Monday, August 29, 2011

Three New Miniature Paintings

As promised, my three latest miniatures, all done in acrylic, each on a different substrate.

From the Highlands  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board  2 1/8" x 2 1/8"

This cow is from a hearty breed of Highlands cattle.  He kindly posed for me while on the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, which takes place around the end of September, first of October.  The farm tours are self guided, so you can pick and choose which route and farms you want to visit. They are so much fun and a great way to learn about different farm animals, as well as veggies and fruits. One of our favorite stops is the apple orchard. I never knew there were so many varieties of apples!  We do the apple tasting, then purchase the ones we like, along with my favorite pears. They store well and we can enjoy them for weeks to come.  Another one of the many reasons I'm really starting to enjoy living here in the Pacific Northwest!

I Got My Eye on You  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board  2 5/8" x 2 5/8"

These pelicans, however, are not from the Pacific Northwest. This one along with the one below are from our trip to Dunedin, FL in January when I attended the Miniature Art Society of Florida's (MASF) annual miniature art show.  Gina, Wayne and I took a walk along the causeway where folks were fishing.  The pelicans were in various modes of relaxing and watching all of us! 

Catchin' Some Rays © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Gessobord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

This pelican was hunched down into his body, looking very relaxed, indeed! He was a bit older I think and trying to have his afternoon nap. We didn't seem to be bothering him at all, but I'm sure he wished we'd go away!  One of these pelican miniatures will probably be heading back to Florida for this year's MASF's show.

I have been busy with many different projects this summer.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep up with blogging as often as I'd like, nor have I been able to visit my blogging friends' sites and leave comments. Facebook has taken away from some of that time. It's really been difficult to stay connected to everyone and all the different events taking place. I'm sure many of you must be experiencing some of the same. Therefore, I thank all of you who do manage to take the time to read about my work and leave a comment. Your support is much appreciated!

*The faint red marks on the images are my watermark and do not appear on the actual work.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"In The Red" - Lynnwood Library Show

Small Work, Acrylic on Gessobord, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

I just got word that my painting, Garden Gnome, Contemplating His Latest Work has been chosen to be in the annual themed show, In The Red - Juried Art Exhibit at the Lynnwood Library Gallery.  Forty-three artists will be in this exhibit. I noticed a few familiar names on the exhibit list that are art friends of mine.  Congratulations to Eden HopkinsNaoko Morisawa and Susan Jones! I'm looking forward to this fun show and am happy to be included!

The show runs from September 26 – November 17 at the Lynnwood Library Gallery, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA.   Three winners, chosen by the Lynnwood Arts Commission for prize baskets, will be announced at the reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, October 1 at 11am - 12pm at the library.  I'll be attending and hope you can make it too!

Just a quick update to let you know I have been creating new work!  I have three new miniatures that I will be posting soon.  They are in the varnishing stages now and once dry, will be scanned.  It's been a very busy summer.  I have taken some time away from my studio to do some "research exploring" by hiking some of the beautiful trails around here, gathering reference photos.  There are so many exciting places to discover and I need to take advantage before the weather changes.  It's also a great way to clear your head and make room for new ideas and allow images to come forth.  To me, taking a hike among the forests and rivers is a way to connect with the spirit. As always, I thank you for taking the time to read about my work and hope you will retun. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

"The Wood Nymph" accepted in ICON Show at Fraker/Scott Gallery - Seattle

The Wood Nymph © Barbara A. Freeman Graphite and Mixed Media on Film, 8 1/2" x 8"
I am so excited to announce that my graphite drawing, The Wood Nymph was accepted in the Juried, Themed show,  ICON, at Fraker/Scott Gallery in Seattle.  The Opening Night is September 1st, and the gallery will be participating in Pioneer Square -1st Thursday Art Walk, from 5 to 9pm.  The Reception and Awards are Saturday, September 24th from 6 to 8pm.  The show will continue through October 1st.  Fraker/Scott Gallery is located at 121 Prefontaine PL South, Seattle, WA.  I'm really looking forward to being in this show. Hope you can make it too!

Group Show at Lowell Art Works - Three Miniature Works from the Wood Nymph Series

I 'm happy to be participating in the Juried Group Show,  "V" Years of LAW at Lowell Art Works, celebrating their 5th Anniversary!  My three fine art miniatures from the Wood Nymph Series will be in this exhibit.
Dreamer © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Moonbathing © 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"
Lowell Art Works Five-Year Anniversary Celebration!  A juried show featuring artist friends old and new. Come celebrate this auspicious occasion with us! The show runs from August 20th – October 8th, 2011.  There will be an Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 20th, 2011,  4-9 PM (during Everett Art Walk)! Lowell Art Works is located at 5205 S. 2nd Ave, in Everett, WA  This will be one of their biggest, most dirverse and eclectic shows yet with over 140 works in a variety of media from over 35 artists!  This is a celebration of five years of frolicking on the fringe ... of Everett!!