cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

urban birds

I’m painting birds again.  I’ve drawn and painted plenty of birds before, and written about it too, notably with The Daily Bird.  The most salient point I’ve made about birds is that they are one of the few wild animals with which we interact on a...
inside outside

inside outside

I’ll be in the upcoming show Take Aways: Art to Go! at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery, January-March 2020. I’ve written before about this yearly show in this blog post, which explains my approach to the work I do specially for this show, so you can read...

sempione news

Many thanks to Mauro Bianchini, who wrote an article for the Sempione News about my piece Making My Own Paradise, currently on display at Palazzo Mora in Venice Italy: Sempione News: Mauro Bianchini on Barbara Downs Making My Own Paradise Before I say more, I just...

the very very rare affordable art fair

Coming soon…and you’re all invited!  I have 18 paintings included in The Very Very Rare Affordable Art Fair, a few of which can be seen here.  There are many other artists as well, including Susana Arias and Jenni Ward, two of my Mission Industrial studio...

3 + 7

“3 + 7” is the name of the collaborative sculpture that Jamie Abbott, Roy Holmberg and I did for the upcoming show Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  This exhibit was beautifully curated by...

spring studio sale at mission industrial studios

We’re having a Spring Studio Sale at Mission Industrial Studios! Where: Mission Industrial Studios, 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz When: May 6-7, 1pm-6pm Many of you have visited me at Open Studios, but this is not the same sort of event.  My studio is currently...