Art Matters — Creative Sparks

Growing your creative heART muscle 💪

Barb Toland Creative Sparks

Growing your creative heART muscle 💪

Ohhhhhh the gifts of summertime! Poolside chats. Colorful beach umbrellas. Wearing flip flops. Burgers sizzling on the grill. A little chilled rosé. Vibrant flowers. Bright flashy swimsuits. You get the picture ;-) Summer's a kaleidoscope of sunshine & color for sure...

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Step up to YOUR creative dream

Barb Toland Creative Sparks

Step up to YOUR creative dream

A few years back I created a series of five small paintings that visually leaped into my imagination quite out of the blue. Normally I have to work a little harder at deciding what to paint, so I was quite thrilled to get this idea with no creative struggle required! I call the series, Steps to a Dream...

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How this Tower of London raven taught me something

Barb Toland Creative Sparks

How this Tower of London raven taught me something

Wanna know what it takes to turn an ugly painting of a raven into a pretty darn good one? Tenacity. That’s right – that good old fashion stubbornness & perseverance to hold on tight & get it right...

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PUHLEEZE use a little constraint ... would ya?

Barb Toland Creative Sparks

PUHLEEZE use a little constraint ... would ya?

I read a blog post the other day by artist Clare O'Neill that I absolutely loved, and will be sharing that with you here in just a bit. But FIRST I wanted to reveal to you a new series of encaustics that I'm working on, and how they relate to this blog post...

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Sometimes I get lucky & a day of play turns into something more...

Barb Toland Creative Sparks

Sometimes I get lucky & a day of play turns into something more...

Today I'm going to focus on a new piece I recently painted, all the reasons why I love it, and some of the ideas I experimented with that ultimately got me there. It happened one day after I decided to take my own advice & just play around to get those elusive creative juices flowing again...

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