Oversion

January 10, 2010

Effects of lighting on oils in Jane Barlow’s paintings

Filed under: Uncategorized — oversion @ 5:35 am

My mother despite the subtleties of her age, has continued to find ways of painting in her primary passion that of oils. 3d in a splendid way that I grew up around. I expect it is true of all art, but having my mother’s paintings around since my birth (as well as in progress most vividly all the time) I’ve been thinking about this effect of light for some time. The question arises further when one thinks of digitally photographing the paintings. Is it not a reality that the life of artworks the like of these were present in every year of childhood, teens, and on, seen at night on dark nights, at night in glow of tv’s or tiny red lights on equipment, the way things are now. Viewed in all kinds of states of mind. One thinks of all those evenings of trundling through rooms, always the paintings looking back. And imagine given my longheld belief that the paintings were partly metaphorically auto-biographical, as I so felt I could our family and other goings on and even spirit world perhaps, anything, really. The issue percolates fascinatingly thinking on using a digital camera, with their many settings and responses to light and conditions, and the camera’s own intentions whether to gather light or send a flash, the different settings resulting in such variety and seeability in the paintings, transforming them to a considerable extent. And again, glare, which is common, or too dark, which is also common, can be adjusted by increasing or reducing gamma, restoring a bit with saturation or contrast, and again, one can study the paintings in so many contexts and search for so much meaning in the shapes. Like Van Gogh without the thatched huts, but indeed, what one can find in the areas of paint, the densities, pressure points, intensities, as well as in the core structure of the painting. I saw her build these paintings from their cores, and can reinvision what they would have looked like and all these structures – like ‘the original text’ – At the same time for me they are this entirely other storytelling expedition, and one that is alive, one can still look and be fascinated, livingly fascinated seeing how the splashing waves or gesturing trees or undecided clouds or veering birds seem to respond, like pets, to current conditions. And they answer. And still, more. One can see them altogether new. All the angles one has looked at the paintings in, over the years

We had several good Van Gogh prints in the home along with the ever changing cast of paintings, and other art and artifacts and objects and things. In the darkness, in the morning light, the afternoon’s copper shadows, flickering light, what light is ‘accurate’ and what other lights are just interesting? They are now infinite. In fact often I can remember or imagine seeing the paintings a given way and actually intuit ancestral responses and responses and never not find something new.

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16 Comments »

  1. Very impressive! Such beautifully detailed work. Stunning!
    I’ll be very grateful if my creativiy can flow as well as Jane’s when I’m her age.
    May she continue to paint for many years to come.
    Cheers, Jane!

    Comment by Rosalba Martinni — January 10, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

  2. Hi
    Can anyone tell me if Jane Barlow ever lived in Moncton N.B. We bought an oil painting in 1973 in Moncton.I beleive there were some of her works hanging in a popular restaurant (Cy’s Sea Food) Thank You

    Comment by John — June 7, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

    • I received a small oil painting by Jane Barlow in the 70’s and know nothing about her. The painting is of Perce Rock on the Gaspe in Quebec.I believe it was purchased in Montreal. I live in New Brunswick

      Comment by C. Miller — April 16, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Ha, I forgot that this was also a public query, as I
    get replies to the posts here on my yahoo account.

    Yes. As confirmed in our backchannels.

    Comment by oversion — August 22, 2010 @ 4:33 am

  4. Thank you for your comment. We lived in New Brunswick in the 1950s and 60s, as well as Quebec for a time. Glorious to see.

    Comment by oversion — April 18, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

  5. We have three of Jane’s painting done for my mother in the 60’s. My favourite is a potrait done at Notre Dame D’Acadie of a woman holding a bowl of fruit (1963).

    Comment by Dennis — May 5, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  6. Today at an auction , my husband and I purchased a beautiful painting by Ms. Barlow…dated 1972. The colours are fabulous! As soon as we arrived home it was a hunt to see where it should be displayed…above the piano will be the spot.
    Very pleased indeed.
    D. Wilson, Salisbury, NB

    Comment by Debbi Wilson — October 15, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    • I’m glad to know the immensely talented Jane Barlow is still working.

      Comment by Rosalba — October 16, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

  7. I have several paintings by Jane Barlow; some oil and a couple of water. They are so beautiful! Mine are floral; red poppies, yellow chrysanthemums (oil), water colours of a young girl in shades of blue and a matching blue floral of a flower. I live in Windsor and Jane used to sell her paintings in a lovely little shop that I frequented. This would have been in the 70’s and I still look at them and smile!

    Glad to know Jane is still painting and still living in Windsor.
    Suzanne

    Comment by Suzanne S-S — August 26, 2013 @ 12:05 am

  8. Our family have a few paintings of Jane Barlow from 60s. I do not remember the whole story, but mom would come back from her hairdresser’s appointment in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and she would have also purchased one of her paintings. She gave a few to members of the family, but as they pass the paintings are coming back to me. I am running out of walls and looking for people that may be interested in acquiring her paintings. Thanks

    Comment by Michèle Mallet — September 21, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    • I wish there were something I could suggest. My walls are pretty much all taken except for very small spaces but I’d love to own one of her paintings as they are very beautiful.
      Knowing sizes and prices of the paintings would be helpful.

      Comment by Rosalba — September 23, 2014 @ 1:58 am

  9. Thanks for the new comments, it is somewhat dreamlike to be reminded of the times and know of the life of the paintings. I always pass them along. Perhaps the commenters will interconnect and some of the paintings will move again from one home to another. Shipping and arranging is very difficult, at distances. But especially if some day I had the chance to travel to Quebec and the Maritimes I too would be interested. For the time being, thanks for the thoughts.

    Comment by oversion — September 23, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

  10. MY SON JOHN HAS BEEN SHOWING SOME OF MY PAINTINGS AND I HAVE NOW BEEN
    INFORMED AND HAVE TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE MADE ME HAPPY TODAY,
    READING YOUR COMMENTS – FROM NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA, QUEBEC AND
    ONTARIO AND GERMANY TOO!
    I AM UNABLE TO PAINT VERY MUCH – NOT IN THE BEST OF SHAPE ! – BUT I STILL HAVE
    PICTURES IN MY HEAD AND LOOK OUT OVER THE DETROIT RIVER WITH ITS EVER
    CHANGING LIGHT AND COLOUR AND DO THINK ABOOUT PAINTING.
    YOUR MESSAGES REALLY MADE IT A LOVELY DAY TODAY ! JANE BARLOW

    Comment by jane barlow — May 7, 2015 @ 6:26 am

    • Dear Jane,

      May you get to paint all the works that still dwell in your mind. It would be a delight to see them.

      Rosalba (a friend of John’s)

      Comment by Rosalba — May 9, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

  11. I have a 30 x 40 oil painting of sunflowers dated 1974 and done by Jane Barlow. I would like to sell or donate this painting. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Comment by Connie Poulson — October 19, 2016 @ 5:56 am

    • I do have interest in the fate of the sunflowers painting.
      What region are you in?

      I’m Jane’s son, John, and oversion wordpress is my blog.

      My mother’s alive and of a sensitive elderly age, but still active and looks in.
      I keep all comments on the blog moderated to avoid spamming or negativitiy and so on,

      Also, though there is of course no problem with your selling or donating
      the painting, and again, I’m interested, but for reasons of vanity I guess
      and my mother’s mood when she reads the comments on the posts about her paintings,
      I tend to include the comments of people happy to have the paintings
      and happy to keep them, rather than those looking to sell them.
      In general I don’t include anything about selling at all on the blog.
      We have none to sell and wouldn’t benefit from any liability for transactions
      among readers of the blog.

      Her sunflowers paintings are always thrilling. Notoriously difficult to ship
      by any method, is the issue.

      I’d love to acquire a 1974 Jane Barlow Sunflowers, or if you’re far away,
      try to get someone there to pick it up, if we can work out a price.
      I would have been 13 or 14 and living at home indeed when it was painted,
      so it’d be like a part of the family. And her paintings had a mystical element,
      paintings within paintings in the text of the oil. A family history
      would be subtextually visible for me in the painting.

      I live in Toronto and my family is in Windsor, but I have 1 or 2 friends
      in lots of cities

      Comment by oversion — November 20, 2016 @ 1:43 pm


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