Monday, May 8, 2017

ABSTRACTION / REALISM



Since the beginning of 2017 -- about four months -- I have focused on painting small, representational still lifes and landscapes. I have sharpened my observation skills, color matching skills, and worked on painting from "outside in" -- looking at something, recording what I see, and noting my perception and reaction to what I see.

I recently posted this painting -- "Reflection" -- which I have worked on for at least two years. It represents the style and process of how I have painted for the last several decades -- "inside out".


This painting, "Garden Play" was painted recently and was also painted "inside out" but was inspired by an actual place. It was done without reference to a photograph. For me, "Reflection" tells a story just as "Garden Play" does. I don't need a story to find a painting meaningful or satisfying, but I know some people do. 

I have long been interested in exploring the continuum -- of everything. Politics, aesthetics, morality, and sexuality. My work falls into about five stylistically and thematically distinct collections. Work made thirty years ago could be hung with work made last year and two pieces of work made this year could be hung and thought of as from two different artists. 

More to think about this ... Frost's "Road Not Taken" ... deveoping A Body (not bodies) of work ... representational vs. non-objective ... Gerhard Richters photorealism and abstraction ... the juncture of radical left and right politics ... fluxus ... 


"Wine Country Mustard Field" -- also painted recently -- would be at the other end of that spectrum from "Reflection"...




Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPRING IN SONOMA


"Wine Country Mustard Field"
It is feeling very springy in Sonoma County California!

This 5"x7" oil painting is at auction now.





Thursday, March 9, 2017

ALMOST SPRING


"Garden Play"
Ahhh ... the promise of Spring. Things are popping in the garden!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TEA HOUSE


"Tea House"

Available at Auction


The trees are bare now and I can see this charming tea house across the creek.

The painting is on an 1/8" thick canvas panel and will look great on an easel, tucked in a bookshelf, or framed. Please note that the painting will need to dry and then be varnished. It may take 30-45 days before shipment.

To see my almost daily paintings hot off the easel, subscribe by emailing me: barbara@barbaragiles.com

Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2017

FIRST CARD ASSORTMENT


This is my first notecard collection with images of recent paintings. I will be printing cards and stocking my Etsy shop over the next two weeks. Email -- barbara@barbaragiles.com -- to receive previews of new paintings, and other news via email.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A FULL HEART


 "Heart Number 3"... I feel the presence of figures ... the texture reflects "living" ... lines and scratches like life ... warm colors and rich texture ... the feeling is full and the parts of the painting are snug with each other.