Order you commissioned firefighter paintings before March 15th, 2016 and save $500.
Yes, after so many years of doing these paintings for $1500, I’ve had to raise my prices – the cost of framing and supplies have gone up with the US dollar, so have to, my prices. But if you order before March 15th of 2016, and put a $500 deposit down, I can do your painting any time for $1500 including framing (epaulettes and fire department badge can be framed into the painting).
Not your average pencil pusher – (From the Langley Times)
Published: April 01, 2013 4:00 PM
Updated: April 01, 2013 4:33 PM
As a medium of communication goes, it’s about as uncomplicated as it gets. Even a tad old fashioned, one could argue.
But for Pat Barker, the humble pencil is nothing if not an endless source of fascination … and inspiration. So much so, in fact, that the Fort Langley artist is getting set to open an entire studio dedicated to pencils — featuring works of art created by them and from them.
“I’ve always been interested in the pencil,” said Barker, stretched out on a padded platform, raised several feet above the floor of her live/work space in the Flat Iron Building in Fort Langley’s Bedford Landing. As she chats, the artist is working on a mural which she began drawing in her mind months ago.
Still in its early stages, the image is a re-creation of, arguably, the most famous scene from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel — the creation of Adam, in which God reaches out to the first man and sparks life into him through the touch of a fingertip.
Although her aim is to make it as much like the original as possible — albeit done in pencils instead of fresco (water-based paint applied to semi-dried plaster) — Barker’s version will employ a bit of creative license.
“I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if God was handing (Adam) a pencil,” she said.
“I don’t even remember how I got the idea. I must have been doing something with (Michaelangelo) or googling it.”
This is actually Barker’s second attempt at the scene. She began painting it first in acrylics before taking a step back and rethinking her plan.
“I wasn’t comfortable with that. I realized I should be doing this with pencil.”
The mural will be a feature piece for the studio, but Barker isn’t planning on finishing it ahead of her April 12 opening. Instead, she hopes it will serve to draw visitors back to the studio occasionally to check on her progress.
Closer to floor level, Barker will feature work by several artists — both local and international — though she will be the studio’s principal artist, displaying and selling her own photographs, drawings, paintings and cards.
“I’m really interested in close-ups — as with the corks and bamboo,” she said, referring to two of the first pencil pieces she completed.
“I really like the attention to detail, which is why I like Dalton Ghetti. For him, a good day is three flakes of graphite,” she said.
A Brazilian born artist who now lives in Connecticut, Ghetti painstakingly carves pencils’ graphite tips into everything from linked hearts to a tiny hammer and an old boot. From these, he makes prints and postcards, which Barker’s studio will carry. She also has pieces by San Francisco artist Agelio Batle, who carves larger chunks of graphite into three-dimensional pieces of art which can be used to write.
There are photos taken by her son, Nathan Solar, and Barker will also feature pieces by Ed Pretty, a local wood artist who built the scaffolding Barker climbs each day to work on her ceiling mural.
Even as she’s pulling the space together, Barker is busy at work on a documentary detailing the history of the pencil.
“I’ve always been interested in the pencil.
“The more I got to know about it, the more I realized I didn’t know,” she said.
Barker’s space, aptly titled The Pencil Studio is located in the Flat Iron Building in Bedford Landing at #10-23230 Billy Brown Road. The studio will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Anyone who would like to visit on another day, is encouraged to send Barker an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure she will be available to open the studio.
Kathleen Menges is offering two different workshops: Encaustic and Contemporary Oil and Wax Workshop. Contact Kathleen directly at email@example.com
Summer hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 12n – 5pm.
Come by and see new work by Artist Kathleen Menges
and Ceramicist Elaine Brewer-White.
Catch us in September for the Langley Arts Tour!
CANADA DAY: MONDAY, JULY 1st, 2013
THE PENCIL STUDIO
10am – 5pm
Come visit the pencil studio! We are
carrying a few new artists, including ceramicist Elaine Brewer White!
Images of Elaine’s work coming soon!
Come by and get a free mood pencil on Monday!
Feature Artist: Dalton Ghetti
Wednesday, June 12th
@ 7PM SHARP
I am thrilled to announce, that on June 12th, (Time TBA), Dalton Ghetti, from Connecticut is going to be our Guest Lecturer at The Pencil Studio!
Dalton’s amazingly intricate work can be seen by visiting his website: http://www.daltonmghetti.com/
There is no cost associated with the lecture – only that you RSVP by June 8th.
Space is very limited.
Contact pat via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604 888 0721.
Hello to all who are reading today. This morning we are launching the official web site for the art work of Pat Barker. I have enjoyed very much blowing up some of Pat’s paintings. I know she is likely to cringe at the whole “chopping up” of her paintings for use in the headers, but from a layman’s point of view they look pretty darn cool.
We will be changing these headers for Pat to her liking as time ticks on, but this is our start. When you view different pages or posts here at http://www.thepencilstudio.com the header will change to another “snapshot” of Pat’s work. Enjoy.
Once we are all done getting the primary “behind the scenes” work done to this web site, we will pass the reins over to Pat herself and she can take you on a journey all her own – I’m sure you will enjoy tuning in to all of her updates, comments, and stories in regards to her past works, future works, and “pieces in play”.
I have added one of Pat’s paintings below to kick things off.
For now, in the words of the world wide web, Hello World!
Click to enlarge please!