Thursday, November 17, 2011

Third Place Drawing at MASF for "A Flash of Blue"


A Flash of Blue © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" 

Great news for me!  I received my letter today from MASF, Miniature Art Society of Florida, that all five of my works have been accepted for the 37th Annual International Miniature Art Show!  Not only that, but A Flash of Blue has taken 3rd Place in Drawing!  I sent my very first submissions to MASF back in 2008 and have gotten my work in every year.  This is my first award in this show, so I am thrilled!  It's the largest miniature art show in this country and there are hundreds of entries!  This particular drawing received 1st Place in Drawing in the 2010 Miniature Painter, Sculptors and Gravers Society in Washington D.C. which was an honor!   I guess the judges like this piece.  It makes me happy!

The other four works juried in this show are Early Autumn, From the HighlandsI Got My Eye on You and Through the Portal.  The show opens on January 15th and runs until February 5th, 2012.  I attended the show last year and it was incredible seeing all the tiny masterpieces! If you get a chance to see the show, it is well worth it! For more information on the show and miniature art, visit the MASF website by clicking on their name. 

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Thanks again for taking the time to read about my work.

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Lost and Found" - New work and Show at Lowell - "Breasts of the Northwest "V" Dangerous Curves"

Lost and Found ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Gessobord   5 7/8"x 5 7/8" 

This new work is my first acrylic painting in The Wood Nymph Series.  All my other wood nymphs have been drawings on film.  I decided to challenge myself with painting skin tones and wings.  It was fun painting a fantasy figure, and even though she is quite small, I still do not consider this work a miniature work.  I did however, paint it with the same attention to detail as I would paint a miniature.  I have one more coat of varnish to do, then need to have it scanned.  After that, it's off to the framers to have them do their magic.   Lost and Found will be part of my small works submission for the Miniature Masterpieces and More Show at Kaewyn Gallery in December.  Information on that Invitational Show will be my next blog post - coming soon!

On another note, I will have two of my drawings from The Wood Nymph SeriesKeeper of the Sphere and the first one that started it all, The Wood Nymph at Lowell Art Works' exhibit, Breasts of the Northwest "V", Dangerous Curves.  Lowell Art Works  is located at 5205 S. 2nd Ave. in Everett, WA.  The show runs November 19th through January 14, 2012.  Lowell Art Works is part of Everett's Third Saturday Art Walk and will have their Opening bash from 4-9PM, Saturday, November 19th, 2011 during the Art Walk.  Lowell is open later than the other Art Walk venues downtown, so cruise the town and end up at Lowell for a "titillating evening of eye-opening art, refreshment, and scintillating live music supplied by Everett's own Paul Roberts"!  I will be attending and hope to see you there too.  Come on out and join the fun!  Support your local artist!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

These two new drawings in the series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities, are not miniatures (under 25" square), but what I consider small works. They are both graphite drawings on drafting film with limited colored pencil on the underside and a bit of acrylic, including interference color (wings), on the front. They will be matted and framed, the total framed size will be 12" x 12".

Just Between You and Me  ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  6"x 6"

Snail Tales ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 6"x 6" 

If Snail Tales looks familiar, it's because I used the same reference drawing I did for the silverpoint work,  Earth and Sky.  I needed a place for the female figure where she would be gazing at the snail.  Often I'll have a subject or landscape that I really like and will use it in different ways.  This was a perfect setting.  It is NOT a print of the first drawing, but a new drawing with slight changes to fit the composition.

I have one more piece that I am still working on for this series which will be exhibited in the same show.  It is an acrylic painting, but will be framed in the same manner as the two drawings.  When I have them all framed and ready to go, I'll show them again here.  The two above, the new painting and three miniatures, all from the series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities, will be exhibited in Kaewyn Gallery's Annual Invitational, Miniature Masterpieces and More! show.  I love this show and am always honored to be invited to participate.  I'll be blogging about that with more information later.  However, mark your calendars because the show opens on December 2nd in time for your holiday shopping!

It's been really beautiful her in the Pacific Northwest.  I hope all of you have been enjoying the beautiful autumn colors, my favorite season!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my work.