Friday, November 10, 2017

A look at my painting process

I had a rare, kid-free day today. So I made a little video introduction (1 minute) for my Etsy shop. In it I share my painting process, from inspiration photo through finished artwork. The painting "Short-timers" is a recent painting from my "Close to Home" series of suburban landscapes. And the title refers to our favorite neighbors who are retiring to Texas next year. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Big in Maryland

A funny thing happened when I checked Facebook one final time before bed last night. My friend Meghan--and I totally thought she was playing a joke on me--told me that my painting "Summer Solstice" was on the Maryland State Tourism website advertising holiday art fairs.


Several minutes of confused clicking and scrolling later, I found it. There's my painting with information about the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Marketplace. I participate in the Marketplace, so that makes sense.

What a surprise, and so cool!

The Marketplace is a fun place to browse to see what creative Marylanders are making and  performing on stage. And if you are committed to Shop Small this holiday season, then it's a good place to start.

If you're looking for "Summer Solstice," I sent it across the Bay to Bishop's Stock a few days ago. And it is available! Contact Ann Coates for details (410-632-3555).

Monday, October 23, 2017

Challenge accepted

My friend Maureen drew me into the 7 Day Black and White Challenge. It's going around on Facebook and Instagram right now. You post a black and white photo of your life each day for a week without any people pictured or explanations. And each day you invite another friend to participate.

These are my 7 photos. I definitely bring a painter's sensibility to my camera. My favorite of the week is the stack of pillows. But my dog holds a special place in my heart--I wanted it to look like she was a calligraphic character floating on the page. Ack, no explanations! Sorry, sorry. Sheesh, it's way harder for me to shut up than it is to take pics.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 2017 Newsletter

News from Barb Mowery Fine Art

It’s my (mid-) October newsletter, in which I stop and smell and paint the flowers; I introduce you to one of my fabulous collectors; and I masquerade as a photographer. Spoiler: I am *not* a photographer. Read on…

Featured Collector

This month I shine the spotlight on Amy, a Pennsylvania collector who loves the outdoors. When she selects artwork for her home, Amy’s goal is to bring images of grass, trees, and water indoors to surround her family with nature. With that in mind—and with a big promotion to celebrate—Amy and her husband Mike recently added “Birdsong and Cicadas” as the focal point of their dining room. But the photo I’m sharing with you is of my small gouache painting of their beloved dog Millie, which rests prominently on a table in the living room, not far from real Millie snoozing on the couch. I am so grateful for Amy’s continuing support. And her dog is truly the best!

Flower Power

I’ve listed a few new  floral paintings in my Etsy shop. Between landscape projects, when need to clear my head and change my perspective, I set up flowers to paint. In the studio it’s blessedly warm and dry; the light never changes; and my subject holds still. Flowers are full of weird shapes and details, and it’s tempting to get fussy and use teensy brushes. But I like a challenge! And I must confess that I also like having an excuse to have fresh flowers in my studio.

Challenge Accepted

My friend Maureen drew me into the Seven Day Black and White Challenge. Have you seen this going around social media? The idea is to post one black and white photo of your life each day for a week without any people pictured or explanations. And each day you invite another friend to participate. Here’s my photo from Day 1. Right now I’m posting them on FaceBook and Instagram—at the week’s end I will post the group on my blog.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

News from Barb Mowery Fine Art

This month’s newsletter is an emotional rollercoaster: Hooray, there’s a few extra weeks to see my exhibition! Oh no, I withdrew from a painting event because life happened. And I sincerely invite you to come to Solomons in 2 weeks for a charity painting event. Read on…

Close to Home Exhibition

Last week my show at Bishop’s Stock closed, and I’m sending my heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to see it. I am especially grateful that several paintings went off to new homes. Thank you, collectors! As if the honor of showing there isn’t enough, the gallery asked to keep 10 of my suburban landscape paintings hanging this month alongside the September show. Of course I said, “Yes!” If you stop by the gallery this month, you will find my work near the wine (& perhaps in the loo!).

But the real treat is the exhibition of paintings by Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock. Both artists have a lifetime of learning, observation, and creative practice in their wheelhouse and the vitality to use it to its full potential. Linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson described this phase of living and working as “active wisdom.” You will see their intrepid, quiet confidence at the gallery this month.

Chincoteague Plein Air

I should be painting in Chincoteague, VA, right now. But life happened. My 6 year old has had a tough time with my husband’s work travel this year, and this week NOAA sent him off to prepare for hurricane Irma. Although we worked out several days of childcare, both of us traveling would unfairly double our daughter’s anxiety. So I withdrew from Chincoteague Plein Air. While I was looking forward to the painting trip, I’m not as disappointed as I expected. I am where I need to be.

I’ve been watching FaceBook and have seen some of the terrific paintings artists are creating there. If you’re in the neighborhood, the Plein Air Art Show is tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th, 6-9pm, at the United Methodist Social Hall on Church Street.

Solomons Paint the Town

There is more fun around the corner for artists and spectators alike. Part of the Solomons Plein Air Festival is a charity event called Paint the Town for a Cause.

Art lovers can watch artists working along the length of the Solomons boardwalk, enjoy a crab cake, and even take home a favorite painting. Artists of all ages and experience can participate for FREE and compete for prizes and bragging rights.

The event is Saturday, September 23rd, 9am-1pm, in Solomons, MD. Proceeds support 6 local Southern Maryland charities. I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday. More info & the registration form for artists is here.

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