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07-30-2009, 12:27 PM
Ok the real story is that this was a painting from one of my photos. I painted it in the local Starbuck's coffee shop where there was Air Conditioning and I could set up my easel inside - my artwork is hanging on the walls for sale.

It's a different style but one I hope to experiment more with.

Appx. 10" x 14"


C&C Please!!!:) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jul-2009/13264-starl.jpg

07-30-2009, 12:35 PM
i love this one Barb...all about shapes...great piece!

Kathryn Wilson
07-30-2009, 12:46 PM
You've got to know I love this!

Alicia is right - big shapes.

Cool :)

07-30-2009, 12:46 PM
I'm honored coming from you Alicia. I see a crooked angle as I look closer at the orange wall - better straighten that out! B

07-30-2009, 01:15 PM
It's nice to have a simple composition of basic shapes and colors. It's refreshing!

07-30-2009, 02:05 PM
Thanks you guys. I think there is more to say with less. Oh and the white roof reminds me of what it would be like if there was snow on it... just to make me feel better in this heat.

Blue Angels are flying over our roof today and through the weekend. Fun!

Donna T
07-30-2009, 02:06 PM
I love this, Barb! Real yet bordering on abstract - my favorite combination! I'm glad you were inside - I hear it's like an oven out there!


07-30-2009, 04:49 PM
Really nice composition Barb. The only comment I have is that the top of the right hand window in the pink (peach, salmon) building is off as far as perspective is concerned. By the way, I sure hope you do something about that weather before I come out there to visit.:lol:

07-30-2009, 07:43 PM

Love the simplicity ...though it's not simple. Reminds me of a Richard Diebenkorn painting! Whata lovely abstract feel!
A winner! Congrats


Deborah Secor
07-30-2009, 08:14 PM
Mmmm, nice one Barb!

Take a look at Bill Wray's (http://williamwray.com/)work, and Jennifer McChristian (http://jennifermcchristian.com/collections/7489/?displayhorz=3).

One thought: maybe do just a bit more with the pole. It's pretty 'real' in color compared to the rest and could have more... something. Approach it the way you did the shadows.

Very nice work...go for it!

Tracy Lang
07-30-2009, 08:36 PM
Hi Barb,

I find myself drawn more and more to these abstract/shapes/less is more paintings...and I really like this! I'll look forward to seeing more of your experiments.

That being said, can you put a couple of chickens in there??? LOL!!!


07-30-2009, 08:55 PM
Barb, this is great, i love doing thing like this myself, simple shapes and colours and yet they work so well and tell a story.

07-31-2009, 11:32 AM
Thanks Donna - it's gray and cool this morning. I feel like a new woman!

Helen - I realized the door and the window shapes dont' reflect the proper perspective... good eye. and no worries - it will be cooler~ (I think)

Yvonne - any reference to someone like Diebenkorn is ok in my world.

Deborah - I'll check out the other artists after posting this note and the pole as well.

Tracy - you have to imagine the chickens... purple cows and blue sheep.... when you see pink elephants... lie down and then run to your own easel to paint some!!!

Pete - I agree - the simple shapes are talking to me right now...


David Patterson
07-31-2009, 01:36 PM
Borderline abstract...love it Barb!

Lynne Vokatis
07-31-2009, 03:07 PM
really cool colors and shapes,barb.I like it alot!simple and very interesting!lynne

08-01-2009, 12:38 PM
Thanks David and Lynne. I think I am attracted to this type of compositional elements when I do my photography so why not push it in my paintings.

Hopefully there will be more coming soon - right now it's little whimsical pieces... Barb

08-01-2009, 02:00 PM
Barb, I'm also drawn to these "abstract" type of paintings with shapes and colors. Love it! Can't wait to see more. The simplicity of the scene really works.


08-01-2009, 02:17 PM
Very intersting composition and very very intersting style. I love it.

08-01-2009, 03:07 PM
Good stuff going on here. I love this style.


08-02-2009, 10:28 PM
Beautiful! The colors are wonderful and the simplicity of this piece says it all.

08-03-2009, 11:03 AM
Thank you - I wonder if with the business of the city and crowded areas and also the trees so big and large here on our horizon, that I'm seeking some simpler forms.

Anyway.... I'll see where it goes.

Thanks for your encouragement! Barb

08-03-2009, 12:45 PM
Wow, very cool. Definitely about the shapes and values. I'd love to be able to try something with this sort of sense of abstraction, but can't seem to manage it, :lol:.

Pat Isaac
08-03-2009, 07:31 PM
Wonderful abstract quality to this, Barb.