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The Studio & Spirits Dream, First Detail by Barbara Sparhawk

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DETAIL: “The Studio & Spirits Dream” Oil on Canvas.
I spent the last decade uprooted and on the road. I landed in a barn for awhile on a millionaire’s horse ranch, eventually turning the tack room into a studio that was liveable, enabling me to move out of the ranch’s bunkhouse (12 X 12 foot room with sink) and take up barn residence. It was a wonderful place for 4 years with horse pasture – about 200 occupants – out the door. Goats, sheep, mule named Corizon and Rambo the Ram in stalls and paddock on the other side, the Santa Lucia range all misty , mooned, sunned, gusted, and Milky Wayed before me. And it was the first functional studio I’d had in years. I wrote. And I painted.
This dream, this studio I painted there, is crowded with things I loved and hadn’t seen in ages, stored on the other side of America. Over filled with people I’d loved who’d died. With animals alive and not, who still owned my heart. With a chair from my twenties that no longer existed and the dream of my own bed again where such dreams could populate my nights. The cats who survived the move from Brooklyn then to Virginia’s wilderness then across country are on my bed, and some who departed before we got there, here too. My wonderful chocolate Lab – Rodin – is on alert at the bed’s end. A woodstove I’d seen once that would restore life to this heatless barn (I eventually got a kerosene heater). Some of my many thousands of books I carry with me that prop up my life are here, and all the intimate angels swinging through the undone work, the ready easel, the heart’s workplace.

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  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthalmost 7 years ago

    So special of you to share a part of Barbara with your fans . . . All your loving pet friends are depicted in a fashion only you can create . . . so loyal and regal . . . all still surrounding you with their spirits in present life as while as magnificently immortalized in your fine art . . . thank you so much for sharing Barbara . . . the words, the art, it’s all so beautiful!

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you dear friend for all you’ve written. This was a surprisingly emotional experience to upload here. For one thing I had no idea what I painted until I photographed it. And I surprised myself as I described it.

  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous snapshot of your life and loves………….thanks for sharing.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    This is some perfect atmosphere for sharing, our RedBubble and all my new friends here. Thank you Adrian. And thanks too for all the views of your heart.

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this Barbara. I’m reminded of Van Goghs painting of that single bed and chair in that stingy little room. You have painted your room, your life, and it is full of love and creativity, learning and experience and sheer joy of living. Such a contrast, such a full and wonderful life you have lived up to this point with more wonderful adventures to come.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    That’s the best description of VanGogh’s room I’ve ever heard, it is “stingy”. It was that attitude that he so painfully incorporated into his life, to make himself more holy, which it did not.
    And I thank you again for enjoying my work, I do pile in so much which is funny to me now you’ve pointed it out, I am a great believer in excess in all things. Starting with dessert.

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullneralmost 7 years ago

    Love looking around these great artworks from you…so much in there.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you Robert! I can’t get enough of the pictures you take, and will buy some in time to eliminate the longing for your extraordinary skies and seascapes. Very kind of you to say what you did.

  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioalmost 7 years ago

    Incredible artwork!!!

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you funkyface.

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