Sunday, April 27, 2014

WAOWed in San Diego

Hi Painters, Friends, Family, and Collectors,

I am so excited to tell you I have two paintings juried into the Women Artists of the West 44th National Exhibition.

WAOWed in San Diego will be hosted by Women's Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, Calif.

Opening Reception May 2, 5:30 - 8pm
Artist Demos/Quick Draw - May 3
Exhibit open for the month of May.

Here I am wrapping paintings with bubble wrap to protect them until hung in the museum.

I delivered the paintings Saturday, so now we are on count down to Show Time!

I am showing you the back of my paintings in the bubble wrap!

I invite you to come see what the WAOW artists have painted for your enjoyment.

Questions, call 760 662-3547 or e-mail


Monday, March 24, 2014

On Location Painting Adventures

CJ-5 Jeep
My Mule
A new Season!
2014 March, weather good for painting on location.
Here in the High Desert of Hesperia I have choices where to paint, High Desert or San Bernardino Mountain range, I like both.

In the desert, intense yellow flower brush are blooming, the landscape hosting a greyed quiet color.

I pack my painting gear and snack ;-), head out for the day, looking for my next visual story.

I feel it's important to break down, or simplify the landscape into five sections on the paper, then fill in the objects that tell my visual story. This really helps me with placement of objects.  Try it for yourself, let me know if this method works for you?

On location I use 140 lb. watercolor paper 11"x15" called a quarter sheet.  I take a 9"x 9" watercolor sketchbook to record my ideas, color schemes, and a camera for reference photos.

2014 painting adventure begins!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Good News I want to share!  Below is a press release from Women Artists of The West on the upcoming annual exhibit in May. 

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Barbara Parish of Hesperia, Calif has been accepted at the 44th annual member’s exhibition for Women Artists Of The West (WAOW) held in San Diego, California.    WAOW is a national organization with over 250 award winning, professional women painters and sculptors from across the country.  This non-profit group fosters appreciation and promotion of art created by women.  Barbara had to meet strict criteria to be juried
into this prestigious organization and her work also had to be juried into the art exhibition. “WAOWed in San Diego” runs from May 2 through 31, 2014, with an opening reception to be held on Friday, May 2 at 4:30 pm at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA. For further details visit or

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I invite you to join me on Saturday May 3rd, for a WAOW Quick Draw Competition, then enjoy viewing over 230 paintings in various mediums.  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

High Sierra Paint Out

Sherri, Dick, Kathy, Louise, Judy, Barbara, Ann

Cardinal Village, Bishop, Calif
What FUN! 
Two days of painting on location in the High Sierra at 8000 foot elevation.  Above are the Plein Air paintings finished on Tueadsy.  Everywhere we looked was a painting at the Cardinal Village Resort.

These painting are hanging on display for the month of October, Hemet Valley Art Gallery, 144 Harvard Street, Hemet, Ca.  

November Road Trip for the Plein Air Paintings. 
Next stop: 
C & L Coffee & Deli 
4210 E. Florida ( N. Santa Fee Street & Florida) 
Hemet, Ca. 951 282-3139
Stop by to see the paintings, also stay for a delicious lunch with a gallery environment. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

En Plein Air ~ Bishop Painting Adventures

Colors of Fall
©Barbara Parish 2014
The Plein Air Painters of Hemet are leaving town next week to paint the Fall Colors in Bishop, California.

We will meet and paint with the Plein Air Painters of Bishop.

Our on location paintings will exhibit the month of October at The Hemet Valley Art Gallery, Harvard Street, Hemet, Ca. I invite you to come see our Plein Air exhibit on panel 14.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Painting the Fall Colors of Bishop

On the road again...

CJ-5 Jeep
My Mule
The High Desert Plein Air Painters will paint the Fall colors of the Eastern Sierra.  Leaving in September for Bishop, we will paint the contrast of Winter Green Pine and Golden Birch, white water rushing over boulders down the tree lined mountain side, and the cool rugged mountain reflection on Lake Sabrina.
In the picture on right, find my "Mule" a CJ-5 Jeep, parked alongside Bishop Creek at 7000 elevation. My four wheel drive Mule takes me around the back roads to find my next visual story.
I plan to post paintings of the High Desert Plein Air Painters.  These paintings are for your pleasure, if you want to "own to show" leave a comment.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Surprise Image in my Painting

Every once in a while I am surprised by an unplanned image that appears in my painting.
Can you see it?

My first thought, paint over or wipe out the image.  I know the image sends a message, not part of the painting plan, but I am smitten with the Elephant image that is infatuated with the Bird.

In this painting I use several painting techniques, positive and negative, glazing, and mingling and merging of color.

Tomorrow, I'll be on location in the High Desert of Hesperia painting the Joshua Tree Blooms.