My Creative Process – The Grand Blog Tour

I was invited to do this blog tour by the Talented Sherry Key who is a Pop Surreal and Fantasy Artist. Check out her unique creative process Here

Artist Laura Barbosa Studios 3

What are you working on?

Right now I am working on a 24×36″ Acrylic Painting of “The Wizard of Oz”. If you are a fan of my art than you already know it’s not going to be that simple. It has to have a twist! The cowardly lion is the first fictional character to be sketched out and is in the process of being created in my art journal. I have decided to make the lion more of an animal than a man in a costume or a lion man creature. For this fantasy artwork the Day of the Dead Holiday with Sugar Skull Characters will be incorporated into this painting along with an Undead Creature or two. The landscape will be filled with vibrant colors that pop and could possibly include the Emerald City. We shall see how this comes out. I never know the outcome until I look upon it when it is completed. Upon popular vote from my Facebook Fan Page, each month at Barbosa Art Studios a unique theme and or subject matter will be created. For example: In May 2014 we celebrated “Cult Classic Horror Month” and for the month of June I will be painting more Mermaids, Sea Creatures, Sharks and of course some Zombies and Dia De Los Muertos thrown in for good measure!

Rose of the Sea - Skeleton Girl original Painting by Laura Barbosa 24x30 2012

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

After many years of experimenting with different media I have become comfortable with mixing acrylics, ink and textures to the point of it becoming a unique style which evolves each day into something I call, More of Me. More and More Clients are starting to pick my work out of a crowd saying, “I knew that was yours” or “I could tell you painted this piece”. This is a confirmation to me that I am moving in the right direction.

Alice in Zombieland by Laura Barbosa - Original Painting - Folk Art Dark Fantasy

Why do you write/create what you do?

I breathe creativity and dream about ideas. Existence is my muse. I am becoming more and more obsessed with putting characters together with fantastical environments and fantasizing about what I will paint tomorrow. It is a never ending journey for me and one which will only continue to grow. There are so many ideas floating in my mind that I need to carry a journal with me wherever I go and keep one by my bedside so I can sketch out the ideas flowing through my head. It’s like a song that keeps playing. I have started to invent things… Contraptions and mechanical objects that could function in our society. Inventions that I have not yet shared with the world and may never have enough time to do so. My first priority is painting and sculpting. I use to own a Sculpting Business many many years ago prior to painting. Before that I was selling t-shirts in high school with painted portraits from customer photos and before that in my childhood I was drawing murals on my walls.

Laura Barbosa Studio

How does your writing/creative process work?

I have always said that the creativity that runs through me is something that comes from somewhere else, like a message from a different dimension communicating to me, my ideas. Because truly…. I have no idea where they come from! I think we all have a gift within each of us and this is mine.

The Fallen Angel - 2012 - by Laura Barbosa Colorful Abstract Cityscape - ebay auction

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I’ve asked three talented women to keep the Grand Blog Tour going. Be on the look out for their posts on June 16th.

Cindy Schnackel : http://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com

Cheryl Pirkl : http://artbycher.deviantart.com/journal

Diane Carroll : Link to her post coming soon.

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Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Artist Thoughts of the Day:

I like to journey outside of tradition and push it to the next level, always striving for something different. Moving forward, thinking beyond boundaries and rules. No rules govern my art. I have always been a rebel in the art world, not following tradition and always trying to stun my audience with the macabre, misfit art, weird thoughts and my own beliefs. Although I do believe in the law and order of our society. Art is my out, a way to jump the conscious mind into my fantasy world and it totally satisfies me. When I create something, I have no need for more than my own thoughts. When I am in my zen painting state, I have limitless walls to a crazy mind push with no suffocation from rules of any kind. We are all born with a gift and we should all follow our hearts and be free within our minds in whatever area we excel in. If we had no creativity we would not evolve into anything more than a machine. I am Alive…~Laura Barbosa~ “Strength, Passion, Courage, Belief”

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward….” — Apple Computer, 1997

Come see my art featured in the article, Something Different, at Women Painters on Red Bubble.

The Flying Dead by Laura Barbosa - Day Of The Dead Original Painting

Time Passing - Modern Contemporary Art Print by Laura Barbosa - Trees Earth Tones

Freak Show - The Sinister Circus by Laura Barbosa Art

Control 24 x 30-600

Think Outside The Box and Evolve……

Venom – A Work of Art with Deep Meaning

What’s really behind this artwork and how I was inspired to create it. I am getting my thoughts together to create more figurative works and if anyone has any ideas or comments please share with us your ideas on figurative art and what you might like to see on canvas.

A) My initial thoughts for “Venom” were inspired by the sex of woman herself. The sexual power of the female species in our society. The snake is a sensual creature that merges with the sensual tendencies of woman. To me, the movement of the serpent mimics the movement of women. This work of art was more about sex than the classic bible myth, although Eve does play a part in this piece as well.

B) This piece also has to do with feminism and should also project the power of the female to the viewer. The whole painting is about being feminine and sexy. It’s a window into the soul of a woman’s sexuality. When in the act of sex itself, the woman becomes a serpent, if you will. The movements and actions of the female in a sexual state resembles the slithering motions of serpents and the faceless figure transcends into the natural world of subconscious thinking, fantastical thoughts and should fuel our imagination.

Hermann Ornaments – Fantastic Art Made From Pewter

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Please visit our websites www.hermannornaments.com or  http://www.etsy.com/shop/hermannornaments

Tina can be reached @ 573-680-0999 or by email hermannornaments@centurytel.net.

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Meet Laura Barbosa from Toms River, New Jersey, who is a full-time artist. Yes, full-time, as in she makes her living off her art, just as her slogan says, “Living to Paint ~ Painting to Live.” Laura paints modern art, contemporary and abstract paintings. She is also a digital artist with many unique….  READ MORE