Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Barbara Noonan

Mellow Mountain © Barbara Noonan
Name: Barbara Noonan
Bio:  Seattle artist Barbara Noonan is often to be found painting at her studio in the Pioneer Square section of downtown Seattle. Barbara is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society She teaches pastel painting in Seattle and is frequently asked to do painting demonstrations in local art groups. She has studied with Richard McKinley and Bob Gerbracht, and with the Mitchell Albala Critique Group. Her work was featured in the Pastel Journal, February 2013; and she was awarded an Honorable Mention, in the Abstracts section, the Pastel 100, 2013. Her work is to be found at the Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia, WA, Simon Mace Gallery in Port Townsend, WA, and at the Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour
Subjects: Landscapes; Still Life; Figurative
Style: Loose representational to quite abstract depending on subject.
Technique Barbara’s work is directed by the watercolor underpainting in each piece and her pastel strokes are in response to these shapes and patterns. What her imagination generates is typically an abstracted landscape but not every time. Barbara says: It’s taken years for me to carefully study and then paint the light and shadows but they often felt overworked. Distillations is my latest series leaning towards the abstract. I’ve purposely paired down my strokes of soft pastel over a watercolor wash to provide only the essential information; creating a sense of place… My mark making is intentional and expressive. Thicker strokes offer weight while lighter strokes provide lightness and breath. When layering colors I’m conscious of nature’s atmospheric influence especially as the sun emerges or dwindles.
Navigation: Standard FineArtStudioOnline website
Gallery: Baseball series; Abstracts; Interpretative Landscape Distillations; Water and Movement; Landscapes Plein Air and Studio; Still Life; Portraits Figures
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  1. Hi, Barbara! Great to see this post. Congratulations.

    1. Casey, I thought Barbara's work would appeal to you!