The Art of Esther L Jones

I invite you into this ancient, divine magic of art and music. May you find beauty, joy, peace, purpose and inspiration here. Godspeed.

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Year in Review

It’s hard to think what to say about this year as a visual artist without sounding trite. Amazing, delightful, educational, passionate… Humbling, difficult, discouraging: these are all words I could easily ascribe to 2018. I started the year with some goals. I even typed then up and put them on the refrigerator… And forgot about […]

The things we do for love

Just a quick post to share a bit of what I’m working on… It’s a Christmas gift, so I can’t share the actual painting yet. A dragon was specifically requested. There are no reference photos of dragons, of course, so thankfully there are a lot of great artists who have managed to make up and […]

Wishes For Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy holidays! I hope this post finds you anticipating and enjoying the season. One of the gifts I have unknowingly given myself is a mentor. It has paid off more than once, and I’m so grateful to her for her generosity. For this painting, I really felt like I needed some professional […]

When the underpainting talks

It rarely happens as of yet. In my few years of pastel painting, it’s happened probably 4 or 5 times… At least when I was aware. I’ve heard other artists mention it… They might say “I started this painting and it just told me what it wanted.” My practical mind would cringe. Neither paper nor […]


I’ve barely had time to think, much less type the last few days. Friday afternoon I got some great news twice! First, I got the news that all my medical labs looked awesome. Just a check up for prescription refills, but everything looked great. Then I got the voicemail saying this painting has sold! I […]

Nocturne Challenge

I never thought painting night scenes would be so fun! The challenge on my favorite Facebook group this month, and for January in my pastel society group is nocturnes. I didn’t really have any phot\no references, so I began to keep my eye out for something interesting. One morning low fog was blanketing my town. […]

Try, Try Again!

I think that saying may be on the list of possible titles for this piece! I had to brush off and redo this piece so many times… But in the end I’m mostly happy with it. I took process photos, and I’ll just leave them, in chronological order, below. You will notice that I initially […]

A Childhood Myth

Is there something you thought you could not do when you were a child that you eventually learned to do and enjoy as an adult? I’d love to hear about it. Lately I’ve been concentrating on finding things for which I am thankful in each day or situation. It isn’t just because Thanksgiving is coming […]

Pet Portraits in Pastel

One of my great joys has been to discover that pet portraits and animals are a subject I’m generally successful at painting. These make awesome gifts, especially if you or a loved one has recently lost a precious pet. Here are a few that I’ve done. I’d love to have a chance to talk with […]

Upcoming Event!

I’ve been working a little along getting ready for this fun event. At first, what I really wanted was an Open Studio. But none of my circle actually lives near me. So I decided to combine the Fall Recital of my music students with a personal art show. My church has granted permission to host […]

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