Visual Poetry

October 08, 2017

"Pink Notes", 12" x 24", acrylic and collage on canvas, $290.

“Pink Notes”, 12″ x 24″, acrylic and collage on canvas, $290.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “We may climb into the thin and cold realm of pure geometry and lifeless science, or sink into that of sensation. Between these extremes is the equator of life, of thought, or spirit, or poetry—a narrow belt.”

My graduate advisor just shared this quote, giving me new inspiration and energy!

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New big painting

September 07, 2017

I am happy with the compositions that emerged in this painting. I painted on raw canvas and I think the novelty of the experience slowed me down and kept me from overworking it. I was surprised that the painting became about texture. The brush strokes did not readily stick to the raw canvas and this gave a dry brush effect. I thought it was going to be more poured stains and look like watercolor. I will now seal the back and the front of the canvas to keep it from shifting in color.


“Soft Landing”, 25″ x 38″, acrylic on raw canvas

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Beach Inspired Paintings

July 27, 2017

Here are some closer pictures so that you can see these beach inspired paintings a little better. I love Golden acrylic mediums, they can alter the paint to be fluid, creamy, transparent or grainy. Perfect for capturing the feeling of the ocean.

Surf and Sand, 18″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas
© Carol H. Barber 2017
Catch a Wave, 16″ x 12″, acrylic on canvas
© Carol H. Barber 2017
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New Work

July 13, 2017


Last four paintings. What I think I did well: color harmonies, paint consistency i.e thick and thin, and using line.
What I want to focus on next : exciting compositions, use of shape and negative space. Really want to work in a series also.

Also some exciting news, I joined BozART Fine Art Collective which is a group of artists working together to show our art in different venues. Looking forward to making many new connections in the coming months.


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Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

May 16, 2017

These shows are so much work but I am glad I did it. I feel full of hope from the experience.

festivaltent01 18485403_10158586634710401_7959859894757338421_n works © CarolBarber 2016-2017.

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New Works on Paper

April 23, 2017



I am working on some new paintings on paper to sell at affordable prices. They look fabulous in the big white mats I ordered. Looking forward to seeing them all together at the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival.

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Collage and Composition with Carol Barber

March 25, 2017

I am honored to lead workshops in May for the Orange County Libraries’ Maker Series. Come explore the accessible medium of collage to create a contemporary art work emphasizing the design elements of shape, texture and color. The process can be meditative and creative as you allow one piece of cut paper to lead to another resulting in a pleasing composition.

Carol Barber, “Trade Winds”, 11” x 17”, paper collage on paper, 2017.

Carol Barber, “Trade Winds”, 11” x 17”, paper collage on paper, 2017.

Saturday, May 6: 10:30-12:00
Main Library
Katie Hill

Wednesday, May 17: 3:00-4:30
Wilderness Library
Michele Beamer

Wednesday, May 24: 3:00-4:30
Gordonsville Library
Patricia Keister

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Paint Nights

March 14, 2017

I have been trying hard to have my paint nights have elements of choice and individual creativity. I am really enjoying this and I am proud and delighted by what the participants are doing. I have started leading a wine and paint night once a month at Horton Vineyards and it has been a rewarding experience.


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New Year New Work

January 05, 2017

Excited to have a new work in 2017. I usually don’t glue down as I work but leave the process open to changes. This one I committed from the first mark and reacted to it. Maybe it’s better that way, just go for it and don’t look back. 😀🎨

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Getting Collage on to Canvas

December 27, 2016

I bought a pad of canvas sheets and have been experimenting with collaging them on a stretched canvas. This work went through a lot of transformations but I am happy with the end result. I love how you experience the texture and consistency of the paint and how that contrasts with the hard edges of the cut pieces. When I first started cutting canvas I was surprised by how cleanly and easily it cut.

Built on Broken Dreams


“Built on Broken Dreams”, 16″ x 20″, Acrylic and collage on canvas, Carol H. Barber © 2016 .

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