Monday, September 20, 2021

Wax and Buff

Upon completion of an acrylic painting, I let it cure for several days. An isolation coat of 2:1 Golden Soft Gel Gloss and water is applied. Several days after that I apply a thin layer of Gamblin wax, wait 24 hours and then buff to a shine that appears more organic to me than synthetic gloss varnish.


Friday, September 17, 2021

The end of the Acrylic Project.

Thanks everyone for your support of my 30-painting Acrylic Project. Here are the paintings that went to new homes. A couple went into the trash and a few more have an undecided fate.

I think I've become addicted to acrylic.  Since the project ended a few days ago, I have painted five more. 

"Love Story"

"Love Is A Choice"

"Balancing Act"

"Be Joyful"

"Simple Pleasures"

I had no idea these little florals would sell within 24 hours of me posting them so they were not ready to ship for about a week. The acrylic must cure, then an isolation coat applied, then wax and then buff. All with time in between. I still have four paintings waiting wax and buffing. If one of them is yours, it will ship Monday, September 20th Priority Mail.

I won't post the new paintings until they are ready to ship so new purchases should ship out the next day. Watch for them around October 1.  I will be happy to ship to another US address if the painting you purchase is a gift.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Acrylic Project #18 - #24 and FAQs

I'm still working on The Acrylic Project and have 6 paintings to go to reach my goal of 30. I've learned so much about this medium! I post these paintings on my website and on Instagram and I am so appreciative of the warm response they have received. I think I have gained a new group of acquaintances:  Acrylic Artists. 

FAQ: The palette I'm using is a Masterson Sta-Wet - the new model with the little cups for paint. My old Sta-Wet was a mess. I posted both on my Instagram page bbnewtonartstudio.

FAQ: After the acrylic paint cures for several days, I apply an isolation barrier. A few days after that, I wax and buff the painting. I like the organic look of the wax more than the synthetic look of varnish. See instructions on bbnewtonartstudio.

FAQ: The little vase I'm using was a gift from one of my co-workers when I "retired" after 16 years at K2 Skis on Vashon Island, WA.

If you work in acrylic and have any tips for me, please comment below. Thanks! 

#24 "Together" 🎈

#23 "I Do"  🎈

#22 "Only You"  🎈

#21 "Sweet Nothings" 🎈

#20 "Endearments" 🎈

#19 "We Got This" 🎈

#18 "Best Friends Forever" 🎈


Monday, August 23, 2021

The Acrylic Project - update


"Love is Blind," AP#17

"We Got This," AP#16

Checking in with you on my acrylic project. I'm a little more than 1/2 way through and I think I'm starting to get the hang of this medium. Accept acrylic for what it is, let go of my expectations and go with the flow. Attitude is everything in painting and in life. Change your attitude, love the one you're with and before you know it, annoying idiosyncrasies become endearing qualities. 

This is my favorite part! Sending these little paintings off to new homes makes room in the Studio for more paintings. By the way, "Love is Blind" and "We Got This" are available. Click on each image to purchase.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Acrylic Project continued...

 I'm still at it. A nice woman who purchased one of my paintings sent me a photo of how she has it displayed in her home. She agreed to have the photo shared with you.

I love it! It didn't occur to me that it could be left unframed. What a great idea. Thanks so much, Brie for sharing this with me. Because of this, I am now painting my edges...sorry I didn't think of it before.

These little paintings have been a joy and also a challenge. One day I had a meltdown and painted over a couple. It really is all about my attitude. Through The Acrylic Project I have met new purchasers and other artists willing to share tips about the medium and supplies. I have received a glowing review of my work in general (once again, thank you Brie!) and have even heard from a few artists who may try acrylic again.  

I just finished #13; all can be seen in The Acrylic Project on Daily Paintworks. Thanks to all who have supported me so generously, not only with a purchase but with encouragement and kindness.

Friday, August 6, 2021

The Acrylic Project #4 and #5

 Busy week but two more added to The Acrylic Project with #5 completed today.

Love the One You're With, AP#4, SOLD 🎈

It's All About You, AP#5, SOLD 🎈

 Here is a video of the painting of #4.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Acrylic Project

 Well, I'm three paintings in on The Acrylic Project. I actually have a book on acrylic but as with any medium, it's the easel time put in that really counts. Follow me and The Acrylic Project on Instagram.

"So, I Changed My Attitude" 🎈SOLD

"Getting to Know You" 🎈SOLD

"Tell Me Your Secrets"

Friday, July 30, 2021

Getting to Know You...


My acrylic work station and the Begonia blossoms set up

The Acrylic Project, Number 2
"Getting to Know You," acrylic, 6x6 inches

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

So I changed my attitude...

Every couple years I return to acrylic in an attempt to bond with that medium (no pun intended). I know the problem isn't the medium, it's me.

This time around, I am giving acrylics more respect. I have set up a separate work station just for them I have given them recognition as The Acrylic Project 2021.

Here is Number 1, title "So I Changed My Attitude."  I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised about what a difference a change of attitude makes! I enjoyed the process and am pleased with the result. 

The Acrylic Project, Number 1
"So I Changed My Attitude," acrylic, 6x6 inches

The set-up

Sunday, July 18, 2021

On the easel, new prints

Life is getting back to the normal of a few years ago for me. With more opportunities to show work in places other than online, and because I've had a great year selling larger paintings, I have been re-thinking the direction of my work for the coming year. I will be painting larger for the foreseeable future. 

In small-format, I will offer prints of original art on DailyPaintworks and on Etsy.

Summer is here! Happy summer everyone.

Last one on the pastel easel was "Sun Slide," 20x16 inches.

Two new prints posted today.

"Bejeweled Woodland" (I have two prints)

"Sincerely" (I have 4 prints)

Friday, July 16, 2021

Prints, anyone?

I have been getting many inquiries lately about prices of my paintings and also am learning that there seems to be a demand for prints of my work (again). I used to sell prints but at some point I ran out of inventory and didn't go there again. Until today. Offering my first new print in my new "store" (BBNewton DPW Store) on my DPW Gallery website.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Reworking an 8 year old recluse

Look what I found tucked behind my pastel easel. Arboretum Winter Color painted in 2013. It got as far as framing but then I unframed it to have it photographed for one of my print publishers. Because it was quite large, I tucked it safely away against the wall, unframed, and forgot about it. When I came across it last week, it begged to be reworked.

Arboretum, Winter Color, pastel, 24x24 inches, 2013.
Painted using the same scene as the reference photo.

Took some liberties with the scene and color and reworked the painting. I am interested to see how my pastel strokes have matured in eight years. Very happy with the new version. 

Arboretum, Winter Color, pastel, 24x24 inches,
©2021 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Getting back to normal

 Ahh...things are beginning to get back to normal for artists. There are opportunities to show art in-person in addition to online. Because of that, I've been framing work for "Small Packages" at Women Painters of Washington (WPW) Gallery and for the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists (PSG) Summer Sale.


Left to right: 4 framed paintings for the PSG Summer Sale (see link below), 5 paintings for WPW, and a small pastel that has been entered into a show, waiting notification of acceptance. The large painting of a child is by my long-ago mentor and Northwest art legend, William Cumming.

Sale begins July 1, click the image to see the Sale.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Steps of Abandon

If you aren't following me on Instagram and would like to see the finished and progress photos of this painting, go here. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Painting with Abandon


Today Pinterest brought up a tiny thumbnail of a gorgeous painting. I clicked on it to see who painted it and was surprised to see that I did! It was from March of 2016,  titled "Wild," and sold to Sandy D.

"Wild," 5x7 pastel sold

This month I have been working in pastel again after more than a year working in oil. I'm painting for my annual Super Summer Sale and also to enter a few upcoming shows. Once again, I'm striving to paint with abandon and because of that I was interested to read my text from 2016 when I posted "Wild" on my blog.

"Sometimes I push a pastel painting past the point of no return. When the words "labored, contrived, sweet, pretty and cute" come to mind, it is time for me to hose it off (Wallis paper), brush it off (most other papers) or get the baking soda out (Pastelmat).

This painting was a big mess (well, as big a mess as a 5x7 can be). I finally took most of the pastel off and began again with ABANDON. Yay! I'm happy with it now."

And so, with abandon, here is today's painting.

"Bliss," pastel 10x8 inches

Friday, June 11, 2021

On the easel 6/11/2021

I'm working 3-up. One done, two to go. "Overachiever," pastel, 8x8 inches. See the  progress steps below.


Step 4

Step 3

Step 2

Step 1

I started with Paynes Grey acrylic line/gesture sketch