Monday, January 16, 2017

Limitless



"Limitless" © Chantel Barber 
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

For details on this painting:
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/chantel-barber/limitless/556483

"They will walk upon the wings of the wind..."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Portrait of Youth

Portrait of Youth



"Portrait of Youth" © Chantel Barber 
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 7x5 in

Available Here

"Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty." - Franz Kafka​

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hear Me Calling You

Hear Me Calling You


"Hear Me Calling You"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge."

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Invitation to Soar

Invitation to Soar


"Invitation to Soar"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"And I heard the sound of the wings..."

As you may have noticed from the last post, I have begun a new series I am excited about. 
January is a difficult month for many. I attended the funeral of one of my dearest and best loved friends the beginning of this month four years ago. Working on this series though has already inspired me - I am hearing the sound of the wings and have been given the invitation to soar!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Look and See



"Look and See"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x7 in

Available Here

Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Rembrandt's Hat

Rembrandt's Hat


"Rembrandt's Hat"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in

Available Here

​"A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions." - Rembrandt ​

Monday, December 19, 2016

Quiet Dignity

Quiet Dignity


"Quiet Dignity"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on." - James J. Frey​

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Blue Stripes

Blue Stripes



"Blue Stripes"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?" - James Montgomery

Friday, December 9, 2016

Black and Gold

Black and Gold




"Black and Gold"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in

Available Here

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep root are not reached by the frost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Flower Child




"Flower Child"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in
"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the next 24 hrs receive complimentary entry into January's Online Figure in Acrylic Course with the purchase of any painting in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.
Simply message/contact me after purchase is made. (ends 1:30 pm EST Thursday December 8th).
chantelbarber@bellsouth.net

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Last of Autumn

The Last of Autumn



"The Last of Autumn"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rising Above

Rising Above
5x5 in
acrylic on ampersand gessobord




Available Here

"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them."
- Washington Irving

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Trying For Whimsy

Trying For Whimsy
12x9 in, acrylic on ampersand gessobord

Something about this child resonated with me.
The whimsical hat contrasted with the serious face reminded me of another young girl. 
So serious, and yet trying so hard to be light-hearted and playfully quaint.

Monday, November 14, 2016

If I Turned Away




"If I Turned Away"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in

As with every painting I create, I cannot help but pour myself into it.

Available Here!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

With a Full Heart




"With a Full Heart"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

Available Here

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Looking Up




"Looking Up"
acrylic on linen panel - 7x5 in

Available Here

"Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future and look up." 
- Rachel Boston

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: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/chantel-barber/untitled-/515230

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:http://www.chantelsoriginals.com/online-atelier.html
Details Mentoring Course:
http://www.chantelsoriginals.com/chantel-s-mentorat.html

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

Available Here

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

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

Available Here

"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