Saturday, December 24, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
My painting Yachts in a Storm was recognised in the 3rd Watermedia Showcase and is to be published in the Feb 2012 Watercolour Artist. It was given an honourable mention in the competition and billed as one of the 36 Best Watermedia paintings of the year on the magazine cover.
More details on the painting here
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The 2012 Mike Barr Art Calendar will be available in the first week of December and you can order your personally-signed and numbered calendar now.
Their will be a limited run of 50 calendars this year.
The calendar can be kept as a collector's piece at the end of the year, or you can frame the individual paintings to your liking.
$39.95 + $5 postage in Australia - $15 postage overseas.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The river's back at Goolwa! After a period of drought that had the river port of Goolwa languishing, the river is back and so are the boats.
River's back - acrylic on canvas - 50x50cm -$1250
Prints of this painting in various sizes and greeting cards are available here
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The view of the beach at Goolwa is from the lookout on the sandhills.
The colours of the sea are quite amazing from this vantage point.
Beach from above - acrylic on canvasboard - 50x40cm
$1000 - email for payment details - email@example.com
Monday, September 26, 2011
One of six special works produced for the occasion of being chosen as one of the feature artists at the Glenelg Rotary Art Show that officially starts on Friday Sep 30.
Beach walkers - acylic on canvas - 90x45cm
Available at the Glenelg Rotary Art Show
Brighton Secondary School, 305 Brighton Road, North Brighton
29th September - 4th October 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Some of you may recognise this painting. Actually it is a slice of a work I completed in late 2009 http://artofbarr.blogspot.com/2009/12/summer-sun-semaphore.html. The bigger work won first prize in the Port Adelaide Rotary Show on Jan 1, 2010 and I layed claim to the first art prize in the world in 2010! It also found its way onto the cover of the 2010 Lions Club Art show at Burnside. http://artofbarr.blogspot.com/2010/05/art-show-cover.html
I have since cut it down in size to form a new painting. The size is 73x45cm on linen. It will need to be framed by a framer - perhaps even under glass and matting.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Semaphore is in my opinion the most attractive of all the jetties along the Adeliade coast. It certainly has taken the brunt of some fearce storms in recent years which has required and extensive rebuild. Semaphore jetty is the venue of the annual Kite Festival that sees the jetty full of onlookers.
Semaphore Sun - acrylic on canvas - 40x30cm
Available at the Adealide Royal Show 2011 - $600
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Belair affords a great view of the city of Adelaide and particularly King William St - the central road through the city. The salt pans and Port River shimmer in the distance.
King William from Belair - 120x90cm - Acrylic on canvas - $4950
Available from Art Images
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
I am revisting one of my favourite subjects - in fact I will be painting a series of these in the next few months.
If you are wondering what the people on the jetty are looking at, the scene is based on photos I took of the annual Kite Festival at Semaphore some years ago. The jetty had hundreds of people of all ages trying to get a vantage point to look at the incredible array of kites on show. As you can see I did not paint every person that was on the jetty that day! Blue sky, barmy autumn sea breeze and a display of kites you would not believe.
Semaphore shade - 30x40cm - acrylic on linen board
Available at the Blackwood Rotary Art Show - 14-24th July - $695
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Autumn has taken hold of Adelaide and it's subtle greys are reflected in the shiney wet pavement of Waymouth St. Umbrella's are hoisted and a man dashes for cover with a makeshift shelter made from his suit jacket.
Colours of Autumn - Waymouth St - acrylic on canvas - 90x90cm
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I waited for a while to get the right photo of one of the yachts half in shadow and half in light. The relatively new bridge to Hindmarsh Island at Goolwa casts shadows where none had been for thousands of years.
Under the bridge - Acrylic on linen board - 12x16"
Sunday, May 15, 2011
One might imagine that Waymouth St is the only street in Adelaide that I know, as nearly all the rainy day scenes I have painted are from there. It's not the only good rainy street but it is certainly one of the best. This scene is looking toward the west. A small porch of one of the businesses reaches out into the street and causes a dry spot in the pavement.
Waymouth Autumn - 45x45cm - acrylic on canvas
$1200 - available soon at Artworx Gallery, Hays St, Goolwa
See clip from Channel 7's Discover below
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Available at the Burnside Lions Club Art Show commencing Thursday May 12 - 16 - open from 10am - 5pm daily - always a great show!
If you would like to go to the opening call Evan 08 8331 7271
Waymouth Reflections - Acrylic/oil on canvas - $2200
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Victor Sails has won one of the major prizes - Best Work by an Artist Not Previously Awarded a Prize - at the Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show this year.
Victor Sails - 120x90cm acrylic/oil
ARTISTS' DEMO On Sat 16th April at about 2pm at the Campbelltown Rotary Art Show the old foursome is getting together to demonstrate what we do. I'll join Hans Koppan, Gerhard Ritter and Alan Ramachandran in a four way presentation that's always popular. Do come along - it's free.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It was a stormy day at the annual Largs Tea Cup, where racing teams and yachts represented the many tea brands available in Australia.
Storm at the Tea Cup - Acrylic on canvas - The Great Tea Pot Show - Greenhill Galleries Adelaide. April 17- May 10th - 120x90cm - $5350
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The second in the series based on real-life observations from last weekend. Yachts large and small were marooned in a sea of calm just off-shore at Victor Harbor in South Australia.
Becalmed II - Victor Harbor - 70x60cm - acrylic on canvas
Friday, March 4, 2011
Recently while driving into Victor Harbor, I noticed a bundle of yachts on the shore of the yacht club getting ready to race. I took photos of the activity and wondered how they would sail at all in the very calm conditions. Passing by again in about an hour, all the yachts of various classes were stuck in the bay with not a breath to get them going. It was something I had not seen before and I knew it would be the basis of a series of paintings.
This painting is the first of the series that will no doubt find their way into quite a few art shows this year. I have been selective as to how many yachts I have put in the painting - there were many more than this.
It is for me the epitome of tranquility- it was a grand sight and I shall not forget it. Now I share it.
Becalmed - Victor Harbor - Acrylic on canvas - 70x60cm
Sunday, February 27, 2011
A small study painting in preparation for a much bigger commision painting.
During the summer months the lifesaver's flags flutter on the beautiful Goolwa Beach. Surfers, cocklers and walkers frequent this amazing beach.
Between the flags - 50x25cm - acrylic on canvasboard
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I thought 'Moonlight Regatta' was a clever and completely fanciful title for this painting. Moonlight regattas however do occur around the world and there is a notable one at the North Shore Yacht Club at Port Washington NY. The winning boat gets to cook a complimentary breakfast the next morning for the rest of the contestants in their division. Be that as it may, I thought this scene will captivate the attention of those even remotely involved with sailing. If you look closely at the detail, each yacht has its own little light source. Perhaps more than anything to warn others that there is a yacht where the light is! However on such a moonlit night yachts would not be hard to see.
There is something mellow and soft about moonlight shadows. There is a quiteness to them too - what do you think?
Moonlight Regatta - 100x100cm - oil/acrylic on canvas - $4950
Available Artworx Gallery, Goolwa
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The third in the Largs series that can be seen in the flesh at the CBC Twenty 11 art show.
There is a real comfort and safety aspect to viewing yachts from the shore. I'm not sure I would want to be involved in the bounce and bustle of a race, but it does look interesting from a standing position on the shore!
Last time I was at Largs I noticed a few vessels with clear sails - they just didn't look right. When I did a painting of them I made sure that the see-through sails were quite opaque. Wonderful thing this artistic license!
90x60cm acrylic on canvas
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Another in the Largs series.
These are based on some photos I took a few years ago and rediscovered them the other day. there is something about sails that is up-beat and happy. Perhaps it's the whiteness against the blue. I get the same feelings when passing a cricket match in progress on a sunny day - all those white shirts is a wonderful sight, most fitting for such a grand game!
90x60cm acrylic on canvas - Available at the CBC Twenty 11 Art Show coming up in a couple of weeks.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
This a painting was completed quite a while ago and has been in storage for a while too. It was resurrected and given a new heart with a few additions including the sails in the background. I've never seen sails at Goolwa Beach but that's not to say they have never been there. Of course, cocklers are always on the beach when the cockling season is in!
Cockles and Sails - 100x75cm - acrylic on canvas
Available soon at Artworx Gallery - Goolwa
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Is there a better place to spend time walking than the walking path along Encounter Bay? With the landmark Bluff on one side, Wright Island and then Granite Island on the other side there is always plenty to see on the walk along Franklin Parade. The shade of the magestic sea-side pines adds to the appeal of the place.
Walkers at Encounter Bay - 75x50cm acrylic on canvas board
Saturday, January 29, 2011
When I saw this scene at near Victor Harbor Yacht Club I knew it would make an exeptional subject for a painting. I was captivated by the the serenity of the park and the lady reading while have a picnic on the right. The dark forms of the row of pines are like frames in which to view the yachts getting ready to race. Further still there is the beach and the buildings of Victor Harbor where people are enjoying the warm conditions. After I had finished the painting I sat and looked at it for ages - I think it is the most beautiful scene I have ever painted and hope I have done it justice.
Yacht club pines - acrylic on canvas board - 40x30cm
Available at Bay Discover Centre, Glenelg, SA
On, under and by the sea postcards exhibition.
Feb 26th - April 27th, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A couple of weeks ago there was a line up of yachts ready to race at the Victor Harbor Yacht Club. There were obviously different classes of yachts taking part in events this Saturday morning and it was quite a sight. From the beach, just the sails could be seen as they waited their turn to take to the water. The stormy sky is my addition to the scene - it was beautiful and sunny on the day.
Ready to Race - Victor Harbor - 100x100cm acrylic on canvas.
For sale at Artworx Gallery, Hays St, Goolwa during the woooden boat festival at the end of February.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
A view from the towering sandhills of Goolwa revealed the sea in unbelievable colours on this day. To top it off, clouds shadows drifted along upon it's surface in a wonderful play of colour and light and shade.
Shadows on the sea - acrylic on canvasboard - 40x30cm
Available at Artistic License, Melbourne St, North Adelaide.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This weekends's opening at Artistic License was showcased in today's SA Weekend - a magazine supliment to the Advertiser. Needless to say, I was very happy with the treatment they gave my painting.
The show opens at 2pm Sunday Jan 22nd. See details here.