Friday, December 23, 2011

More Joy

These are two more attempts at the "Joy" illustration. I am scanning the line drawing separate from a painted layer and I like the way the colors look this way much better.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Commercial Illustration

Working to bring my art full circle from digital illustration, to fine art painting back to a method of combing the two for commercial work.
Here are a few samples I am working on.

Friday, December 09, 2011

I'm in Love

I'm in love with these colors, in love with working small and in love with working on paper. It's wonderful to be in love. Maybe I'm just happy to be painting again after taking some time to set up my store and a freelance account. But it's a great time to be happy and I'll take it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New Giclee Prints

I am so pleased with the reproduction quality of my new giclee prints created at American Printing, check them out at my new online store:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blue or not to Blue? That is the question.

I have had customers on more than one occasion and in different states say "I love it but I don't have any blue in my house". So I took the blue out of the scanned painting images in Photoshop and am going to invest in making 8" x 10" giclee prints of them. What do you think? Do you like the originals better?
From the comments on facebook I am leaning towards making the prints from the color manipulated images, no one seems to care or really notice that they are not the original painted colors.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Painting a Verb

Rising, acrylic on paper, 11.5 " x 14.25"

I wanted to take a break from the "how" of painting and focus on the "why". I followed the workshop leader, Bob Burridges', advice and did some journaling to determine a verb I wanted to paint. I was surprised by the verbs I chose: thriving, evolving and morphing. Thinking of verbs really snapped my mind into focus. I wonder why? Because painting is an action also? Or verbs are more abstract and stops your mind from thinking about concrete objects? This was fun and pure freedom.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Color Placement

I feel like I finally got the color placement going how I wanted in attempts 5 and 6. Can you see the difference? I am also glad that I stuck with the same subject so I could more easily see the progression. After this exercise, I also feel more confident in tackling a commercial illustration project in this style. If anyone knows of any such opportunities let me know.
There is still lots of experimentation to be done like varying the mark making. Let me know if you would like to see any of these available as prints. Thank you for your input.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Color Blocks

I have observed from some of my favorite artists like Marc Chagall and Jose Merello that color is independently blocked onto the painting and is not tied to foreground and background or positive and negative shapes in the picture. That seems so simple but hard for me to overcome. Here are a few of my latest attempts.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Works on Paper

‎"My Painted Pony", acrylic on paper
Carol Barber @ 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Carol Barber@2011, "Foraging Red", acrylic on paper, 8"x 10"

I started to do some works on paper last week, hoping to do some spontaneous experimental work. But started making a lot of tight, over worked messes. Maybe it was the medium, maybe it is my reference or starting points? Anyway I was thankful to complete this piece on paper yesterday. Not as loose as I anticipated but I think it is an interesting image.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Color is Inspiring

What a fabulous weekend it was to take photos!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Robert Joyner

I watched a tutorial by Robert Joyner last night: and then did this large painting today. I love Robert Joyner's abstract cows especially. I am pretty happy with my painting, I wish that I would have left the layers more open. I don't know why I have that urge to fill in the canvas. Joyner's are definitely looser but I will keep working at it. Boy I really need to sell a painting so I can buy more canvases. I know you will enjoy looking at Joyner's work, let me know if you try out his tutorials. They are all free, what a nice guy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Five New Paintings

I was able to complete five new paintings this past week. The way I did it was to work on four of them at one time. I like that process and really feel like creativity can fly. I was flipping back and forth through my sketch book and not even really "seeing" what I was painting sometimes. That is the way I sketch, I hardly look down at the paper. I used Liquitex brand light modeling paste instead of Golden brand and I thought it behaved differently. Golden's paste stays grainy in texture even after mixing it with water. What I got with Liquitex reminds me of gouache paint. I like the soft matte look on canvas but prefer Golden's thickness. The one painting with the blue road and fluffy clouds was done by itself and I used Golden's regular modeling paste full strength. It has a shiny finish rather than matte. I would really like to hear your opinions about the paintings and which one you like best. I am missing the Fall art festivals and that is the best place to get feed back. I left some of the backgrounds from taking the pictures. I thought it was interesting how much they matched my new surroundings. Also the paintings are from sketches I did on Grave's Mill Road in Madison County. It is such a pretty road, like visiting another country or going back in time. A very special place.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Mad Arts

I am very excited to have some paintings for sale at Mad Arts on Route 29 North of Ruckersville, just in Madison county. I love the enthusiasm of the owner and I really enjoy the process of selling paintings. Who wouldn't right?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Getting Warmed UP

"Barn Shadows"

"Have Barn. Let's Play."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fun with wall colors

The most creative thing I have done lately is choose paintings to go with the existing wall colors in our new home. I love the strong colors on the walls and they surprisingly really make the art pop. I left numerous paintings for sale in Gainesville at MT's Chop House and Paddiwhack. Chuck at Paddiwhack will let you take the paintings home and try them with your wall colors to see how you like them before purchasing. Try a little color today!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Commissioned Chair

Three siblings commissioned me to paint a chair for their Mother's Birthday. As a Mom, I knew she would be touched by her childrens' thoughtful efforts no matter how it turned out, so I took on the project. For me I wanted to paint the chair to get me through our move and the idle time between waiting for the first closing to happen and getting our moving truck. But that first closing didn't happen and we have decided to take on two mortgage payments as we wait for a buyer down in Florida and keep our house in Virginia. Now I am thankful for the money I made on the project and will carefully spend each dollar. How quickly things can change but it makes you appreciate every opportunity.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Show Cancelled

I will not be having an art show at the Tioga Art Center next weekend. The space will no longer be an art gallery after this month because it has rented to another business and I am running into more than anticipated with the relocation to Charlottesville, VA. However if you ever wanted a painting from me, now is a great time. I am motivated to give moving sale prices this month. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Plans for Moving the Art

Looks like I will have a private sale at my house until June 10th then the show will move to the Tioga Art Center from June 11th until June 26th. Monday June 27th, I'll figure out what I am leaving at Paddiwhack and MTs Chop House. Then I will pack the truck and head to Charlottesville, VA.

Moving Sale

One time only moving sale until June 11! I am excepting "make me a deal offers" on the works for the sale. I have these at my house and will be having a yard sale with a neighbor on Saturday so that would be a great time to come look. I also have a lot of great pieces at MTS Chop House from previous series. I will continue to show new work at Paddiwhack and will come to town for a show once a year. I am looking forward to continuing ties with Gainesville but need to prepare for the move. Please contact me for more infomation. 352-871-2688.

I wish "blogger" had a better photo album option. I have a photo album of the works on my facebook page.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

10 min Sketches

I tried to draw the children at the preschool in 5 min. sketches but they turned into 10 min. sketches and missed up my schedule and plan. My son said "we didn't do much in art today" but then he was sketching me at the breakfast table this morning, so I believe the class was a success. Does anybody remember the children's show that used to come on t.v. with a man drawing a story as he told it? I loved that show, I learned to draw eyes quickly from him.