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I will post weekly (or nearly) some of my opinions, insights, ideas, and adventures about art, travel, plein aire, pastel, and whatever's happening. Join me, feel free to add comments, follow along as I paint and write and explore

2017

March 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So much to do. So far to go. Even as I write this I realize I am behind in writing this blog, and might always be so. I am best at keeping caught up at Facebook, Barbara Torke Art, (I can post from my phone in a quick heartbeat). I am next best at www.barbtorkeinsights.blogspot.com (tips and art suggestions and information), and on to www.eighthtribecedaredge.blogspot.com (which is art of students and friends who show and work with me) and my poetry blog www.barbtorkepoetry.blogspot.com (sometimes with art, but mostly my second love - the written word). 

This website has more paintings and more information. You can buy prints here. You can find my history here in art work. You can get in touch with me here (which I enjoy immensely). I love to share. I want you to enjoy my work.

My art is not all kittens and warm puppies. Hidden below the surface is a real desire to keep our planet alive, and our society healthy - emotionally and physically. Does it show? I'm not sure. Look for it, though. It's subtle.

I don't want to go back to the traditional painting of the fifties (my 1950s), or the abstractions of the sixties - or anything between. You are welcome to join me on this journey. Maybe - little by little - We'll figure it out. 

Let's fight the good fight.

45. COLLAGE LAWRENCE FERENGHETTI QUOTES00245. COLLAGE LAWRENCE FERENGHETTI QUOTEScollage with references to artist Lawrence Ferenghetti


The Twelve Days of Christmas.-12

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Twelve Drummers Drumming. The red headed woodpecker I remember as a kid. Not a lot of them but there they were, like that toothpick picker. Now the red-headed woodpecker is focused in the woodlands of the Tennessee area, or the middle Appalachian area. They are struggling like the rest of the bird species. A moment for a plea to take care of our planet. The Downy, the Pilated. We see these more, and the Flicker. If you've ever had one try to get to the inside of the metal sheeting on your roof or in the eaves, you know they are real drummers.

My true love marched to a different drummer, not the little drummer boy, or other drummers we know, but these red-headed woodpeckers, who are my favorite.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me;

Twelve drummers drumming,

12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING12 DRUMMERS DRUMMINGnumber 12 of the 12 days of Christmas Eleven pipers piping,

11 PIPERS PIPING11 PIPERS PIPINGeleventh of the twelve days of Christmas Ten lords a leaping,

10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING Nine ladies dancing,

9. NINE LADIES DANCING9. NINE LADIES DANCING Eight maids a milking,

8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING Seven swans a swimming,

7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING Six Geese a laying,

6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING Five Golden Rings,

5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS Four Calling Birds,

4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS Three French hens,

3. THREE FRENCH HENS3. THREE FRENCH HENS Two turtle doves,

2.TWO TURTLE DOVES2.TWO TURTLE DOVES And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

1. PARTRIDGE  IN A PEAR TREE1. PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

The End 


The Twelve Days of Christmas 11

January 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

ON the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me;

Eleven pipers piping. Of Course they are sandpipers. Although I enjoy bagpipers, they take up a lot of room, and he is keeping with the bird theme. 

Sandpipers are native of Europe, and Britain and Asia. The spotted sandpiper is the American relative. Sandpipers migrate but always live on beaches, or near water. When the sandpiper flies he flies quite low and noisily. He pipes a shrill 'twee-twee-twee' and therefore my true love gave to me

Eleven pipers piping

11 PIPERS PIPING11 PIPERS PIPINGeleventh of the twelve days of Christmas


The Twelve Days of Christmas -10

January 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

There si a part of the twelve days of Christmas that has a theory that includes the ten lords a leaping as symbolizing the ten commandments. I would have gone for the Lords of Flatbush but there weren't ten of them. I found ten leapers, though. 10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING


Te Twelve Days of Christmas - 9

January 02, 2017  •  1 Comment

The bird theme seems to have taken a dive around day eight.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

And just what kind of dancing did they do in the 1800s? I'm afraid my true love is going to get in trouble with the authorities.

9. NINE LADIES DANCING9. NINE LADIES DANCING