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Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Weathered Cambodian Temples

Are these images B&W?





Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Countryscapes






These images are from Long Meadow Ranch and Tomales Farm & Dairy, my brother's places in California, taken last March. I continue to come back to them, so they may be the start of something new for me. I haven't done many landscapes or sepiatoning.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Post-show Blues do exist

I was warned that I would experience the post-show blues. For the last two weeks, I was flat and frustrated and doubtful. I distracted myself by cleaning up my studio and paperwork, doing gardening and house chores, and consuming too many peanut m&m's. Yesterday, finally, my energy came back and I had a great day creating new jewlery designs. Today, I feel like painting, so I am back. Yeah!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Straight From the Tube


Yellow Piano, 20 x 24, Oil on Canvas
I might revisit this style of painting that I did about 8 years ago. I called it "Straight from the Tube." I had received some samples of intensely colored oils from Mexico and thought it would be interesting to use them as straight from the tube as I could. I painted on white to keep the look bright. I was also reading about Matisse; hence, the objects and patterns originating from our home. For example, a carpet element became the wallpaper. Beyond that I was playing with symbolism. The yellow piano represented fickleness. The left cloudy doorway was my past. The sunny clear room on the right was my future. I guess that's me at the piano, but at the time, I didn't think so.

A Painter-Friend's Recent Advice

"There comes a point where you must stop depending on classes and other people's judgement of your work and let your work take flight on its own. That is, of course, unless your whole purpose in this is to be able to paint in an academic rather than expressive sense. I may be wrong but I think you want to express your self, not just replicate what you see. So trust yourself and find your voice."