August 22, 2016

Sketchin' Away

 I've been doing a lot of sketching lately, using a big brush . Also some pen and ink work without any color..
 
Oh yes, and some bad compositions too. ! lol 


July 26, 2016

The Hippie Chick 2

Hi All,  been attempting to paint.  My computer is not cooperating so hope this one came out on here. In person I feel the skin tones are a bit warmer.  Watercolor of course...16x20 .

July 6, 2016

It's Just Beachy

The Lifeguard Station .. Just a small painting that I wanted to do...

July 3, 2016

Have just done a few sunflowers.. Been putting the paint to paper and it's coming back to me.. Starting to feel inspired and to do what I love to do the most.. 
Happy 4th to everyone in blogland.. 
Barbra Joan 

June 30, 2016



Haven't done a whole lot of painting lately, but I AM doing 
some.  I couldn't not paint this lady.. no one I know, but she had some interesting features.  I also used artistic license to do my own thing..

June 11, 2016

Something Different.



  

Sometimes we paint something just because we want to see if we can... so that's what happened here. It's watercolor, and it was fun... HMMMM ! did I say that?
Flower painters CAN paint motorcycles.. YES!!! 


May 30, 2016

This is an oldie, sold awhile ago, but I wanted to see it here
for now... It let's me remember that I did paint it. 
 Something will inspire me to start again, but so far no.

May 18, 2016

A Happy Little Girl.

Yes she was a very loved, very happy little girl. 
 But little girls grow up, life happens and things change.
We make choices. Some were good, some were not. Some things are out of our hands, not asked for but given to us.
I'm not able to post just yet, but have had so many emails and some comments on my blogs wondering where I am. 
 I just wanted to thank you all for that, and know I appreciate it so very much. Well I'm still looking for myself.
 
We all go through trials in this life. Think about this. 
 The times we are sad never last, the times we are happy never last. Everything moves constantly in waves..I've not stopped swimming yet.

I did fine with the skin cancer on my face, gone, and healed.   Just another wave. See you all soon. 
Soon as I start painting again, I'll be here. 
Barbra Joan 

April 15, 2016

New Work

I've uploaded these to my Etsy shop. 



                    "Spring Has Sprung"



                  " The Old Timer"

February 14, 2016

Countryside

A small watercolor from a photo taken around the area.

February 5, 2016

Sketchin' ... Yes Again!

Somehow I got into this sketching craze. And I can't stop. 
I've ordered two online courses .. it all has to do with Urban Sketching . I had no idea this was all going on behind my back! 
I've not done a lot of  'sketching', and it's nothing like painting a watercolor painting.  I'm very traditional in my watercolors.
     Now here I am with pen? ink? watercolor?  
Yes, and I'm liking it a lot .  These are some of the practice sketches from the class.

  Doors and Windows...Windows and Doors.
Oh, and people too. !  well they're supposed to be people. This was done on a scrap of paper and lying nearby, so I'm sharing it .
 You get the idea... Maybe?   and then a bit more serious painting.
It's a Jade plant.  

January 30, 2016

Journaling

Started this  art journal last summer. Nothing in particular and everything in general.. So here's a peek at it. 
The front cover first,  and it's getting so thick and chunky. I like that. 
Then some inside pages, things I did or places I went to, or just something I like. 

and of course always some art work ...


We can't forget about Nature .
Lots of STUFF 
So there you go... and maybe I'll put some on my "Journey Blog" 



January 12, 2016

Country Wash 2

Just a small painting which was a part of a larger, but never was happy with that... Isn't cropping wonderful?  


January 9, 2016

The Pink Flamingo

 
 From Christmas cards to Pink Flamingos...  this is one I'm offering on Etsy so decided to post it here for you bloggers that don't get over there. You can by clicking on the sidebar that says Etsy.  Right about now I need a pink bird in my life. lol ! 
Nothing says Florida like a flamingo...   

December 22, 2015

A Christmas Card

          To all of my blogging friends, I wish you a
                   Merry Christmas. 
Barbra Joan

December 18, 2015

Progress Report /Etsy

Still with Etsy after a year. A sale now and then is a 'good thing' . !
Happy to report this past week I've sold both of these . 





I hope they like their new homes. 
And many thanks for your interest in my work. 
 

November 20, 2015

Cape Ann

This is the painting of Cape Ann .. My former blog I'd posted a sketch of it and decided to paint an 11x14" on Arches CP . 
I've been on the pen/ink with w/c washes lately and haven't done any what I call 'real painting' ... Putting it into my Etsy shop.
BJ


November 18, 2015

A Small Painting/Sketch

Yes, a small sketch , but I am considering it a study for a larger one. I've also done a value sketch of it .. I see the areas that need work and will do it on Arches w/c paper... so fingers crossed..
oh, this is the lighthouse in Cape Ann, MA.  
   

November 12, 2015

It's Country !


After taking photos of barns and hills, from the surrounding areas,
 I decided to put together a few paintings of country settings.. Since I've not done any painting in a while I found it challenging.. However I went back to the lessons learned from the workshop I took with Joyce Hicks a year ago September.. Her basic principals, light,  dark, warm , cool and  a lot of other things I confess I can't remember.. but I enjoyed it .

 This old barn inspired me. So I tried to turn it into a house. LOL !
  

October 20, 2015

Sketchy Sketches..

I haven't given up on my traditional watercolors, absolutely not! 
However, I mentioned earlier that I've gotten into sketching with pen/wc washes.  There's a lot you can learn by doing this and I never realized that it's also fun to do .. 
 Some are from life, I do still get to Paneras LOL !  and a few I found as photos. Of course your supposed to do them from life, but then again I don't think I'll be going to Europe anytime soon . 
  'The Taj Mahal' ... ok , so I think big. 


                           Sicily 


                            Somewhere in Copenhagen.   

Oh and a peek into my latest journal go to my 'Journey blog'.
and my all time 2nd favorite medium , the lowly pencil.
here 'tis .

October 17, 2015

Sorta, Kinda

I don't know how else to describe what I'm up to these days in my art work... Of course I still do my traditional watercolors.  A while back I got interested, very interested in doing pen and ink sketches  with watercolor washes. Drawing in ink and then washes over it seemed like a very easy thing to do... But when I first tried it I had too much information (as in the watercolor.) Somehow that wasn't what I was after... This is the little A- frame place across the road .
 I was pleased that I did it on-site. I've never been good at plein-aire, but I kinda, sorta liked this one. 

October 13, 2015

Stormy Sail

Although this one was done some years ago I thought I'd offer it for sale on my Etsy shop... I'd forgotten about it , kind of lost in the 'sea' of other works.. pun intended.. !  It's a year I started the Etsy shop ,,, in Fact ...oh I just checked .. a year ago on the 3rd.. It has sales every month .. one or two.. no, I can't fly to Paris on that, but it's a good way to keep yourself  'out there'.  I sold one today, that's what made me think about it ..  
 

September 28, 2015

Washday ~

Did this little painting last night. Don't really know why the color is so different on each, but somehow it's in between.
Sometimes those little spur of the moment paint feelings take over and it was a pretty quick on.  Glad I did it .