Friday, April 9, 2010

Barbara Benedetti Newton

Rejoice © Barbara Benedetti Newton 
Name: Barbara Benedetti Newton
Note: This post was updated in  November 2017
Bio: Barbara Benedetti Newton was born in 1943 in Puyallup, Washington, and attended the Burnley School of Professional Art (renamed Art Institute of Seattle) where she studied with William Cumming among others. In 1965, Newton began her professional art career as a fashion illustrator for a major Seattle department store. Married the same year she relocated to San Francisco where she continued to work as a freelance fashion illustrator. After returning to the Seattle area, a 20-year hiatus from art followed. In 1990 Barbara returned full time to art and worked exclusively in colored pencil for more than a dozen years. In 2002 Newton began exploring other mediums and has been working primarily in soft pastel and oil since then. With a change of medium, Newton also departed from her trademark light-filled still life subjects to impressionistic landscape scenes and then back to more impressionistic still lifes. She is a Charter Member, Past President Life Member of Colored Pencil Society of America; Distinguished Pastelist in the Northwest Pastel Society; Honorary Life Member of Women Painters of Washington; International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Honoree, Signature Member of Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of America. Newton’s pastel landscapes are reproduced by Wendover Art Group and Editions Ltd.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape
Publications: The Colored Pencil Solution Book, Janie Gildow and Barbara Benedetti Newton; North Light, (2000), republished in paperback (2006). ISBN: 1581809190
Pastel Drawing: Expert Answers to Questions Every Artist Asks, Barbara Benedetti Newton; Barron's Educational Series (June 1, 2013) ISBN: 1438002653
Style: Impressionist.
Navigation: Main menu remains at bottom of page.
Gallery: Recent Work brings you to a blog. Archives opens to subgalleries filed by date. 2009 is subdivided into Abstracts and Landscapes. Barbara’s abstracts remind me a little of Robert Natkin, especially the Field Mouse paintings. The Field Mouse series title refers to an Ezra Pound translation of a Chinese poem. Pound wrote:

And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough,
And life goes by
Like a field mouse,
Running through the grass not touching.

Abstract paintings do not usually move me, but Barbara’s are very beautiful. Scroll to view images in these galleries, and also in 2001 to 2008.
Image View: Images in all galleries may be saved - just scroll to view. Rejoice is 11 x 18 ins
Demo: No.
Blog: Barbara has a blog other than her Recent Work gallery, at

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