Artist Statement

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La Danse

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Trois morceaux en forme de deux poires watercolor on prepared paper

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THE RESEARCH PROJECT

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Dear Friends and Acquaintances,

 

In June 2018, I will be teaching a series of watercolor classes aboard a luxurious Lotus Tour cruise.

 

We will begin in the lovely city of Lyon with its fabulous art galleries, then visit Beaune in the heart of Burgundy, then Mâcon, maybe for a taste of Côtes du Rhône wines and other delights, and charming Tournon, followed by Avignon’s Pal- ace of the Popes, Van Gogh’s picturesque Arles and nally disembark in Nice, on the French Riviera. We will meet local artists and visit their studios as well as unique art galleries and museums along the way. And you will see Provence like no other as you learn to capture the images and essence of a scene, as only an artist can.

My partner, Leon Axel, will also talk and teach about the techniques and history of watercolor and the science of seeing. Art materials will be waiting for you onboard, but if you have a favorite brush, please bring it with you.

Virtually everything is included: superb air-conditioned staterooms, all meals incl. wine, beer and soft drinks, complimentary coffee, tea and bottled water throughout the cruise, shore excursions, guided biking and hiking tours, free Wi-Fi, onboard gratuities, port taxes, and more.

Imagine painting a ‘selfie’, or a still life of a Charentais melon, as you cruise the picturesque Rhône River, a pad of Arches paper and brush in hand… it’s a trip of a lifetime. I hope you will join me for “Watercolors in Provence”. Book early for best cabin selection. For more specific information on this beautiful trip, please contact:

Lotus Tours (Specialty tours affiiliate of Pacific Delight Tours)

Cruise the Rhone to Provence where we will make learn to make beautiful watercolors of our glorious Provencal  memories.   

 

Please contact Lotus Tours at   i n f o @ l o t u s t o u r s . u s  for more information.

 

Barbara

 

 

 

Lotus/Pacific Delight Tours 

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One of my favorite poets, Richard Wilbur, died in October, 2017.  To honor him I’ve begun a painting named after his beautiful poem, Winter Spring, which will be posted soon.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art is, for me, a way of responding to life around me; a link between inner and outer worlds.   With painting, specifically, the hand responds to what is observed and felt. For example, I spent a summer in Provence, painting sunlight as it transformed bouquets of white roses. The images thereby became deeply experienced icons of ephemera. Those paintings still remind me of the luck of having found that place, the routine of showing up every morning and afternoon until light fell in the hour of gloaming.  I then realized the hues and palette of my chosen late day palette, enriched with long blue shadows.

 

  With a broader view, as I look at a subject, whether it is an actual person, place, object or subjective condition, the more I look the more I see. One must learn to see.   As I have learned to absorb these situations while making art, I’ve learned that they can apply to life situations as well as to looking at art made by other persons.  In fact, history is often learned from and created by images telling personal and objective stories.  We, as artists thereby do our part to study and shape the world we inhabit.

And now I wish to dedicate my work to the blissful days and evenings we shared before our sick president intruded upon us.  These paintings of gardens will aspire to the peaceful ambience we shared before this assault on everything we hold dear……  

 

La Danse

Harmonie du soir: 22″ x 48″

 
 
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De Profundis Clamavi Oil on Linen:10″ x 12″

 

   It has been said that my work has an immediacy and urgent quality. I paint for myself, so the images come about as personal responses to meaningful events in my life. It is my hope that a spirit of commonality will affect those who experience whatever I draw and paint.

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Morning at Big Sur

 
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Artiste en Plein Air

 

 

 

Physical rhythm and energy is basic to any visual imagery that attracts me, affecting whatever evolves on my drawing paper or painting. For me, art originates in the viscera, not in the head.

Anything alive is worthy of attention.

 

 

To paraphrase Matisse: “All my life, I have been held by the opinion current at the time I first began to paint, when it was permissable to  render observations made from nature.”  

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An afternoon at Woodstock

 
 
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Drawing at Chania, Crete

 

On a dit que ma peinture produit un effet d’immédiateté et d’urgence. Je ne peins pour personne d’autre que moi-même, ainsi mes images ne se forment qu’à partir de souvenirs personnels et d’évènements signifiants de ma propre vie. Mais, bien sûr, j’espère qu’une semblance d’universalité sera ressentie par les personnes qui seront en présence de mes dessins et peintures.

Tout ce qui est vivant mérite notre attention. La nature et les couleurs changeantes des saisons sont primordiales pour moi… sans oublier la nature humaine.

Lorsqu’avec le XXème siècle émergèrent de nouvelles définitions de l’art, le didactisme et les présages de désastres remplacèrent la beauté. L’esthétique se trouva dissociée des formes idéales de la beauté. On peut paraphraser Rilke, le poète: “La beauté n’est que le commencement de la terreur.”

Je ne peints qu’à la lumière naturelle, la plus belle étant tôt le matin et à l’heure du crépuscule, lorsque les ombres s’approfondissent de bleu et de violet. Il m’est arrivé de passer tout un été en Provence à peintre les roses blanches de mon jardin… Ce n’était pas les roses que je peinais mais la lumière changeante qui les transformait en sujet d’extase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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