Author Archives: Barbara van Buskirk

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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Printing with the white line woodblock technique

Making my first white line woodblock print at Arundel Farm Gallery Earlier this week I returned home from a long weekend in Maine which included a stay and workshop at Arundel Farm Gallery near Kennebunkport. The workshop, “White Line Woodblock Printmaking,” was taught by Lisa Houck whose 40 year career as an artist includes working […]

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“Art in Bloom” exhibit inspires creativity

I stopped in at Portsmouth Public Library yesterday morning to take a much anticipated look at Portsmouth Garden Club’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit. It is spectacular! Portsmouth Garden Club members created floral arrangements based on a work of art. A month or so ago my friend Janet Hugi, who is a member of the Portsmouth […]

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Solo show continues through April 29

Pictured here is Zerrisseneheit (IIa), one of 12 monotype collages now on view. Photo by Michael Sterling. TORN-TO-PIECES-HOOD: A series of monotype collages by Barbara van Buskirk is on view at Ceres Bakery, 51 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, through Monday, April 29, 2019. Open Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. If you’re in the area, I hope […]

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