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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Impressionistic fine art oil painting

Winter's Color by Barb Yates Dudding Oil ~ 16 x 20
This is the road into the open space park Blair Ranch, Evergreen, Colo.
The sun was reflecting off the snow creating light rainbows.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Impressionistic fine art oil painting

After the Storm by Barb Yates Dudding Oil ~ 18 x 24
After the Storm
16x20 oil
This sweet little shed is nestled on the old Blair Ranch
Jefferson, Co..
I often paint here on location and love to catch the light.

Impressionism was about light.

"The Impressionists studied light to the -nth degree. You probably could write of optical color receptors and wavelength measurement from a scientific point of view, but that isn't actually how the Impressionists "studied" light. Instead, they looked long and hard at how light is reflected or absorbed, and how this interplay subsequently registers colors in our brains. They observed and sketched endlessly. They then tried to recreate light itself with paints and brushes. I can't begin to tell you how truly innovative this type of visual thought was." (

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Abstract expressionistic fine art painting

Winter Blues 20 x 24 acrylic
I get the blues in the winter, do you?
This painting is my interpretation of
Color Field Painting;

What Are the Key Characteristic of Color Field Painting?

Bright, local colors are presented in specific shapes that can be amorphous or geometrical, but not too straight-edged.
The works emphasize the flatness of the canvas or paper, because that is what a painting is literally about.
The excitement comes from the tension set up between the colors and shapes. That is the subject of the work.
The integration of shapes through overlapping or interpenetration's blurs spacial distinctions, so that there is almost no sense of the image versus the background (what art historians call "figure and ground"). Sometimes the shapes seem to both emerge and submerge into the surrounding colors.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Abstract expressionistic fine art painting

Falling Up
Another in my new movement art series.
Truly a painting  frenzy and the best part of my day.
I love to finish and start my day in the  studio.
I find it very zen, tactile, physical and non rational.
A sense of freedom;
"Kandinsky believed that colors provoke emotions. Red was lively and confident; Green was peaceful with inner strength; Blue was deep and supernatural; Yellow could be warm, exciting, disturbing or totally bonkers; and White seemed silent but full of possibilities. He also assigned instrument tones to go with each color: Red sounded like a trumpet; Green sounded like a middle-position violin; Light Blue sounded like flute; Dark Blue sounded like a cello, Yellow sounded like a fanfare of trumpets; and White sounded like the pause in a harmonious melody." (

Monday, November 28, 2011

Contemporary impressionistic fine art oil painting

Amethyst Aspen
oil 24x48
I love to try to capture the light this time of year.
This field of Aspen trees had all lost their leaves and as the
sun was setting the light played off their naked trunks.
"Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other's company.
  Only a few love to be alone."
  ~Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939'
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunflowers in Window contemporary fine art painting

I am excited to release my limited edition Giclee prints on acrylic, aluminium and canvas of,
"Sunflowers in Window"
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I can't seem to paint enough flowers this time of year.
I love to paint these with thick, juicy texture.
Thank you Atlanta, Ga.for your purchase of this wonderful painting.
I hope it brings you joy every time you see it.
:)) Barb
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Contemporary impressionistic fine art painting

Aspen's Nocturnal
Another in my "aspen" series. This was created with layer on layer
of vivid color, texture and depth.

"Impressionistic artist tasted the world through their eyes.
The new painting was all about the thrill and delight of the visual sensation, which means becoming intimately involved with the sensation of light or 'painting the light' (you can see how far a field we have come when Thomas Kinkade uses the same phrase). It is about painting directly from nature and expressing the rush of your visual (as opposed to ideational) sensation on the canvas in such a way that the activity itself is the point, not the painting!" (

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Abstract contemporary art

Broken and Blue 20x24
Resolution 20x20

Twice I have subconsciously created "hearts" from
my abstract expressionistic method. This was created with thick
juicy texture and movement.
Quote; " I don't paint with ideas of art in mind. I see something that
excites me. It becomes my content." (1968 De Kooning)
I love this quote and understand it's meaning.
What does it mean to you?
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Abstract expressionistic art

Static 20x24
To continue my series on what is abstract; I took techniques used by my mentors,
Pollock, De Kooning, Mitchell and with movement I spilled, spluttered, smeared and
brushed to create these paintings.
"I eliminated composition, arrangement, relationship, and light - all
this silly talk about line, color and form." (De Kooning)
 I find I still look for composition, color, line, when painting abstract.....
How do you approach abstract art?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Abstract Expressionistic Art

Fragment 18x24
Another in my abstract series.
Last blog I wrote about Pollock and de Kooning. While reading about these two incredible artist,
I came across Joan Mitchell. Way cool work! She hung out with de Kooning
and other artists in the 60's, 70's and 80's. She used movement to paint large
canvases.I would have liked to have
known her, so I will research more and paint....
stay tuned for more:)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

de Kooning or Pollock ?

"I never was interested in how to make a good painting.. But to see how far one can go".
 (Willem de Kooning)
He was called "master of the gesture".
In keeping with my challenge I created Confetti.
 A combination of gestures and movement.
What do you think; Pollock or de Kooning?
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Abstract expressionistic art

Broken and Blue 20x20
acrylic on canvas
My goal over the next few weeks is to take the many definitions of "Abstract art",
and do my interpretation. Here is my first one titled Broken & Blue. Maybe even
emulating the famous artist listed below. I started with a plain white canvas on the
easel and applied paint with my knife. As I continued over the next several
hours and days my paint was scraped, blended, scrubbed and dripped.
I had to move around my canvas while on the floor on on the easel.

(noun) - Action Painting emphasizes the process of making art, often through a variety of techniques that include dripping, dabbing, smearing, and even flinging paint on to the surface of the canvas. These energetic techniques depend on broad gestures directed by the artist's sense of control interacting with chance or random occurrences. For this reason, Action Painting is also referred to as Gestural Abstraction. The artists and the various techniques are associated with the movement Abstract Expressionism and The New York School of the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s (for example, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline).

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Large Abstract Expressionistic Art

Jubilation 36x48
This contemporary abstract is part of my "White on Blue" series.
Layers of color are applied with movement to show the texture and
spontaneity. This painting is large with painted edges and would
make a bold statement in any fine art collection.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Social Media Immersion Workshop in Golden, Co.

Spring River 2
This weekend I am taking a "Social Media Immersion Workshop" with
Alyson Stanfield in Golden, Co(#artbizgolden)
I am excited to learn because I feel somewhat lost when away
from my canvas and paint.
I will share all my "social media" revelations in coming blogs:)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Contemporary Abstract Painting

Red Feather 20x30
Abstract expressionistic acrylic on canvas.
Layers of translucent color was applied through movement.
Sometimes I put my canvas on the easel or on the floor. I like to move around and
over my canvas to create.


(noun) - Action Painting emphasizes the process of making art, often through a variety of techniques that include dripping, dabbing, smearing, and even flinging paint on to the surface of the canvas. These energetic techniques depend on broad gestures directed by the artist's sense of control interacting with chance or random occurrences.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Abstract Contemporary Fine Art

White Study on Red 18x24
What I love about creating an abstract painting, is the sense of freedom and abandonment.
The process is tactile,  physical, but non rational.
"Abstract  artist do not comply with any art rules". (about .com)
Abstract paintings have characteristics of messiness, extreme energetic application,
and brush strokes that seem to reveal the process.
I personally love Jackson Pollock's approach;
dripping, smearing, slathering  and flinging.
(stay tuned for my next Abstract blog)
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Sunday, October 2, 2011


White Study on Blue 20x20
ABSTRACT, what exactly is the definition of abstract in art?
Good question, my favorite definition comes from "":
ABSTRACT, the creative process becomes the art itself.
"The work of art becomes an event"(Harold Rosenberg).
And for this reason it can be called "action art".
I know when I create/paint I need to move around my canvas.
From this movement shapes form.
Stay tuned for more on the definition of Abstract Art.

Friday, September 30, 2011

ROSES painted on Vintage wood by BarbYatesDudding

SALE        SALE                 SALE
Roses on Blue SALE!

Pink Roses in Blue
All these paintings are in oil on vintage wood planks.
These planks come from a farm tear down in Kansas (1930's)
Some of these still have the original paint which has been
sealed and the wood has been oiled.
These are ready to hang and would be a great addition to any
"Shabby Chic" decor
all vintage paintings are on sale for $85.00
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Red Poppies sale!

All flowers 50% off!
Sale through December.
My flowers need a new home!
All  flower paintings listed on
are 50% off (price posted on site).
Now is the time to add to your fine art collection.
any questions,
you may contact me;

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Abstract landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Crystalline Spring 30x40
Large acrylic landscape
I used shapes, shadows, color and value
to create this abstract, expressionistic landscape.
I try not to look at the specific images and remove my glasses.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Abstract Landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Yellow and Blue
20x30 acrylic
I used a limited palette and gave myself the challenge to create.
Love it!
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Autumn Aspen in Moonlight oil painting by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Autumn Aspen in Moonlight
36x48 oil on canvas
This large painting was done from photos taken
in a full moon last autumn.
I love how the moonlight illuminated the trees and grasses.
This large oil painting will be a bold statement among
your fine art collection.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Autumn Aspen diptych by Colorado artist BSYates

Autumn Aspen diptych
48x48 acrylic on canvas
An abstract/expressionistic approach to my Aspen series.
Each panel is 24x48 and can be hung together or separate.
These were painted with layers of translucent color applied to the
canvas with a palette knife which create bold texture.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Abstract expressionistic landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Spring River 4 30x40x2
acrylic on canvas
I love the colors of spring! Here is another
in my series of River paintings.
I use layers of color and paint with a palette knife.
This painting is large and would make a bold statement
in your art collection.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Abstract expressionistic landscape by BarbYatesDudding

River Run 4
16x20 acrylic on canvas
This is the fourth in my "River Run" expressionistic landscapes.
This was created with layers of color and a palette knife.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Expressionistic landscape by BarbYatesDudding

Twilight 30x20
acrylic on canvas
I wanted to express the feeling of "Twilight"in this abstract.
The air was cool and the night became soft in color.
I loved the shapes formed by the spring sage and scrub as darkness fell.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Abstract landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Sonata 20x30
acrylic on canvas

Aria 20x30 abstract landscape
palette knife acrylic on canvas
I usually paint a series of subjects before I move on to another canvas.
I love to be spontanious and paint fast.
I keep my palette full of paint, using the same colors until gone.
Each opainting of the same series come out different
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Abstract landscape by BarbYatesDudding

Spring River 3 24x38
We have had a incredible spring and summer in Colorado.
The run off from snow melt has created beautiful
running rivers where creeks trickled.
I created this abstract landscape with a palette knife and layers of
acrylic paint.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Abstract landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Acapella, 18x24
acrylic abstract landscape;
These clouds were moving against the early evening sky.I had to paint quickly
to capture the moment. To see more of my "Cloud" paintings;

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Abstract landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Aria 20x24 (c)2011
acrylic on canvas
I love clouds! Here in Colorado the clouds pop against the blue sky.
 This painting "Aria", is one in a series of clouds.

This was painted plein air with a palette knife.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Abstract landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Another in my abstract landscape series.
This was painted solely with a palette knife from
my photos while in Taos, New Mexico.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Expressionistic Abstract Landscape by BarbYatesDudding

20x24 acrylic on canvas
Another in my new series of abstract landscapes of Colorado.
Here the sky was beautiful in the early morning.
The colors of the pre sunrise were a cool red.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Abstract Landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

River Run 2
24x20 acrylic on canvas
Another in my series called, "River Runs"
these were painted from nature in Colorado and created with a palette knife.
Stay tuned for more in this
abstract expressionistic landscape series!
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Expressionistic Abstract Landscape by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

River Runs
24x36 acrylic on canvas
a large bold abstract done with palette knife
this is the first in a series of
"River runs" paintings
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Aspens in Moonlight by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Aspen in Moonlight
oil on canvas 36x48
My favorite grove of aspen during a full moon.
Now on display at
Bits and Pieces in Bergan Park, Co.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Abstract oil painting by BarbYatesDudding

Golden Stillness
 16x20 oil/mixed media on canvas
I am working on a new series of expressionistic abstract paintings.
This is part of a diptych painting.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Triptych Autumn Aspen by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

Finally I completed this triptych oil painting;
Autumn Aspen (c) 2011
3 panels 20x60 each = 60x60
These beautiful trees greet me every morning, in every season.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Orange Clouds by Colorado artist BarbYatesDudding

6x6 oil
The clouds turn orange when there are fires burning.
I painted this close to the boarder of NM while driving
 through Southwest Colorado.
Such beauty from destruction.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Colorful Garden, by BarbYatesDudding

Oil on canvas 16x20
Another garden painting. I had the pleasure of sitting in this garden
last weekend to paint. Off to the side there is a water feature and these flowers
are all growing in and around large rocks.
Wonderful day!