Welcome to Barbara's "art" blog. I create artworks that range from small to large, from somewhat eerie to very joyous. Most of my works come straight from my imagination; I use my experiences and filter them through my brain. Soometimes I try to sit back and watch my hands create, and enjoy the process almost as a spectator. Eventually, though, my more technical side comes out to correct the spontaneous one, and the two compromise.

See links (on the right)to my hand-painted jewelry and pet portraits.

Note: any artwork on this blog is copyright of Barbara Yalof

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

That's What I Like About Art!

I have friends whose art is so stunningly painted from reality that you try to reach out and touch the fruit just to see if it is not, by some chance, real. It is magical that their artwork represents reality so beautifully.

I do not try to represent reality in my work. For the most part, these scenes do not exist until I make them up. It's wonderful that artists can make up and share their own worlds with an audience. So, while I appreciate the wonder of a beautifully painted landscape that transports you somewhere, it's not something that I am driven to paint or draw.

 They have asked me how I invent my ideas and carry them from my mind to the artwork. I don't know! I take for granted that what I know of reality can be changed and mingled with what does not exist, and appear together convincingly on canvas. And that is what I like about art!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

An avatar for Barbara

This is an avatar that I  doctored up in Photoshop. It is still pretty flattering. But avatars are generally blemish and wrinkle-free; I had to add some details.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

An Interesting Perspective on Men and Cigars

This is a painting of a group of people crammed into a small space having an interesting discussion.  The female is a violinist at this black tie affair; a note of color.

I had fun with perspective in this painting. The top-down approach added anote of humor, as we are able to see the balding patterns of these distinguished men. The feet are intentionally small, and the focus is on the cigars and hands.