Welcome to Barb's Blog.

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

A Painting a Day

April 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A month of skiesA month of skiescontrails and currents over the ridge. Pastel 6x9 In January I painted a sky a day. It was from an idea in Pastel Journal. What a great idea. In February I did a bird a day. March got out of hand but I did quite a few trees. When I get back from Italy I will try another month idea. 

Painting a little every day - even if it is a short study, or a small ATC card (artist trading card at 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 .) it is amazing at the difference it makes in skills, confidence, technique and most of all, pleasure. Try it. Pick a subject, medium, idea, project and do a piece every day. It is habit forming and inspiring.

Ice Breaking is available

April 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Ice Breaking is the children's book Kyle Torke and Barbara Torke have, written, illustrated and published. This collaboration is being published, by Loving Healing Press, and is available in hardcover and soft-cover from Amazon. 

we're really excited by the way the book turned out, and feel we have a publisher who wants the best for kids and their support systems. I couldn't be happier. 

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Please check out the latest posts on the other sites. 


www.barbtorkepoetry.blogspot.com            with a picture!

www.eighthtribecedaredge.blogspot.com       catch up with what they're up to

Happy New Year

January 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We have a new year. A new season like none before. Let’s start the year with good intentions,

or resolutions, and keep on making good art, good friends and positive additions to the world with our own talents, and strengths. BARN IN LATE LIGHTBARN IN LATE LIGHTstudy of light on an old New Mexico barn

Santa's New-fangled Christmas 9

December 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Yes. As you know, it worked out all right.

Mrs. Claus gave Santa some ear buds to listen to the GPS directions, so Rudolf never knew he was being helped. Mrs. Claus also made chicken gingerbread soup for Donner and he perked right up and hurried to the sleigh. 

She recorded GORT and promised Cupid when he got back he could have popcorn, too. 

She did get a little worried when Santa came home very late.

It seems when Mr. Carbuncle and his son Wally crept down to the living room as the sun came up, Santa was still there. It was almost noon before Wally got his presents.

And Santa had still not figured out a use of Wally's new fidget spinner. He drove home very relaxed in the bright snow and sun. 5. WHAT DOES IT  DO ?5. WHAT DOES IT DO ?

Santa's New-fangled Christmas 8

December 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Santa rushed through the workroom. The new robot was putting the last packages in the sleigh. The elves had nothing to do. Santa thought he'd better think about that a little when he got back - if he ever started his trip. IMG_6743IMG_6743