"Terlingua Adobe" 9" x 16" oil on linen

Just West of Big Bend is the small
town of Terlingua which served as a
mining community in the mid-1880s.
The only remnants of the mining days
is the ghost town which once housed
the miners for the Chisos Mining Company.

There are about a dozen abandoned
adobe houses like the one depicted above,
a cemetery and the Starlight Cafe where
hot, sunbaked,smelly after a day of painting
in the Texas heat artists like myself
migrate to for a cold beer, country
western music and a nice dinner.

After a few beers and a hearty meal me
and my travel companions will mosey
(Texan for move about) out to the porch,
sit in rocking chairs and gaze at the
brightest stars seen anywhere.


Steve Atkinson said...

WOW! Great light effect Rusty. One of my favorites of yours.

Rusty Jones said...

Thanks Steve. Means a lot coming from you.

julie davis said...

Rusty, love your work and can't wait to see the pieces from Jill's workshop here. The Big Bend work is breathtaking, and I really like this little adobe from Terlingua. You captured the light and shadows, and the composition is wonderful.

Sally Shisler......... said...

Wouldn't you know! You ARE Rusty Jones - Medical Illustrator! I continue to be amazed at the miminal 'degrees of separation' we find through the internet. Carol is a good friend of mine too, but I arrived here through a link on Julie Davis's blog. I've known of you as a medical illustrator for at least 20 years - ever since my study at UIC's Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program. You were definitely one of the master illustrators to aspire to. I'd heard a while back from a contemporary of mine, Jim Postier (medical illustrator at Mayo), that you had turned your devotions to painting, but I didn't know it was plein air. Your paintings are simply awe-some (cool yes, but truly awe inspiring)! I have had a long career in medical art and I still support myself this way, but I spend most of my time painting and teaching plein air palette knife workshops here in Florida. Anyway - I am so excited to find you, and I'll now be following you as a painter instead of illustrator!