Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Wow, can you believe it's that time already! I just downloaded the prospectuses for the two Miniature Art Society shows, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida) and MPSGS, (Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society, Washington, DC) and put the deadline dates on my google calendar.... already in to 2010! If you are a miniature artist, or would like to find out about the societies and their shows, their websites are on the lower right hand side of this page. Just click on the names. You can also download the prospectus from their websites and see some of the winners from last year. Now I gotta get off this computer and get busy! Happy painting everybody!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Seaside Awards and Judge's Statement

The Awards have been announced and the Judge's Statement has been posted on Seaside Art Gallery's 18th International Miniature Art Show. Congratulations to all of the winners! The show is filled with little gems. Your's truly was mentioned in the Judge's Statement in the oil/acrylic catatory:
"...This was an especially strong media category and other works I would like to recognize were: Barbara Freeman - Hay Bales..."

I am thrilled to have gotten notice for this particular work. I loved working on Hay Bales, it transported me back to the days spent in the Italian countryside. I was able to remember the smells of the autumn leaves, the sounds of the church bells, la doce vita! My heart was in this piece, it must have translated well. The show will continue until May 31st so there is still time to see this show and purchase these tiny treasures. Hay Bales is still available for purchase.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Work accepted in Live ARTS Bothell!

Another local festival is Live ARTS Bothell. I have received my acceptance letter and my two drawings, The Dwelling Place and Seen Better Days will be in the Juried Art Show. Also juried into the Miniature Art show are my miniatures, Around the Bend, Jack, Mr. Bigshot and A Little Piece of Tuscany. This annual event is held in the beautiful Park at Bothell Landing along the Sammamish River. It's a stopping off point for bicyclists and walkers using the adjacent Sammamish River Trail; free bike racks, excellent art, good food and music too!

The Juried Art Show is held in the Lytle House, one of several historical building in the park. There will be a preview Party on Friday, June 26th, 6 to 8pm. The Festival runs from Saturday and Sunday, June 27 &28th, 10am to 6pm. It's sure to be a great event! Hope you can make it and stop in the Juried Art Exhibit and see my work! Remember, an original piece of art makes a lasting treasure for someone special.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Miniatures Juried into Edmonds Arts Festival

I received my acceptance letter from the Edmonds Arts Festival yesterday and all of my four miniature artworks were accepted! They can be seen on my web site, Nap Buddies, Chuckanut at Lunch, Walla Walla Sweet Onions, and my latest acrylic miniature painting, Awaiting the Harvest. This is the juried Art Show which is inside the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds,WA. In addition to the juried show, there is also an outdoor Arts Festival with food, music and artists' booths. This has always been a great festival and they have such a nice reception for the artists. It takes place on Fathers' Day weekend, June 19 through the 21st. For a first chance to purchase an original work of art and view the award winners, there will be a preview party on Thurs, June 18th. It's a great time for the whole family, bring Dad! Be sure to look for my work in the Miniature Art Exhibit inside the Juried Art Gallery. I hope you can make it!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I'm still trying to figure out how this works. I don't like having no control over the placement of my images. I had many more photos to show, but with uploading them all here, it's a major pain. I am going to be posting the photos of the show in the Yahoo Miniature Art Forum and Wet canvas. They can be viewed on wetcanvas here. Wetcanvas post: Wet Canvas Miniature Forum/ 2009 Parklane Miniature Show, Kirkland, WA

17th Annual Parklane Gallery Miniature Show

I went to the Miniature Art Exhibit at the Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA last night. This is my third year in this exhibit. There were over 370 entries from all over the US and 3 foreign countries. I'm happy to say five of them were mine!

The artists' reception was crowded, there were a lot of people out and about due to the rare beautiful day. I ran into fellow artist and friend Janie Olsen and husband, Bill, and also Lynn Coyle and her husband Ron. This was Janie's first miniature show. Unfortunately, due to her frames being a bit larger than allowed, her work was placed on the "Small Paintings" wall. That is still better than having your work sitting in the dark in the back. I think it's great that they have a place for work that was worth being in the show, but due to an over sized frame, rejected as a miniature. She was not alone, Richard William Haynes who won 1st Place on one work, also had another wonderful work on the "Small Paintings" wall due to a larger frame. The show overall was wonderful to see in person. I am amazed at not only the detail, but the creative use of light and strong compositions of the works. I have to say I was not very impressed with several of the "awards" given. The juror, Elizabeth Kincaid gave her reasons for her choices, however, IMHO (in my humble opinion) there were far better other works that would have fit her criteria. As artists, I suppose we are not often happy with the juror's choices. She did say it was difficult and not enough awards to go around and I do agree with that! Haynes' first place winner, Fleeting Time should have taken Best of Show instead of the work that did. Of the awards, one oil, one acrylic, one colored pencil, one pastel, one gouache, 8 watercolor. The show will be up through May 31st. The show can also be viewed online for the first time here: Parklane Gallery Miniatures Online

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Coming Soon!

Please check back for news and musings. I have to figure out what I'm doing and how to do it!