Monday, May 8, 2017


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


"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


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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


"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.

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Monday, February 13, 2017


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 -- -- to receive previews of new paintings, and other news via email.

Friday, February 10, 2017


 "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.


Thought you might like to see the setup, my palette and the finished painting of "Two Pears" ... It found a home in Santa Rosa, California.

Wet and rainy here in the San Francisco Bay Area ... good day for painting!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017


I am dedicating 2017 to painting daily -- or as close to it as possible. I am working on two series:

:: STILL LIFE -- small oil paintings on panels -- paintings from life with a "painterly realistic" style. I paint treasures from my past that I love, items from my daily life, and new goodies that I discover.

:: HEARTS -- small oil paintings on panels and mixed media works on paper -- a positive response to our treacherous, cruel, and devisive presidential regime.

Paintings are available for purchase by auction: Barbara Giles

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