cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

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...

thinking out loud

I have some work in the Take Aways show at Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery right now—I’ve been participating in this show for a few years, and I do a special series for it each year. Because all the pieces for this show are under $300, and the artists are expected to...

another barn in Iceland (and another, and another)

There are plenty of barns in Iceland.  And there is plenty of appeal for me in a barn: a long, low, simple building, a blocky shape dropped onto the landscape with little innate beauty.  Its utility is not obvious from the outside, and any windows are placed too high...

how it’s made

  I finished this piece, Making My Own Paradise, a few months ago, but, although I’d taken a lot of in-progress photos, I didn’t post many of them.  It was a complex creation and assembly process…it took over a year from start to...

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...