Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

News from Barb Mowery Fine Art

In which the show at Bishop’s Stock opens, I give you the inside scoop on my suburban landscape series, and I take you on a quick video tour. Read on…


I sat down to write this newsletter more than once this week, but all I got done was the sitting part. I am dazed and delighted by the reaction to the show.  Over 100 people came to Bishop’s Stock on First Friday to support Carole Peirson and me.  I had so many lovely conversations around the oyster shucking table. And as of this moment, several people bought paintings. Thank you!!!

About ‘Close to Home’

The scenes in this series are all within walking distance of my home. They are a snapshot of a time when my children are small and the orbit of my life is equally small. The result is a very personal project, which I intend to continue until I’ve made 50 paintings of my neighborhood.

However, the work is not all about the subject matter. Someone at the reception asked me if my neighbors would recognize their houses. Probably not--because I have been using this project to consider whether correct values (light & dark) are more important than accurate colors. And, if they are, how far can I push the color before a painting falls apart?

Video Tour

If you have not had a chance to stop by the gallery, here is a quick tour of the show.

The exhibition continues through August 30th at Bishop's Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine in Snow Hill, MD. Please direct all purchase inquiries to the gallery (410-632-3555).

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Exhibition prep

I delivered artwork to the gallery director on Sunday, and there's only 1 week until the show opens at Bishop's Stock. For me there's a tiny lull until opening night, so I would like to share with you some of the work that goes into preparing for an exhibition.

First I take photos of all of the finished artwork. Well, first I finish all of the artwork. Then I wait for a nice bright day and place a sheet of foamcore up against the picture window. I use smaller white panels to bounce the light around and shoot straight down at the picture. I use a photo editor to make adjustments. Then I use the photos for my own records, for newsletters and social media posts, and for printing business cards and postcards. I also share the images with the gallery to use for promotions and to email/text to interested collectors.

Framing time. Franken Frames in Tennessee custom makes all of these beautiful maple floater frames for me. I affix each panel its frame using a special epoxy. I call this stage "Framesgiving" because I raid the pantry for canned goods to weigh down the paintings.

A few days later the paintings are ready for hardware. I always underestimate how long it takes for this step: careful measuring, pilot holes, d-rings, tiny screws, cutting and twisting wire, and labeling.

And then another photography session. I like to photograph everything framed, too. "Skeleton Key" is all dressed up for the party. The black frame really makes the bright, playful colors pop. And the floater--that 1/8" space all the way around the edge of the panel--adds a teeny pause, an inhale, a moment.

Meanwhile, I started doodling. The coloring page started as a photograph of my house. I used my light box to make a pencil drawing. After making adjustments and embellishing the corners with the black-eyed susan and lavender from our flowerbed, I went over my pencil sketch with a black pen and erased the pencil lines. You can see here that I was too impatient about erasing and smeared the ink. That's okay. When I scanned the final drawing into the computer, it was easy to manually clean up the smears. (You can download the free coloring page HERE.)

I carefully packed up all of the framed paintings for delivery and couldn't resist using my cute, zigzag duct tape instead of plain old packing tape. I hand delivered the paintings, which is way easier and less expensive than shipping. I drove up after work on Sunday--yes, I do have a part time non-art job that I love. I got to visit with the Coates family and meet their new puppy Rye. Squeee!

My studio was suddenly very empty. So I got to work making a fresh mess. I primed 40+ small panels. Now I'm ready to jump into new work.

I also had time to daydream about how my work would look hanging in The British Museum. Not too shabby. They should call me. lol

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Opening Reception

Friday, August 4th, 5 – 8 pm
Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine
202 W Green Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410) 632-3555

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I made this free coloring page just for you!

Take a few minutes to relax this weekend with a coloring page. Free to download & print.  Read on…

Coloring page image of a house with flowers made by Barb Mowery for Bishop's Stock Gallery.

This year I have been busy painting my neighborhood. So I made a picture of my house for you to color. Fun for ages 2 (pictured above) to 102!

This is a FREE downloadable coloring page.

And I challenge you to also draw a picture of the place you call home. I would love to see your coloring, and I can't wait to see the drawing you made of your home. Please feel free to post images on my Facebook page (Barb Mowery Art) or tag your pictures in Instagram (#CloseToHomeArt).

Have a great weekend!

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Opening Reception

Friday, August 4th, 5 – 8 pm
Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine
202 W Green Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410) 632-3555

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Do you know someone else who likes to color? 

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Opening Reception
Bishop's Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine

You are warmly invited to attend an Opening Reception on Friday, August 4th at Bishop’s Stock Fine Art in Snow Hill, Maryland.  My new “Close to Home” series of suburban landscapes will be shown alongside Carole Peirson’s luminous oil paintings as we team up for a two-woman exhibition all month.

Join us on the 4th for wine and fellowship at the gallery.

All are welcome to attend!

Opening Reception

Friday, August 4th
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine
202 West Green Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410) 632-3555

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Photographing artwork

I took photos of all my new work on a nice bright day last week. The paintings are signed, varnished, titled, and photographed. The custom frames will be delivered in 2 weeks.

And now I'm off with my family to the Hudson River Valley of New York for 10 days. Hooray! I packed my sketchbooks and gouache, so look for photos of my vacation sketches on Facebook and Instagram.

Have a Happy 4th of July!