Friday, 18 May 2012

Barbara Barber : Featured Artist

Barbara Barber : Featured Artist

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Barbara says in her own words, "I paint under my maiden name, and have most of my painting life. Now my last name is Barber, these are my paintings. I will continue to sign Clements, as to honor my father, who loved my art and encouraged me to paint. He himself was a poet, and a little like Vincent Van Gogh, in soul. My father gave me the artist view of life."

What a beautiful tribute from daughter to father!

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"Down the Jersey Shore at Cape May the streets are lined with wonderful and charming Victorian houses. Lovely to walk and travel back in time in this wonderful seaside resort."

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Ms Barba goes on to say of her life, "My family originally is from Long Island. So beautiful, the landscapes of the east, but now, we live in Arizona and love the landscape out here as well. Fact is, natural beauty is everywhere. The earth is lovely."

Few would disagree that indeed the earth is lovely, and is most certainly an artist's playground.

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"Egret on shore of Barnegat Bay"

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Serene afternoon on Cape Ann - note the excellent hyper-realism!

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Barbara's description of this work is so interesting I am placing it here for my readers. "Borley Rectory was said to be the most haunted house in England, as so the book by the same name written by Harry Price says. The rectory was built by the Rev. Henry Bull in 1863 Essex, to house himself, his wife and their 14 children. The rectory burned down in a mysterious fire in 1939.

It's thought that the rectory was destined to be a haunted house from the start due to the events that had occurred on the site many centuries before.The foundation was an old Priory on land that contained a 12th century Church. A.C. Henning, the rector in 1936, discovered that the Doomsday Book told of a Borley Manor prior to 1066, so he concluded a wooden church was probably also built around that time. The foundations contained underground tunnels and a complex of vault rooms.

The most popular story to the background of Borley was that in 1362 Benedictine Monks built a monastery on the site which would later hold the rectory. Legend told of a nun from the Bures convent, 7 miles southeast of Borley falling in love with a monk from the monastery. They had decided to elope to be together, but the elders discovered their plans. A friend of the monk was to drive a carriage to help them escape. On the fateful night they were captured by the elders. The coachman was beheaded, the monk hanged and the nun was bricked up alive in the walls of the vaults beneath the rectory. Her ghost has haunted the site ever since, seen in front of the rectory during the time of its existance and on the grounds behind it. There was a path where she walked named 'nuns walk' after she had been seen so often." Very interesting!

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Afternoon storm approaching Lynx Lake Prescott Arizona.

Barbara Barba says, "When I was a little girl my father used to tell me about my great great grandmother, who was a Sioux Indian, and the fascinating way of life of the Indians. On the other hand, my grandfather, from Scotland, used to teach me history and archaelogy. Since then these subjects find their way to my canvas."

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"Pueblo pottery is based on an Anasazi past, on the pottery of Chaco Canyon and its outliers. Archaeologists at Chaco have unearthed white or gray pottery with geometric designs painted in black, as well as gray pottery with a corrugated pattern and human effigy pieces."

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This is beautiful art! The atmosphere and colors are haunting and yet dreamy at the same time!!

Finally, another beautiful work to finish this weeks features.

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Barbara Barber's attention to detail is superb, hence the image above, although most who know me are fully aware that I adore flowers, but that adoration is only of beautifully presented works of art such as seen above.

I wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Please take out a few moments of your time to visit Barbara's works - click below!

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