Abstract Workshops for Adults

February 16, 2020

Abstract Workshops for Adults

I have begun teaching an abstract workshop for adults! This is a dream come true after many years of thinking about it. However there is a learning curve for me to get the desired results from the students. One obstacle is trying to explain how I developed from traditional representational art to non figurative abstraction. This process developed for me over many years and I want to give my students the experience in three short hours. I have come to the conclusion after teaching the workshops a few times that I need to develop two classes: one for artists with previous art experience who want to depart and explore new ways of art making and another class for beginners who have limited practice making art. The beginner class would explore the basic elements of design and mark making. I have done this one once before but I need to advertise the classes to two different audiences in the future. 

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365 Day Project

February 11, 2020

Happy 2020! I want to take a positive step each day into being alive and appreciating what I have. So I am following along with the journal, Make Something Every Day, by Noah Scalin in 2020. Doing this daily art prompt is helping me see visual things differently and generate new ideas. I am posting my fun and often quick explorations in a facebook album. #carolbarber365. Here are some of my favorites so far.

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Earrings and Large Paper

October 03, 2019

Carol Barber’s hand painted earrings

Last Spring and through the Summer I started painting on large paper, 18″ x 24″ and wooden shapes for earrings. I finished the first release of earrings and sold quite a few, so I am working on a second release for November 2nd, 2019. The earrings are very interesting to make. I have discovered I like quick gestures and a scraping technique the best because of the organic feeling to the paint. Sometimes this works easily but sometimes I really struggle with it. So many factors come into play from paint consistency to how much pressure I use with my hand or tool. I have discarded many attempts. I also have to make the two earrings match in mirror image which is an added challenge. The large paper has helped me to produce many pieces quickly and it is surprising how many layers of paint a piece of paper will take.

abstract art on paper
“Along the Watchtower”, 18″ x 24″, acrylic and mixed media on paper, $175.
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June 17, 2019

The highlight of my Spring besides a wonderful trip out West with my family was being in a group show called P!NK at McGuffey Art Center with other women artists that I admire. I was happy with the work that I created for the show. McGuffey Art Center

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Pink diptych painting by Carol Barber
“Climbing High”, 38” x 25.5”, Graphite, charcoal, crayon and acrylic on canvas, 
abstract mixed media on paper by Carol H. Barber
“What You Want” 18” x 24”, acrylic, charcoal, graphite and colored pencil on Paper, $250, Carol H. Barber © 2019
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Prints Now Available

February 16, 2019

Check out my new collection, “Touch of Earth”, on Fine Art America. This work is from a new series where I am incorporating neutral colors into my palette while exploring line, shape and mark making. The many layers and delicate lines give each abstract piece a rich surface. Fine Art America offers prints in a variety of sizes and on many products. I think the weekender tote bag looks especially nice with my art.

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Starting off 2019 with a BANG!

January 10, 2019

So excited to start 2019 off this way! My art on two labels of red wine for #chestnutoakvineyard in Barboursville, VA.

abstract art on wine labels by Carol Barber

Carol Barber © 2018

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December Fun! Bus Competition

December 14, 2018

My bus design for the Tom Tom Festival Please VOTE, it is fun and only takes a second.  

So fun to get the public notice I made it to the top ten for the bus design competition. The final designs have to be vectorized digitally. I converted the blue side or “Night”, but I didn’t create a vector image from my painting for the orange or “Day” side. I wish I had now, I didn’t realize these designs were going straight to public voting. But still super excited to be in the running. I have met most of the local artists and I would be happy if any of them won, there are some really good designs this year! My idea is traveling day and night to honor the bus routes.

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End of the Year Thanks!

November 19, 2018

So thankful for the opportunities I had this year! One was creating art for wine labels for Chestnut Oak Vineyard! The first has been released on their white table wine, “Alba”.

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My art featured on a wine label for Chestnut Oak Vineyard

I have also enjoyed showing with the art group, BozART, this year and our final show is on the downtown Mall, 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 260-1533. This is the office of Charlottesville Tomorrow and attached to the Market Street parking garage. This gallery is open during weekly business hours and the show will come down November 30. I have this new work priced on sale for the holidays, so contact me if you are interested. I am also participating in a sale on Etsy from Nov. 20 – 26, 20% off a 100. or more purchase and free domestic shipping. 

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Music, Art, Creation?: Come Compare Art at the Second Street Gallery on October 5th

September 27, 2018


At Second Street Gallery 

On October 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 there will be an opening reception at Second Street Gallery and the featured artist is Lana Guerra from New Orleans. She will also be presenting a puppet show at 6:30.

My work will be in the “Backroom” which is really the office area, but I am still very excited to have a presence at this gallery. When I moved to Charlottesville seven years ago, I wanted to do art that was contemporary and could be shown at this gallery. Now after working these years to find my own voice in abstraction, my wish has come true. I am happy to be working in a manner that is abstract, intuitive and feels good to create.

When you go through the gallery you will see that Lana and I use some of the same bright colors such as fluorescent pink and teal but the over all feelings of the paintings are so different. Her art is like punk rock and mine is like jazz. I wonder if my art really is like jazz? I looked up Jazz on Wikipedia and maybe Lana’s art is more like Jazz, both originated in New Orleans. I do not know much about music, but I thought Wikipedia would say that jazz was improvisational and playing with the elements of music. However, it didn’t really say that, maybe I should ask a musician how they feel about it. I am in love with the art and design elements and I feel I do intuitively play with the elements to make finished compositions. Lana is working in an intuitive stream of consciousness, letting her creativity run wild. I hope to find out more about the narratives she creates on October 5th. She may have purposes and reasons for the stories or she may create them and the meanings emerge. I feel pretty sure the need to create is another common bond between the two of us and not just the same bright colors.


 LANA GUERRA 9.7.2018 TO 10.20.2018



red, purple abstract painting

” Melt My Heart” 2018 © Carol Barber

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Teeny Tiny Trifecta

August 30, 2018

Super excited to have three works in the Teeny Tiny Trifecta show at the Second Street Gallery. This is a fund raiser for the gallery and you can also purchase the small works online. Everyone is priced at $100.00!  Check them out: https://squareup.com/store/second-street-gallery-inc

Or these are the opportunities to see them in person:

September 5th, 5-7pm: @Season 45 Kickoff PartyYour 1st opportunity to view the works in person in the gallery.

September 7th: 5-6pm: Private VIP reception for the artists and special guests, catered by APimento Catering. A small # of tickets will be released for this event at our event on the 5th. The works in the show will go on sale at 5pm sharp.

September 7th, 6-8pm: FREE public First Friday Opening Reception: Teeny Tiny Trifecta. FREE and open to all! Works will continue to be sold throughout the opening on a first come, first serve basis.

September 8th: Works will be available for purchase online. https://squareup.com/store/second-street-gallery-inc

Carol Barber
“Feel,” 2018
Mixed media
5 x 7 inches (10 x12 inches, framed)
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