IDK #358
July 16, 2014


IDK #358 makes me smile… Why not use the text lingo for “I don’t know” instead of the boring “untitled” when I don’t know what to call something?  Or, even what it is.  An alien ghost queen with her little prince?  This started with a watercolor under painting on heavy, slightly textured paper.  I like to tint textured papers as it throws color down in the nooks and crannies so there are no tiny little white dots when pencil points glide on top.  Then, when I start to color with the pencils, I just play with what’s there.

Actual size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  The image is a photograph, so if you click on it to zoom it up, it will be much larger than actual size.

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A #357: Pondering Possibilities
July 15, 2014



About time I posted again… summer is here and I haven’t felt like blogging.  Haven’t felt like drawing much either.  It was so humid, the heavy cotton paper absorbed moisture from the air and my heavy hand with the pencil points returned an embossed effect, which some would say is a “bad” thing (only if you belong to the keep the paper perfectly smooth club) but I kind of liked giving it some texture.

I gave up trying to scan art, opted to just photograph instead and leave a bit of “edge” around it as I tend to photograph rectangles as trapezoids and cropping to the edge tends to cut off something.  This is also displayed smaller than actual size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches, unless you click to zoom it up and then it is much larger than actual size.  But, does it really matter?  I could spend hours being so anal and it is just a waste of time.  I still want to complete the 1000 pieces. Although I pitter out now and then, opting to make larger size art, this size still appeals to me.

I should change the name of this blog from BeesATC to BeesACEO as I am seriously thinking of trying to sell art in this size again.   Right now, I’m debating between Ebay, Etsy, and Artfire.   Also thinking of selling other handmade things online, beaded jewelry and such… I’m kind of leaning towards Artfire because it is a flat rate site, one monthly fee plus, of course, payment transaction fees for PayPal whereas the other two charge listing fees and selling fees and all those little fees can add up to selling at a loss if low priced items are relisted several times before selling.  Another perk about Artfire is that anyone can shop there… buyers do not have to sign up or join anything.   To shop on Ebay, you have to be a member of Ebay.  I think Etsy requires membership, too.  It’s been so many years since I sold online, I don’t remember.

I don’t know… it is just one of those days when I’m pondering possibilities.

Any suggestions?

By the way, if you are on Facebook, I have a new page just for my art and handmade things… it’s called Barnes Artsy Things   (that link should take you there, if you want to check it out.)  Please keep in mind that it is “new” so there is not much there yet.   Thanks for viewing my art today!

L is for… LONGING
April 14, 2014


L is for LONGING
creeping into the night
when the one the heart loves
remains out of sight.


“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”  ~  Tink


I wake alone.  Armed with two pencils, I walk across the street to get a cup of coffee and find a bench as a place to start today’s drawing.  The air smells like rain coming, the warmth deceptive.  Tomorrow, after the storm rolls through, will be cold.  Birds, traffic, conversations and flags whipping on the breeze, typical city noises.  The gray skies, cold pressed paper (not my fave, hot pressed is smoother), Van Dyck Brown or Cinnamon?

Zimtbraun, which may be German for Cinnamon as Faber-Castell pencils are made in Germany, touches the paper first, lightly dusting, laying down color, creating an under-drawing.  I have no idea what it will become.  My former future faux whatever son-in-law (who knows what they are doing?) arrives with ice cream.  Low fat, reduced calorie Moose Tracks?  I’m not dieting, sure hope they didn’t skimp on the fudge swirl.

Back inside, up the elevator, where a hundred colors and faded photographs await.  L comes to me.


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G is for… GUITARS
April 8, 2014

Okay, I’m going to break my own rules.

All art on this blog is “supposed” to be the same size as a baseball card,  2.5 x 3.5 inches, but the art made last night to post for the letter G today does not feel right.  I never could make up my mind what the G stood for, so the art itself is missing something.  All day, I have been racking my brain asking myself, “What’s G?”

The answer keeps rolling back the same:

G is for GUITARS.

See?  This is what happens when guitar’s die.  They donate their organs (tuners and such) to cigar box guitar builders and the body can be used to make art.

I was going to post this on my other blog (and I will, with more details) but this is my guitar art that I recently entered into a local juried show.

Cross fingers! Maybe it will go on display.

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B is for… BEARNS
April 2, 2014



B is for BEARNS and BARE
and bear-like people
and ragged old bears found under the snow.

Note:   BeesATC is participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  Thank you for viewing my art today!

FYI:  My name is Barnes because Henry Bearns either spelled it Barnes or someone wrote it down wrong when he came to America.  Word has it that he took to spelling it Bearns again when he returned to Ireland.

February 2, 2014


untitled, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 2014

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Here Before
January 27, 2013

Familiar shapes, simular forms, the curve that hand takes as it draws a line, a deja vu design. What was the name of it? The green one… it is here on this blog somewhere, do you recall? A white background and the swish of greens and browns. I have been here before in this imaginary place, drawn the scene in other seasons. This one is done in water colours, polychromos, and black ink.

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