Posted tagged ‘Art’

Creative Save the Trees Green Cards

December 30, 2010

The frugal artist creates amazing cards that get noticed.

In the beginning, manufacturers created picture cards, usually good stock and sturdy, unlike so many cheap-looking expensive ready-made cards.

How to make them into something planet friendly and special:

1. Take all the cards you get and consider making picture cards out of them for all occasions. Wait until you see how beautiful they become. For example, a chintzy little nothing card added to the frame of a photo card creates quite the impression.
2. For the Christmas holidays, when I get the most cards, I get the photo cards at half price. Warning: make sure you are getting the photo cards that allow you to slide in the picture and avoid the ones with the little sticky strips.

Now, you may have cards that don’t work as photo cards for any number of reasons. You can also cut them down (if they are flat and no one has written on them) and create postcards, which cost nearly half of what first class stamps cost. And, busy people really like not having to open up envelopes.

That’s my green tip going into the New Year.


Painting Music Masters

May 19, 2010

What fun! After thinking about it for many, many months, listening to the masters, I finally finished my first two watercolors:  Celebrating Mozart and Beethoven’s Joy.

People say they can see the music and that my Abstract Synchronism style paintings actually speak to who the master was.

After the music masters, I was minding my own business when one of my students brought me a photograph at our Saratoga Springs State Park that just struck me and I had to paint it. And I decided that I would put The Hope Diamond into the cave in the photograph. While I was painting in acrylic on canvas board, the rocks turned into this mystic looking up at the sky and The Hope Diamond glowed out of his belly. Most interesting how the painting told me what it wanted to look like!

Finished Painting “The Heart of Jackie (Kennedy Onassis)”

April 21, 2010

As an artist and a poet painting and writing portraits of famous people, the project becomes exciting from the first research through book after book, site after site, discussion after discussion, until I have what I need to create a realistic portrait in an image that speaks of having been immersed in that person over a long period. I learned so much about Jackie and her life with her husbands, John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, children, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy, Jr., grandchildren,  Rose, Tatiana and Jack, and Maurice Templesman. Jackie and Jack were happiest just before he was assassinated, according to statements Jackie made before they went to Texas.

Imagine being the son of John F. Kennedy, who died when you were a tot, stating that Ari Onassis was the only father he ever knew.

In The Heart of Jackie, I placed both husbands, all four children,  and all three grandchildren in a variety of images surrounding Jackie, looking serene and beautiful.

Artist Barbara Garro’s Latest Self-Portrait

April 19, 2010

From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage

April 18, 2010

Artist Barbara Garro feels so excited to see her watercolor painting Jesus, Lord on the cover of her May 2010 book From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage.

And, my current painting (I do one painting at a time and give my whole heart, mind, soul and spirit to it) is one I call The Heart of Jackie (Jackie Kennedy Onassic). I show her surrounded with those she loved the most.