Size: 8"W x 8"H x 0.05"D
Year Created: 2018
Ever see a painting of potatoes before? Me neither. Nothing special about potatoes, right? Nothing special about the title either! I do believe, however, that it is not WHAT one paints, but HOW one paints it.
This little still life, (like the others in my portfolio thus far) was created last winter, indoors.
Should I paint more potatoes? Hmmm... I wonder how I was inspired in the first place by potatoes, but I definitely WAS, as I sure did make paint into something that clearly says "potato"!
As always, the flow of light grabs me. But then the sheer sensuality of color, as it changes so subtly to state the form as it falls back from the light and reflects the light, inspires me to stay with the painting to completion. Consciously composing a grouping of potatoes (or any other mundane group of objects) is also a very important step. The striped cloth to lead the eye was essential to the relative success of this piece.
So you can see that, to an artist, a small (seemingly insignificant) painting really is major focus, careful consideration and control, nonetheless!
BORN AND RAISED IN PITTSBURGH, PA, BARBARA HAS BEEN PAINTING PROFESSIONALLY SINCE 1999. SHE NOW MAINTAINS A STUDIO IN SALTSBURG, PA, SHE IS MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF PITTSBURGH, AND A SIGNATURE MEMBER OF THE PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA. EXHIBITS 2014 - SOLO EXHIBIT, CARNEGIE, PA 2011- GROUP SHOW, 5 "WOMEN PAINTING WOMEN" SHAW GALLERY, PITTSBURGH, PA 2011- GROUP INVITATIONAL, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, LATROBE, PA 2010 - SWEET ART GALLERY, NAPLES, FL 2008 - THIRD STREET GALLERY, CARNEGIE, PA 2007 - SOLO EXHIBIT, WATERCOLORS GALLERY, PITTSBURGH, PA 2004 - SOLO EXHIBIT, LATROBE ART CENTER, LATROBE, PA 2003 - BLUE HERON GALLERY, WELLFLEET, MASS 2000 - LIGONIER LIBRARY, LIGONIER, PA 2000 - SOLO EXHIBIT, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, SAINT VINCENT, PA- 1999 - GREENSBURG ART CLUB, GREENSBURG, PA JURIED EXHIBITS 2008 - SOUTHWESTERN PA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, LIGONIER PA 2003 - PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ART, BUTLER MUSEUM, YOUNGSTOWN, OH 2001 - SOUTHERN PA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, BIENNIAL, LORETTO, PA 1999 - WESTMORELAND ART NATIONALS, GREENSBURG, PA 1998 - A SHOW OF HANDS, BATON ROUGE, LA AWARDS 2009 - INCLUDED IN BEST OF AMERICAN PASTEL ARTISTS VOLUME II 2008 - PASTEL SOCIET OF AMERICA, CHICAGO PASTEL PAINTERS ‘ AWARD, NY, NY 2003 - PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, PURCHASE AWARD, NY, NY 2003 - SOUTHERN PA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, THIRD PLACE, I LIGONIER, PA 2002 - BECAME SIGNATURE MEMBER, PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA 2001 - WESTMORELAND HOSPICE, MOTHERS’ DAY CARD SELECTION, GREENSBURG, PA 2000 - WINTERLUDE, AWARD OF DISTINCTION and JUDGE’S CHOICE AWARD, GREENSBURG,PA 1999 - SOUTHWESTERN PA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, HONORABLE MENTION, LIGONIER, PA COLLECTIONS WESTMORELAND COUNTY AIRPORT, LATROBE, PA MUTUAL AID AMBULANCE SERVICE, GREENSBURG, PA DERRY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT, DERRY,PA GREENSBURG SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT, GREENSBURG, PA REBECCA HADEN STONE HOUSE MUSEUM, SALTSBURG, PA EDUCATION 2003 - STUDIO INCAMMINATI (ONGOING 2002 THROUGH 2010) 1995 - INDIANA UNIVERSITY, PA 1973 - SETON HILL UNIVERSITY SPECIAL INSTRUCTION AND INFLUENCES: PHILIP SALVATO, ROBERT LIBERACE, and all those who came before