Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Creekside, pastel, 5x7 inches    Collection of Paula Parks
My thanks to all subscribers and followers of my blogs:

Art Journal Blog - tips and techniques of pastel and oil; the business of art

Recent Paintings - paintings hot off the easel

Golden Years - an artist's life journal

My Website - contact me, resumé and yearly archives of paintings

I wish you a wonderful New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Art Goals for the New Year

View from the studio: flower garden at rest December 2016
Where did 2016 go? It was the fastest year ever for me. I spent a few hours this morning reading over my goals of last year and making a list for the coming year. Plans change and stuff happens but making a list helps me feel empowered to have the kind of life I want.  What will your list for 2017 look like?

My ART goals for 2017

1. Author another book
Note from last year: One of my long time goals has been to self-publish a book. I thought it would be about my life based on my nearly fifty years of handwritten journals but earlier this year when I began to review them I realized that to get to the happy and funny parts of my life I would have to plow through the sadness and struggle. I didn’t want to revisit those times so I shredded all but a few journals from the early years when my babies were born. I think a better idea for a book is to focus on my art journey illustrated with images.

2. Improve my online presence
My good friend, artist and web designer Kay Dewar, reinvented my website this year to make it interactive for me. In 2017 I will learn more about Wordpress so I can fully utilize this opportunity to communicate effectively.

3. Evaluate my online sales to increase revenue
Because I no longer want to spend my time rotating art at galleries, I depend upon online and Studio sales. Review and restock my stores at Daily Paintworks, Etsy, and Ebay. Add additional sites if needed.

4. Work with other artists to further their successes
This goal springs from last year's goal to paint for fun with others (goal #6 from last year). Because I am the artist with the most years of painting consistently, I am the default person to ask art questions in our Maple Valley Community Center Painting Group. As our group grows with additional full time artists, my instructor role will diminish. Currently, they are painting for fun, I am there mostly to support them. I do enjoy the discipline of going to the group each Friday afternoon but I will look for new ways to support other artists. Online mentoring? Private Lessons in my Studio?

5. Try new mediums or new techniques.
I look forward to more work in oil in 2017!

6. Bookkeeping: Quarterly 
I used Quarterly Profit and Loss reviews most of 2016 to track my business and simplify quarterly reports to Washington State and yearly to the IRS. Works well, keep it up!

And now, the additional text for opportunities from the Universe: "This, or something better, now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious ways, for the highest good of all concerned."

My online presence is important to me both as a communication tool and as a retrospective view. I plan to continue posting on this Art Journal blog and on my Golden Years blog. Thanks to all who have followed my work this year. Let’s keep in touch!
Wishing you a wonderful 2017,

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pastel on black mat

Pastel on archival black mat today. I forgot how fun it is to save the dark areas to let the paper do the work of the darkest value. Also, a light touch and harder pastels because there isn't much tooth to hold multiple layers of pigment.
Nisqually Reserve, Step 1
Nisqually Reserve, Step 2
Nisqually Reserve, Step 3
Nisqually Reserve, pastel, 7x5 inches  sold

The painting from the video experiments

2016-12-2 Rock Creek Meadow, pastel, 7x5 inches
This is the finished painting shown in my first video clip experiments. I'm still working on it. I'm pretty sure you can always find my videos if you go to and search for Barbara Benedetti Newton. Below is a link to the video of painting of this one until the dog barked and I quit. The video is shown at double speed to make it 4 minutes long. It also makes it look like I am painting very fast. I will post this on Daily Paintworks for sale and will try to include the video.  Rock Creek Meadow Video