Author Archives: Barbara van Buskirk

New year and life in letters

The day after Christmas I began reading Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters edited by Nienke Bakker who is Curator of Special Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Van Gogh has been one of my favorite artists for as long as I can remember. In 1990, my now husband and I were […]

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Knitting my way through 2020

A few of my recent Fair Isle knitting projects. I’ve been knitting, knitting, knitting as a way to weather the storms of this crazy year. Pictured here are a few Fair Isle projects I completed between October 20th and December 3rd. I’ve also knit a sweater, caps, and a bunch of wrist warmers this year. […]

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Seeds of creativity are being planted

It is hard to believe three months have passed since I last wrote a post on my website. What a wild ride 2020 has been thus far! For the past five years or so, my rhythm has been to take a break from printing in July and August and restore my creative juices. Three years […]

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Making is meditative

Noodling in my sketchbook, knitting, reading, walking and taking drives along Route 1A with a view of the Atlantic Ocean soothe my soul during these troubling times in our country and the world. Noodling around in my sketchbook (May 23, 2020)

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A deep yearning …

Quiet Freedom (2007) Color monotype on BFK Rives (White) paper.

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Change is in the air

I seem to have no interest in making visual art at this point in time with COVID-19 safety measures sapping spontaneity. I depend on spontaneity to keep my creative juices flowing. Ideas keep popping up yet I lack the energy to bring these ideas to life. This, too, shall pass. Still, I have been and […]

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This year it’s all about process

As yet untitled white line linoleum block This week’s experiments in the studio involve printing a linoleum block (unframed) which I carved using the white line technique. I’m playing around with a different papers (BFK Rives and Hahnemuhle Copperplate), different printing tools (etching press, brayer and Japanese baren), and different colors (Hansa Yellow, Scarlet Red […]

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New year, new writing project

   Today the classified ad I placed in the “Antiques and Collectibles” section of Minnesota’s Star Tribune newspaper was published. This ad will continue in the print edition for two more days and in the online edition for six more days. SEEKING 1920s PORTRAITS BY VAN BUSKIRK Seeking information about oil on canvas portraits painted in or […]

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Early Winter

Early Winter actually is a vertical color monotype which sold several years ago. Still, I love this piece and have been playing around with seeing what it looks like horizontally and upside down and turned around. I’m thrilled to see Early Winter looks wonderful every which way! Early Winter (2014). Color monotype. Private Collection.

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Autumn is my favorite season and it shows

Stunningly beautiful autumn colors are reflected in the fun I’m having making collages this week. As yet untitled collage: Monotype and watercolor on paper. As yet untitled collage: Paper embossed with crocheted flowers, monotype and watercolor on paper. Autumn leaves blanketing The Button Factory in Portsmouth today are inspiring.

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