Thursday, August 17, 2017

And She Was Masked

And She Was Masked, 5x5 in

Chantel's family knows that she is constantly on the lookout for inspiring models. This means if you hang around the Barber family long enough, you may very well get asked the question "Hey, would you model for me?" She is also always on the hunt for unique props to adorn models with. So when she found several amazing masks, she already had a model in mind. Her older son's girlfriend graciously came and sat while Chantel painted her from life in the studio. Then on to a photo shoot. This provided Chantel with some fabulous references for future paintings. She has already created several paintings in this "Mask" series. Chantel explains why this series is so special to her:

"During my teenage years I was an avid reader. Fictional mysteries were my all time favorite. I loved the suspense - the 'not knowing' exactly what was going to happen. Working with these masks and models has re-created the wonderful aura of mystery I love so much. The viewer is given just enough information, while still allowing for the unknown." 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I think I Saw You Smile

I Think I Saw You Smile, 6x6 in - acrylic

The idea for this painting had been simmering for some time. Chantel spent the day at the local fair taking photos and was so blessed to capture this amazing exchange between child and animal. They were speaking a language no one else, besides themselves, could understand. Inspiration is always welcome in Chantel's studio and when it came, she knew exactly how to capture this intimate scene in paint.
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Monday, July 17, 2017


Swim, 4x4 in - acrylic
I love being involved with the creative process from start to finish. When inspiration hits, the process of finding props and a model begins. Fortunately I have painted my "Swim" model from life. This gave me valuable insight when setting up a photo shoot for this painting. I was smitten by her goggles and the fun expression they created. I painted a close up that captures the viewer's attention by creating movement and atmosphere through expressive brushwork.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Curler Princess

"Curler Princess"
© Chantel Barber
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in

"Nevertheless, she persisted." 

Monday, May 15, 2017


acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in

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Have I looked at the sun shining in the skies . . .

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This Child

"This Child"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
~ Dr. Seuss

Monday, May 8, 2017

Come Walk A Bit

Come Walk A Bit - 6x6 in, acrylic

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." 
- Albert Camus

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Little Boy Blue

My Little Boy Blue, 10x8

"My Little Boy Blue"
Original acrylic painting on panel - 10x8 in

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Recently I was transported back in time via a civil war reenactment.
I couldn't help being drawn to this child, whose expression immediately captured my heart.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In Need Of Comfort

In Need Of Comfort
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 7x5 in

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"You have given me a sign of your goodness, for you have helped me and comforted me."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Baby Doll

"Baby Doll"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in

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​"Just an old rag doll, but you should see her mother it, and with her kisses smother it."

- Robert William Service

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Holding On

"Holding On"
acrylic on panel - 5x7 in

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True courage is the ability to hold onto hope just a little longer, even when everything around you says it's hopeless.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

You Caught Me

"You Caught Me"
acrylic on panel - 5x5 in
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"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." - Fred Rogers

Friday, March 31, 2017

Before Time Runs Out

"Before Time Runs Out"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas A. Edison

Friday, March 24, 2017

Study of a Hydrangea

Study of a Hydrangea, 8x6, acrylic on panel

Spring has sprung in Tennessee and I can not think of a better way to celebrate than to paint outside in the garden!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

She Wore Two Braids

She Wore Two Braids5x5 in
acrylic on panel

She wore two braids and was bathed in beautiful cool light, the kind that brings a smile to my face...
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Watch this painting's journey here

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Demonstrations: A Visual Approach

My brand new eBook Demonstrations: A Visual Approach has debuted!

This collection presents a visual journey of the creation of eighteen paintings, including "Claire's Light". 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ruffles and Lace

Ruffles and Lace

"Ruffles and Lace"
acrylic on panel - 9x6 in

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There is something that happens when I truly lose myself in the joy of painting. Everything falls into place and all is right with the world, even if it is only for a brief space of time. Like adding ruffles and lace, painting embellishes my life!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Caught Up In Words

Caught Up In Words, 6x6 in - acrylic on panel

​"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. 'tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." - Mark Twain

The same can be said about brushstrokes in a painting ...

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Monday, February 20, 2017

All My Best

All My Best, 5x7 in - acrylic 

In order to succeed at anything in this life, we must face the prospect of failure. Facing a white canvas can be a daunting experience, but regardless of success or failure, what an experience! Maude Adams says it so much better than I could.

"Life is so fresh, life is every day so new if we are fighting, only for the best. Sometimes I think the only real satisfaction in life is failure, failure in your endeavor to do your best." - Maude Adams

Monday, February 13, 2017


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

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​"And she appeared on the wings of the wind."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


"Storybook" © Chantel Barber
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in

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"Oh, for a nook and a storybook. With tales both new and old. For a jolly good book whereon to look. Is better to me than gold." - Old English Song

Thursday, February 2, 2017


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

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​My Three Sisters

"We are three sisters
Three sisters are we
I love each of you,
And I know you love me
We're not always together,
Life sometimes keeps uo apart.
But we're never seperated
We're in each others heart.
Now I know we've had our troubles,
But we always get thru.
The real message is you love me,
And I also love you.
We have lots of good times that we'll never forget
Sometimes we worry
And sometimes we fret
But if God ever gave me
Something special you see,
It might have been the blessing of, Three sisters are we.
The Lord abouve has gave me lots
Of happiness and glee
But the most special thing he did was Make us sisters, all three."

-octavia wilson

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vintage Acrylic

I am an acrylic artist. It is my preferred medium. I work in it because I want to. Never let anyone tell you what can't be done using acrylic. The sky's the limit!

"Vintage Acrylic"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in

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"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."​ - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Lift Up Your Head

"Just Lift Up Your Head" © Chantel Barber 
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in

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"If I take the wings of the dawn..."

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Far From Ordinary

Far From Ordinary
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in
I thought I had a very definite idea in mind when I started this painting. But somewhere along the way the painting changed, or maybe I changed, it is hard to know. All I know is that when it was finished I knew it had to be called "Far From Ordinary."

Monday, January 16, 2017


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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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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

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​"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

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

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).

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Last of Autumn

The Last of Autumn

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

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"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

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"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.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

With a Full Heart

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

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"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

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"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:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pansy Afternoon

Pansy Afternoon

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

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"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

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Girl

A Girl

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

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Graphite with a touch of Conte Crayon