Jill Rumley - Artist

Original oil paintings by Jill Rumley

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Week 19 – 52 Card PU Art

Still running behind in my “weekly” art, but here is another mini painting.  It’s a sunset, or a sunrise depending on your perspective. I’ve always been a fan of both sunrises and sunsets, although I admit I’ve seen a lot more sunsets!  

I’ve got a busy summer ahead of me.  Lots of art shows coming up and I’m really excited to be a part of them!  Next week, June 8th-11 will be the Longmont Artists’ Guild Member’s Show & Sale at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.  Over 40 artists will have their art displayed and for sale.  I’ll have a few of my favorite pieces there, Piggy Toes, Hunter’s Lunch, Chocolate Cow and Portland Pooches.  I will also have a bin with prints for sale as well.  I’ll post more photos next week after we set up the event!

Week 18 – 52 Card PU Art

New beginnings. It’s been four weeks since I haven’t had the motivation or the energy to create a new pick up card art. So I’m a few weeks behind, and I plan on making up the weeks as soon as I can!

I recently moved into a new studio space, here in Longmont. I’m very excited about this new opportunity and while my old studio was a great launching point, it was eventually not the right fit for me.

So this weeks card represents new life, new beginnings, new beauty, new art. The inspiration comes from my husband’s cousins family who raises monarch butterflies. They always share a photo when a new one hatches, so I choose one of these wonderful photos as my inspiration for this weeks pick up art. 

Tiny bottles ‘o liquor

Snow Day in May You Say? No problem! It’s a great way to spend the afternoon painting tiny liquor bottles into my painting.  There’s even a mini painting within this painting and a painting of bottles in there as well. Whew. 

I’ve been working on this painting from my trip to Ireland in 2009 for a few months now. People who have seen me paint know that I am a fast painter, usually done with my paintings in 3 sessions. This one, however, is a labor of love. And SO worth it! I still have a ways to go, but here’s a close up of the liquor bottles sitting in a window. Yes, I used a tiny brush! 

Day-Glo Tulips

I’m actually in the process of moving my studio to a new location. So getting my weekly pickup art done is more challenging. But I am still taking classes at Rick Stoners studio and the past couple of weeks have been drawing and still life. 

I’m trying really hard to learn pastel painting. To me it’s like drawing on a sidewalk with chalk. But I know that it’s all about patience, good paper and technique. This week’s painit was a pitcher full of cut tulips. I was really frustrated at first and almost gave up, but I pushed through and here is my result. Like most of my work, there is a strong contrast between the subject and the background. I guess that’s just how I roll!

Exciting news! I’ve been accepted into the “Humanity” exhibit!

I’m super excited that “Cactus Love” has been accepted  in to the HUMANITY exhibit in at the DARKROOM @ Bin 46 in Downtown Longmont.  Special thanks to Kevin Brezler for encouraging me to enter this photo!

Exhibition Opens on Friday, June 9th and 6-9pm will be the artist reception.  Show runs through July 29th


DARKROOM is located @ Bin46 , 600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501 

All entries were juried by Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Executive Juror and Award-Winning Documentary Photographer –  and Julie Cardinal, – Juror and Director/Curator – The DARKROOM @ Bin 46

Check out the gallery of entries below.  Woot!

Humanity Photography Contest

Week 18 52 Card Pick Up Art

Still feeling unmotivated.  This week’s card is another “mood piece” where my overall mood seems to come into the work.  Dark, brooding and blue.  Yep, that’s how I’m feeling.  Come on Summer!  I need me some sunshine and warmer weather!

Week 17 52 Card Pick Up Art

This week’s (well actually it was for last week) art is just weird.  I don’t like it one bit.  I had just finished my painting of my piggy, and thought I’d try to paint a mini one.  Ick.  I’m not sure it looks like a pig or a dog or something deranged.  Although even though I don’t like it, I will share it at the end of this post.

What IS new and good news is I found some mini frames that fit my playing card paintings!  I put my favorites in the frames and they’re now for sale for $20 each!  Check it out now and contact me if you’re interested!  






When I came up with this idea last Fall, I had no idea what or where it might take me creatively.  The past couple of weeks, I have not been feeling very creative painting-wise. I’ve been working on my drawing skills and photography.  I guess that’s the just the ebb and flow of the creative process.

Okay, here’s the weird the pig-dog-on-fire thing.  ICK.




Week 16 – 52 Card Pick Up Art

Orange. Why did I paint an Orange?  Because I’m going to be traveling to “Orange” California this weekend to spend time with friends who have recently moved there.  For a spontaneous piece, with no subject to study, I think this came out okay.  Looking at the photo of it now, I suppose I would add the stem, a leaf or maybe even partially peel the orange.  These are all great ideas for a future still life painting. Meanwhile, just a round orange looking object is what I  have.

I also did work on another piggy painting.  He’s almost done…I just have to let the background dry before I do the final layer for the hair.  I had to double check that pigs have “hair” and not “fur.”  Like horses, who have “hair,” pigs have “hair” as well.  Either way, it’s almost done and I will post it next week!

“Orange” Oil on primed playing card.

Mmmm… Macro Lens

In addition to being a painter, I was first a photographer for 3 decades.  I still love photography, and I recently acquired a new macro lens for my Olympus OM-D micro 4:3 camera. 

This lens is a Lumix G Macro 30/F2.8. The focal length is a fixed 30mm which is equivalent to 60mm for a standard camera.  

Enough geek-speak.  here are a couple of close up photos of my cat Addison.  Needless to say, she does not appreciate a camera lens 2 inches from her face.  I did get 3 usable photos though.

Week 15 – 52 Card Pick Up Art

No patience. That is how I’m feeling today. Last week we did Zentangles and doodles with the Longmont artist group member meeting. I drew a wonderful zentangle that day, but could not find inspiration the rest of the week. I attempted to draw one today however, and it turned out really crappy. But here it is and this is my drawing for last week. I will work on something better for this week, however i’m not really feeling all of that inspired today. And then to top it off I just found two of my old posts that were scheduled to post but didn’t post so there are three posts for today, technology!

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