Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Lake Dream"

"Lake Dream" by b. Travell, oil on Gallery wrap canvas, 24x36"
My girl, "Lake Dream" ready to go out the door.....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

1st Prize Ribbon at MHA "Music" Show

I won the First Place ribbon and a pair of Koss headphones for my little painting "iListen", at Mint Hill Arts "Music" show.  iGoofy.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

John Cage: some rules for students and teachers

John Cage: some rules for students and teachers:

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student - pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher - pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE FIVE: be self-disciplined - this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: "We're breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities." (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything - it might come in handy later.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Twenty Two

 Twenty-Two Gallery in Plaza Midwood...enjoying a beer with two of my four clocks.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Showdown at Hart Witzen Gallery

Busy month for me. I had two paintings at Hart Witzen's Showdown show......Really glad I entered, because it's just plain cool to see your work hanging in a large space with other Charlotte artist's work.

Downtown Monroe Artwalk Fall 2013

Once again, the Monroe Art Walk was a blast. I met up with artist friends, met some new artist friends, and as usual, picked up some inspiration. I chose the unfinished wall for my paintings this year. Kids were running through and behind the art all through the show. Kind of neat. On Saturday, I set up my easel and got a few hours in on my bubble painting, which I was stalling on, and pretty much got it finished. What a great place to paint! And it was cool having people stop to watch and ask questions, many of them artists as well...all very enthusiastic.

Monday, October 14, 2013


"Vice Knows She's Ugly, So She Puts on Her Mask" oil on canvas, by Barbara Travell, $900
My painting won 1st place in "Prettiest" catagory, Mint Hill Arts People's Choice show September 2013"Vice Knows She's Ugly, So She Puts on her Mask" is a Benjamin Franklin quote, from back in the day.