Saturday, August 27, 2016

September Workshop at Forstall Art Center


Looking forward to heading back to Forstall Art Center in Birmingham AL to teach a workshop the 16th & 17th of September. There are still a couple of spots open.
To register call (205) 870-0480.

Monday, August 22, 2016

It's the Hat

It's the Hat, 7x5 in - acrylic

"It's the Hat"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 7x5 in

Available Here

It's the hat that started it all. If I had my paints with me, there is no doubt I would have stopped and done a painting on the spot, although the environment wasn't conducive to it. But I had my camera and I worked up my courage and asked if I could take a photo. Yes I could, and that's when I realized the person under the hat was far more interesting than the hat itself. It's still the hat that started it all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Me and You

Me and You, 5x5 in - acrylic

"Me and You"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

This was one of those paintings that I almost gessoed over, and yet couldn't. Because somehow I knew that there was something there worth hanging onto, it only needed to be brought out with the right combination of strokes.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Orange

Orange, 5x5 in


"Orange"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

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I have never been one of those who can fall back into the arms of another.The other day I watched as a group of girls did this with each other over and over.The one loosening up and falling back with ease into the arms of the other.My problem was I could never loosen up enough and just let go.I experienced that same problem for years in my painting habits.But the day finally arrived when the breakthrough occurred and I loosened up, let go, and fell back with ease into the joy of painting fully from my heart and soul!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fish

Fish by Chantel Lynn Barber
Fish
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in

"Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures."


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Waiting On The Light

Waiting On The Light



"Waiting On The Light"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."― C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask




"Behind the Mask"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in

Available Here

"Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that a story" -Marty Rubin

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Losing Myself

Losing Myself, 5x5 in - acrylic

"Within You I lose myself...Without You I find myself Wanting to be lost again" - Anonymous
Available Here

I love sharing my acrylic techniques with others!
To learn about my upcoming online courses click here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dawning

"Dawning "
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life for me."
-Leslie Bricusse


Dawning, 5x5 in





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Peace Within

Peace Within, 12x12 in, acrylic on linen


unanswered questions,
unspoken fears,
unrealized dreams lost through the years.
standing at the easel,
blocking out the din,
the realization hits,
there is peace within.

"Peace Within" will be featured in the Women Painting Women Exhibit at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville TN.
Opening reception Thursday, August 11, 2016.

©Chantel Barber

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Learning Ballet



"Learning Ballet"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 7x5 in
"Learning ballet is wonderful for children even if they never become dancers.It is wonderful because it teaches discipline, grace, and manners." - Anna Paskevska

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Outside the Fence




"Outside the Fence"
acrylic on linen panel - 7x5 in

Available Here

"The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out." 
  -J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Hydrangea's Fragrance

"The Hydrangea's Fragrance" 5x5 in - acrylic



"The Hydrangea's Fragrance"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

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"Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same." - Helen Keller

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Look

"Look" 4x4 in - acrylic



"Look"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in


"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

In Honor of Mothers Day




In honor of Mother's Day "The Apology" is offered at 20% off  
(acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in)

Being the Mother of two boys, the subject matter of this painting is close to my heart. Growing up in an environment where apologies were nonexistent, I came to appreciate the beauty in humbling oneself, and with a sincere heart, asking another's forgiveness when in the wrong. Some of the sweetest, most tender moments I experienced as a Mother, were when a heartfelt apology was offered by one of my boys. But the most courageous moments I experienced came when I was the one offering the apology to them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Light Around the Edges

"Light around the Edges"




"Light Around the Edges"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 7x5 in


"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle Onassis

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunflower of Mine

Sunflower of Mine



"Sunflower of Mine"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in

Available Here

"The sunflower is mine, in a way." - Vincent van Gogh




Saturday, April 23, 2016

Today's Hat

"Today's Hat"

"Today's Hat"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in

Available Here

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." - Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul



"Heart and Soul"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in
You keep the secrets of my heart and soul.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Dreams

Dreams, 10x8 in - acrylic 


"Dreams"
acrylic on linen panel - 10x8 in

Available Here

"Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." - William Butler Yeats

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dreams

"Dreams" 10x8 in
"Dreams"
Graphite on Ampersand Pastelbord - 10x8 in

Available Here

"Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." - William Butler Yeats

Friday, April 8, 2016

Princess For A Day

Princess For A Day, 12x8 in



"Princess For A Day"
Graphite on Ampersand Pastelbord - 12x8 in

Available Here

Failure can cut right to the heart.But in the midst of it, an idea often starts to take hold. What if? Maybe it would work? The excitement begins to build, the idea takes concrete shape, and failure gives way to knowing how it feels to be "Princess For A Day."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cat Ears

Cat Ears, 6x6 in



"Cat Ears"
Graphite on Strathmore White Archival Charcoal Paper - 6x6 in

Available Here

What greater gift than the love of a cat? ~Charles Dickens

Monday, April 4, 2016

What I Kept (revisited)

"What I Kept (revisited)"
Graphite on Strathmore Archival Charcoal Paper - 12x12 in
Available:
Though much was lost throughout the suffering, "What I Kept" was considerably more - dignity, honor, courage, hope, faith, and love.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today's Hat




"Today's Hat"
Graphite on Archival Charcoal Paper (White) - 8x8 in


"One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is". Erma Bombeck


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Commissioned Portrait




With a very full heart I completed this commissioned portrait today! 
There is nothing quite like the love a Mother has for her child, and I am honored to have captured it in paint.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Path Of The Wind


"The Path Of The Wind"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

As you do not know the path of the wind...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Before The Performance




"Before The Performance"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 7x5 in






"Let your performance do the thinking." - Charlotte Bronte

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Apology





"The Apology"


acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in




An apology, when sincerely made, is a beautiful thing!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

On Your Shoulders



"On Your Shoulders"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in



"I am strong when I am on your shoulders; 
You raise me up to more than I can be."
-Brendan Graham

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wisp






"Wisp"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in




"There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke." - Vincent van Gogh

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ready To Dance




"Ready To Dance"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in




I watched the lovely dancers in awe. Before I knew it I was lost in a world of gorgeous patterns, textures, and colors. Beauty touches my heart - it brings me to my easel "Ready To Dance" in my own way with paints and brushes!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mama's Scarf



Mama's Scarf
6x6 in, acrylic on gessobord



"I have for the first time found what I can truly love - I have found you. You are my sympathy - my better self - my good Angel - I am bound to you by a strong attachment" - Charlotte Bronte

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Jacket




"The Jacket"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in


I stood in front of the awe inspiring grand canyon with all the other people.Everyone's camera was trained on the beautiful scenery in front of them, except mine.I was mesmerized by the profusion of colors, shapes and patterns all around me in the landscape of humanity.Because even though the grand canyon speaks loudly of its creator, the beauty mirrored in living souls speaks even louder.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Deep Inside


"Deep Inside"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in




What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another Day




"Another Day"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in




I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. - Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Shelter


A Shelter
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in


It will be "A Shelter" and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding-place from the storm and rain.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All About The Eyes




All About The Eyes
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in




Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? 
Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Voice




My Voice
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in



If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint - Edward Hopper

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pensive




Pensive

acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in



The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed - Charlotte Bronte

Friday, November 13, 2015

Will You Like Me?



Will You Like Me?

acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in


As a child you want to be liked and included.  But then you grow up, and wanting to be liked isn't as important as it used to be.  Or maybe that is just something we tell ourselves.  Social media is filled with like buttons.  Perhaps at the heart of it is that desire to still know "Will You Like Me?"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

January's Online Acrylic Atelier



As a young artist I was led to believe that acrylic was only effective creating abstracts.  Not so!  This incredible medium has so much versatility and allows me to create in the impressionistic style I love.
I am pleased to be able to teach others how to use it to create their own figure paintings - registration is now open for January's Online Atelier "Painting the Figure in Acrylic" - http://www.chantelsoriginals.com/online-atelier.html
*Oil painters are welcome in these courses

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Shoes Off


Shoes Off
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in




With the "shoes off" it becomes less about them and more about the child who wears them.

Acrylic Artist, Winter 2015


Acrylic Artist, Winter 2015 features "Less is More" a 10 page article sharing my small (but powerful) portraits! This magazine is a fantastic resource for the acrylic artist or those wishing to try it. Download the issue in digital format immediately http://www.northlightshop.com/acrylic-artist-winter-2015-di… or pre-order the magazine issue at http://www.northlightshop.com/acrylic-artist-winter-2015.
Thank you to Patty Craft (editor) and Brett Ortler for writing such a fabulous piece!