Oversion

Jane Barlow paintings from the 60s and 70s

Looking through this photo album that had been among all the other photo albums all this time, I found on the living room table a full collection of photos of my mother’s paintings from the oil painting years, all long since long gone, residing on what walls in what homes now. Jane still paints with forms of oil occasionally, but has been using watercrylic and things. Little I can say rivals getting to see these paintings. Just amazing. I grew up in the grand maze of all these paintings production and they surrounded every room in every house we ever lived. Fantastically, they floutingly contradict some primary thoughts I’ve long held as givens. I had remembered her paintings back then as more raw and wild, but I probably looked at the ones in progress more than the ones already framed and dreaming on the wall. Paintings, specially oils, change dramatically in their content in different amounts and types of light. Galleries should experiment, at least at openings, in changing the lighting through the course of an event, while people were wandering and looking.

She painted back then with the scalpel, the scapula, (all words around artist’s implements have blended with kitchen implements all these years.) So I saw the paint go into the vertical canvases dramatically, colouring my vision. Her paintings in the 80s and 90s had seemed to take on such a delicacy, but maybe I was just seeing them long since dry, all perfectly framed and placed. Because the refinement in the decade older paintings is vibrant, even in these photos. I would guess my father and mother both participated in the photographing of them. The photo album they’re in, it’s lamination is a bit dense now, (I guess it was put together in the 70s itself. If you remove the photos from the plastic they immediately are imperilled, so I just to do my best through the dimly creamy photo album wrap.

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  1. Hi
    I have one of your mother’s paintings, a small oil given to me by my aunt who lived in Windsor. I have been trying to get some information on her for some time now. Glad to see what you have here.

    Comment by Anita — January 14, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  2. I also have one of your mothers oil paintings.It is quite large and was painted when she had just arrived here from the east coast and has a maritime theme to it.

    Comment by David McCall — January 31, 2012 @ 4:29 am

  3. Hi I have two of your mother’s paintings – which she did when they lived in St. Jean, QC.
    One is a small floral and the other is of birch trees in the fall.

    Comment by Helene McIntosh — March 10, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  4. Just found this string of pending messages from nice people glad of my mother’s paintings. Shall look forward to calling her attention to the comments. Thanks! (Sorry it took so long for me see them in the queu!

    Comment by oversion — March 11, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  5. This posting has stayed among the most viewed week upon week for a long while now. Its’ definitely lesser known of my mum’s paintings, and photographed far more from a keeping any record at all, most of the paintings if not all long since sold ie moved in to other families and part of their lives, in several cases as much as 40 years ago. 50 perhaps. Before they were sold, they’d have been on the easel, drying near the easel, on our family walls, lifted into trunks, carefully brought back, and then would spend decades saturating in the homes of the new owners, or on adventures of resale, based on real experiences.

    Comment by oversion — June 21, 2012 @ 3:56 am

  6. We have a large floral painting, 3 ft wide by 2 ft high, done by your mom which was given to my mom, Joyce Macnab living in Halifax at the time, dated January 1, 1966,

    David (Sandy) Macnab

    Comment by David (Sandy) Macnab — July 24, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    • That is definitely a happy thing to know/ A New Year’s Day present, or perhaps met
      at a New Year’s Eve party, 1966. Charmed to know of this. I would have been 5
      and happily noting something was causing happiness. What a fresh moment to revisit
      that would be.

      Comment by oversion — July 25, 2012 @ 2:27 am

  7. I have a 20 by 36 oil painting of Jane Barlow from 1974. I was able to purchase it at an auction in Moncton NB for the opening bid of $100. It was not very well displayed and the frame, although it was once beautiful, needed restoring. It now proudly hangs over our stone fireplace and my wife and I love it. They told me it was from a run down mansion where an elderly woman was living in poverty and needed the money. If you would tell me how I can send you a picture of it, I’d be glad to. I can tell by the pictures above that this is definitely one of your mum’s.

    Comment by jane1944iger — January 27, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    • Thanks again for contacting. It’s wonderful and intriguing to hear
      and as I said last night I’d be thrilled to see it,
      emailed to gardenofpoetics@yahoo.ca in fact, when I just
      signed in there, the excitement that possibly there might be a
      photo of a long unseen painting. Please do, send forth,

      Comment by oversion — January 28, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  8. I have one of your mother’s paintings as well. She worked with my grandfather and painted a scene of the Cabot Trail for him as a gift for helping her sell some work. We love it. I too can send you a picture of it if you would like.
    Cheers
    Jenn

    Comment by Jenn — April 4, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    • Thanks for news of that. I’d love to see it. gardenofpoetics@yahoo.ca is the
      email address for such things. I can pass the message along to my Mum
      whom I was just with over the holiday weekend. Thanks for writing.

      Comment by oversion — April 4, 2013 @ 11:37 am

  9. I actually have 3 Jane Barlow oils from the late 60s. A large green woodland stream. A smaller square red/orange autumn leaves and finally a small night landscape of Montreal at night, dated 1968. These paintings have followed my family around the world from Montreal to Nairobi to Winnipeg to the Middle East and now hang in my living room in Berlin. They remind me of Canada every time I look at them!
    JC

    Comment by JC — April 19, 2013 @ 3:46 am

  10. I’ve loaded the 3 new paintings photos to my associated flickr account. Quite thrilling. (WordPress updated its photoloading technology past my healthy strong computer’s app/licability, so til next visit to an iphone era computer I can only use old images or enter them from other sites. Here they are, with thanks:

    Autumn colours:

    Autumn (jane barlow painting in berlin

    Stream and woods:

    Stream (Jane Barlow painting in Berlin

    Montreal as of the late 60s.

    Montreal (jane barlow painting in berlin

    All three as noted from the private collection of the prior commentator, in Berlin.
    Paintings by Jane Barlow, my mother.

    Comment by oversion — May 6, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  11. Hi. We are from Moncton N.B. We have an oil painting by Jane Barlow. We bought it in 1973 in Moncton. It is 20 x24 It was the first painting we ever bought. We love it and enjoy having it. I will try to send you a picture. Happy New Year John

    Comment by John — January 2, 2014 @ 10:05 am

  12. We were donated an oil 12 x 14 by Jane Barlow to sell to raise funds for our animal rescue group here in Montreal area. It is of poppies, so strongly executed and dramatic. I see under her signature the date “56. On the back is an address label from St Jean, QC So know your mum’s good work is going to help injured, abused, abandoned and elderly dogs and cats by our taking them into our Rescue and finding new homes! Our website is http://www.gerdysrescue.org if you’d like to take a look! What a fabulous mother and inspiration you had in your growing up years, We were so fortunate to have had someone donate is painting that one look, it brings cheer to the heart. If you have any memory of this, I will be glad to send you a photo of it, info@gerdysrescue.org Judy, Vice President

    Comment by Judy Cameron — May 17, 2014 @ 5:10 am

  13. Hi, I think I may have one of your mothers paintings given to my mother in either 1964 or 1969 (the date is hard to read). For years and years I’ve wanted to find the artist. My mother passed away 16 years ago, but she always had the painting hung clearly in the living room and always liked it. I’ll have toes if I can get a picture of it. I can’t say 100% sure if this is the same “Jane Barlow” but looking at the style of work, I’m thinking there’s a good chance.

    Comment by Phil Chandler — February 25, 2015 @ 5:01 am

  14. Hello !
    I am currently setting up an estate sale (Windsor, Ontario) and I come across a Jane Barlow painting. I would love to send you a photo to confirm that it was one of your mother’s works.
    I was a art student at the U of W in the 1970’s and remembered Jane’s name. Is there an email address that I could forward a photo of the painting to ?
    Thank you for your time,
    Phyllis Chant

    Comment by Phyllis Chant — April 14, 2015 @ 8:22 am

  15. Hi,

    We have one of your mother’s paintings. Not sure where my father bought it, but it has hung
    in our dining room since the mid sixties.

    It is dated ’65 and is 27″ by 22″ . The subject is a woodland fall scene.

    Please verify email address and I’ll send photo.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Comment by Jim Stacey — December 21, 2015 @ 9:01 am

  16. I recently acquired a Jane Barlow (young girl and smaller lad with small dog on leash walking on a path in the woods)

    Comment by Krk — January 26, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    • that would be my sister and I. I’d love to see a photo of it if it was convenient.

      Comment by oversion — January 26, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

  17. I see an original Jane Barlow painting in gardner galleries up for auction in London ontario

    Comment by W. Frauts — January 30, 2016 @ 5:55 am

  18. AFTER A WEEK OF THINGS AND MY HEALTH GOING WRONG IT IS TRULY CHEERING
    TO READ ALL THE HAPPY COMMENTS —– THANKYOU EVERYONE —— JANE BARLOW

    Comment by jane barlow — May 16, 2016 @ 6:21 am

  19. Hi! We met your Mom through Steve and Judy Woodward. She did five paintings for us in 1978. We asked for four paintings of the same scene in all four seasons. She painted six and had us choose the one we liked the best so she could then do the remaining seasons. We didn’t agree at first, finally decided on the scene we wanted, and then my husband surprised me with my first choice as well! We have had the four seasons in every living room we have lived in, Windsor, Wisconsin, Washigton and now Michigan. My first choice has always been in our bedroom so I see it first thing every day. If you would like photos, please let us know.

    Comment by Nancy Bondy — August 24, 2016 @ 11:25 am

    • What a love letter to read -THANKYOU, THANKYOU. XJANE

      Comment by jane barlow — November 9, 2016 @ 5:57 am

  20. On this grey fall day I amhappily smiling as I read the very kind comments from you all. I have just
    enjoyed a 90th birthday and after a couple of surgeries just not able to return to my easel but hope
    eventually to attempt watercolours. living in a 5th floor apartment overlooking Belle Isle and the
    Detroit river I am blessed with constant collour and light change which is inspiring – If only—–! I just
    need that Extra energy –
    So – Thankyou all so much – you have made me forget the “election” for a while !! xxjane barlow

    Comment by jane barlow — November 9, 2016 @ 5:56 am

    • Jane Barlow?
      This is Mark Dresser, Jean and Jerry’s son. Just bought another of your paintings at an auction in London. Glad to hear you enjoyed your ninetieth birthday recently – on to 91!
      How is Ann? It’s over 30 years since I’ve seen or heard from her. And Robert and John, was it?
      Hope you’re well and back painting.
      Cheers xo Mark

      Comment by Wm Mark Dresser — January 22, 2017 @ 8:48 am

  21. Jane, I just spent some time with my mother Grace Graves to celebrate her 93 rd birthday. She has two of your paintings to this day(birches over a blustery waterfront dated 1964 and and floral bouquet dated 1973). She bought them while you were in St.Jean (StJohns) Quebec. I am pretty sure that my brother Brian and I went to St.Johns High with Ann and Robert. I am about to turn 63 this month if that helps date me in relation to them. I have been in Kingston Ontario the past 29 years and just moved mom here summer of 2015. Your paintings have been a part of our family for a very long time…please pass my note on to your children to see if they remember, but do know that we love your paintings! Gary Graves

    Comment by Gary Graves — January 9, 2017 @ 6:30 am

  22. I have & love an oil of your Mum’s, dated ’68. A friend of mine, Dr. David L. Rhea (Larry) displayed several that yr. in his office in St. Lambert, Que. for her, she was a friend of his also. It is a 24″X20″ floral in vibrant colors using a spatula or knife I think, in a large beautiful frame. I purchased it at Larry’s office & have enjoyed it these many yrs. & wonder what it would cost today…. I will try to get my grandson to take a picture & post here for you, may take awhile.

    Comment by Geri Millington — February 10, 2017 @ 5:58 am

  23. Jane, its Jill from UK, your paintings are beautiful, wouldn’t Fred be proud of what you have achieved?

    Comment by Jill Finn — July 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

  24. I am ninety now and unable to paint very much buthave such happy memories of painting in N.B.,Prince Edward Island and then Quebec before settling in Windsor, Ontario.
    I shall forever be grateful to Dr David Rhea for allowing my paintings to be displayed in his
    offices, and so many other kind and enthusiastic people I have met in Canada.
    I THANK YOU ALL. XJANE

    Comment by jane barlow — July 12, 2017 @ 3:45 am

  25. Thrilled to have found info. on Jane Barlow. I purchased a large painting of Moncton’s Centennial Park in the 60s from a display at the former Brunswick Hotel. Still love it!
    Audrey Williston, now in Shediac, nb

    Comment by Audrey Williston — October 11, 2017 @ 2:34 am

    • hi John – I actually added a few comments last night to Mark Dresser etc. plus my new chum in England whose Dad was in one of Fred’a photos. xm

      >

      Comment by Jane Barlow — October 14, 2017 @ 1:05 am

  26. WELL – SUCH HAPPY MESSAGES FROM –

    MARK (DRESSER) I LL NEVER FORGET YOUR MUM AND DAD’S PARTIES AND STILL BLESS
    HER FOR MY BRIDGE GAME ! SHE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH .—- AND NOT ONLY ABOUT
    IMPROVING MY BRIDGE – THO I VE NEVER MATCHED HER CHICKEN WINGS!!
    AND
    GARY GRAVES AND GERI MILLIGN – THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR CHEERING ME UP ON
    THIS DULL GREY DAY WITH YOUR COMMENTS.
    AND
    AUDREY – LIVING WHERE I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN SUMMER – SHEDIAC! WE HAD GREAT
    TIMES AND GREAT FEASTS OF DEEP FRIED CLAMS AS WELL THOSE BEAUTIFUL SANDY
    BEACHES AND ROLLING WAVES TO DIVE INTO. HAPPY TIMES.

    AND THEN TO MY NEW FRIEND JILL, IN ENGLAND – LOVELY TO HEAR FROM YOU TOO!

    Comment by jane barlow — October 13, 2017 @ 8:44 am

    • How wonderful to know you are still going strong. I have inherited 1 of your oils dated 1970. A lovely winter scene that has graced my Aunts walls in Nova Scotia, and then my Mom’s here in BC and now mine. It has a place of honour above our fireplace here in Princeton BC wish I could figure out how to post a pic but will email you a picture of the painting.

      Comment by Debbie Hong — October 16, 2017 @ 7:49 am

  27. We have 2 oil paintings which were done some years ago. They enjoy pride of place in our home in Essex. We love Them! One is of sailboats and the second is of poppies. Glad to touch base with you again.

    Comment by Nancy — November 2, 2017 @ 6:43 am


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