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SNOW DAY – CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF SNOW

January 3, 2014
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Blizzard Hercules hit the East Coast last night and today with howling winds and bitter cold. 

I have to admit that I love snow, at least while it is falling and covering everything in a blanket of white.  It muffles the traffic and transforms the city into a beautiful and romantic wonderland.

To celebrate the first snow storm of 2014, here are snow inspired paintings, from Peter Brueghel to Camille Pissarro. Do you have a favorite?  

As 2014 unfolds, follow along. Join my mailing list for the latest artwork, projects and special promotions (enter your email in the space to the right of this column). Cheers!

“The Hunters in the Snow”, Peter Brueghel the Elder, 1565 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Due to severe weather conditions, the N.A.W.A. Office and the N.A.W.A. Gallery will be closed on January 3rd, 2014. To all  N.A.W.A. members affected by the storm: Be safe and be inspired!  American woman artist Andrée Ruellan (1905–2006), found inspiration in the snow. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Winter Cardinals” Andrée Ruellan (1905-2006)
        “Road to Versailles at Louveciennes” (Snow Effect) Camille Pissarro,1869
“Night Snow at Kamara”, Utagawa Hiroshige, 1833  

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to YOU

January 3, 2014
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Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

2013 has been rich with creativity and community, it has been an enjoyable and rewarding year. I want to thank you all for reading my studio blog. 2014 will be even better.

Thank you for your support.  Wishing you the best in the coming year!

Cheers,
Barbara

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National Association of Women Artists … Empowering Women Artists Since 1889

November 26, 2013
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I AM THRILLED to tell you about the induction ceremony to the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). A few months ago I submitted my paintings to be juried and soon received a letter congratulating me on becoming a member to NAWA. Last Thursday was the new members induction ceremony held at The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea in New York City.

The ceremony was inspiring. It was the Emmy’s.  It was the Academy Awards.  I want to thank the Academy….

Well, OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but I felt recognized and accomplished, a professional standing among other successful women artists. 


WILD FLOWERS IN FIELD, 12″x 9″, oil on canvas

 As each artist name was called, two of her works were displayed on a large screen. She approached the stage to receive a certificate and was encouraged to say something about her work or herself.  Gasps! No one expected that we would have to say something about ourselves – ugh – artists talking about their art to a crowd of strangers. Run for the hills! 

LONE TREE, 24″ x 24″, oil/mixed media on canvas



But by the end of the day we felt a part of each others successes.  It was inspiring to hear every one’s story, to get a glimpse of individual journeys. Strength, encouragement, joy and beauty was exchanged


It was a love fest, the mother load.  It just doesn’t get better than that.

Membership into this organization for professional women artists was founded in 1889 by five innovative women, Anita C. Ashley, Adele Fracis Bedell, Elizabeth S. Cheever, Edith Mitchel Prellwitz and Grace Fitz-Randolph.  Early annual exhibitions included the notable Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. As the organization grew, Louis Nevelson, Judy Chicago, Janet Fish, Marisol, Audrey Flack and Faith Ringgold and many other illustrious artists have been added to the roster of supporters.

NAWA has a permanent collection at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey and offers educational opportunities to its members and the general public. 

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RELAX ALONG SIDE A NYC WATER TOWER

December 23, 2011
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Pillow made from my painting of NYC water tower

I recently found an on-line source for designing and printing fabric.  I thought it would be a fun to see what one of my paintings looked like as a pillow. What do you think?

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Upcoming show at Richardson Gallery

November 8, 2009
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Preview of New Works for Upcoming Show at Richardson Gallery
24 King Street, Onancock, VA (Eastern Shores)
757-789-3151
Opening Reception on November 13 from 5 – 8 pm

Where has the time gone!

The summer has just flown by and posting to this blog has been rather sparse. It’s been a busy time with some solid creative work in the studio. Aside from my studio activities, work and other goings on, I am always distracted with the adventures and opportunities of my life and negligent in posting my work. My life sometimes is a whirlwind of activities and people, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of the paintings that will be included in my upcoming exhibit.

My current paintings explore landscape. Images inhabit fields of color that divide and sub-divide the picture plane and capture the spirit of a place; a visual journal of memory. I attempt to capture the beauty of subjects encountered in daily life but often overlooked. A walk down a city street or a stroll through a rural landscape elicits a unique experience with a particular sense of light, feeling and texture.

I find beauty in the commonplace. My landscapes are reduced to simplified forms, visual icons that capture the essence. Empty fields, a stand of trees, and tree branches are my inspiration for my rural landscape paintings. I attempt to give them new perspective through simplicity and color.

Rarely acknowledged, often overlooked, New York City water towers exist on another plateau. They inspire me to look up in this bustling city. I paint the simple elevated wooden barrels to bring attention to the quiet beauty of these relics of our urban environment

I paint a tapestry of colors and moods of living in the city or the serenity the rural vista. My work investigates the process of painting as tactile, layered and object-like. The surfaces are worked so evidence of underlying images is revealed to suggest the passage of time. My color palette is inspired by time spent in New Mexico and in the Pacific Northwest.

Enjoy!

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Preview of Upcoming Show

November 8, 2009
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Where has the time gone! The summer has just flown by and posting to this blog has been rather sparse. It’s been a busy time with some solid creative time in the studio. Aside from my studio activities, work and other goings on, I am always distracted with the adventures and opportunities of my life and negligent in posting my work. My life sometimes is a whirlwind of activities and people, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of the paintings that will be included in my upcoming exhibit.

My current paintings explore landscape. Images inhabit fields of color that divide and sub-divide the picture plane and capture the spirit of a place; a visual journal of memory. I attempt to capture the beauty of subjects encountered in daily life but often overlooked. A walk down a city street or a stroll through a rural landscape elicits a unique experience with a particular sense of light, feeling and texture.

I find beauty in the commonplace. My landscapes are reduced to simplified forms, visual icons that capture the essence. Empty fields, a stand of trees, and tree branches are my inspiration for my rural landscape paintings. I attempt to give them new perspective through simplicity and color.

Rarely acknowledged, often overlooked, New York City water towers exist on another plateau. They inspire me to look up in this bustling city. I paint the simple elevated wooden barrels to bring attention to the quiet beauty of these relics of our urban environment

I paint a tapestry of colors and moods of living in the city or the serenity the rural vista. My work investigates the process of painting as tactile, layered and object-like. The surfaces are worked so evidence of underlying images is revealed to suggest the passage of time. My color palette is inspired by time spent in New Mexico and in the Pacific Northwest.

Enjoy!

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