Monday, May 24, 2010

Paintings in the Process...

These Ladies are 30 x 40 and are just about finished for the upcoming show...
The backgrounds are inspired by G. Klimt

30 x 30 on Canvas, This one is my comfort piece...

Learning to do the reverse background and lifting for visual
"impressionism" with watercolors...
A 30 x 30 Canvas

A 30 x 30 Canvas
Something of the French Poster?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Upcoming Shows!

Many New Pieces to Preview...
Paradise City will host the next show (Memorial Day Weekend 2010) in Northampton MA (see and then we're doing the Rittenhouse Square Arts Festival in downtown Philly PA (see the first weekend in June. I am bringing many new images and am looking forward to completing this cycle of shows successfully. I am indebted and thanful to all those who came to Stockley Gardens Arts Festival last weekend... It was a huge success... am always amazed at the response. And it was great to have Judy with us, Barbara and Jim to help out too, great to see Jerry and Deborah, great to dine out in my favorite Norfolk restaurant The No Frill Grill (wonder why?)
April 30, 1977
"All I wanted was a history with you,
now all I want is a future with you..."
Recently in Monterey CA for a family visit,
I shot this bayside image

Ty and Grace have a pristine cottage in Monterey...
They got a white picket fence, too!

Birds of a feather...talking about their space requirements no doubt...
This was one of only three shots I got at the San Diego Zoo...
I was so enthralled, I forgot to take pictures!

A commission finished recently, shipped and hanging in West Palm Beach FL... a different interpretation on a universal theme.

Self-taught fine artist Tom Barnes works primarily in watercolors. His florals almost always are abstracted forms with the same intense color rendering of his figures... but the added motion of a passing breeze adds yet another element of excitement. Likewise, his landscapes capture the techniques of the Fauvists and are stylized with mountains, hills, plains and lush foliage. Still life subject matter usually captures a chair, a table, a window, a jar and simple pieces of fruit... moments of repose and reflection, interrupted by something unknown.

Barnes' expressions on paper are observations and tell-tale snippets of his temperament: delight in the earth’s abundant glories, peace with the life process, and excitement over what is yet to come.

'My most coveted response is when someone comes into my display and says, "This stuff makes me happy!"'

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Really Wet Paint!

This image is a 30 x 40 canvas, not yet finished, but very close. The colors and saturated hues are just what I was working for!
She's maybe to be called "Moulin Rouge"

A work on paper: a recurring theme now because so many people have taken them home. Notice the unfinished wine glasses and lack of gold pearls...
This one is about 24 x 30
and will be framed under glass for the Northampton MA
Paradise City Show Memorial Day Weekend...
A 30 x 40 Canvas, glazed and lifted, this face has a haunting but familiar look.
Everyone has said she is very pretty.

A landscape and an abstract.
This 30 x 40 canvas is building into a very interesting piece;
modern and yet I still feel the organic quality of the florals...

All in a day's work....

Today I managed to get some painting done, but for the most part spent it with Tyson and Tess Bush who are helping me figure out some ebay sales and blog posting. We had a lot of fun establishing this site. I had some challenges getting the clicks and uploads going but as with many things, practice makes perfect.... or at least progress!

I'm hoping to make it a satisfying communication for my friends and patrons all over our fair globe. In doing the work I found a few mentions of my work in some other places.