Saturday, June 27, 2009


"Fall Foliage" 8" x 10" oil on canvas

I've been away for a few weeks and just
this week got back into the studio. The
last month has been a blur and its nice
to return to painting. My younger brother
just lost his battle to cancer and has taken
up new residence in a better place. I've
been helping my parents with his care
and was with him when he took his last
breath. So now its time to heal and
move on with life and for me that includes
celebrating nature with paint.

As is my custom when I get ready to take
a trip I use studio time practicing painting
the subject matter I am about to go see.
I have a trip to Colorado planned with
the Outdoor Painters Society in July so
the next couple of weeks will be spent
preparing myself for the trip, painting
larger studio pieces for the galleries and
doing the daily paintings. Nuff rambling
for now. Will post again tomorrow.


labrown said...

I like this a lot Rusty. The complementary colors are beautiful. Thanks for posting the detail in the larger image. Very helpful for us newbies. BTW, I visited your studio site an love the work there. I am so glad I came across your blog and work. Sorry to hear about your brother. Best, /Lee

Rusty Jones said...

Thanks for your comments and thoughts. Stay in touch.

Carol Marine said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, Rusty! It must have been a tough month for you.

This painting is beautiful! I am blown away that you did this your first day back. I am always a bit ... rusty. : )

Randy Saffle said...

I lost my father to cancer and he was only forty-five at the time. Sorry about your lose. That is a hard way to go. It sounds like your brother was loved and it was a blessing you were able to be at his side. I know someday we both will see our loved ones again. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

Rusty Jones said...

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts Carol and Randy. I've received a lot of support from family and friends. I'll miss my brother for sure.

Ann Reyes said...

Rusty, I'm so sorry to hear that your brother lost his battle with cancer! I feel your pain. My little mother lost her battle in March and it still hurts, but I konw where she is. My prayers are with you and your family for peace and healing.

This is a wonderful painting--so warm and expressive! The Ouray trip will be good for you. Wish I could go, but I'm teaching.