Exploring fiber as a medium

I’ve often posted my painting “Peace on Earth” (top) which is one of my favorites. This year I’ve started translating this painting to fiber. Here is my first swatch (bottom) which I’ve knit using Jamieson & Smith jumper weight yarn. My next swatch will be larger in size. I’ll knit it using worsted weight yarn. I’m aiming to design and knit a “Peace on Earth” pillow cover. Stay tuned.




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Autumn is in the air

Autumn Dance, monotype and watercolor collage

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Seacoast Women shine in the summertime

New Hampshire Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

What a wonderful surprise today! Zerrissenheit VI (far right) has a great view of State Street in Portsmouth from the front window of the New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA). The New England Printmakers Juried Exhibit opened today and continues through July 31, 2022.

“Zerrissenheit VI” is one of the pieces in my Seacoast Women Series. Each and every one of the Seacoast Women does indeed love to be out and about in the summertime!

Artwork in this exhibit, including Zerrissenheit VI, can be viewed and purchased via the NHAA website at www.nhartassociation.org/imported-products-31.

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Zerrissenheit VI accepted in juried show

I am delighted to announce Zerrissenheit VI from my Seacoast Women series has been accepted by the New Hampshire Art Association for inclusion in their New England Printmaking Open Juried Exhibition. This exhibit will be on view in the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, in Portsmouth beginning June 29, 2022 and continue through July 31, 2022. Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 2022, 5-8 p.m. Hurray!

Zerrissenheit VI by Barbara van Buskirk. Color monotype collage (2017).
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Back in the proverbial saddle again

After a two year hiatus, I returned last Monday to renting press time in my friend Darlene Furbush Ouellett’s studio. Five consecutive days of printing. Pure bliss. I now have about 30 color field monotypes on which to build in the air conditioned comfort of my home studio this spring and summer.

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Studio days and more

My interview three years ago on “The Creators of SomeCity” feels like a lifetime ago. Still, with my return to printing at The Button Factory in a couple of weeks and meeting via Zoom this past week with my longtime web guru Steve Circeo, MaxCreative LLC, I was reminded of this interview and watched it again. This summer my website — bvanb.com — will relaunch with a fresh look, more galleries, and an easier navigation system. Stay tuned.

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First monotype printed with Akua pin press

Amaryllis (2022) by Barbara van Buskirk

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“Peace on Earth” finds a home

Peace on Earth (2009). Mixed media on wood panel.

I received an email this morning with the happy news that a friend and collector wanted to purchase Peace on Earth. She texted, “I have loved your Peace on Earth piece since I first laid eyes on it and am excited to think it may soon find its place in my home.” This made me incredibly happy on a couple of levels. First, Peace on Earth would be finding a wonderful home with wonderful people whom I love and who love art. Secondly, Peace on Earth is a mixed media painting on wood panel. As you know, my primary medium is printmaking. I have just a handful of my paintings which I’ve made available to the public. Thirdly, I love Peace on Earth so much. This was the image on the front of my husband’s and my Christmas cards one year. I swear I post Peace on Earth on my Facebook page every winter and have used it as a visual on more than one website home page post. Lastly, if I could have one wish come true it would be peace on Earth. I am so very, very happy and grateful Peace on Earth has found a home. Happy New Year!

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Reaping writing rewards from NaNoWriMo 2021

During the month of November, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2021 which sets the goal for each participant to write 50,000 words of a shitty first draft in 30 days. NaNoWriMo started in 1999 and is described on its website as a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.”

As November and my writing unfolded, I discovered I really didn’t care about “succeeding” in the NaNoWriMo sense of writing a certain number of words. I realized I simply wanted to spend the month of November writing in order to (1) enjoy and have fun with the creative process as I do with visual art and knitting (2) create a stash of words from which to pluck and play as I do with my stash of art supplies and stash of yarn (3) get into the rhythm of a solid writing practice. I’m happy to say I achieved each and every one of my personal goals with a total word count of 40,133 for NaNoWriMo 2021.

I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a teen. The book title Sleepwalking Through Oysterville came to me in a flash in the early 1990s when my now husband and I were living aboard our sailboat de Nada in St. Petersburg, Florida. While participating in NaNoWriMo 2021, I discovered what may have been holding me back from writing Sleepwalking Through Oysterville: focusing on product rather than on process.

Now, in early December, I’ll continue writing my shitty first draft of Sleepwalking Through Oysterville until I have 50,000 words then I’ll look at what I’ve got and go from there.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to returning to printmaking at The Button Factory in early 2022.

And, of course, knitting. I’m always knitting.

November 3, 2021: My progress in test knitting the purl bump diamond design
Defiant Cardigan* and creating a pair of wrist warmers in the process.

*Scandinavian Sweaters: Over 25 Stunning Patterns to Knit by Kristin Wiola Odegard


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NaNoWriMo, here I come

Multimedia drawing on Mylar (2009)

I’ve signed up for National Novel Writng Month (NaNoWriMo) 2021 and aim to write a 50,000 word first draft of Sleepwalking Through Oysterville in 30 days beginning this coming Monday, November 1st. This is the first time I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m challenging myself with this creative project both to celebrate the anniversary of my retirement from my day job which began November 1, 2010, as well as to get my creative juices flowing again. Wish me luck!

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