Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

Mom, Mom, Mom, Mommy, Mommy, Mom, Mama, Mama… Happy Mother’s Day, friends! The final Paint Snow Hill was full of delightful surprises. Grab a cup of tea, and I’ll tell you all about it. Read on…

Photo collage from Paint Snow Hill by artist Barb Mowery

My Paint Snow Hill

Instead of bringing my whole family, I traveled solo this year and stayed with hosts Christina and Chuck, both artists, in their magical home in nearby Whiton. My room was also Christina’s studio, so I felt like a kid spending each night in a toy store. Molly the cat greeted me in the kitchen each morning; Frankie the dog had better sense and slept in.

Photo of artist Barb Mowery's messy car on a painting trip.

I enjoy getting up early to catch the morning light as it spills across Delmarva. I am proud of myself for making preliminary drawings before squeezing out any paint. (Why is that such a hard lesson?--A few minutes of planning consistently yields better results. Duh!) I painted exclusively in town this year, deliberately choosing some iconic scenes like the water tower and the feed mill. Several paintings turned out well. Several paintings did not. I made all of them while standing under the hatchback or sitting inside my car. As usual.

Photo collage from Paint Snow Hill by artist Barb Mowery

As a special thank you to Ann Coates for nurturing this event for the past 15 years, many of the 70+ participating artists created small paintings on note cards, which Kirk McBride presented to her just before the “Wet Paint” Show opened. (I made of little cartoon of Ann’s beloved dogs.) I framed up 6 paintings for the show, and 1 of those went home with a Salisbury collector. Thank you, Michele! I am particularly grateful that friends Jess and John traveled from Virginia for the exhibition—and got some nice beach weather as a bonus.

Painting of a blue house with pink shutters by artist Barb Mowery.

So after 12 years wrestling Spring into paint in and around Snow Hill, Maryland, I’m closing this chapter. Yes, I will be back there frequently. No, the town isn’t closing its doors. Still, I wept before the reception, knocked over by a wave of strong emotion. For everything this event has meant to my development as an artist. For all the friendships that were planted there and continue to grow. For this annual migration with a flock of colleagues, this rite of Spring we’ve been dancing. I am hurting because I have loved it well.

Thank you, Paint Snow Hill.



Painting of a wheelbarrow leaning on a fence by artist Barb Mowery.

Speaking of Snow Hill

I dropped off several new paintings at Bishop’s Stock FineArt, Craft & Wine: 2 from Paint Snow Hill and 4 recent studio pieces. Contact the gallery for more info or stop by. And if you visit the gallery this month you will be richly rewarded: the current show is paintings by Alison Menke and Lynn Mehta. Both of these women are seasoned plein air painters who create very energetic, muscular landscapes. 

Painting of a feed mill in Snow Hill, Maryland, by artist Barb Mowery.

Shop Update Coming Soon
In about 10 days I will post some new artwork in my online shop. I’ll send you a short note when it’s up.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Drumroll please….it’s Paint Snow Hill weekend!

Drumroll please…. This is Paint Snow Hill weekend! By the time you read this message, I am already painting madly with 75 of my colleagues in the charming town of Snow Hill, MD. You are cordially invited to come see what we make of these gorgeous spring days at an exhibition on Saturday & Sunday. Read on... 

 Paint Snow Hill 2018

This Is It.

You are warmly invited to the 15th and final Paint Snow Hill.

‘Wet Paint’ Show & Sale 
Ticketed Preview
April 21st from 6-8pm
$30 admission applies to the purchase of a painting

Show & Sale 
April 22nd from 12-4pm
No admission fee

Old Firehouse on Green Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

Look for updates on the Paint Snow Hill FaceBook page. Contact Bishop's Stock Gallery (, 410-632-3555) for more information.

I would love to see you there!

Monday, April 9, 2018

April Sale

*Sale alert!*

All of my plein air (outdoor) paintings are marked down 20% during April 2018! Read on…

Artist Barb Mowery has marked down her outdoor paintings 20% for the month of April 2018.

Did you see snow flurries this morning?

The calendar assures me that it's spring. And for me--flurries or not--spring means getting outside to paint. In honor of spring, the plein air paintings in my Etsy shop have been marked down 20% through the end of April. Shop the sale. 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Do you like to color?

I haven't mentioned this for a while, but I like to make hand drawn coloring pages. I created a coloring page of the houses in my neighborhood, kind of a suburban labyrinth. If you would like a copy of your own to print and color, just complete the form below, and I'll give you the PDF. Easy-peasy!

Get a free coloring page!

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 2018 Newsletter

I finished a month-long painting challenge, and the fruits of those labors are available in my Etsy shop. And I have some upcoming events to tell you about at Jefferson Patterson Park, Paint Snow Hill, and Touchstone Gallery. For all the news, read on…

This is a collage of 30 small acrylic paintings of flowers by Barb Mowery completed during January 2018.
All of these paintings are available in my Etsy shop.

30 Paintings in 30 Days 

Another challenge complete! I planned to set up flowers in my kitchen, make observations and sketches there, then do all of my painting work (without the sketches) downstairs in my studio. But not having drawings to work from made me crazy. So I changed the rules around day 8. My most successful paintings were the ones in which I let go of the motif the most. That's where I wanted to be with this experiment: more expression, less painting each individual grain of pollen.

Day 27: "Renounce the Moon," 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on birch panel, available HERE.

All of the January paintings--and all of my other small floral paintings—in my Etsy shop are marked down to $100 (regular price $175) through March 31st.  That’s 43% off and free shipping!

I also made a musical slideshow. Enjoy!

***Coming Attractions***

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Beginning in April my paintings will be available in the newly redesigned gift shop at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, in St. Leonard, Maryland. Jefferson Patterson Park is the State Museum of Archaeology. My interest in suburban living complements JPP’s study of native, colonial, and prehistoric life in our region. It’s going to be a good partnership.

Paint Snow Hill
The 3rd weekend in April is Paint Snow Hill 2018. And for me it’s bittersweet: this is the 15th and final year for PSH. Last spring I made a short video about how much this event means to me and has meant to my development as an artist. I love the organizers and the community and the other artists so much--my little heart might explode. If you have been meaning to come to Paint Snow Hill, this is your very last chance. The reception is Saturday, April 21st, 6-8pm, at the Old Firehouse on Green Street.

Touchstone Gallery
And looking ahead to the end of the year, I am participating in a group exhibition at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC, in December. I will share more information on that show as we get closer.

Details on all of my upcoming events are on my website.

Day 29: "Show Me," 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on birch panel, available HERE.

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