Exhibition at Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery

I’m hard at work finishing up a painting which will be exhibited in the 3rd floor gallery at Saks Fifth Avenue at Keystone Crossing (Indianapolis, IN).

The exhibition opens Nov. 5 and will run through Dec. 8, 2019. It’s open during store hours.

A free reception and awards presentation is open to the public on Thurs., Nov. 21, 6-8:30 pm.

“Twists & Turns” — mini painting

I love painting trees, just ask my plein air buddies.  Trees in the broader landscape are like people in a crowd — you have to take the time to see them individually.  Each has their own characteristics and distinguishing features which are missed when we don’t take the time to look… and see.    Pause to get a good look at a tree you pass by every day; you’ll see what I mean.

“Twists & Turns” by Barbara Peterson



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“Tea Time” — mini painting

A thunderstorm hit town a couple of days ago.  Lots of rain, thunder and lightning; overhead electric wires were down, and traffic lights were out. A transformer blew in a flash of amazing bright light several feet away from my car. Malfunctioning traffic lights and downed trees made it tricky to drive home.

In contrast, what a joy it is to spend a quiet moment over a cup of tea.  So calming… Ahhh …


“Fallen Tree” — mini painting series

On a recent trip to the Indiana Museum of Art, I observed how warm the shadows were in some classic paintings (and how cool the light areas were). I had experimented with warmer shadows before and wanted to work out some ideas, so a series of small studies seemed a logical path.

This painting, “Fallen Tree”, is the first in this series of minis.  It is an oil painting on panel (7″x5″, unframed).  I had to stop myself from getting carried away with some of the strokes; it’s not necessary to paint every leaf to suggest the foliage. Some shots of the painting in progress:

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Indianapolis Museum of Art 2019

All this month, and through June 1st, you can see some of the best works by Indiana Artists, including my own, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.  Free and open to the public.

“At The Falls” with the artist, Barbara Peterson, at the the IMA show opening.

Watching Out For The Bees

I love plein air painting (painting outdoors) with my artist buddies.  However, it’s totally different from painting in the comfort (and isolation) of the studio.  Along with the views there’s nature to contend with.  Sometimes it’s small wildlife that gets your attention, or weather conditions to take into consideration.  And sometimes it’s bees that are territorial… or just curious.

One afternoon while out painting, my friend Rose starting twitching irregularly; she had my total attention.  I had two questions for her:

“What’s the matter with YOU?”  and  “Why are you running over HERE?”

Apparently she was fighting with a bee and I wanted no part of it!  Thankfully, no one was stung.  After much laughter we resumed our painting and continued to enjoy our day outdoors.  Here are some pictures: