Thursday, October 4, 2018

Artworks available in online store!

Art and Artful Discoveries
I am Barbara Sistak Baur, a visual artist who creates and sells original paintings and artworks, and who also offers "artful discoveries" from time to time. To see my online store and what is available there, click the link below.

Many of the works discussed here are in my online store as well as other beautiful and artful items. I hope you discover something that you enjoy! 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Guava Cheese Tart II -- Sold!

Guava Cheese Tart II, acrylic, 11"x14", framed, $400. © B Sistak Baur

I enjoyed this technique so much that this is the second painting of this item. I changed a couple of things and worked on the shawdows.
-- Barb

UPDATE -- SOLD -- Off to San Fransisco this painting goes.  It is a Thiebaud Style Painting with a Minimalist Cheesecake.

Created in the style of Wayne Thiebaud. 
It has a mid-Century look as minimalist portrait of a single cheesecake.
Swirls are created with flowing, gel-like media. 
Shown sitting on a glass shelf, as if in a bakery case, with classic cast shadow.
Bright and colorful. Acrylic Paint. 
Ready to hang in a contemporary black wood frame.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pies on Pans -- Sold!

Pies on Pans, 21"x27", acrylic, © B. Sistak Baur
Pies on Pans with its viewpoint of looking right into a pie case is a design study with ellipses.  Ellipses are circles as seen from the side. You see them everywhere throughout your day but we usually just call them circles. 

Ellipses are challenging shapes for anyone painting or drawing. To better understand and perhaps conquer ellipses, I suggest a new column in the NY Times called Line by Line.  This is a delightful series on the pleasures of drawing and one entry is all about ellipses.


Update -- this lovely painting has a new home!  It is heading to a Gallery / Frame / Pie Shop in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the perfect setting!  When I get more information on the location, I will post it here. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Cupcakes 1, 2, 3

Inspired by cupcakes sitting upon a glass shelf in a bakery. Colorful and lively, this is oil on paper.  It is a monotype artwork. Image is about 9 in x 9 in and can be framed with a mat or free floating style with the paper edges showing.  

Monotype artworks are lovely -- soft edges, painterly and, with the unpredictability of the final result, a joy to create, own and display. This work was created as part of my exploration of textures and techniques in different media.

More about monotypes
A monotype is an original, one-of-a-kind artwork. The original image is painted using oils on a printing plate. The plate is run through a press with heavy paper so that the image is transferred and embedded into the paper. All the paint is transferred so you can do it just one time. That is why it is call a monotype (mono means one).
Looking at the corners and edges, you can see the indentation of the plate into the paper.  That is a sign of an original monotype.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cupcake Wave

Cupcake Wave is an artwork that I created during my exploration of multiple dimensions on the painting surface. (You can click on the image to get a larger view. Press esc to return.) This work is comprised of several small paintings on little canvases that have been adhered  to a larger canvas.  In this case, it is a 3-foot long and narrow canvas that serves as the base painting. In addition, the smaller canvases undulate along the larger canvas creating a "wave" sensation. 

Abstract cupcakes in contrasting colors provide the images.  Each little abstract is on it own little canvas.  The base canvas is 36" long and 6" high. Color blocks are painted on it.

On the back of the little canvas, I spread a thick acrylic gel.  

 Each little canvas has its place on the painting. It is placed and pressed down. Then left along overnight. 

 The acrylic gel dries as hard as a rock making a very sturdy adhesive.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cupcake Array on Red

Cupcake Array on Red
Acrylic and Acrylic paintings adhered to the canvas create a multi-dimensional surface.
© Barbara Sistak Baur
It is a combination of many canvases pulled together for one painting. There is a large base painting and adhered onto that are several smaller paintings.  Each of the smaller paintings have been painted on different types of the canvases with different depths. If you look closely, you can see the different heights. I was inspired to do this after admiring artworks that are a combination of wooden panels or ceramic tiles. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tent Disaster Averted

I was getting ready for an art fair, so I figured I would set up the tent just to be sure everything was a-ok.  And it is a good thing I did because I discovered a broken truss! 

I called the tent company immediately to order a replacement 
but that part was on back order for 3 weeks! 

 That wasn't going to do -- I was going to use it in less than 2 weeks.  

I considered the universal fix-all, duct tape, but that didn't seem like it would really work.

My handy assistant (aka husband) came to my rescue!

He comes up with the idea for an insert as a solution. 
That might work!

He starts to work taking apart a joint. 

He puts the insert in and tightens it down.

A close up of the insert.

 Then he puts a screw under it so it can't slide away. 

 He has lots of tools.  He's my hero!

And it works!  It is all together and ready to go!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Getting' Ready for the Art Fair!

What is getting ready for an art fair like? Here are scenes from my studio -- stacks and stacks of art works!  I have tubs full of framed works, baskets filled with works on paper, a "flip" bin with figurative work, cardboard boxes with larger paintings and the portable "office" is ready to go.  I run around for days wrapping and sorting and planning and packing. And I haven't even started getting my tent equipment together.  I am get excited as the dates for the art fair close in!  And, a little nervous.  I hope all goes well.  And that I see some friends.

 I bring a flip bin with colorful life drawings, sketches, studies and finished works. 
 This basket has framed and unframed works of paintings of cakes, pies and other good things.
 Monotypes and studies are in this basket.  
 This basket has mostly painted sketches and studies. The tub underneath holds framed work. The tub keeps everything dry in case of rain.
 Larger paintings go into cardboard boxes for protection.
Here is my portable "office." It has everything you might have on your desk!

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Sketches and Studies

I enjoy doing sketches and studies as they allow the freedom to experiment with different colors, styles or media in a shorter time frame. While on a recent visit to Arizona, I took some time to "play" with my new oil pastels. The result is a study of flowers sitting on a patio table. There are two very distinct versions. One, of course, if more traditional and approaches realism.  The other is more abstract with no intention toward realism and features invented colors and sharp angles. Yet, they are same flowers!!  Do you have a preference for one over the other?  Feel free to leave a comment.