Origins - Jay Bonestell

I grew up in a family where creativity was like breathing. Both of my parents were artists and my two siblings and I have always followed a creative path. I have been painting for most of my life, first working with oils and later venturing into acrylics, watercolor and pastels. Open Studios Art Tour guests seem to be surprised when I tell them I’m basically self-taught.

While I’m comfortable painting on traditional canvas and paper, many of my pieces are created on materials I find on my daily walks with our dog, Wylie. Around our Los Osos studio and at the beach, I frequently find unusual items to paint on, including used wood, rocks, shells, driftwood, and even eucalyptus bark. My work primarily reflects my love of nature, with scenes of local views, flowers & our precious wild birds.

Lately, I’ve been painting what I call “magical realism.” Our studio has one quiet room devoted to these mystical works, in which I attempt to convey a wistful and parallel universe that is in the world, but not of the world. During Open Studios Art Tour, guests also like to explore my magical fine craft, including rattles, spirit dolls, ceramic goddesses and wands made with found & organic objects.

You’ll find 2 artists at Bonestell Studios Oct. 8-9 & 15-16, 2016. I’m listed as Artist # 120, and my mixed media artist wife, Ann Bonestell will feature her own new Spirit Dolls, encaustic paintings, soldered glass jewelry, and story shrines (Artist # 119.) We look forward to meeting you and sharing the magic of art in October! 2008 Ferrell, Los Osos, 93402, 805.528.4265, http://www.bonestellstudios.com/

Open Studio Guests
Changed by the Light
Wildflower Fairy, Photo by Forrest Doud
Spirit Dolls, Photo by Forrest Doud
Open Studio Guests
Open Studio Guests
Changed by the Light
Changed by the Light
Wildflower Fairy, Photo by Forrest Doud
Wildflower Fairy, Photo by Forrest Doud
Spirit Dolls, Photo by Forrest Doud
Spirit Dolls, Photo by Forrest Doud