Saturday, September 26, 2020

Goodbye Summer - painting over an old painting

 In my last post I mentioned that I painted over a few old paintings to use the panels again for a new art work. Here is the first one completed - I used the last of the garden dahlias as my subject.

"Goodbye Summer," oil, 10 x 12 inches
©2020 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Finishing touches on "Goodbye Summer"
See the progress photos below.

This is the painted-over panel
with a sketch of the set-up

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Selecting, Reworking, Obliterating

I'm selecting artwork for my Daily Paintworks Gallery Holiday Sale and also for an online Holiday Sale with Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists. If you would like to sell your work in the PSG upcoming sale, join PSG as a member before October 10. Membership info is in the link above. 

Five of these paintings will be in the PSG Holiday Sale; the rest will go on auction at super prices

Devotion II, oil, 10x8 inches
This one got a slight re-work and I'm happy with it now.

But some paintings just have to go. I painted over 5 paintings today with a mixture of all the oil paint on my palette. Love doing that!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Are you a VIP?

Great news this week. I received the Pastelagram Award for my painting "Boat House" from the Pastel Society of America 48th Annual Enduring Brilliance Show. This is a big deal show with beautiful art! Many thanks to PSA and to the Jury of Selection: Duane Wakeham, Anna Wainright and Claire Shroeven Verbiest. My special thanks to the Juror of Awards, Marjorie Shelley, Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

Boat House, pastel, ©2019 Barbara Benedetti Newton

On the easel today are peonies. At the midway point, I needed a mahl stick. I used to have one but I haven't seen it for years. Jay donated a vintage shotgun cleaning rod. I taped part of an old cotton T-shirt around the end. It is wood, old and beautiful. Yay!

My Summer Super Sale is over. Whew. Lots of work. I need a marketing/packaging/shipping assistant. This is yesterday's trip to the post office. The final two paintings will be shipped tomorrow.  Thanks to all who welcomed my small pastels into their collections.

I'm already starting to think about my Holiday Sale. If you want to receive a heads up about which paintings will be in the sale, sign up for my BBNewtonART News at the bottom of my contact page. 

I have 19 people who have reached the VIP Collector status because 3 or more purchases through my DailyPaintworks online gallery. VIP Collectors will get special discount coupons for purchasing art. Of the 19, only 4 people are on my official BBNewtonART News mailing list. So please, if you deserve VIP discounts, sign up on the link above.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Radiance and the Summer Super Sale

Just off the easel: This one was painted on black primed canvas as an experiment. See the steps of progress below.

"Radiance," oil, 10x10 inches
©2020 Barbara Benedetti Newton

Have you checked out my Summer Super Sale? As we approach 2021 when I will return to working in pastel, I realized I had to find new homes for twenty-three small pastel paintings that I have been enjoying in the Studio. They are on my Daily Paintworks Gallery starting at $12 each. Take a look and help me clear space in my Studio for new work. Thanks! And, thanks to all who have already purchased a small painting.

My next shipping day will be Tuesday, September 8th.