Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meet and Greet Barb Mason at The Artist's Showplace this Friday Night!!

Pastel Painting by Barbara J. Mason
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

Meet and Greet
Barbara J. Mason

this Friday night at The Artist's Showplace-CityArtCal December reception!

I am honored to have 2 featured Art pages

in the 2012 Fine Art In Dallas engagement book.

I will be on hand during the

reception signing the 2012 engagement books

and unveiling my most recent work of art, " Poinsettia"!

You don't want to miss this event,

this will be a great way to kick off your Holiday Season

with a personalized art gift!


There will be:

  • CityArtCal 2012 Fine Art in Dallas engagement books for sale
  • Many featured Artist will be available to sign engagement books
  • Beautiful original artwork for sale,
  • Live music
  • Painting demonstrations on Friday!

Opening Reception: FRIDAY- December 2, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Exhibit Date: December 2 -December 30, 2011

Location: The Artist's Showplace

15615 Coit Road Dallas, TX 75248


You may also order your copy of the 2012 Fine Art in Dallas book online at: cityartcal.com.

To see more of my art work,

visit my web sites:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Artfully Painting and Cooking !

Who says you can't paint and cook your way through Thanksgiving!
Of course on tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day)
it will be all about- everything- coming- to- a -halt and GIVING THANKS!
I just wanted to share a little visual stimulation the day before our taste buds
are maxed- out and bellies and hearts are full!

"PURITY" 20x16" Pastel Painting
(To purchase this painting, contact: www.dragonflystudiocreations.com)

"Purity" is the the sister painting to "Unforgettable"!
This piece is framed in black on black that makes the white tulip
POP! I am working on a series of white flowers right now, attempting
to achieve the same quality and style without my usual bold color.
It is very tempting for me to want to add just a dab of color.
But my art critique and husband is close by to make sure I
don't venture off into my color obsession!!


"TRIBAL OFFERING" 16X20" Watercolor Painting
To purchase this painting, contact:

Ok!, after painting the pastel "Purity", I had to
balance and get to that familiar comfort zone in a
sea of COLOR!! This time I needed lots of color and
patterns and texture with just a hint of white for your eye
to rest! I really enjoyed capturing the refection of the
cloth pattern on the white bowl. It felt great to splash around with watercolor again.
While painting this artwork, I discovered that I still love watercolor
just as much as my pastel painting.

I have noticed that this week I have painted
several food related paintings!
Oh well, TIS THE SEASON!!!
to view more of my painting please visit:
email me @: art4dragonfly@aol.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The above painting, "Unforgettable" has SOLD!
This painting was on display at The Gallery 8680 during the Black and White exhibit! Congratulations to Karen, and welcome as a new collector!
If you would like an original piece of my artwork
to spruce up your home during the holidays, please visit my website: www.dragonflystudiocreations or contact me @ info@dragonflystudiocreations.com
for holiday commissioned artwork prices.
Citation Reception
My painting, "Submerged" is a juried finalist in the 2011 Citation Exhibit.
I was not one of the award winners on Saturday night, but I was fortunate in another way.
I was very fortunate to meet an upcoming artist, Sana Brown.
Her artwork titled, " The Coat of Many Colors" won
The Golden Paints Merchandise Award.
The quality of artwork and caliber of artist in the exhibit was outstanding.
A few of my favorite artist in this exhibit are: Nuray Fuller, Misty Oliver Foster,
Carmen Lax, Jan Partin and Douglas Winters.

The CityArtCal opening reception was a big success, a special thanks to The Kitchen Source for providing the exhibit space and allowing local artist to display their artwork! Andrea Davis did and outstanding job with organizing and overseeing the publishing of this years artist calendar!
The 2012 Fine Art in Dallas is a 128-page engagement book with 100 color plates of original art of 72 artists from the Greater Dallas area. A portion of the sales of this keepsake book goes to fund art programs for local schools.
This calendar would make a great holiday art gift!
To purchase 2012 Art Calendar, visit: www.cityartcal.com or email me @ art4dragonfly@aol.com.
Stay posted!!
I will be in the studio painting this week preparing for upcoming exhibits and competitions!
This should work up a big thanksgiving appetite!

Friday, November 18, 2011

See You This Weekend!

2012 CityArtCal Kick Off Party
I am one of 75 Dallas area
artist that will be featured in this the
2012 CityArtCal
Please join us in a spirited
evening TONIGHT!!,
honoring Jennifer Culbertson
and celebrating Dallas Art!

With the purchase of a ticket you will enjoy:
Valet Parking,
A Fine Art Silent Auction,
The Macallan Scotch Whiskey and Other fine Spirits,
Delicious Hors D' Oevres,
Schakoland Fine Chocolate,
Door Prizes from Ocean Prime,
Bohem Unique Gems & more!
A Gift- The 2012 Fine Art in
Dallas Calendar
A silent Auction full of original art, and more....

Advance purchase tickets are a available for $20
Your participation helps to fund CityArtCal's educational art award,
that is given annually to deserving students.

The Kitchen Source
1544 Slocum Street
Dallas, Tx. 75207
November 18th 2011
Juried Show, November 3 - 27. 2011
Artists' Reception & Awards Saturday,
November 19, 7-9pm
@ PFamily Arts
4017 Preston Rd., Plano, TX

I am pleased to announce that my painting "SUBMERGED"
was selected as finalist in this juried show.

See more of my artwork at:
www.dragonflystudiocreations.com or email me : art4dragonfly@aol.com


phone: 214-407-6625
~~ e-mail art4dragonfly@aol.com

Friday, November 11, 2011


BMW RECEPTION LAST NIGHT! Daughter: Christian Mason & Artist: Barbara J. Mason

I would like to pass on a humble, "Thank You",
to everyone who was able to attend last night's BMW Reception!

I am Amazed with what God is doing for me in the art industry, and I am
pleased to announce that my painting, "The Ultimate Eye Candy"
sold at opening reception lasts night!

Each vote last night did matter and I graciously accepted
Third Place - Peoples Choice Award!

There were over 82 fabulous works of art displayed by Plano Art Association members.
Other award winners last night were:
Above: Merel Dalgic - title: "Touch of Lght"- Oil- Grand Prize
Above: Nuray Fuller-title: Regal-Oil- 1st Place

Above: Linda Clary- title: "Autumn Light"- Acrylic-2nd Place

Above: Barbara J. Mason - title: "The Ultimate Eye Candy" - Pastel- 3rd Place

Above: PAA Member -Frank Sowells Donated this Artwork to BMW of Plano!

Thank you Lake Highland Advocate for showing my artwork in online article.

LH art show features 60 plus Texas artists

spanish-flag-morn-glories web

Above Artwork: "Spanish Flag Morning Glories" by Barbara J. Mason

The Artists of Texas, a juried group of Texas-based painters, is conducting its third-annual Artists of Texas show at the Dutch Art Gallery in Lake Highlands through the end of December.

Several of the artists, including Kay Wyne, Niki Gulley and founding member Debbie Grayson hail from the Lake Highlands area. More than 60 artists are represented in this month’s exhibit and sale, including prize-winning 12-year old artist Anton Zhou.

The Dutch Art Gallery, located in Northlake Shopping Center at Northwest Highway and Ferndale, has been a fine-art fixture in our neighborhood for 46 years. For more information, contact the gallery at 214.348.7350.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Art in National magazine and gallery catalogs


See more of my artwork in national magazines & Gallery catalog:

November issues of:
Southwest Art & American Art Collector
ANDXanadu Gallery Art Catalogue "Discover New Art!"
Artist of Texas Dutch Art Gallery "The Spirit Of Texas!"

Dutch Art Gallery Reception

Reception @ The Dutch Art Gallery!
Barbara J. Mason and 6 watercolor painting.
I attended The Spirit of Texas reception at The Dutch Art Gallery on Saturday! The quality of artwork was amazing!!! As a new member of the Artist Of Texas I was humbled by the opportunity to display 6 pieces of my watercolor paintings alongside so many accomplished artist. The gallery was buzzing with art collectors, individual artists' experiences, laughter, eating and of course sales, sales and more sales!
I did not get a chance to meet every artist but I am proud to have spent time getting to know;
Debbie Lincoln, a fabulous oil painter and business woman with a contagious smile(we usually communicate via Internet)!, Gwen Bell who paints meticulous detailed cups/mugs, still life in oil on small canvases, Pat Meyer a still life and floral oil painter - a southern belle with a hearty laugh!, Dawn Waters Baker who paints the most beautiful sky scapes I have ever seen, Sheri Jones another great oil painter who painted boots and old trucks, and Anton Zhou the youngest member of the group
who is a teenager (12 or 13yrs old), but paints like a master oil painter!, Carol Henry, Martie Rains, and Barbara Haviland. We art fortunate to have a place like The Dutch Art Gallery her in Dallas that provides Beautiful Original artwork, and custom Framing! So, Please take time to stop by the Dutch art Gallery and say, "Hi" to Pamela Massar (General Manager) and her family
and you will be amazed!!! Congratulations to oil painter and business woman, Laurie Pace, her painting was the first one to sell!!

Dutch Art Gallery
10233 E. NW Hwy #420
Dallas, Texas 75238

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November art exhibits & news

THE DUTCH ART GALLERY will exhibit 6 pieces of my artwork during


10233 E. NW
HWY #120


The Plano Arts Association (PAA) and Classic BMW have partnered for a two-week art exhibition which will be from November 7 through 19, 2011.

The reception for this event will be held on Thursday, the 10th of November,

from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

at the Classic BMW Dealership on Spring Creek and the Dallas Toll way.

The Honorable Mayor of Plano, Phil Dyer, will give the opening speech and Frank Turner, Deputy City Manager, will present the People's Choice awards.

Location: BMW of Plano

Date: November 7 - 19, 2011

Reception November 10, 7:-9:30 PM



Please join us in a spirited evening honoring Jennifer Culbertson and celebrating Dallas art!

2012 Fine Art in Dallas Kick Off Party
The Kitchen Source
1544 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX 75207
November 18th, 2011, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

General Admission
$20.00 USD
With the purchase of your ticket you will enjoy:
Valet Parking
A Fine Art Silent Auction
The Macallan Scotch Whisky and Other Fine Spirits
Delicious Hors D'oeuvres
Gladtower Live Productions Green Screen Photos
Schakolad Fine Chocolate
Door Prizes from Ocean Prime, Bohem Unique Gems & More!
A Gift - The 2012 Fine Art in Dallas!

Your participation helps to fund CityArtCal's educational art award, given yearly to deserving students.

Tickets are limited and are available

information contact:
Andrea Davis

Barbara J. Mason @
art4dragonfly@aol.com or wwww.dragonflystudiocreations.com


Art In The Atrium Reception

Last night we had a great time mingling
with new artist and friends and collectors.
This is a photo of James and I standing in front of one piece
of artwork that I have on display at the City Municipal Building,
downtown Frisco Texas. This piece of artwork is titled: Praise Is What We Do!.
I also have 56 Oldsmoblile Rocket 88 on display as well. If you are in Frisco, Texas,
stop by the City Municipal Bldg, downtown and view 5 floors of beautiful artwork!
A few of my favorites are emerging artist:
Deb Arndt, Georgi Still, Janine Maupin, David Davidian.
Professional artist: Eileen Carver, Pernie Fallon, Jeb Matulich, Diana Moyer,
Sharon Van Antwerpen and me!

Richard Oldham -City of Frisco Public Art Manager, Me, James Mason!

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: http://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org/index_Page603.htm

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 www.dragonflystudiocreations.com & www.dragonflystudiobarbmason.blogspot.com
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

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Spirit Of Texas Exhibit: Featuring Bold, Vibrant Floral & Still Life & 3-D Watercolor paintings, by Texas artist Barbara J. Mason.

The Artists of Texas 3rd Annual Show: The Spirit of Texas,

November 5 - December 31, 2011 at the Dutch Art Gallery

10233 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75238.

Title: "Spanish Flag Morning Glories" Available at The Dutch Art Gallery

I just received notice that my watercolor paintings have been juried into

the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas Texas.

In this show I will have my bold, vibrant floral painting

along with the colorful carved 3-d watercolor paintings,

sprinkled with a few still life artwork that represents my perspective of Texas Art!

This is a great opportunity for me to be amongst some of the finest Texas still life,

floral, landscape and abstract artist.

I hope you are able to stop by and visit this exhibit in November.

For other floral, still life and figurative artwork, please visit my website:

or email artist @ art4dragonfly@aol.com

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Artwork in National Magazine

I am pleased to announce,
 that my artwork is in The Art Collector Magazine along with
 other selected artists represented by XANADU GALLERY!

Below: My artwork is on page 2 top left- strawberry painting
Art Collector Magazine -August 2011 Issue
See my artwork in this national magazine on page 53!!!
Artwork title: Strawberry Fusion
30x24" Framed
Pastel Painting

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This summer we are blazing the art trail! 

My artwork will be traveling to New York, New York as a finalist in the
39th Annual "PASTELS ONLY" Exhibition!!
(September 6 -October 1, 2011)



 I am proud to announce that my artwork is now represented by:
XANADU ART GALLERY as a studio artist. 
 Xanadu Gallery LLC
7039 E. Main St. #101 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
 Studio artists have been hand selected
to present their work through Xanadu Gallery.
    I have also been selected by:

Contemporary Fine Arts International and 

Artist of Texas Daily Painters


Faith Artist
faith artist logo 
  Faith Artists Member Show on display from Thursday,
July 7, 2011 - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 
 at The Point,
Center for Arts and Education
on the campus of C. C. Young
located at 4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas 75214. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wildlife Award

1st Place Award
The TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas
701 N Pearl, Suite G-207
July 1st-July29th

Friday, July 8, 2011

Colorful Countryside

Colorful Countryside
Original Pastel Painting
8x14" Framed
Summer Sale Price: $100.00

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

red white and blue

Whenever you see a small cherry posted, this means something big is in the works. I like to paint cherries and pears just before I start a large or very detailed piece of artwork.
This little gem is an original pastel painting, Title: First and First
First and First
4x6 unframed $25.00
if you are interested in purchasing this artwork.

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

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