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Trust the process, believe in yourself

A few of the pieces I made last month while at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. I gathered the pine cones on the wooden walkways which meander through Haystack.   Autumn has long been my favorite season, so I am in my element now that September and sweater weather have arrived. The creative highlight of my […]

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Eight new pieces launch Seacoast Women series

  Zerrissenheit (IIa), 2017, by Barbara van Buskirk “Woman’s life today is tending more and more toward the state William James describes so well in the German word, ‘Zerrissenheit — torn-to-pieces-hood.’ ” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea, ©1955, pages 55-56   Today I am launching Seacoast Women, my new series of one-of-a-kind monotypes. […]

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Swing in the studio

  For several weeks now I’ve been reading “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown. I am late to reading this marvelous true story which was published in 2013 yet family and friends caught the wave early on and raved […]

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Evolving steps in preserving art, history and culture

Last Friday I stopped in at D. Pratt, Framer in Kittery, Maine, and picked up the newly reframed “A Visitor – Holland” by Martha Silsbee. Folks who tune in to Barbara van Buskirk, Artist on Facebook may remember my post on November 11, 2016, in which I mentioned I’d acquired this undated watercolor and pastel […]

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Happy New Year

This morning I moved the Seacoast Women monotypes back into my home studio to start figuring out what I want to do with these prints. Hard to believe I began the Seacoast Women series in July of 2014. I am in a very different place now than I was when I began printing this series […]

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Looking forward to meeting you

You are invited to an Artist Reception for “The Button Factory at PMAC” exhibit which will be held on Monday, December 12th, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Portsmouth Music and Art, 973 Islington Street. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. “Peace on Earth” (shown here in top right corner […]

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The art of play

Nearly seventeen years ago I learned how to make monotypes in a workshop I took at New Grounds Print Workshop, a group printmaking studio, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “This Purest Freedom Must Exist” (2000), shown here, is my first monotype. It continues to inspire me to make art to this day.  

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Creative minds think alike

I love when the collective unconscious appears in all its magical wonderment! I saw William Merritt Chase’s pastel The End of the Season (about 1884-1885) (above), Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, for the very first time this morning and noticed a crazy similarity to my monotype Cafe at Sea (below) which I printed in 2005. Gives me the feeling I’m part […]

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Artists who make monotypes

Late Autumn, 2015. Color monotype by Barbara van Buskirk During the past couple of weeks I’ve been sorting through some of my old art notebooks, studio notes, sketch books and Morning Pages notebooks to box up and store, providing much needed breathing room and working space in my small home studio. In the process, I came […]

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“Baby, It’s Hot Outside”

Baby, It’s Hot Outside, 2008. Color monotype.

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