Wednesday, July 25, 2012





I have been accepted as a juried member into the  INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF REALISM,
 "The Victor" pastel by Barbara J. Mason

The International Guild of Realism mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops and education programs conducted by our Members, marketing support and Internet exposure.

 “Realism” ranges from classical realism (based upon the traditional, academic-style painting techniques) to contemporary realism (where cutting edge techniques and subject matter are used to comment on today’s world). Trompe l’oeil, photorealism, surrealism, and super-realism are some of the genres included within the range of realism choices for modern artists, as well.

The International Guild of Realism was founded by a group of leading professional realism artists from around the globe in 2002 with four goals:

•  Recognizing the best realists working today
•  Creating exhibition opportunities
•  Providing technical and promotional support
•  To offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art,
 created by our members.

It’s all based upon the proven belief that the more art lovers of the world have access to high-quality realism, the greater the value these paintings will have. Value not just in monetary terms, but in appreciation, understanding and international attention.

It’s all based upon one simple premise: The more realism artists succeed in the competitive art world, the greater the benefit to the art lovers of the world.

Contact us via email at:
International Guild of Realism
Scottsdale, Arizona

Society Of Watercolor Artist Exhibition

"POODLE FACE" watercolor by Barbara J. Mason
My artwork titled, "POODLE FACE" has been juried into the 
SWA 2012 Members Exhibition

Monday, 6 Aug: SHOW OPENS
Sat, 8 Sept: 3-5pm RECEPTION and AWARDS
Saturday, 29 Sept: SHOW CLOSES
Delivery, Reception and Pickup: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Atrium Gallery, 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard at Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
"MENTORING MOMENTS" watercolor by Barbara J. Mason

I am pleased to announce that my artwork "Mentoring Moments"  won
Honorable Mention Award for the Contemporary Fine Art International-
June themed "Family" art challenge!

"DRAGONFLY PEARLS"  acrylic by Barbara J. Mason

July 27-29, 2012 at the W Dallas-Victory Hotel
The best things in life do come in threes...
Luxi, the W Hotel and THE WEEKENDER DALLAS
I will have artwork in the LUXI EXPERIENCE art auction
and artwork for sale as one of the 10 featured artist for this event!

This event is the consummate girl's weekend vacay. THE let-your-hair-down, all-about-you shopping event with all things luxury! THE WEEKENDER DALLAS and the W Hotel offer 3 days of the good life... featuring top fashion, beauty, lifestyle, epicurean and signature service brands. Each guest will be showered with gifts, including an exquisite care package, nightly room drops, exclusive events and VIP access to an affordable, luxury shopping experience.

Everything a woman wants... wrapped in luxury!
 CALL 214.989.3310

"Emerald Green" Watercolor by Barbara J. Mason

Wild - Exotic - Creative - Women Artist
July 2, thru July 31, 2012
14 Women Artist- 50 pieces of artwork!
I will have 3 pieces of artwork for sale during this event!

Girl’s Night in Paradise is the second annual, ladies-only event hosted by Frisco Arts at the Frisco Discovery Center. The party starts at 6PM on Saturday, July 28. Purchase $25 tickets online or by phone: 972-668-5180. Frisco Arts Members receive a 20% discount.
Bite into tantalizing Brazilian finger-food, such as empadhinas, pulled-pork sandwiches, Pao de Queijo(Brazilian cheese puffs), fruit skewers, and more! Finish off with Brazilian coffee cookies, cheesecake squares with guava –rum sauce, and chocolate brigadeiros. Thirst-quenching beverages such as margaritas and Brazilian lemonade will also be available.
Browse vendors of women’s beauty, fashion, and wellness products and services, such as Blue DoorBoutique, 3 Sirens Couture, Park Lane Jewels, Winkable Lashes, 31 Gifts, Mary Kay, and much more! Some products and services will be complimentary and some available for purchase with “Brazilian Beauty Bucks.” Sink into a massage chair provided by DFW Health and Wellness. Sample Mary B. Cakes or have a psychic reading done by Bella Fino. Make a bid in the silent auction or play Brazilian Black Jack. Silver Star Pictures will also provide a photo booth and themed backdrop for girlfriends to capture the memory.
Programming in the Black Box Theater will feature a fashion show by Blue Door Boutique, the chick-flick “What Women Want,” and the presentation of the “Blowout” award to one winning female artist featured in the “Brazilian Blowout,” July’s themed art exhibit in the Frisco Art Gallery. Three Frisco Arts Board Members: Korinna Kirchhoff, Sue Allen, and Nazli Ali, will act as juries.
Tickets are limited, so purchase early! All proceeds will benefit the arts in Frisco.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I've been accepted into the 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic

Of the 790 Bosque Art Classic entries, 164 pieces were selected
 by the judge, Tom Tierney. Only 9 artist were selected in my 
entry category of Pastel Painting!

This is my first year of entering The Bosque Art Classic
 and I am pleased to announce that 
my floral pastel painting, "The Light Of Day"
has been accepted into the prestigious Bosque Art Classic in Clifton, TX.

The exhibit runs September 8 -30, 2012.
This white iris was photographed while I was exhibiting at the  
"Dallas Blooms" Art Exhibit,Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum.
 Each year before the exhibit opens I make a point of wondering the arboretum 
grounds looking for new floral subject matter and inspirations to paint. 
This year I was on a mission to photograph and later paint purple irises. 
Unfortunately I could not find one purple iris on the entire property. On the last day 
I took one final stroll of the grounds and stumbled upon one single iris! 
It wasn't the purple iris I was hoping for but much better!  
One single white iris standing alone under a huge pecan tree! 
The light seemed as though it was shining directly over it!
It was nature saying, "Here I Am, Paint Me"! I was so captivated,
 I immediately started taking several different photo reference 
images of this white beauty. I am very pleased with the results,
 because it is very rare that I paint a white
flower, since I love an overabundance of saturated color! 
The gentle petals seemed to glow, this gave
me a very calm and peaceful feeling, and I learned a little lesson:
 Sometimes on your way to 
your get lost and find something better!
I also want to name a few of my favorite artist and friends who are also 
accepted into the 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic
Drawing Category: The New Arrival Is Here" by Helen Bailey-McKinney, TX.
Helen is a wonderful artist and we have crossed paths at numerous award events and at
our local frame and imaging shop in McKinney, Imaging on the Square.
Oil/Acrylic Painting Category: Roadside Tapestry by Debbie Smith-Richardson,TX.
Debbie has such a beautiful and humble spirit,and she has shared tons of art tips and info with me personally! 
Pastel Painting Category: Bandit by Rita Kirkman-New Braunfels,TX.
I took my first pastel workshop from Rita! A great instructor and artist. 
Pastel Painting Category: An Iris In Bloom by Sangita Phadke-Colts Neck,NJ.
Looks like Sangita found my lost purple Iris!  :) Although we have never met in person
our artwork has traveled together nationally!
 Pastel Painting Category: The Light Of Day by Barbara J. Mason-Frisco,TX.
This is me! 
Watercolor Painting Category: Sunflower and Crystal by Soon Warren-Fort Worth,TX.
As a watercolorist I appreciate Soon's attention to detail and photo realistic style. As I look
closer at this painting I noticed I have the same fabric that she used in the 
background of this painting! Of course I'm love anything with dragonflies!!
Sculpture Category: I personally do not know any of the artist in this category, 
but all of the sculptures are awesome and congratulations to all the accepted artist! 

Congratulations to all of the accepted artist, good luck at the awards 

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