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Friday, June 11, 2010

Barbara Haviland - Featured Artist

Big Horned Sheep

From Barbara's Profile:
"I create art and have been an artist for 34 years. I paint daily and usually have about 6 paintings going at a time. I am mostly a self-taught, raw artist who draws inspiration from the world around me. My favorite artist is Dalhart Windberg. I love taking workshops to further my learning. You can never cease to learn something new. I usually paint from my photos. I love bright, bold, rich colors."

One Yellow Iris

"I feel satisfied when someone can see the love I have put into the piece that I have created, whether it is a landscape, a floral, a portrait, or a seascape. At this stage in my career, I enjoy painting in Plein Air. It is both exciting and frustrating. Light changes, and shadows move, but I love it! A paint brush is my favorite tool. You can just about do anything with a brush and some paint. Painting brings out my passion. It is like reading a book, you can go anywhere. It is my escape. The problems of the world fade away. For a few moments, it is just me and the canvas. I feel as though I am meant to create art. God has blessed me in this way."

Along the River

Little Yellow Bird

I create in oils and usually paint on a canvas. I stretch my own canvas. Winsor Newton paints are my personal preference. Everything about painting just makes my day. I never get bored. Now that I am retired, I paint every day. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and must get it sketched on canvas. I start with a vision and go from there. It just flows. Painting fills me with joy."

View From Under the Bridge

"I am married to Sam, my husband of 46 years. We have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. We have been fortunate enough to travel the country. I paint wherever we are. I do not think I could survive without my painting. It is my drug of choice. I need it. I do have to do it every single day. I am a sight painter. I simply paint what I see. Lately, my art has been taking on a fresh look of looseness, and I like it. Plein Air is my new thing. It feels great to create! Painting is very relaxing and gratifying. It is freeing. The world around us is so beautiful. I try to capture it's raw beauty on my canvas. I love to paint landscapes of the bayou. They are my favorite! I also love painting flowers as well as animals. I paint everything. If you have a photo, I can paint it. I am so thankful to be able to paint and create art."

My Wild Purple Iris

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Barbsgarden said...

Thank you so much for doing this article. I feel very honored..

Marlene said...

Beautiful work by a beautiful lady. Barbara is one of my favorite oil painters.

artbylmr said...

I love your features, Brenda! Your work is lovely, Barbara - I especially like the yellow Iris!!!

Diana said...

Beautiful! Not only do I see your art, I do "feel" your passion in it.

Diana Bracy