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Passion For Art: Barbara A Cook

Barbara Cook

I’m an artist, technical illustrator, photographer, and do Native American beadwork. I study and practice metaphysics and spirituality. My desire to be an artist started when I was very young. The only person who supported and encouraged me was my mother. Many even critiqued me harshly. I wasn’t born a natural artist so I began learning about art from any resource I could. This began in the 1960’s and resources weren’t as available as they are now. Libraries, TV programs, and magazines were the resources I found available at that time. I continue to learn from many different resources, including doing art on the computer. I’ve worked with many different art mediums and found I enjoy painting with oil the most.

I’ve studied the masters and the not so well known artists and found realistic art was my style. Art museums in several states have given me many hours of enjoyment while I studied the different styles, techniques, and mediums used by the artists. Each exhibit had something to give me. Looking back, I appreciate the road that was mine to learn art. It gave me the freedom to draw or capture on canvas any object or idea I wanted to. There were no strict rules I had to follow. I could enjoy the freedom to do anything.

The idea of having my artwork hang in an art gallery intrigued me until I looked into what it took to do it. I found there are rules and regulations, which if need be I can conform to, but having a theme (one subject or style you paint) was beyond what I had. I couldn’t find one subject I wanted to focus on and paint, until recently. I’ve started working with a fantasy theme. I’m working on one and have two more set up on canvas ready to paint.

It took thirty years for me to finally believe I was an artist. This came when I finished the, ‘Outlook Castle’, painting. I was amazed that I had painted it. Every time I look at it, it makes me happy I followed my passion no matter what, and continue to follow it. Now, when someone critiques my work I listen to see if there is something to learn instead of getting upset.

Following a debilitating auto accident I began meditating to help me cope with the situation. I’ve had pictures come during meditation that I’ve sketched. I have to be in the right state of mind to paint because I zone into it. My intent is to infuse every painting with unconditional love.

I’ve been building a website where my artwork and nature photos can be seen. It is a work in progress  but will be at: bcartworksgallery.com

With unconditional love – Barbara
email: u_love2001(at)yahoo.com

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Outlook Castle

Outlook Castle

Outlook Castle (oil on cavas 18 x 24) A mood of peaceful solitude was my objective while painting this castle. Being by or in the ocean has brought much enjoyment. Castles and their mystique have intrigued me since I was a child. The cliff gave it the solitude. This became a place I could visualize when I moved away from the ocean to the mountains. This is my favorite piece of work. It was the first of my paintings that I liked and realized my talent was finally being expressed.
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Fairy and Butterfy

Fairy Talking to Butterfly

Fairy Talking To Butterfly (oil on rawhide 12 ” willow hoop) As an inspiration I chose to do an oil painting on rawhide and willow hoop. I’ve always been fascinated by butterflies and fairies. The spiritual aspect of this painting is that we can relate to all living things on a higher level and they should be honored.

*Sea Otter and Starfish

Sea Otter Holding Starfish

Sea Otter Holding Starfish (oil on rawhide 12’’ willow hoop) Playing around water I’ve seen a lot of water mammals. This painting is putting two of my favorites together, the playful otter and beautiful starfish. This reminds me that healthy playfulness is a part of my spiritual path that should be remembered.

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Native American

Native American Pow Wow

Native American Pow Wow (oil on canvas 24 x 36) I’ve attended and photographed several Native American Pow Wows. This inspired me to do a painting. I enjoyed capturing the movement and bright colors of their ceremonial dances on canvas. Their way of honoring Mother Earth as a living being resonates with my beliefs.

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Soaring Eagle

Soaring Eagle

Soaring Eagle (12 x 16 oil on canvas) This painting came from my desire to show the way I feel in meditation. Free and at peace. The way an eagle looks while floating on a wind current. Light behind the cloud signifies enlightenment behind the clouds of life.

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Special Place

Special Place

Special Place (24 x 36 oil on canvas)  During one of my showings a friend commissioned me to do this painting.  She asked me to paint a lake scene she could go to in meditation.  This was my inspiration for her.  She had not seen it until it was completed.  Seeing it for the first time, her facial expression and words told me I had unequivocally expressed what she wanted.

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Old Cabin

Old Cabin

Old Cabin (24 x 36 oil on canvas) A friend of mine told me he liked old cabins when he was taking pictures as we drove around the back roads of the mountains where I live. It came to me to do a painting of an old cabin for him as a birthday gift.

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Spiritual Freedom

Spiritual Freedom

Spiritual Freedom (18 x 24 oil on canvas) Here is my symbolism for the freedom we have in America to choose our spiritual path. Although I don’t subscribe to any particular religious practice, I do have heart felt spiritual beliefs I practice. Gratitude is what I have for this spiritual freedom. The eagle’s wing protects the dove.

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7 Responses to “Passion For Art: Barbara A Cook”

  1. Carole says:

    Keep sharing your exquisite work Barbara, you truly are an inspirational artist! Live, love and believe in yourself.
    Healing energy & many many blessings are being sent to you.

    Musician/Author/Artist
    Carole Stevens Bibisi

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  2. Hi Barbara,

    You have a wonderful gift. I especially like your outlook Castle and special place paintings.Your artwork is a real inspiration.

    Love Hazel

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  3. Leila says:

    Your nature paintings are beautiful. I especially like spiritual freedom (and all the others :)

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  4. Riel says:

    Hey Barbara,

    Thanks for the beautiful paintings, my granddaughter of 5 love the Castle, the Fairie and the Starfish as well, she has them on her computer as well.
    Can I use CaBin as the opening slide for my workshop or is it copyrighted?

    Thanks again,

    Riel

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  5. Barbara says:

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. I appreciate the time you took to let me know how you feel.

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  6. Krupa Jobalia says:

    Dear Barbara,

    Very beautiful paintings. My favourites are THE NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW and THE SPECIAL PLACE.

    Keep it up!

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  7. Cyril Daner says:

    Canvas prints are great for matching room interiors with customized artwork.

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