cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

I finished this piece, Nothing But Blue Skies, some time ago, but I was so busy getting it finished and shipped to Venice for the European Cultural Centre’s Biennale show that I neglected to cover it in my blog at all.  I’ll make amends now.

Nothing But Blue Skies, and detail view, oil on wood panels with steel frames, 96″ x 22″ x 4.75″ , 2018

Like a previous post I did about its companion piece in the Venice show, I’d like to show you some of the making of this piece.   Below you’ll find plenty of pictures and descriptions.  Click on the first photo and you can scroll through the rest of them with captions.  More photos of this and other pieces in the Skies series can be found here.

As I was finishing this piece, I remembered those early color versions I’d done, and since I had two additional cases I decided I would use those with some color.  I already had the blue skies, so I painted these two red and yellow.

original artwork by Barbara Downs, The Primaries, 2018

The Primaries, oil on panel with painted steel frame, 22″ x 12.5″ x 4.75″, 2018, private collection