Friday, September 30, 2016

Hannah's Beau

I am looking forward to teaching a workshop in CA in a few weeks. As I prepare for demoing, I am always fine-tuning my own approach - continuing to explore the passion I have for all that acrylic can do.
"Hannah's Beau" 6x6 in, acrylic on gessobord available:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Online Courses

November begins another acrylic online course and the first mentoring course!  
I have been blessed to encourage artists through these courses over the past two years.
Details November's atelier:
Details Mentoring Course:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pansy Afternoon

Pansy Afternoon

"Pansy Afternoon"
acrylic on ampersand gessobords - 4x4 in

Available Here

"There is rosemary, that's for remembrance: 
and there is pansies, that's for thoughts." - William Shakespeare

Monday, September 12, 2016

Puffed Sleeves

Puffed Sleeves

"Puffed Sleeves"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves" - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hands on Hips

Hands on Hips

"Hands on Hips"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

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Sometimes our body language speaks louder than our words ever can

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Girl

A Girl

"A Girl"
graphite on charcoal paper - 11x9.5 in

Available Here

Graphite with a touch of Conte Crayon 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"What I Kept"

What I Kept, 10x10 in - graphite

I am absolutely thrilled!!! I just received this email 
Dear Artist,
Congratulations! We are very happy to inform you that one of your paintings has been selected for publication in North Light Books' Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries!

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

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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, 5x5 in

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 by Chantel Lynn Barber
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

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"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 "
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" 4x4 in - acrylic

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, 10x8 in - acrylic 

acrylic on linen panel - 10x8 in

Available Here

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

Monday, April 11, 2016


"Dreams" 10x8 in
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
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


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!