Saturday, April 4, 2020

Done with that tea party!

Tea Party, oil, 12 x 10 inches
OK! I am done with that tea party! Thanks to Barbara Cloud for the reference photo. I was looking for a challenge and this was it. A limited range of values made this a learning experience. I'm glad I painted it and I'm happy to call it done.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Posted on the wrong blog...take a look

Hello everyone, I just posted today's painting with step x steps but I posted it on the blog I use ONLY for finished art. Oh well, take a look at it there Barbara Benedetti Newton New Work


See the painting steps from the line drawing to the finished painting.




Friday, March 13, 2020

Yellow Mug with Lemon

Yellow Mug with Lemon, oil, 10x8 inches, Sold
©2020 Barbara Benedetti Newton
I am enjoying social distancing due to the coronavirus COVID-19. Painting every day. 
Many thanks to G.I. for adding this one to her Collection.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Collection of the Artist

My last post was about social distancing due to the coronavirus COVID-19 and using my days at home to clean out my file cabinets. Now I'm moving on to my flat files and the drawer marked "Pastel Paintings." Determined to become more organized and have less stuff, I'm sorting through small studies (I haven't gotten to larger work yet) and creating two piles: Collection of the Artist and GIANT SALE.

Because I have been working in oil for the past few months, I am looking at my pastel work with fresh eyes and am especially drawn to these two paintings for their freshness, spontaneity, and lack of detail.

Glory Days Revisited, pastel, 5x7 inches P2019-1-18
Blue Road, pastel, 5x7 inches P2020-3-10

Friday, March 6, 2020

COVID-19 Social Distancing

Many of us are "social distancing" due to the coronavirus. I welcome time at home. I'm cleaning out my file cabinets and shredding old stuff. Yay!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In Progress "Our Dock"


In the olden-days (that would be all the years before this year), I would stand at my easel and paint with abandon using my intuition, perseverance and accumulated skill. Most times paintings were eventually successful (to my eye).

This year I am painting in a more disciplined manner to become a better painter. Hopefully, what I learn this year will add to my skill and become intuitive. Sometimes I have to trick myself into accomplishing what I want - in this case to stay focused on the background only. I put a piece of paper over the bottom 2/3 and prepared to paint only the background (top third).

After a little over an hour on this, checking values, shapes, brushwork and here is where I am now. I'm satisfied with it and will now uncover the rest of the painting and paint with abandon (ha! no I won't...I'll remember what my goal is and I'll THINK about each decision).  And, in looking at this post, I already see some value adjustments needed.

1-3-2020 See the finished painting here.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

In-progress "New Year's Day"

On New Year's Day I posted a Happy New Year painting. After that, I made a cup of mocha, and with my journal in hand I settled in at the dining room table to ponder the new year. I took a photo of the moment, planning to print it and insert it into my handwritten journal but then decided to paint the scene instead. I'm working on it and am posting the painting-in-progress. I'm working back to front now so the mid and foreground are next.

1-27-2020 See the finished painting here

The block-in
Making Progress
Color choices
Value check




Saturday, November 2, 2019

November round-up

My teaching, jurying and gallery commitments for this year are coming to an end and as always, I like to review the year and plan what's next. Here are my larger-format paintings from 2019. I posted 35 smaller paintings from 2019 about a month ago. If you would like to read more about what's next, click here.

Onion, oil, 20x16 inches
O2019-4-23  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Lemon, oil, 20x16 inches
O2019-4-28  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Strawberries, oil, 20x20 inches
O2019-6-17  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Loved Ones, oil, 20x16 inches
O2019-6-29  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Tomato Time, oil, 20x16 inches
O2019-7-10  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Apples, oil, 14x11 inches
O2019-7-11  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Sunday Bouquet, oil, 30x24 inches
O2019-7-14  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Kitchen Table, oil, 30x24 inches
O2019-7-21  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Orange, oil, 14x11 inches
O2019-8-7  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Worldly Goods, oil, 40x40 inches
O2019-8-8  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Cedar River Picnic, pastel, 25x18 inches
P2019-9-3  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Ela's Poland, pastel, 9x12 inches
P2019-9-8  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Grassland, pastel, 11.5x18 inches
P2019-9-256  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Black Diamond Homestead, pastel, 13x13 inches
P2019-9-27  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Rock Creek Series, #5, pastel, 11x18 inches
P2019-9-29  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Black Diamond Landmark, oil, 18x24 inches
O2019-10-23  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Boat House, pastel, 17x22 inches
P2019-10-25  ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Monday, October 7, 2019

October 2019 Check-In

October is my birthday month and this year more than ever it is a time of reflection. We lost one of our long-time Critique members and she will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Connie Speth.

I recently taught my last travel-to workshop. It was a great workshop with a wonderful group of artists and I feel like I'm ending that part of my life on a high note. Thank you Pastel Society of Oregon. My interest now is in mentoring artists and I plan to do that closer to home.

Much of last week was spent video conferencing with artists Brian Bailey and Amanda Houston as the three jurors for the 35th IAPS Juried Exhibition 2019 Webshow. We juried 1,905 images down to 163 accepted. This process was quite an unmaking and collaborative experience and one I am grateful to have had.

This month I will deliver art to Aljoya Living to show with the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists (established 1928 in Seattle) and I will deliver work to Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes for the November show. As always, many thanks to Kathy Khile for her continued support.

My work will appear in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Pastel Journal - thanks Anne Hevener for inviting me to contribute.

One of my publishers contacted me last week for new work available for future reproduction. While scrolling through work of 2019 I realize the majority of my art has been small this year: 35 small paintings. I plan to work larger for the remainder of 2019. Here are all the small ones.

House, pastel, 8x10 inches 
Plein Air ©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Geraniums, oil, 8x6 inches 
Plein Air ©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Ten Trails Black Eyed Susans, pastel, 5x7 inches 
Plein Air ©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Meadow #3, pastel, 5x7 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Meadow #4, pastel, 5x7 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Studio Garden, pastel, 7x5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Rock Creek Winter 2 - Revisited, pastel, 5x7 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Evening Meadow Light, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Evening Lake Light, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Meadow #2, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Meadow #1, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Red Farmhouse #2, pastel, 5x3.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Red Farmhouse #1, pastel, 3.5x5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Autumn Dusk, pastel, 6x8 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Carkeek Park Stream, pastel, 8x8 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Carkeek Park Trestle, pastel, 8x8 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Pond for Susan, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Porch for Susan, pastel, 8x8 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Aftermath, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
For Lee, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Study for Orange Teapot, pastel, 5.5x3.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Dreaming of Summer, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Blue Day, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Romancing the Light, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Roadside Attraction, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Violet Evening, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Violet Road, pastel, 3.5x5.5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Meadow, pastel, 7x5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Sunrise, pastel, 7x5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Glory Days - Revisited, pastel, 7x5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton
Sentience, pastel, 7x5 inches 
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton sold
Riverbank at Dawn, pastel, 7x5 inches
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton 
sold
The Ways of Winter, pastel, 7x5 inches
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton 
sold
Mindful, pastel, 7x5 inches
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton 
Hopes and Dreams, pastel, 7x5 inches
©2019Barbara Benedetti Newton 
sold