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Old 02-20-2018, 05:49 AM
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Re: Paintings from Barry's Travels

A painting will have more impact on the viewer if it has a focused concept behind it. In other words, the painting should be about something, and not just a pretty picture or a pretty scene. It is those paintings that are more than just pretty pictures that end up in museums or that win prizes in competitions. Try to identify why you want to paint this painting? What attracted you to the scene in the first place?There are many types of concept. One of them that has been used in art throughout the centuries is the “narrative”: this is a painting that tells a story. The narrative does not have to be complicated, the painting shown is called “Hurry up”. It tells the story common to all families with young children – there is always one child running on ahead to find something interesting!

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Old 03-02-2018, 11:05 AM
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Re: Paintings from Barry's Travels

I put a lot of emphasis on abstract design in my work, even though it might seem to be a representational painting. An abstract design is much more interesting if it incorporates points, lines, and massed shapes in its design. I often use brushwork expressively to represent different objects in a shorthand way. If you do this effectively, you can incorporate the point, line and mass shapes into your compositions just by using brushwork, and so make your painting much more interesting to look at.

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If your painting has calligraphic (like script handwriting) shapes in the middle of large mass shapes, paint the mass shape first thinly and then superimpose the calligraphic shapes using a small brush and an impasto stroke.

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Old 03-05-2018, 06:05 PM
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Re: Paintings from Barry's Travels

Caochangdi is a thriving arts and cultural hub on the outskirts of Beijing in China, close to Beijing’s famous 798 art district.

In “Caochangdi at Night”, 100cm x 80cm, several techniques are at work, including unequal space division, focal areas, and contrast of saturation. There is a great variety of brushwork as well that you can see in the close-up photographs. In fact the small sections of the painting are abstract paintings in their own right. I love the way a single painting can become 20 small paintings if you look closely. I also flattened the values in the distant night sky, making the values of the buildings almost the same as the sky in order to simplify the notan structure and give the painting a sense of mystery.

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Old 03-13-2018, 07:30 AM
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Re: Paintings from Barry's Travels

Painting I did of an a large sailing ship that moored in the docks of Venice. Notice how the oranges in the boat are more saturated than the distant buildings as well. This keeps the three different planes separate: the highly saturated foreground plane with the painter, the mid saturation middle ground of the boat, and the low saturation distant plane of the buildings.

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Old 03-20-2018, 01:15 PM
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Re: Paintings from Barry's Travels

Painted a few color plein air sketches today with some painting friends from Xiamen, China. We painted in the grounds of Xiamen University during the day. They have beautiful gardens and a lake. In the evening I painted a nocturne on the beach near where I am living. Mobile phone flashlights can be quite handy at times!
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:12 PM
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Re: Paintings from Barry's Travels

Barry and Kevin Macpherson have been painting in Shanghai, China for a week, culminating in an exhibition with three other US artists and 5 Chinese artists. Barry also gave a talk on Chinese TV about art.



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