Kathleen Barta

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" I hope my work invokes curiosity and conversation among viewers."

My current practice includes using selected gesture drawings as the basis for abstract figurations. I use watercolor washes, overlay forms, and original stencils to add and subtract color to develop pieces that can be viewed from multiple orientations. I hope my work invokes curiosity and conversation among viewers. If I am successful people will be drawn to explore my work, extend their...

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... looking, and will surprise me with how they answer the question “What do you see?”

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear (Lao Tzu)” We had finished the addition to our house that included a studio for my future life as a painter when Myrtle , a centenarian watercolorist from Springfield, MO, moved in across the street to live with her daughter and son-in-law. My husband suggested I ask her to be my painting teacher. So when Myrtle invited me over to play in her studio I became her student in what she called Saturday afternoon kindergarten. She taught me about paying attention and beginner’s mind. She told me I would never graduate. Some of the many lessons of Myrtle’s kindergarten included:

1. Don’t copy someone else’s work without permission.
2. Less is more.
3. Don’t be afraid…it’s only paper.
4. Paint with more than your hand.
5. Treat mistakes as opportunities.
6. Learn something new every day.
7. Prepare for your next stage before you get there.

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2018 Artists of Northwest Arkansas Member Show Best in Show Juror: Jeff Legg
2018 Artists of Northwest Arkansas Member Show Best in Drawing/Pastel “Recumbent” Juror Jeff Legg
2012 Fayetteville Underground Women Take Flight - Third Place for “Flight Out” watercolor
2009 29th Ozark Art Alliance - Village Art Club Award for “Reverie” watercolor

Medium at the river s edge

At River's Edge
Watercolor
$45.00

Medium close call

Close Call
Watercolor
$45.00

 
Medium upsidedown

Upside Down
Watercolor
$45.00

Medium hiddenfaces

Hidden Faces
Watercolor
$45.00

Medium kalaidoscoperiderii

Kalaidoscope Rider II
Watercolor
$65.00

 
Medium pregnancy redux

Pregnancy Redux
Watercolor
$65.00

Medium she contemplates the voices

She Contemplates the Voices
Watercolor
$65.00

Medium announcing arrival

Announcing Arrival
Watercolor
$65.00

 
Medium proud sailing

Proud Sailing
Watercolor
$65.00

Medium back

Back
Drawings and Pen & Ink
$200.00

Medium backii

BackII
Drawings and Pen & Ink
$200.00

 
Medium holdinghat

Holding Hat
Drawings and Pen & Ink
$200.00

Medium stepup

Step Up
Drawings and Pen & Ink
$200.00

Medium confident

Confident
Drawings and Pen & Ink
$200.00