Sunday, September 25, 2011

I received Pastel Society Award in New York

Award Winning Pastel!

Frisco Texas artist Barbara J. Mason is named on of the top prize winners in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) Annual Pastels Only Exhibit. Barbara's Pastel artwork "Strawberry Fusion is the recipient of the prestigious Yang Family Award.
A primary mandate of the Pastel Society of America is to provide a forum for the exhibition of works by the most accomplished of pastel artists in the U.S. and abroad. The Annual Open Juried Exhibition for Pastels Only is held during the month of September in the main gallery of the National Arts Club, a historic mansion located in the Gramery Park area of Manhattan. The annual "Pastels Only" Exhibit is now in it's 39th year. Accepted entries usually number 170 to 200 pastels out of more than 2,000 entries. Prizes amounting to over $25,00 in both cash and pastel materials are presented at a special awards ceremony. The exhibition, the culmination of PSA activities of the year, acknowledges the professional excellence of participating artists and helps promote the finest examples of pastel to the general public, the professional art world, art students and art collectors.

Barbara's artwork "Strawberry Fusion, is a vibrant and bold still life painting depicting lush red strawberries surrounded by photo realistic bubbles that contain reflecting vignettes of miniature strawberries.

The exhibit at The National Arts Club in New York will be open to the press, artists, and collectors from September 6th - October 1, 2011. For more information on the exhibit, visit the PSA website at:

Barbara is not a newcomer to fine art competitions, her work, "56 Oldsmobile" was awarded the Holbein Merchandise Award at the Southwest Watercolor Society, which is a annual competition open to all water media artist internationally. She has recently had her work in The American Art Collector Magazine (September 2011 issue). In addition to creating vibrant beautiful, figurative,still life, and floral pastel paintings, Barbara is an accomplished watercolor artist with artwork in private and corporate collections across the country and abroad.

To view more of Barbara's artwork, please visit &
or contact Barbara directly @ (214-407-6625.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Plein Aire Painting From Italy

I am back from Italy!! I was blessed to paint from Pienza, to Matepulciano to siena to Florence
to Umbria to Rome and everything in between! What an artful experience.
I will share my completed painting with you very soon!

Shortly after returning back to the United States I was off on to another art road trip .

Be sure and follow my blog over the next few months because there are lots of thing I would like to share with you. I have great news from the Pastel Society of America and the Southwest Watercolor Society and American Collector Magazine and more!!!!

Below is a small sample of my plein aire painting completed in Pienza, Italy!

Tuscany Italy- Pastel Painting by Barbara J. Mason
3x8"/ 7x12"Framed $175.00
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