Paintings Portfolio Post of Recent Works

The following paintings were all completed by your’s truly within the month of May 2016. Upon moving to California I felt a sudden rush of inspiration. I continue to order canvases, painting everything that comes to mind. It feels like a whirlwind of creative energy flows in the breeze that picks up the grain and flowers in the hills.

Selecting which paintings to post today was tricky as I have started way more then I have finished in the last few weeks. At least I am capturing so many ideas to finish as time (and my hands) allow. It’s hot outside and the sun is shining.

Welcome summer and farewell to spring.

This first painting is called “Jazz Garden.” My dear husband helped me name it. When he saw the completed canvas he said to me, “It looks like music.” I agreed, then the name popped into my head. He wants to hang it in the music studio🎶🎵🎶

This  was my second attempt at painting this idea…

This was the first“Flower Tunnel” It’s an abstraction of what it might look like if by some miracle the viewer had shrunk down like Alice from Wonderland. I always loved that idea. I piled layers of acrylic paint on top of greens and blues. Perhaps I many continue to paint this idea several move times

Here is a drawing I did first

Experimenting with abstracted flowers and pointillism has been a common theme in my most recent work. The hills and trees with their natural beauty overwhelm me sometimes. I feel so blessed to live among God’s glorious creation.

“Iris Abstraction”

Our new home ha such beautiful irises. I couldn’t get enough photographs of them on my phone one morning just after they had opened so I decided to paint them. Going more with capturing the essence of the thing as apposed to a realist representation I painted without real planning or self input. I love giving over my hand when painting. It is not me but the creator inside of me…
“Blue Black Space Explosion” may just be a temporary name for this piece in not quite sure yet. I do know that I painting it first upon arrival. Using a rusted nail and dripping paint I hadn’t even unpacked my brushes yet. Even during our busiest seasons we should all remember to try to continue doing those things we love.

I love painting!

I stared painting space inspired pieces last year and I may post some of my first ones soon to add to my online collection of works. I’m looking forward to building from here.

“Untitled, Hot Space Abstraction”

Currently I’m really enjoying mixing my own acrylic paints, selecting colors and like in this one combining flat, iridescent, and neon paints as well. I plan on expanding this collection even further soon. Using multiple canvases like this also has been allowing me to create even larger paintings. Another angle gives you the idea how hanging differently makes this picture pop in various places. I love that most of my paintings couple be hung in a variety of ways changing the look of the art. “Orange Space Abstraction”

Like a fireball planet I created this piece mostly with warm bright yellows and orange, adding in gold for highlight. These have been so fun and I feel passionate about continuing on.

Comments, questions, suggestions, and messages of all kinds are much appreciated. I hope you enjoyed my favorite six paintings I completed in May. Hopefully I will take the time to post more… Perhaps even tomorrow? Who knows?!? I’m so random sometimes. Lol. Anyways

Thanks for reading, Bye✌🏽️

-Dominique Barrentine 

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Artist trading cards by Dominique Barrentine 

  
Zentangles and Artist Trading Cards by Dominique Barrentine. 

Has anyone ever heard of artists trading cards? I only just recently learned about these but I can’t wait to start collecting. They basically work like any other trading card but you need to be an artist to make and trade them. Then you need to know other artists to trade with. Does anyone want to trade with me? 

   
I got into the artist trading cards around the same time I discovered zentangles thanks to a book my grandmother gave to me. I took to them immediately and even made a full size canvas “Zentangle” in full color. I hope you like it, I sure do! 

 
I feel like zentangles are great practice for my hand. The small projects likes these are perfect for art on the go or when you only have limited time. They have influenced my art in other ways and have an overall calming effect during stress ful times. I feel close to God when I sit and draw. 
-Dominique Barrentine 

DOMENECH, Anna Conner and Company: Motion Activated Art

  
I first saw a few paintings on Facebook by DOMENECH after she had her work featured in a gallery called New Tomorrow on Capitol Hill in Seattle. As I set out to write a blog post on her I quickly realized what a phenomenal artist she truly is. Her paintings are deeply moving and come from an inspired place. In sculpting and performance art I find her work both mildly disturbing and genius at the same time. The motion in her artwork travels from her work in dance, through her sculpting and into paintings encompassing all different mediums. 

  
It is my pleasure to introduce Anna Conner and Company, a dance and artistic movement group from Seattle Washington. I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing them in person however their WordPress has videos of their work. You can also access these videos on the groups Vimeo 
“Exercises for the unrested: The Kingmaker” 

Was preformed on October 9th, 2015 in Seattle WA at the Velocity Dance Center Founders Theater. The creator of the piece Anna Conner describes it as, “A meditative quintet teetering on the edge of chaos…plays with the idea of dynamic balance and the instability of human connection after traumatic experiences.” 

 

  
“We create art that is honest, intimate, and speaks to the human psyche. We do this while striving to guide and empower the audience through an artistic yet sometimes unpleasant journey. The goal is to arrive at the deeper awareness of ourselves and the world that surrounds us. As performers are tools are our bodies, our movement is beautiful and our power lies in taking risks.”

I have recently been inspired by this artist. Her profound use of abstract shapes and motions come through even in still photography. When watching her videos I am startled by the deeply moving emotional movements. I love how she portrays connection is these complicated movement pieces…

 I love these amazing photographs. Thank you Anna, for allowing me to use them and to write about you and your creative endeavors with your friends. 
Just look at the raw human emotion and beauty shown in these two photographs of the artist herself. 

  
I can’t wait to get an opportunity to meet Anna Conner aka DOMENECH. She is a brilliant artist and an inspiration. For more inspiration please visit Anna Conner and Co WordPress
  

The group Anna Conner and Company consists of Anna Conner the director and choreographer, Jenna Eady, Kayie Wyeth, Calie Swedberg, and Marlys Yvonne.

  

If you missed part one, Today Presenting unique Seattle artist DOMENECH, or part two, Today DOMENECH dynamic artist sculptor part 2 feel free to go back and check them out. Just click on the blue links through out this post to learn more. 

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this part 3 of 3 conclusion on the artist, Anna Conner aka DOMENECH. It has been a pleasure exploring her work and sharing it her on my blog that crazy life. 

-Dominique Barrentine


Called to write

            I have been writing a book. I decided a long time ago it was something I just had to do. I want to have no fear in writing. I’ll write from the heart about things I know are true. I’ll write about my experiences and I’ll pass it all on to the next generation. This is exhilarating! 

      I’m enjoying writing now more than I ever have before. I feel a sense of freedom whenever I let my thoughts out. By writing I feel as if it’s almost like I’m draining an old wound, and letting the infection out. The words are like puss seeping from the wound. As it leaves the body it cleanses it of impurity and heals me. 

        I am called to write and tell my story. I must eventually tell it from beginning to end. I must lay bare the details however ugly and painful they may be. I have heard the voice of God encouraging me. I feel peace as I continue on my personal journey.

      Some people say I shouldn’t write, others say I need to write. While I find it interesting what people have to say. At this time I have no choice. I have been called to write. 

      So I must write and tell my story for all to hear. I will write in great detail as much as possible. I will try not to be too scattered or random. I must remember all of this will be heavily edited before ever becoming a book anyway.  

      If it was up to me I would use real names. I would expose people who are doing dark things in sneaky corners. But I’m sure that’s not allowed. They know who they are anyway and who am I to judge them or hold anything against anyone? I don’t. I am not the judge. God is. 

      They will all get their judgement when the day of judgment has arrived. 

“By their fruits you shall recognize them” -Matthew 7:16
  
 
-Dominique Barrentine

The Seattle Asian Art Museum

               After visiting the Seattle Art Museum with Dad yesterday we decided today to go to the Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park. We love visiting Volunteer Park and the Conservatory but hadn’t gone into the Asian Art museum together since I was a small child. The grounds are so well cared for. Everything is just starting to bloom. 

   
Andromeda native plant species 


Mated pair of Mallard Ducks

            The admissions woman had told us if we brought our ticket from SAM we would have free admission (within the week) to go to the Seattle Asian Art Museum. I am so glad we decided to do this together today! 

  
      On a windy Saturday in March, I couldn’t think of anything better to do than peruse a museum. At first I thought it was strange to put all of the Asian artists in a different museum. But when you go you quickly realize they needed a whole building to house the Asian masterpieces. What an enormous collection of permanent works! Plus they where showing some really spectacular exhibitions from Korea.   

        The center rooms seemed to be dedicated to India, specifically to Hinduism and Buddhism. They showcase statues in this space with chairs and tables so one could sit for awhile. 

       This display I found particularly interesting. I felt as if each piece complimented one another like they where meant to be on that wall or in the same place in time. The room seemed to be built for this display. I would have loved to sit and draw this. Perhaps I will use this photograph as inspiration later.

         My husband has traveled to India and once he told me about the Ganesh (Ganesa). It is one of the great deities in Hinduism that promotes fortune and good luck. There is a holiday in India every year when every family has built a statue of the Ganesh that is then thrown into the water to bring prosperity in the coming year. My husband saw this in India when he traveled there and said it was a wild sight to be seen.  

        This sandstone Ganesh was made in India in approximately the 19th century.
There is a sign on the wall that tells the mythological story of the Ganesh. It is said that Ganseh is the son of Shiva and Parvati. Apparently Parvati created Ganesh with the intention to guard Shivah which angered Shivah so she chopped the sons head off. Which angered Parvati who then pleaded with Shivah to correct matters. So she replaced the head with an elephant head. Very interesting. 

  
Here is Mahavira the founder of Jainism. A contemporary take on the historical Buddhism. You can tell it is Mahavira vs Buddah because he is naked and has the srivatsa in the middle of his chest. Often shown with the lion. 

   
Next we viewed this amazing exhibit from Korean artist Lee Yongbaek. He is an innovative artists who uses sounds and media in the room to create a full experience. Note on the wall above these costume pieces the projector. The image above is actually a still image of a movie screen.

   
          These printed textiles are obviously military costumes from Korea. They have been printed with bright floral grafics. I find this interesting because florals are also in fashion this spring. We had a lot of florals at the Seattle Art Museum yesterday as well.

  
This is another still of the video screen in Lee Youngbaek’s exhibit. At first it looks just like a mirror, but as you look for longer it’s suddenly shutters with and ear splitting sound. It then restarts to symbolize rebirth and continuance.

  
There was another very interesting Korean artist in the next room. Using photography Jung Yeondoo made people’s dreams come true. He would take a photograph of the person in their everyday life and then a second in a fantasy scenario in the same position as the first photograph. 

 Here is just one example. You will need to go to the museum to see the rest. 
This man surrounded by computer screens, in a wheelchair.

 
And then

  Surrounded by friends playing a card game. 
Very thought provoking.

Next are some “lamps?” 

    
  
By Yang Haegue an artist from Berlin and Seoul. She uses found daily objects and industrial materials to create though provoking masterpieces. To me it almost seemed like everyday art, Art in motion, art in the found, small things in life. 
  

These “lamps?” are on temporary loan from the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea. They have names like Female Natives: No. 2 Possessed Hillbilly, Female Natives: No. 6 Fruitful Glow, and Female Natives: No. 5 Maturing. They where all done in 2010 in what was I’m sure a creative whirlwind! 

Moving on to this Jade.

  Shattered Asian Pottery

  The entrance to the next rooms.  

               This showcase was about unearthing a Buddhist tomb called Mogao Cave, where they found all these manuscripts and artifacts. Dating back to the Western Wei dynasty these strong calligraphy images where deep with history. The energy in the room was quiet and somber. I didn’t take too many photos as I felt I was disturbing the other viewers.  

 Animals in landscape

Ink and Color on paper. 

Indigo I’m sure.

The panoramic of the room

  
Two Bodhisattvas. 

         I stared at this piece for quite some time before I decided to take my phone out and take a photograph. One of the museum patrons got upset with me so I put my camera back away. I don’t like to upset anyone but I think she was offended somehow. I asked the museum attendant in the next room if photography was allowed and she said “Of course just no flash.” I’m glad I asked. Every museum has it’s own rules! 

   
                I overheard someone mentioning that these colored vases where actually dipped in industrial paint in order to avoid being smashed by fascist tyrants. Has anyone else heard of such a thing? I thought they where quite striking. I loved how they are displayed. To me the yellow and white was the odd one out and the center of attention.

  
       Here are some more traditional  Chinese vessels from deeper in the museum. Did you know that the Chinese introduced the use of cobalt on white. This quickly spread around the world and inspired artists in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and more. Do you like twall or other blue and white patterns? The Chinese started that.

 
 
The Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1368-1912 was know as the dynasty of imperial elegance. Elegant is a great word to discribe these intricate vessels. 

   
Bamboo and hive form used for funeral rights

   
Astonishing! The contrast on this huge vase is quite breathtaking. I can only imagine the time and steady hand it took to hand paint this intricate design. 

   

Snuff bottles. 

What is snuff you might ask? Finely ground tobacco that was traditionally snorted for medicinal reasons. Sometimes it was mixed with mint, camphor, and jasmine. These tiny little jars quickly became trendy with the wealthy and the elite. You can see a wide range of materials used from Jade to crystal and unique glass methods involving painting the inside of the tiny bottle. 

   

Beautiful silk robe with traditional lotus embroidery. 

   

We worked up quite the appetite at the museum. After walking all over the park we decided to drive back to Capitol Hill and eat at the newly reopened “Charlie’s.” Charlie’s is a classic Seattle restaurant on Broadway. Last year it closed but was quickly remodeled and reopened. It is a family favorite in my family so we just had to go. I wanted to order the same as dad, blackened chicken fettuccine Alfredo, but he said to be different. So I ordered this burger with bacon and cheddar cheese. Mmmmm.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post about our day at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. It was a special treat to have a few days with my dad. I love you dad, thank you for spending the day with me. 

-Dominique Barrentine