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Artist Barbara Groenteman


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Biography


 
My journey as an artist continues to take me on paths where I discover, grow and blossom.
I’m amazed with the medium of watercolor because there is a transparent glow that can be achieved. There is magic that happens when a wet brush touches the absorbent painting surface.
Some of my inspirations are from my tropical surroundings. I have always been an avid gardener tropical foliage is my passion. Recently I have begun explore the wonderful wildlife of Florida, still being inspired by nature. The process begins with visits to many gardens, zoos and sanctuary's, then reference photography and sketches lead the way for my new painting. I
put great importance on the graphic composition in my work, a painting has to have good design elements to make it work for the viewer to enjoy. My vibrant colors balance the drama of the light and shadows which is done in a realistic approach. I capture the sparkle and sunlight patterns by preserving the most important areas of the white paper, masking fluid is rarely
used. My work is considered "contemporary realism."
The essence and technique of my style is the careful build-up of wet-in-wet layers of pigment. The pigments are sometimes just dropped in clear water washes, which allow the colors to mingle and dance on the paper. Areas of the
paintings can have as many a 12 glazes of pigment, so I can achieve the glow and vibrant color saturation.
My palette is the highest grade of light fast transparent pigments executed on 300lb.archival mould-made Waterford paper from England. All framing procedures are done in a conservation manner to preserve the archival integrity of the original artwork or giclée. Limited edition giclées, which do not exceed 150, are printed with an 8-color printer on archival fine art substrate, using pigmented inks that are tested light-fast for maximum [...]

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