Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 Miniature Masterpieces and More! Show - Tsuga Gallery

It's that time of year for the Miniature Masterpieces and More! invitational exhibit at *Tsuga Fine Art Gallery in Bothell. This year I have two in the Small Works Category and three in the Miniature Category.  *(formally Kaewyn Gallery)

Small Works Category

Top:  Hidden Beauty © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 3/8" x 5 3/8"
Bottom:  Lady and the Dragon © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 3/8" x 5 3/8"

I know that many would consider my two small works above as miniatures.  However, as a member of several Miniature Art Societies, I follow the guidelines of these Societies.  I consider work that is under 25 inches square, done with attention to detail, with a 1/6 scale and fine rendering to be a miniature work of art.  The two above, even if they are under 25" square and done with much detail, are framed larger and just do not fit in the miniature category!   If you are curious and wish to read or learn more about miniature art and the miniature art societies, you can do so on the following links. 
 Fine Art Miniatures

Top:  More Salmon, Please  © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.  
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"
Middle:  Smooching  © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.  
Acrylic  1 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Bottom:  Ol' Blue Eyes  © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.  
Acrylic  3" x 3"

The above are my miniature works in the show.  The Miniature Masterpieces and More! show opens on Friday, December 6th and runs through January 11th.   Tsuga Fine Art Gallery is located in beautiful downtown Bothell at 10101 Main Street (google map).They are open Tuesday - Thursday 10 to 6, Friday 10 - 5 and Saturday 10 - 4.  It is my 7th year participating in this fine invitational show.  Each year I am amazed by all the beautiful work in the show.  I hope you get a chance to see it.  All work is for sale.  These small and miniature artworks make wonderful gifts that will be lasting treasures.  Support your local businesses and your local artists!  Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Happy Holidays to all of my blogger friends and friends to be!

* Tsuga Fine Art Gallery will be updating their website for this show soon.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

"Hideway" - Awarded Second Place Landscape, at 39th Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show!

I am so excited to announce that my miniature, Hideaway has been awarded Second Place in Landscape at the 39th Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show!  There will be over 900 Fine Art Miniatures from artists around the world!  What great news, I am so honored! 

Hideaway © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Hideaway is one of two works that were part of the Miniature Artists of America's (M.A.A.) submissions that traveled as part of the World Federation of Miniature Artists, for the 5th Worldwide Conference and Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature, held at the Russian Academy of Art in Moscow, Russia,  September, 2012!! Whew!  I remember at the time I didn't have much information on the show, however, when they were returned, I was glad to find out they were in the exhibit.  They were gone a long time, traveling from here in Washington to Florida to London to Moscow and who knows how many custom stops in-between!  Now it is once again on exhibit in the Miniature Art Society of Florida Show!

 
Top: Hideaway ©Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Keeping Watch ©Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Bottom: Catchin' Some Rays © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Acrylic on Gessobord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Patience © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Acrylic on Illustration Board 3 1/2" x 2 5/8"
Afghan Kitty © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"

I am happy to say that all five of my works were juried in the show! This year the show will be at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, Florida, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, FL.  The show opens on January 18th and runs through February 9, 2014!  This is a wonderful show and not to be missed!  I was fortunate enough to have attended the show once and hope to be able to do it again, someday.  I'll be blogging again as a reminder of the show as it gets closer.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more information on the annual upcoming show, Miniature Masterpieces and More! at Tsuga Gallery, opening on December 6th.  Thanks for taking time to read about my work.  See you soon and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

80th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature - MPSGS - Washington, D. C.

I received good news that all three of my entries were accepted in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington D. C. for their upcoming show in November! This is very happy news!  This year all my entries are bird images, from my series, Birds - Wild and Domestic. 

 Crow and Clover  © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Graphite and Colored Pencil  2 1/4" x 3 1/4"


Negotiation Acrylic on Claybord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
The Hunter  Acrylic on True Gesso Panel  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Crow and Clover   Graphite and Colored Pencil  2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
© Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.

My three works, Crow and CloverNegotiation and The Hunter will be in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society's 80th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.  The show is held in The Mansion at the Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD.  They are open, Weekdays 10-4 • Wed. 10-9 • Sat. 10-3 (closed Sun. and Holidays).  The Exhibition Opening is Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 2 to 4.  The show runs November 25th through January 4th 2013.  If you are in the area, this is a beautiful venue and a show not to miss.  These tiny treasures make a great holiday gift!

I will also have work in the annual invitational, Miniature Masterpieces and More! show coming up in December at Tsuga Gallery in Bothell, WA.  (formally Kaewyn Gallery) Then upcoming in 2014 is the Miniature Art Society of Florida's (MASF) annual show that I will be participating in.  More information will given about these shows when they are announced.

I know I have been scarce with news this year, but it's been a very unsettling year with family business and responsibilities for both my husband and myself!  We also are involved in some personal life experiences that are taking up much of our attention.  Needless to say, there hasn't been much time to be in my studio.  I am really stressed that I'm not making any new work!  Sadly, I may have to skip submitting to some of my favorite shows in 2014.  Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel and we should be moving forward before the new year!  I will be back with new work as soon as I can!  I still have a lot of new ideas waiting to be put to board!  Wish me luck and support your local artists!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my work!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Palate, Palette - Serving Masterpieces: Art at The Sisters Restaurant

Also this month, I have two small works in Palate, Palette, the latest show of Serving Masterpieces: Art at The Sisters Restaurant, in downtown Everett.  The Palate, Palette, curated by the lovely Lyussy Hyder, is a wonderful show all about food!  Great theme and I look forward to seeing the show!  The Sisters Restaurant is located at 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett.  They are open Monday through Friday from 7 to 4pm.  Great place to have a breakfast or lunch and meet up with friends. The show runs from October 11th through November 1st, 2013. Check out this fun show from the artists palette to your palate!

$2.00 /bunch  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Gessobord  5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Acrylic on Gessobord  5 1/2" x 5 1/2"




Friday, October 11, 2013

"Around the Block" 2013 - Parklane Gallery, Kirkland WA

I'm happy to be participating in Parklane Gallery's group show, Around the Block!  This is their 4th annual juried show of exactly 12 x 12 inch work, including frame, from artists and photographers in the Puget Sound area.  This is my first time submitting to this show.  My entries are three of my pieces from the Wood Nymph series, Just Between You and Me, Lost and Found, and Snail Tales.  These three are smaller works matted and framed in 12" x 12" frames.  You can view all the work in the show on Parklane Gallery's online website here.  Look for my three works close to the bottom.

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


 Lost and Found, from my Wood Nymph and Other Curiosities series, is not a piece I get to show often.  It's the only one from that series that I've painted, so far.  The rest have all been done using graphite and mixed media on film.  Revisiting it now, makes me want to paint more!

The 2013 Around the Block Show runs from Octobe 8th to November 3rd.  The Artist Reception and the Kirkland Art Walk takes place Friday, October 11th, 6 to 8 PM.  Parklane Gallery, 130 Park Lane, Kirkland,  WA.  (map)  All work is for sale.  Looks like a fun show!  I'll be attending the Artist Reception tonight, hope to see you there too!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Shows in September

It's going to be a busy September!  First off, I'm happy to say that my entry She Weeps was juried in to the 3rd Annual ICON show at Hanson Scott Gallery, 121 Prefontaine Pl S, in Seattle's Pioneer Square.  (map)  The First Thursday Artwalk is happening on September 5th, from 5 to 8 PM.  Also, on September 14th there will be an Awards Reception, from 5 to 7 PM.  The Hanson Scott Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 to 5.

I will be attending the show and Artwalk on September 5th.  I hope you'll stop by to say hello and check out this eclectic show with the many interpretations depicting the theme,  ICON.  It's sure to be fabulous and the Pioneer Square Artwalk is always a fun thing to do!
She Weeps  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  8" x 10"
She Weeps is a new work on claybord using graphite and carbon pencil with just a bit of added color using colored pencil and acrylic paint .  I have been wanting to explore drawing on different substrates.  It was different working on a surface this hard, especially after using the gliding buttery-ness of film.  This one almost ended up in the reject pile until my order for some carbon pencils arrived.  It was just what I needed in my drawing, some dramatic darks!  I was impressed with the amount of darkness I could add to the already saturated area of graphite.  I'm happy with it now and may even use the claybord again with graphite, only this time I'll use the carbon for my darkest places. I am even thinking I would like to go larger next time! As usual, the forest was inspired by one of our many great hikes here in the Pacific Northwest!

 
I'm so happy to announce that Janie Olsen and I are doing a show together titled, Charmed, at Wise Design in September!  I will be exhibiting my works of mermaid, fairies, wood nymphs and a few of my trees, many works from the series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities.  I know that Janie Olsen will have all of my favorites of her fabulous pieces in the show!  This is a great opportunity to see many of my works together side by side.  I usually only have a few at a time in any one show.  It will be exciting to be to be showing them all together as a group AND alongside Janie Olsen's imaginative work!!

Charmed Art Exhibit -  September 2013 at Wise Design 2908 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA Reception at the Everett Artwalk - Third Saturday, September 21st, 2013 from 4 to 7.  I'll be in attendance so come by and say hi.  Hope you will be "Charmed" by our work!

**Please note, I am having a lot of problems writing this because Blogger keeps adding code that messes up the format!  I have spent more time than it should have taken to write this and was very happy to share my news with you, only to have ended up becoming very frustrated!!   I do hope this turns out readable and I do thank you for taking the time to read about my work. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Lady and the Dragon" - Meyers Cafe

Lady and the Dragon  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  3 3/8" x 5 3/8"
 
Each summer for the month of August, local artist Shannon Leah Danks curates a show at Meyers Cafe at the Marina in Everett.  This year the theme, The Extraordinary Ordinary, is an eclectic mix featuring work inspired by the everyday, ordinary that becomes the extraordinary!  The show by local artists using a variety of styles and mediums, runs the entire month of August.  Meyers Cafe, a beautiful place to have lunch or brunch, is located at The Everett Marina, 1700 West Marine View Drive, Everett, WA. The Everett Marina is also the location of the Sunday Farmers' Market! Be sure to see the show during your visit! All work is for sale ... support your local artist!


My entry for the show, Lady and the Dragon, is a new graphite and mixed media drawing on film.  This work is not a fine art miniature because it is not to 1/6th scale. 

From the Association of Miniature Artists [AMA], "most contemporary societies have adopted a one-sixth scale guideline: Subjects should be rendered one-sixth their life-size or smaller with some leeway given to naturally small subjects (hummingbirds, butterflies and delicate flowers)."  

It would be difficult indeed to draw a tiny dragonfly to 1/6th scale, let alone a ladybug! However, this work was done in the "spirit of a miniature".  I consider it a "small work".   Work done on film does not always scan well and with this one, the color appears lighter than it does in person.  As I do with most of my drawings on film, the image is drawn on one side in graphite.  I then turn the work over and use colored pencil to add color to the work on the back side.  Then lastly, I return to the front side and add a bit of acrylic interference color to the wings of the dragonfly. They sparkle and glow as you view the work from different angles.  

I know I have not been as current in blogging as I would like.  I am still trying to catch up from all the time I had been away from home and studio.  New artwork has been slow in coming, trying to find time to be in my "creative head space"!  Life does have a way of taking you on detours.  I think the best way to cope is to look for new opportunities in the detours and keep an open mind.  I do hope to get back on track! 


Next month, I am so excited to be doing a show titled, "Charmed", with Janie Olsen at Wise Designz!  Details to follow in the next blog post.  Hope you will come back to read all about it.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and hope you get a chance to stop by Meyers Cafe and see The Extraordinary Ordinary!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

56th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival - Work Selected!

I'm very happy to announce that all my submissions have been selected for the 56th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival!  This year my entries have a bird theme.  In the drawing category, my new graphite work, Special Delivery, features a crow as messenger.  My work in the painting category, Snowy Visitor, has a snowy owl regally posing on driftwood.  In the miniature category, my paintings include a pelican, Catchin' Some Rays, a heron, Patience, an eagle, The Hunter, and more crows, this time as a trio in, Negotiation.  I guess you can tell, I love birds!

  Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  9 3/4" x 7 5/8"
 
 Snowy Visitor  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on True Gesso Panel  7 5/8" x 9 5/8"

Fine Art Miniatures
Catchin' Some Rays  © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.  
Awarded:  Second Place Miniatures
Acrylic on Gessobord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Patience © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
Acrylic on Illustration Board 3 1/2" x 2 5/8"
 
The Hunter © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
Acrylic on True Gesso Panel  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Negotiation  © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Acrylic on Claybord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

The Edmonds Arts Festival is a three day fun filled event that takes place over Fathers' Day Weekend, June 14th -16th, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main Street in beautiful downtown Edmonds, WA. The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the longest running in the Northwest, attracting artists from across the nation.  There are artists booths outside along with performing arts and children's activities and yummy food.  My work will be in the Juried Gallery Show which is INSIDE the Frances Anderson Center.  There are different rooms exhibiting the juried work, the main gallery where my work is located, you'll find, paintings, drawings and miniature art.  Don't miss the photography and artisan work which is located in rooms a few steps up.  Also, you can find the excellent student art show downstairs. Don't miss out on a fun weekend!  Bring Dad along, too!  All artwork is for sale.  Remember, art makes a fine Fathers' Day Gift!  Happy Fathers' Day to all you Fathers out there!

Friday, May 3, 2013

New Miniature Show - Snow Goose Gallery - Bethlehem PA

I am excited to have been invited to participate in the Twenty First Annual Invitational Miniature Art Exhibition at the Snow Goose Gallery, 470 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania! (map)  There are 66 top miniature artists in the show and wow, it's such an honor to be included!  Because of recent family responsibilities, I have had a few major interruptions in my creative time.  Therefore, I didn't think I would be able to participate.  Also, my inventory of artwork was very low and I hadn't enough time to create any new pieces.  When I found out that another show I usually participate in was cancelled this year, it was the perfect opportunity to send that work, along with two earlier works to Snow Goose Galley!  Sometimes things just work out!!
 
Above, my four submissions in the show (l to r) 

Snow Goose Gallery 
Located in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, PA
the art of the miniature xxi
The Twenty First Invitational Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures from Around the World
May 5- June 16, 2013
Collectors' Preview: Saturday, May 4, 5- 8 pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 5, 1- 5 pm
Enjoy the music of Brian Bortz (bass)
and Lou Czechowski (keyboard)
with hors d'oeuvres by The Mint Gastropub!

Afghan Kitty  © Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"

More Salmon, Please  © Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"

Gold and Glory  © Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"

A Touch of Autumn  © Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Polymin  2 1/8" x 3 1/4" 

The opening sounds like great fun!  I wish I was able to see this one in person.   Okay, I admit, I'd love to see them all in person!  If you are anywhere near Bethlehem, PA be sure to make the Snow Goose Gallery a visit.  You will be happy you did!  The work will also be up on the Snow Goose Gallery's website starting on the opening weekend, May, 4th until the end of the show.  The work will be available for purchase as well.  The only problem, will be, which ones to choose!  All beautiful jewels, they'd make the perfect gift for MOM!  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.    

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Parklane Gallery 21st Annual International Miniature Art Show

My four framed entries in Parklane Gallery's Miniature Art Show

Parklane Gallery's 21st Annual International Miniature Art Show is online for viewing at www.parklanegallery.com. The show opens April 30th and runs through June 2nd.  The Reception and Awards Ceremony is on May 10th from 6 to 8 PM.  That is also the same night of the Kirkland Art Walk.  Parklane Gallery is located at 130 Park Lane in beautiful downtown Kirkland WA.  For more information, phone 425.827.1462.

Smooching © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Panel 1 3/4" x 2 3/4"

My new acrylic painting, Smooching is number 86 in Parklane's online show.  These two cuties were inspired from a visit we made to the Evergreen State Fair last summer.

On a sad note, I'm sorry to say that I will not be able to attend the Parklane Miniature show this year due to other obligations.  Therefore, we will not be able to photograph the show to post on my blog and other miniature group sites as usual.   This is the first year since I've been participating in this show that I have not attended.  I will miss seeing all these tiny treasures in person and the enthusiastic gallery visitors viewing the show.  I am so glad that at least I can view these many wonderful artworks online.

Undaunted © Barbara A. Freeman  SOLD
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"

Undaunted is number 87 on the Parklane Gallery online show.  It's another tiny work inspired from a hike.

Hideaway © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Waiting © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. SOLD
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 2 5/16" x 4 1/2"

Hideaway, number 88 and Waiting, number 89 are the two works that were part of the Miniature Artists of America's (M.A.A.) submissions that recently traveled as part of the World Federation of Miniature Artists to the 5th Worldwide Conference and Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature, held at the Russian Academy of Art in Moscow, Russia,  September, 2012.  At the time I didn't have much information on the show, or if they were even exhibited.  When they were returned, I was glad to find out they were in the exhibit.  They were gone a long time and traveled from here in Washington to Florida to London to Moscow and who knows how many custom stops in-between!  Now they are back home and showing for the first time here at Parklane!

This is a great show, I will miss the excitement and all the miniature art lovers at the reception.  My friend Janie Olsen is in the show with five of her wonderful goat and dog paintings, starting number 195 in the online show.  Be sure to check out Janie's work, it will put a smile on your face!  This is the best miniature show in the Pacific Northwest, so hope you get a chance to see it.  You can check out the show online www.parklanegallery.com for a preview and after May 1st, it will be possible to also put the work in your cart and purchase them online!

As always, thank you for reading about my work.  Hope your spring has arrived and you are enjoying the beauty around you. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Seaside Art Gallery's 22nd Annual International Miniature Art Show

The 22nd Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery is happening online now.  I look forward to this show every year.  It's always exciting to see the wonderful variety of art from artists all across the globe. 


Above are my three works in the show, shown in their frames.  The top two, Dreamer and You Too Shall Have Wings, were done in graphite and mixed media on film and are both from my series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities. Below them is my new work, Ol' Blue Eyes, using colored pencil on a new substrate called TerraSkin.

Dreamer © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

You Too Shall Have Wings © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Ol' Blue Eyes © Barbara A. Freeman
Colored Pencil  3" x 3"

The miniature, Ol' Blue Eyes was inspired by the beautiful white geese we saw at the Evergreen State Fair last year.  It was the beautiful blue eyes surrounded by the orange lid that did it!  It is an Embden goose which is one of the most common breeds of geese in the United States. Guess I never got close enough to their beautiful eyes to appreciate them.  I used colored pencils with a different substrate, called TerraSkin, which you can find out more about by clicking on the name.  TerraSkin is not paper made from trees, but from stone, using no water!  I wanted to try it because I read that it accepted silverpoint really well, but it works really nicely with all mediums! There may be more use of this in the future!

This great show is a favorite of mine. I love the presentation of the entire show online. Sadly, this year their website was hacked!  They are in the process of creating a new website which will be up in time for the show on May 1st.  When Seaside's site is up, this post will link to their site as well as to my work in their online gallery.  Seaside is a very organized and well run gallery.  Not only will you be able to click on the work to see an enlarged view, but if you click on the details, it tells you the artist's name and where they're from.  There is also a thumbnail of the work in it's frame which you can click on for an enlarged framed view. The clarity of the image is perfect AND you can put it in your cart and buy the artwork online!  Just click on DreamerYou Too Shall Have Wings or Ol' Blue Eyes to see my work on Seaside's online gallery.  *(Links will not work until after Seaside Gallery's website is up.)

Seaside Art Gallery's show is one of the top five national miniature shows that you can see in person and online.  This year the exhibition runs from May 1st through June 1st,  2013. The Open Reception is May 25th from 7 to 9 PM.  The online exhibition starts upon arrival of each artist’s work.  When the artwork arrives in the gallery, it is examined, measured, photographed and posted.  Each year, this nationally acclaimed miniature show exhibits approximately 600 works of art by artists from all around the globe. Some of the world’s most renowned miniature artists participate each year. Miniature art is often referred to as "the little jewels of the art world" and enjoys continued growth in popularity worldwide. I wish I could be there to see it in person! I hope if you are in the area, you will go see this great show!  Seaside Art Gallery, 2716 Virginia Dare Trail South, Nags Head, NC 252.441.5418 or 800.828.2444


Monday, March 25, 2013

New Work - "Special Delivery"


  Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 9 3/4" x 7 5/8"
 

This is the VERY beginning of the new piece, whereas I have the reference photos and a vague idea of how I want to use them.  The setting was inspired by the wonderful tree (aren't they all wonderful?) that's near the trailhead at one of our favorite hiking spots.  I'll be presenting this as a work in progress to show the progression of it. 


The drawing was done on the frosted film, Dura-lar Matte, using a range of graphite pencils with a bit of colored pencil work on the back side of the film.
 

Some of the forest background completed, you can see the detail in the magnifier below.  I use magnification to mostly only check the work at this point, but do use it for adding the fine details near the end.


Below you can also see where I've placed the beginnings of a tiny door.  It seemed a perfect spot with the dark arm above to shelter it.




I've moved further down the tree drawing the bark, mostly from my imagination.  I use the photo reference which I have up on my computer screen, for placement of form, light and shadow.  Sorry about the yellow glow to this one.  I tend to photograph these before I end an evening which can be rather late when my brain has ceased to function! 


I've placed the crow, and two more openings in the tree. Crows are amazing birds and fun to watch.  I can imagine them being messengers for the forest spirits and have used them in my work many times.


There is much more progress here with details of the rocks and twisting roots.   I've also added the scroll for the message delivered by the crow.

 

Now the crow has form and feathers!  I've created the very dark areas of the crow by working on the underside of the film.  As you can see, more work has been done on the bottom of the tree and rock.


More progress on the right side forming the plants and ferns.  I also added folds to the scroll and more detail to the crow.


Almost finished, this time adding subtle color on the underside, to the passageway in the opening of the tree, the upper door and the window. I'm not sure it shows up well in the photos.


At last, finishing up with the runes on the scroll and all the last minute details.  I had fun with this, looking up the rune alphabet and making the letter shapes curve with the folds of the scroll.  I really enjoyed watching this one come alive with each session.  These pieces become a meditation for me.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the progression of Special Delivery! As usual, I'll announce here when this work is in a show.  

I know it has been a long time since my last blog post.  Rest assured, I haven't fallen off the edges of the earth, even though it often feels as though I have.  Taking care of family responsibilities has to take priority.   Wayne and I still have a lot more work to do regarding family, so new artwork will be slower in coming.  I will have work in three miniature art shows coming up.  One show is invitational and a new venue for me, which is exciting.  I will be blogging about them soon with links.  I also have two new miniatures and hope to share them soon!

Until next time, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Enjoy this crazy spring!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Wood Nymph - Selected for the 2013 CVG Show!


The Wood Nymph  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 8 1/2" x 8"

I'm happy to announce that my drawing, The Wood Nymph, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2013 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Vision Gallery.  The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Over 325 artists from 79 Washington cities submitted 896 artworks for consideration. Of these only 127 pieces were selected for inclusion in the show. Alfredo Arreguin, an internationally known painter from Seattle is the juror for this year’s competition. Next, Arreguin will choose the recipients of $7,000 in prizes going to 11 artists in multiple categories. Additional prizes include a purchase award by the Kitsap County Arts Board, a $300 People’s Choice Award and a $1,000 Best of Kitsap Award sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest.

Exhibition coordinator Alan Newberg says: “Looking for art that startles the viewer?... that inspires?...Art that fills the mind with intrigue or amazes with technical finesse? You think that art should challenge the social status quo, or touch the soul? Whatever you are after in your visual quest for art, the 2013 CVG Show has it all.” These 127 artists hail from every quarter of our state and exhibit all of the best qualities of contemporary and traditional art.

The 2013 CVG Show be will open to the public Jan 19, 2013 from 1 to 5 pm. The exhibit continues until Saturday, Feb. 23. The gallery will be open Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sundays 1 to 5. The Collective Visions Gallery is located in downtown Bremerton (map) at 331 Pacific Avenue, just 3 blocks from the ferry terminal. Phone: 360 377 8327
For a complete list of the exhibition events, visit www.collectivevisions.com.

Needless to say, I'm very excited to have my work, The Wood Nymph, (from the series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities) included in this show. This was the first time I've submitted work here and it is even more exciting because Alfredo Arreguin is the juror.  I have seen his work in person, and love the patterns, colors and spirit of them.  If you are in the area, I invite you to check out the 2013 CVG Show.  I am looking forward to it!

Continuing this month, there is still a chance to see the show, Miniature Masterpieces and More! at Kaewyn Gallery in Bothell until January 8th.  You can find more information on the link ( Friday, November 30, 2012 blog post ).  Also, later this month, the Miniature Art Society of Florida Show will open on January 20th.  You can find that information on the link (Friday, November 23, 2012 blog post).

I hope all of you have had wonderful Holiday Celebrations and hope the New Year will bring wonderful things your way!  Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.