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An Invitation to Gaze

A virtual exhibition of paintings by Hannah Barnes
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This blog is a visual, on-line record of my art work and my personal research (guided simply by what I like) into art history and contemporary art.

Most of my paintings on display here are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a work,
please e-mail me at hannahsjb@live.co.uk

Many of my works posted here are Digital Finger Paintings. For this reason the images have been watermarked. Please, no unauthorized reproductions: If you would like to use any of the images of my works that you see here (or elsewhere) please contact me, I am always happy to help if I can.

I hope that you enjoy this blog. If you would like to receive an email link to the new posts as they come on-line, just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Follow the Blog . (And don't forget to check the Archive, also at the bottom of the page, to see older posts with more pictures.)

Finally, if you would like to read this blog in another language, please use the "translate / traduisez" tool in the left-hand column (under "contact me"), although I cannot guarantee the quality of the translation (I've already seen that the French translation "n'est pas terrible") it may help.


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Les in Yellow

























Above : Les in Yellow, 2013
A digital finger painting (Brushes App on iPad)
Watermarked
Every year, my partner and I follow as much of the Tour de France as possible.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Sisters


Above: The Girl with Big Eyes (Rachael) 2013

Below: The Daisy Dress (Amy) 2013
Two digital finger paintings (Brushes App, iPad) 
Portraits of my nieces Amy and Rachael. 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Rachael and Dude

























Above: Rachael and Dude, 2013
A digital finger painting
This image has been watermarked.

Sunshine Girl

























Above: Sunshine Girl, 2013
A digital finger painting
This image has been watermarked.

Monday, 3 June 2013

A Summer Day (After Rachael)

























Above: A Summer Day (After Rachael) 2013
A digital finger painting
This image has been watermarked.

Another painting of my niece, Rachael, who has a particularly dark gaze that is lovely to paint.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Rachael

























Above: Rachael, a portrait
2013
A digital finger painting
This image has been watermarked.

When nature mimics art


Les (my partner) and I were in North Devon last weekend for a family celebration, which took place at the Broomhills Art Hotel, near Barnstaple. Owned by Mr and Mrs van de Sande who have a passion for art, the hotel accommodates a beautiful sculpture park-garden and a gallery of wonderful contemporary art. 

To find out more about the Broomhills Art Hotel, click here :


Below: When nature mimics art
Les and I enjoying the sunshine and the sculpture at the Broomhills Art Hotel. 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Blue Hat and Red Lipstick


























Above : Blue Hat and Red Lipstick 2013

A digital finger painting

There was a wonderful documentary last night on the BBC about the work of fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld. The documentary coincides with an exhibition now on at the Courtauld Institute in London and another exhibition later this year at the Louvre in Paris.

My painting is clearly a nod in the direction of Blumenfeld and in particular his picture of Babe Paley :

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Blumenfeld himself often did covers of works by other artists:














Above : a take by Blumenfeld of (below) Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring














And below: Venus by Erwin Blumenfeld - an obvious cover of The Birth of Venus by Botticelli.













And the photo below by Blumenfeld has echoes of The Girl in the Red Hat by Kees van Dongen (further below) :














Above : Kees van Dongen The Girl in the Red Hat

I'm a big fan of Kees van Dongen and when I first started painting again in 2010, after a long break of several years, I did my own version of this portrait, which I posted in March 2010. My painting (in mixed media on paper) has since sold.


Monday, 13 May 2013

In my Mini

























Above: In My Mini
May 2013
A digital finger painting (this image has been watermarked).

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

My Lovely Dress

























Above: My Lovely Dress
May 2013
a digital finger painting
This image has been watermarked.

Les and I got married on Monday and this is the dress I wore.
We had lovely weather: blue skies and spring sunshine.
There's a portrait of Les too further below: looking dapper in his wedding suit and tie.
Les says this painting of me
reminds him of Craigie Aitchison's work.
I'm happy with that as I am a fan of Aitchison's work.

Below:
Cyprus Tree and Dog 
by Craigie Aitchison RA (1926-2009)













I love Roaul Dufy's paintings too and I think that also shows here, maybe.

Below:
Course à Longchamp (1924)
by Roaul Dufy (1877-1953)
Oil on canvas












Friday, 26 April 2013

Nobby April 2013
















Above : Nobby, April 2013
Below: Eddie
Two digital finger paintings
Both images have been digitally watermarked.

I have two big tabby cats.
Two brothers: Nobby (above) and Eddie (below).


Sunday, 7 April 2013

La femme au collier

























AboveThe Black Necklace, 2013
A digital finger painting (Brushes App on iPad). 
This image is watermarked. 

I've been looking again at the work of Kees van Dongen. 

Below: La jeune femme au collier, 1920
Kees van Dongen














Above: a portrait by Kees van Dongen

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Sisters





















Two portraits of my nieces Rachel and Amy.
Top : A winter day (After Rachel), 2013
Below : Amy, 2013

Monday, 25 March 2013
















Above : Nobby on blue, 2013
a digital finger painting
Brushes App on iPad
This image has been watermarked. 
Please, no unauthorized reproductions. 
If you would like to use any of my work in your publications, or you would like to buy a signed print, 
please contact me : hannahsjb@live.co.uk
I am always happy to help if I can. 

This is Nobby, one of my two tabby tom cats, Nobby and Eddie. There's a portrait of Eddie in an earlier post (keep scrolling down). Nobby and Eddie are named after two haulage companies : Norbert Dentressangle and Eddie Stobart... because they are a couple of big juggernauts. One of Nobby's favourite places is the warm blue blanket that serves as a throw on our sofa. Here, the colours of the blanket make me think of the wonderful paintings by Nicolas de Staël. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Miro's Girl




















(Above) Miro's Girl 2012
A Digital Finger Painting
(Brushes App on iPad)

I did this painting after seeing Miro's "Jeune fille s'évadant" at the Maeght Foundation in St Paul de Vence.
































The Maeght Foundation is a wonderful collection of modern art. Some of the work is displayed inside but much of the sculpture is displayed outside in the gardens and in Miro's Labyrinth, which Les and I enjoyed exploring.
















(Above) Les in Miro's Labyrinth, Maeght Foundation, St Paul de Vence France. Les is the smiley face on the right.

(Below) Me and a close encounter of the third kind in Miro's Labyrinth. That's me with the long hair.
















(Below) Les sporting an Easter bonnet
"Caresse d'un oiseau" a totem by Joan Miro
Maeght Foundation, St Paul de Vence near Nice in France.




















To find out more about the Maeght Foundation, go to:
http://www.fondation-maeght.com
The site is available in French and English.

Mother and Child




















Above: Mother and Child, 2012
A digital finger painting
This image has been watermarked.
Please, no unauthorized reproductions.
If you would like to use any of my images in your publications, please contact me at hannahsjb@live.co.uk I am always happy to help if I can.

We used this image to make our Christmas cards; it proved very popular.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Colours





















Two Digital Finger Paintings produced using the Brushes App on iPad.
The images here have been watermarked.
Please, no unauthorized reproductions.
If you would like to use any of my works in your publications, please contact me at hannahsjb@live.co.uk
I am always happy to help if I can.

Two Dresses




















Above : The Oriental Dress
A Digital Finger Painting (Brushes App
The images here are watermarked.
Please, no unauthorized reproductions.

Just before Christmas I hired a couple of party dresses from Wish Want Wear.

To find out more about this on-line dress hire company, go to www.wishwantwear.com

Below : The Little Black Dress
A Digital Finger Painting (Brushes App / iPad)


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Two Portraits

Below :
Portrait of a Young Woman (after Amy) 2013
An original digital finger painting (the image here is watermarked).


Above: Portrait of a Blonde 2013
An original digital finger painting (the image here is watermarked).

Please, no unauthorized reproductions. 
If you would like to use any of the images of my work that you have seen on this blog, or elsewhere, please contact me. I am happy to help if I can. 

Hello again !

It's been quite a while since my last post. Sorry ! I hope that my regular followers will forgive this omission.  I do a lot of work now on my iPad with the Brushes App. I have to watermark these images before I can post them on-line. With a new computer, it's taken me a while to find a watermarking app. A lame excuse. I shall try and get back to the good habit of regular posts with new images. 

In the meantime, here are two of my most recent Brushes paintings: 



Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Black Hat



















The Black Hat
As the watermark text says, this is another Brushes App Digital Finger Painting. I've included this image in my entry to the Cork Street January Open Exhibition. Fingers crossed! Open exhibitions of this kind are always a great opportunity to show work but they are very competitive. To find out more about the Cork Street open exhibitions, click here: 
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Friday, 5 October 2012

Red and Black




















A Brushes App Digital Finger Painting, printed on photo rag art paper.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Final Judging : the National Open Art Competition

















(Above) "The Model in Her Red Lingerie"
This Brushes App digital finger painting has been selected for the final judging of the National Open Art Competition. There's no guarantee of course that it will be selected for the exhibition but I am very pleased to get this far in the competition. Fingers crossed, I will make it to the exhibition!

To find out more about the National Open Art Competition, go to:
http://www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com/


Sold !

























Great news! The above paintings have all been sold at The Enid Lawson Gallery, which exhibits my work as part of a changing show of contemporary British art. Earlier this year the gallery moved to a new location in Great New Street, New Street Square, London. This is on the western side of the City, just off New Fetter Lane (north of Fleet Street). To find out more about the gallery and view some of its artists' works on-line, click on the image of The Silent Movie Star in the left hand column.

The paintings above are all mixed media on 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper. 
From top to bottom:
The Blue Geisha (March 2011)
Flower Power (March 2011)
Gloria's Hat (March 2011)
Nanette (November 2010)
The Black Feathered Hat (April 2011)
The Girl in the Hat (January 2011)
The Silent Movie Star (March 2011)
The Spanish Hat (March 2011)