Monday, November 30, 2009

road show #1

For years I’ve been taking reference photos out the window of a moving vehicle. Many are completely useless: lots of telephone poles, other vehicles and roadside guard rails. But a few can be used as inspiration. This is the first of my Road Show series. “November,” pastel on paper 7 x 11 inches.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

website update

My website has just undergone its yearly update thanks to
Kay Dewar of Dewar Design. Please take a look!
GO to Barbara's Website

Friday, November 13, 2009

november editorial

This month, I was honored to be asked to contribute an editorial for the Northwest Pastel Society. I began to write about WHY WE PAINT but ended up talking about bottles. Read the editorial and then look around the site. Penny Chadwell has created a beautiful and informative web presence for the organization.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

out of control

I’m beginning to believe that if I paint from the heart, I don’t have much control over the end result. This was meant to be an abstract based on the composition of “Sky View Path” but it just kept leaning toward literal. I love how it looks unframed because the brick color of the paper and the lively strokes show. To see how “Passage” looks framed, CLICK HERE.

Friday, November 6, 2009

a change of seasons

It's Friday; I don't know where the week went. Today's painting is inspired by our weather - a storm last night and a rainy day today. As with this painting (reading left to right), the fall color in the trees has moved to the ground. "A Change of Seasons."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

red easel

A nice surprise this morning: my work has been included in the November 2009 newsletter on Red Easel.
Mary Susan Vaughn, a professional visual artist, created Red Easel as a place for artists to connect, show their work, talk about art and find art-related information.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

fourth in the series

Fourth in this series is "Sky View Path," same size as the previous painting, image 9.5 x 16 inches framed to 18 x 24 inches. I found two double, off-white mats in the studio, the motivation for this horizontal format.