Sunday, 26 September 2010

Showtime







After a year of painting and drawing, with twenty six different women sitting as models – the Breast Cancer LIFE exhibition opened today in the village of Plush in Dorset.

Many of the models were there, along with the wonderful Macmillan nurses from Dorset County Hospital, partners, sponsors, family and friends.

It was an exhilarating afternoon, and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who made it possible – particularly the models.

I will be back there again tomorrow, and the show will stay up at Plush until mid-October (viewing by appointment), until moving to Poundbury, Lyme Regis, Salisbury, Poole and then further afield.

[The photographs above are just quick snaps. I will post some better ones, and write more about the show, in the next few days.]

Thursday, 23 September 2010

By Appointment




Here are a couple of photographs I took this week at the studio.

This is of course my working environment, in which my setup frequently changes - depending on whether I'm working from the model, still-life etc.

It is also a place in which I can display my work for visitors, and the photographs above show the studio ready for such a visit.

If you'd would like to make an appointment, with no obligation to buy, simply contact me at harriet@harrietbarber.com

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Book




If you've visited my website recently, or noticed the badge in the sidebar of this blog, you'll know that I have a new book available of paintings and drawings I've produced during the Breast Cancer LIFE project.

It is 60 pages long, and contains paintings and drawings of all twenty six models who have participated in the project, along with a number of photographs of me working in the studio and outdoors.

I've used Blurb to produce it, and you can browse through it and order copies through the preview above.

The proof copy I've had back is excellent, and I'm really happy with the quality and colour reproduction.

As I write this I'm just off to the framer's to get the paintings and drawings from my last three sessions – Dot, Stephanie and Cheryl – framed up, ready for the launch at Plush on 25th September.


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Dot



Although the first Breast Cancer LIFE exhibition opens later this month I'm still continuing sessions with models.

Yesterday Dot visited again, and we had a very productive and intensive session – this time working in oil on paper.

Dot was wearing a wonderful pink hat by one of the Breast Cancer LIFE exhibition sponsors Elizabeth Houghton – Milliner.

Both of the paintings from yesterday's session can be seen here on my main website, along with previous drawings of Dot in pastel and pencil.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Stephanie




My model today, sitting for the first time, was an old school friend – Stephanie.

We spent ages chatting and catching up, and consequently didn't have much time for the session. It was a lovely relaxing day, and I'm hoping she comes back again soon.