Doodling artist has many talents

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff

They’ve auctioned off the doodles of Robert deNiro and Meryl Streep at charity events. Inventions by Leonardo da Vinci’s are said to come from his bursts of doodles.

Doodling is and has become a new art form.

“I wouldn’t call it fine art,” said artist Jan J.C. Jones, a Tucumcari native and daughter of Tucumcari businessman Stanley E. Jennings. “I never thought any thing would ever come of it. But every time I’ve submitted something, it’s been accepted and featured … It’s a huge surprise.”

Most recently, two of her works from what she calls the Whimsical Doodle’s Whimsical Worlds collection, were juried and accepted into the Colored Pencil Graphics division for the American Juried Art Salon’s 2006 Fall/Winter show. Jones was also named the Divisional Award Winner of the pastel/graphics category which carried with it a cash award.

Jones’ two works are titled “First Impressions” and “The Rastafarian Flute-Harpist Arrived Late.” Her art has been described as “Peter Max colliding with Kandinsky.”

Jones’ doodles transport the viewer into mostly lighthearted abstract scenes filled with geometry, color, wonderfully composed spaces occupied (in some cases) by unfamiliar, otherworldly creatures, according to a release announcing the award.

Her work is also included in the international POP GESICHT Project. Established in 2004, inclusion into the POP GESICHT (roughly translated, The Face of Pop) project is by invitation only, and it intends to survey the work of artists examining the effects of popular culture, and artists utilizing Pop techniques in both the fine and graphic arts.

Jones said she likes to think of her work, which are larger than most doodles, on an 18-by-24 inch piece of paper, as the lighter side of life. They take their shape from colored pencils or markers and pastels.

“I hope they lead people to lighten up,” said Jones, who says the fanciful, colorful doodles are “just a way to totally relax.”

Her modern, yet retro looking doodles, would be well suited to interior design themes, such as on fabric or on murals, Jones said. “I’d love to see them translated into fabrics. It would be nice to have them in something like an office. I’d hope someone would walk in and it would lift them up. They are very whimsical.”

There is also the possibility that, in the future, some of the doodles will be retailed as posters, she said.

A 1971 Rattlers graduate and the daughter of an artist and art teacher at Tucumcari High School, the late Janie Jennings, Jones said she liked art in high school but pursued a degree in biology and chemistry at Eastern New Mexico University.

“It was something practical,” she said. But she did “fall back into what I wanted to do,” she said.

The honors for her doodles, which are what she said she does in her spare time, hold up well to her video communication talents.

Jones has won a Telly award, and she and Garner were selected to do a 50th anniversary production for Disney. They are the coproducers of “Disneyland: Then, Now, & Forever” hosted by Julie Andrews, featured on Buena Vista Home Video’s DVD, “Secrets, Stories and Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth.” The release is for this year.

And most recently the company has produced a video pilot project, called ArtSafari, which took her to the Everglades.