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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

I think spring is finally here

April 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Believe it of not, it has been really busy - again. This year is passing way too quickly. I have been painting, although they are projects in process. What I have for recent work is a mix of some of my 'routine'. In the morning I write, read, and do art. Art this year has been these mini-pieces of exploration. Not that I haven't been doing other work. It's just a lot slower and multi-layered. Almost all has been abstract. There is some plein aire, and a few quick projects but for now I hope you enjoy what I've posted.

Here's a plein aire from an absolutely gorgeous winter day.  ANITA'S FRONT YARDANITA'S FRONT YARDplein aire in Cedaredge. A very nice day in November or December. Painting with friends.. 13" x 17". pastel.

I love these little gems I bring into being. They are exploratory, and adventurous, a happy part of my daily regimen. I have a - lot.

WELCOME THE CLOWNSWELCOME THE CLOWNSa 5"x3" approx card with pens and ink. what I'm doing right now THAT INSTANTTHAT INSTANT7"X5" CARD WITH COLORED PENS AND INK.

I never know what will happen when I put pen to paper.

and still I'm exploring the abstracts of collage and paint. 

These complex and abstract encounters with my imagination have me finding new ideas, new images.

NATURE'S SPY GLASSNATURE'S SPY GLASSI've been taking some inspirational classes on line from Judy Woods in New Zealand. Yes, an old dog does like to learn new tricks. this is a 16"x12" collage and acrylic, mixed media piece

I hope you'll check out a few other things in my Recent Works folder. Until later, have fun this summer. Try new things, Eat new foods. Explore

Barb

 


Happy Holidays

December 24, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I know this rabbit. His name is Eddie. He had a very slow spring, because of Covid.

1. _Eddie and the Snowman1. _Eddie and the Snowman

Easter was disappointing. This winter he has been very restless.

2. _Eddie helps his mom string 'berries'2. _Eddie helps his mom string 'berries'

He upset the snowman and his mom. He decided to run away from home.

3._Eddie decides to run away from home3._Eddie decides to run away from home

When he found the North Pole he met a kind soul, Mrs. Santa, who cheered him up with hot chocolate and a warm bed. She even got him a job at Santa's workshop. 

4._Arriving at the North Pole Mrs. Santa makes it all better with hot chocolate and a warm bed4._Arriving at the North Pole Mrs. Santa makes it all better with hot chocolate and a warm bed

He really wanted to help. 5._She gets him a job at Santa's workshop5._She gets him a job at Santa's workshop 6. Eddie really wants to help6. Eddie really wants to help
 

Where did Santa go?

7. _Where did Santa go?7. _Where did Santa go?

And why did only Eddie get sooty?

8._why did Eddie get all sooty?8._why did Eddie get all sooty?

Eddie was so busy opening gifts, he didn't notice Suzy until she sniffled loudly.

"Oh. Are these your presents?"

9._Eddie is having so much fun opening packages he doesn't notice Suzy sniffling9._Eddie is having so much fun opening packages he doesn't notice Suzy sniffling

It's more fun sharing anyway.

10._Sharing is so much more fun10._Sharing is so much more fun

Comet says it's time to go.

11._Comet says it's time to go11._Comet says it's time to go 12. _Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!12. _Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


SEASON'S GREETINGS

December 19, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

THE THREE BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS CAROLINGTHE THREE BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS CAROLINGsmall painting of the reconciliation and lasting friendship of the three bears and Goldilocks that led them to a happy holiday season caroling in their neighborhood

Goldilocks and the three bears sing Noel for us as we wind down 2023. My daughter has been on a bear 'kick' and a lot of my 2023 year work revolved around bears and their foibles. They were my gift to her, her non-profit business where she works, and her friends and family.

I did work up ten new paintings for a calendar. Watercolors and a few idiosyncratic misfits.

 

ALMOST THEREALMOST THERE13"x17" watercolor of a girl driving her dogs home from a great day. What fun Almost there

The year has been different and a little confusing for me. Not sure what I'm doing and where I'm headed. I have put new work in the Apple Shed, which I've taken a new turn and done with collage and acrylic. I hope you like it. It's on the rambling path I'm taking.  CAT TAILSCAT TAILS Cat Tails

Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center has been so active and I love to participate there whenever I can. The latest is a miniature sale and show for the holiday season, and I have enjoyed preparing and entering that. They do so much for our art community - the whole community. 

Play mudpies with the little girl. It'll be funPlay mudpies with the little girl. It'll be fun6"x6" miniature watercolor of a happy little girl fixing muddies for her dog

They Said playing mud-pies with the little girl would be fun

Also painted some plein air this year. I started out late and unsure but it turned out to be just what I needed. 

ROUND CORRAL ASPENROUND CORRAL ASPENRound Corral.

This was done by the Round Corral near Trickle Creek. 

The year has turned out to be a loving and wonderful experiences. Lots of new friends, new ideas, Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks?

I hope your year has been good as well, and happy and prosperous for you in 2024.

Barb


Fall has been beautiful, now winter comes on little frost feet

November 07, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

This is holiday season and I'm working on miniatures for a show at the Grand MesaArts and Events Center. I made a bunch of new watercolors for the 2024 calendar. Plein aire was spectacular this fall, and of course, I have been involved in working on abstracts and collage with Judy Woods in New Zealand - on line. It's a good thing to try new things. I still love the watercolors. I really enjoy pastels outside, and the exploration of new ways to do collage and abstract are a great bunch of fun. Enjoy the season, and check out some of my new stuff in the recents file. DRIVING TO WORKDRIVING TO WORK13"x 17" watercolor of a happy redheaded girl and her dogs driving to work, obviously they are working dogs A watercolor for the 2024 calendar.

SPACE BALLAD FOR MARY ELLENSPACE BALLAD FOR MARY ELLEN12"x12" acrylic abstract painting. Many layered and subtle textures on this abstract piece

Abstract from working with Judy Woods

Play mudpies with the little girl. It'll be funPlay mudpies with the little girl. It'll be fun6"x6" miniature watercolor of a happy little girl fixing muddies for her dog

5x5 miniature watercolor.

SURFACE CREEK FALLSURFACE CREEK FALL17"x13" pastel of the far on the Grand Mesa

Plein air in pastel on Surface Creek.


A Note

February 14, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I posted the recent work I've done. Valentine's Day is here and I can say I'm loving the art I'm making right now. It's more abstract and complex than I have done. I only posted a few of the recent, and none of the latest. Several of us have been taking classes with Judy Woods from New Zealand. On line, of course. Guess what? You can teach an old dog new tricks. It's good to take a few risks with art work, and after this couple of years of COVID it's time to get back to experimenting and exploring. I hope you enjoy these pieces. Back to the studio for me. OCTOBER CAT AND PUMPKINOCTOBER CAT AND PUMPKINstill-life with cat and pumpkin in front of the Grand Mesa collage and acrylic. This wasa fun piece. I love the way the collage papers add texture to the surface. Little secrets in the paint.

SUNFLOWER COVER FOR CALENDAR 23SUNFLOWER COVER FOR CALENDAR 23 collage with acrylic, and ink for fun.

MARCH MEANS BABY CHICKSMARCH MEANS BABY CHICKSmixed media and collage with acrylic Not as much collage and stuff, but I had a great time with the chicks in this collage painting.