Friday, June 24, 2011

tropical series

The third painting in my tropical series! This is an original pastel painting
of a Keel-billed Toucan, this is the national bird of Belize.
I love the colors in the birds bill and the contrast of the yellow
feathers against the dark background.
The tropical birds of Belize have such vibrant, bold colors,
No wonder I am so inspired to paint the wildlife of Belize!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

All Things Tropical

Bird of Paradise pastel painting by Barbara J. Mason
I'm feeling "Tropical" in the studio this weekend! Maybe it's the Texas heat!
My mind has transformed the Texas heat into a more tropical climate.
The weather reminds me of our recent trip to Belize.
Here is the Beauty I found in the Heat!!!
 On the palette this week is (above) Bird of Paradise pastel painting
and (below)  a Turaco Bird pastel painting.

Turaco Bird pastel painting by Barbara J. Mason
- I love the mow-hawk!!-

I think I will continue this theme for the rest of this week!
And experiment with different paper surfaces.
Stay tuned....More to come!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Paint Downtown Frisco

I had a great time participating in the Paint Downtown Frisco. Artwork from participating
artist will be on display at the Frisco Art Gallery in the Discovery Center. 
The challenge was to paint a downtown Frisco theme and I choose the 
The Blue Door boutique business, below is my rendition of their store window with
the reflection of surrounding downtown Frisco mid day! 

"The Blue Door"  by Barbara J. Mason

Friday, June 10, 2011

Art Bag gets the BOOT!

My new art bags get the BOOT! I haven't played with just paper in years! What fun!!
This Boot Bag was for a Artist Gift exchange. The project challenge was to get creative with
your gift wrapping!  I used newspaper inserts and recycled paper.
I re-discovered how nice it is to create without boundries or rules. But, isn't that
the way art was intended to be......

As a result of this project I have orders for more!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Each $50.00 pastel on canvas paintings is 4x4 inches
Art Gives Back is your opportunity to help the city of Plano libraries in these tough times.
The Plano Art Association has partnered with the Plano library system to create a new community art exhibit to be displayed in all Plano libraries.
50% of the sales from the artworks will be used to buy art books for plano libraries..

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Upcoming Exhibit

I am pleased to anounce that:
I will be one of the featured artist for the "Hope and Truth" Exhibit at the Granville Arts Center Gallery
FAITH Artists Member show 'Truth & Hope' on exhibition June 1- July 5 at Granville Arts Center Gallery 5th & Austin Street downtown Garland, Texas
Over 25 pieces of art from 13 FAITH Artists members.
Gallery open daily 8-5 and during all GAC performances.

'The Music Man' will be performed by the Garland Summer Musicals June 17-26
Art that inspires truth and hope.
"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10
2011 Faith Artist:
                       Barbara Mason                     Kendra Walden             
                           Dawn Waters-Baker            Camile Riggs  
                           Christian Rodgers                 Mark Walden  
                          Debbie Chiecchi                     Tempy Berg-Gilbert
                          Lewe Feagins                        Tom Banker
                          Peg Rosenlund                      Jim Hutchinson
                                                    Cindy Norris

Friday, June 3, 2011

Awards In May

It's "Raining" -"Reigning" Blessings in the form of awards and sales in May!!

May Awards:
Illinois Civic Art Purchase Award
Best In Show IAA Members Exhibit
Finalist in the Plano Art Association 125mile Exhibit

We have traveled across country to the Midwest to bring the big Ribbon home to Texas!
It was an honor to receive the Illinois Civic Purchase Award,
as many of you know I have roots in Illinois and now my artwork will remain
 a part of their civic art collection forever!! What a way to leave your mark!!!
I am so humbled by this!
This is the piece of artwork that is now a part of the Illinois Civic Art Collection:
Yes, this is the same painting that was a finalist in the Blossom II International
Best of Flowers competition!
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