Author Archives: Barbara van Buskirk

“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Here’s an update

It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the monotype demo filmed in my Albuquerque studio went live on YouTube. As of today, this little video has been viewed more than 377,000 times. In some ways, it feels as if my friend Rhoda Weill of Rolling R Productions and I made this demo a […]

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In Process: Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project

This is my most recent drawing, signaling my sketchbook now has tipped over the halfway completed point on its way toward being submitted to the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.

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Focused on stranded colourwork knitting

I have been away from The Button Factory where I rent press time and print my monotypes for more than a year now in order to maintain low risk practices during the COVID pandemic. Now that life is starting to open up a bit I am planning to return to printmaking on a regular basis […]

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Art worthiness

I think if I could go back in time and give myself a message, it would be to reiterate that my value as an artist doesn’t come from how much I create. I think that mindset is yoked to capitalism. Being an artist is about how and why you touch people’s lives, even if it’s […]

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My creative plate keeps filling up

I have so many projects in motion these days it is rather astounding. Am I feeling overwhelmed? No, not all. Interesting enough, I feel calmer these days than I’ve felt in a long time. Perhaps the creative block I’d been experiencing for way too long was a result of having too few, rather than too […]

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Riding the new wave

Today is a Snow Day here in New Hampshire, thanks to a bounty of beautiful freshly fallen snow which pretty much arrived overnight. Most welcome. And I am riding the wave of a resurgence of creative energy … Returning to Morning Pages About ten days ago, I picked up my practice of writing Morning Pages […]

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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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