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BARRY CONNER FINE ARTS
Barry Conner
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THE FACEBOOK WEASELS…

Well, Facebook has shut down my Fine Arts profile. I’m hoping to be able to reactivate it, but for now, it is completely gone — all of it. They even removed my post from my personal profile, which referenced the situation. As one of my theatre friends is prone to exclaim, “The bastiges!”…

In addition, not two weeks ago, they required my wife to upload a photo of an “official ID” in order to regain the use of her profile. That alone REEKS of CORPORATE PHISHING for personal details. What would some Facebook dweeb even have for comparison, to verify it against?

So, today, she was telling someone what happened to me — Facebook threatening to shut down my Fine Arts profile — and he said it’s all about money. Facebook charges tons of money for pages devoted to businesses; regulating their activity, and charging more money based on page activity.

Well, I am a person, not a business: I’m an artist. It’s what I’ve been since I was a toddler. And I spend MOST of my time on my art. I do my art under name Barry Conner Fine Arts. I spend my days painting. Those of you who know me well know that ALMOST ALL of my Facebook activity is done as Barry Conner Fine Arts. I barely log into the non-art profile. And if there’s anything that I think you’re interested in, I share it… as BARRY CONNER FINE ARTS. Well, not anymore! The problem, apparently, is that Facebook doesn’t get a cut. But they didn’t do any of my WORK, either!!!! And they already litter advertisements all over my profile pages, so what am I paying for with THAT???

Anyway, this is what Facebook deleted FROM MY PERSONAL PROFILE, along with everything I’ve posted to my art profile as Barry Conner Fine Arts for THE PAST FIVE YEARS!!!!

Barry Conner FineArts posted…

THIS POST MAY NOT LAST LONG!!! Facebook has demanded personal identification bearing the name Barry Conner FineArts before I could log in — WOW! I did upload something to comply, but it really seems a bit intrusive for a social media service! Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what’s up, in advance. I’ve put a HUGE amount of care and hard work into this page and these FRIENDSHIPS! I’ve even promoted them (Facebook) as a means of connecting with people and keeping up with what’s going on in each other’s lives. You friends on mine are awesome. I’ve met and connected with so many wonderful people — including so many artists and art fans. But now it looks as if a nerd squad of neo-Nazi weasels at Facebook are about to shut down my page. I’m hoping they don’t, but I wanted all of you to know, in case it does happen. I love you guys — whether my dear family, close friends, renewed longtime friendships, new Facebook friends, and just those online passersby who offer their ‘Like’ or a kind word. I’m thankful to have surrounded myself with a great group of people on this profile. And I’m hoping to reconnect with all of you soon. I pray very best for every one of you. One last thing: Even if you don’t LIKE this — I know I don’t!!! — Please do click LIKE to insure that it gets visibility among as many of my friends as possible, so that everyone gets the word. ( — this post on Facebook — ) You could share it, if you want, but LIKE will keep it in the news feed of people I’m already friends with. Worst possible time to be having to deal with this, too. Hoping it’s not goodbye, Barry.

Well, it was goodbye. Within hours, Facebook had obliterated my Fine Arts profile on Facebook, and everything associated with it.

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WORKS IN PROGRESS: American Bald Eagle, “Above the Storm”, 2014

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In-Progress, Acrylic on Canvas, 36in H x 48in W

EAGLE PAINTING, In Progress, July, 22nd, 2014

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In-Progress: “Above the Storm”
Acrylic on Canvas, 36in H x 48in W
Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner

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PROJECT UPDATE, July 21st, 2014:

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So, there are three main pieces I’m working on right now. I’m finishing up the commission posted here earlier, the “Lake View Sunrise” painting; I began a large seascape a week ago; and began a large eagle painting this afternoon (detail shown). Stay tuned =-)

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“SURREAL SUNRISE, Transcendental #2”

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For Sale $700
One-Of-A-Kind, Acrylic on Canvas, Unframed.
30 in H x 40 in W.
Signed and dated by the artist.

Expressionist Sunrise Series: A vivid, abstract surrealist approach. Somewhat large canvas.

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UPDATE on SKETCH for “DISCIPLESHIP”, July 2014

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Many of you may remember this painting from my March 13th posting earlier this year. A few of you may even be aware that my father, who served as inspiration for the “elder saint” in the painting, died this past Tuesday after a long battle with several serious illnesses, including advanced cancer of the prostate, and bone cancer. That said, he was an inspiration, facing disease, extreme pain, and the certainty of death with faith, optimism, courage, hope, and humor. As for the notable changes to the painting, my mom asked me to do whatever was yet needed to get it ready to display at Dad’s memorial service. Understand that what you see here is very much a work in progress, but it is much closer to what I want for the finished painting.

For those who missed it, here is the descriptive information from the original posting dated March 13, 2014:

“This painted acrylic sketch is a quick, crude, preliminary study done in preparation for a much larger 30″x 40″ acrylic painting which was commissioned by Huntsville Community Church. The subject of this piece is the Christian concept of discipleship. The elder saint is loosely based on my own dad — with a bit more beard! Also included are the older man’s mantle and shepherd staff, the younger man, being instructed from a parchment or papyrus scroll, a white dove, a wooden beam, a thorny vine, a hammer with three iron spikes, and a leather bag of seed.”

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Gallery Fund-Raising and Rewards…

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NOTE:  A small fund-raising campaign is now underway toward completion of the Barry Conner Gallery of Art. Everyone contributing will be recognized as charter sponsors of this new gallery, and those donating $15 or more will also receive valuable, individually unique, collectible gifts of appreciation commensurate with the amount of their donation: art pieces ranging from the cover art of a hand-drawn or hand-painted thank-you card at the $15 level, and upwards to very large canvas paintings valued at over $1,000 as indicated in the Reward Levels section (see below).

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Gallery Fund-Raising and Rewards…

REWARD LEVELS
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“FAN” Level:
$15 contribution: You will receive a hand-drawn or hand-painted thank-you card original featuring Barry’s artwork.


“CONNOISSEUR” Level:
$25 contribution: You will receive an original, small canvas painting, 5 x 7 inches.


“PATRON” Level:
$50 contribution: You will receive an original canvas painting, 8 x 10 inches.


“APPRENTICE” Level:
$125 contribution: You will receive an original, medium-size canvas painting, 12 x 16 inches.


“CRAFTSMAN” Level:
$250 contribution: You will receive an original, larger canvas painting, 16 x 20 inches.


“ARTISAN” Level:
$500 contribution: You will receive an original, large-format canvas painting, 24 x 36 inches.


“CREATIVE GENIUS” Level:
$1000 contribution: You will receive an original, very-large format canvas painting, 36 x 48 inches.


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WOODCUT: “BI-AXIAL SWAMP LANDSCAPE”, 1984

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Copyright ©1984 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

NOTE: THIS ORIGINAL IS NOW FOR SALE, AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:


Artist’s Proof: “Bi-Axial Swamp Landscape”, by Barry Conner, 1984. Dual-Orientation, Hand-Carved Woodcut Design, Printed in Black Ink on 100% Rag, Acid-Free Paper. H:18in x W:12in. Unique Artist’s Proof. Signed and dated by the artist. From the personal collection of Barry Conner.
ARTIST’S PROOF: $320.00 unframed / $400.00 matted and framed
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I designed and hand-carved the woodcut for this print during my time as a Fine Arts major — with emphasis in studio art — at Sam Houston State University, in 1984. As evidenced in the name of this piece, it is designed for display in either a vertical or horizontal orientation. Both views portray a swamp landscape.

EAST-TEXAS WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE, 1981

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EAST-TEXAS WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE, 1981
Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner
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“East-Texas Watercolor Landscape”, by Barry Conner, 1981. Landscape in Watercolor on Acid-Free Watercolor Paper. H:8½in x W:11in. Signed and dated by the artist. From the personal collection of Barry Conner.
$280.00 unframed / $335.00 matted and framed
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I painted this watercolor as a teenager. It remains one of my favorites. I was inspired after attending a school assembly addressed by a visiting watercolorist — a Japanese man, if memory serves. For one thing, his artwork was wonderful. For another, he helped me realize that not all watercolor is done using dried cakes of pigment. He was an advocate of using tube watercolors, which can as easily be applied opaque as in a translucent wash. He noted the usefulness of opaque white for detail and finishing, and advocated layering of the pigment. I soon obtained my own set of liquid watercolor tubes, and produced this painting — a scene across the fields outside my window.

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DELIVERING ARTWORK…

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DELIVERING ARTWORK…

I am delivering artwork which sold from the recent catalog offering of artwork from my personal collection. This piece is from a numbered, limited edition entitled, “Unto you is born this day a Savior”. It is a digitally-created print which I did in 2000, and was inspired by the foreshadowing conveyed by Luke 2:11 in The Bible. This piece, #1 of 25, was purchased unframed, and is now enclosed in a large, crystal clear, archival plastic envelope, and will be accompanied by a Collector’s Certificate of Provenance, indicating its authenticity, originality, and history; providing background information and details about the piece. A few more numbered prints remain from this limited edition, and one artist’s proof, as well as several other pieces from the catalog. (May 2014 Catalog may be viewed at the homepage BarryConnerFineArts.com

BARRY CONNER FINE ARTS COLLECTION May 2014 Catalog

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BARRY CONNER FINE ARTS COLLECTION May 2014 Catalog
Copyright 2014 by Barry Conner

This catalog is drawn from my personal collection, and spans over thirty years of my work. Each piece will also include a signed, presentation-quality Collector’s Certificate of Provenance, with details of the piece, background information, and my signature verifying its origin, to better ensure enduring solid value for each piece of artwork.

(Those of you familiar with framing rates will see that I am providing the option of framing at very near my cost.)

I do have a few other items not listed in this catalog, and which I might consider selling — but that would have to be determined through one-on-one correspondence.

Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you guys!

EMAIL: BarryConnerFineArts@yahoo.com

Here is the link for viewing the catalog…

Dropbox download link:
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PORTFOLIO FLASHBACK: QUETZAL and MEXICAN EAGLE, Studies in Colored Pencil and Ink, 1998

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PORTFOLIO FLASHBACK: QUETZAL and MEXICAN EAGLE, Studies in Colored Pencil and Ink, 1998
Copyright ©1998 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

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Two Sketches: “Quetzal-and-Mexican-Eagle”, by Barry Conner, 1998. Two Drawings on Page, Colored-Pencil and India Ink on 50# pH-Neutral Paper. H:11in x W:8½in. Signed and dated by the artist. From the personal collection of Barry Conner. $225.00 unframed / $285.00 matted and framed.
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The quetzal and Mexican national emblem are two studies done during the 1998 mural artwork commission for the Casa Tomas Restaurant owned by Tom and Jenny Renfro, in Huntsville, Texas.

NEW PHOTO: ROSES, FERN, & LANTANA: A 1998 Colored Pencil Still Life

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NEW PHOTO: ROSES, FERN, & LANTANA: A Colored Pencil Still Life
Copyright ©1998 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

NOTE: THIS ORIGINAL IS ON RESERVE PENDING PRIVATE SALE.


“Roses, Fern, and Lantana”, by Barry Conner, 1998. Still-Life Drawing in Colored Pencil on 65# Acid-Free Drawing Paper. H:13¾in x W:10½in. Signed and dated by the artist. From the personal collection of Barry Conner.
$290.00 unframed / $350.00 framed
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Going through the collection of my artwork, I came across this piece in the original sketchbook, 1998. I was able to take a much better photo to share with you…

One of my favorite drawings was based on a simple arrangement of fresh-cut flowers in a small vase of water on my grandmother’s dining table. The roses, fern, and Lantana were all collected from her yard and flower gardens.

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Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner

This afternoon, I’m sharing a “sneak peek” at the latest revisions to “Lake View Sunrise” — a complete overhaul for a better and more realistic appearance of the reflected sunrise on the water’s surface. This photo is a zoomed-in detail of a painting meant to be viewed from maybe three to five feet away, so… for best results in seeing the illusion, squint!

ELABORATE SETUP: Work Area as I Begin Reworking Water’s Surface…

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ELABORATE SETUP: Work Area as I Begin Re-working Water's Surface...
Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner

Beginning new stage of development for “Lake View Sunrise”.

NEW PHOTO: “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”, 2014

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PORTFOLIO FLASHBACK 1998: ANGEL STUDY, Acrylic on Masonite

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PORTFOLIO FLASHBACK: ANGEL STUDY, Acrylic on Masonite, 1998
Copyright ©1998 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

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“Angel Study in Acrylic”, by Barry Conner, 1998. Acrylic Study Painted on Artist’s Kaolin-Clay Hardboard Panel. H:14in x W:11in. Signed and dated by the artist. From the personal collection of Barry Conner.
$225.00 unframed / $275.00 matted and framed
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In 1998, I was hired by Al and Judy Keech as a contract artist, to do mural painting and trompe l’oeil wall art for Impressions Painting and Consulting. One project we bid was to include a 360-degree mural around the cupola in the ceiling of the main hall of a custom home on Lake Conroe. This painting, acrylic on art-grade masonite, was one of the angel studies for that mural. Per this customer’s wishes, the “angel” is stylized according to the Classical stereotype: winged and female 😉

ONGOING REVISIONS to “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”

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The painting is steadily improving, but I’m not nearly satisfied with it. This photo shows the latest revisions.

AFTERNOON UPDATE on “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”

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Copyright 2014 by Barry Conner

Still a ways to go, but should be finishing up this evening 🙂

THE DOVES!!! DETAIL from “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”, 2014

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REVISED EAGLE DETAIL: “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”, 2014

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I’ve done a major overhaul of the Bald Eagle, correcting for some proportion issues. Detail is part of the current project, “Lake View Sunrise”.

DETAIL: “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014

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It’s not finished, but I’m taking a break from painting this tiny American Bald Eagle, which is part of a current project, “Lake View Sunrise”. Good grief, the detail work is difficult at this scale. Any brush small enough for these details is totally flimsy when loaded with paint.

PROJECT UPDATE: “LAKE VIEW SUNRISE”, In-Progress

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PROJECT UPDATE: LAKE VIEW SUNRISE, In-Progress
Copyright 2014 by Barry Conner

Today’s photo update reminds me of why I’m so averse to showing artwork that is incomplete. It is so hard for anyone except for another artist to see beyond the process, and to allow for the future result. A painting is done in layers, and the base coats and subsequent layers are often the least representative of the final look of the painting. Foreground colors, the illusion of surface textures, final shapes, edges, details, highlights, and shadows impart much of the character of a completed painting.

Major revisions now in progress: Development of the water surface illusions, of waves, shadows, and reflections — much to do here. (You’ll notice I also have yet to add the reflection for the pines on the right horizon.) Layering of shape, texture, shadow, and highlight on the trees across the water. Introducing and developing additional plants and wildlife — the doves in the dogwood in the upper right, palmettos, mossy logs, fern, and arrowhead plants in the foreground. General development of realistic colors, shadows, highlights, and textures overall.

For an in-progress project journal on this piece, click on the photo above.

Stay tuned 🙂

SKETCH: FLORAL STILL LIFE, Colored Pencil, 1995

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SKETCH: FLORAL STILL LIFE, Colored Pencil, 1995

Copyright ©1995 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

Incomplete Sketch for “Jesus and His Disciples”, Graphite on Paper, 2000

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Copyright 2000 and 2014 by Barry Conner

I believe this was intended either to depict a teaching, like The Sermon on the Mount, or else the gathering at Jesus’ ascension from the Mount of Olives — I don’t remember which.

ARTIST BARRY CONNER in 1975!!!

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IMAG0918-1-1-1ARTIST BARRY CONNER in 1975!!!

ABOUT ARTIST BARRY CONNER
1975 MAGAZINE FEATURE…

Copyright 2014 by Barry Conner

It was a really cool thing to have been the subject of the feature magazine in our local newspaper. I was very excited about it — but I had mixed feelings too.

At the time, it was frustrating that the reporter got some things wrong.

For example, those occasional, post-mortem animal studies would have been those which had died through attrition — and were not killed for dissection, as he seemed to think. Although I rarely did actually go hunting, I was constantly catching critters for my ongoing zoo-building efforts. I was a zealous kid conservationist, and wouldn’t kill anything I’d caught.

Also, as a hopeless perfectionist, I couldn’t bear for any of my damaged or inferior-quality work to be showcased. In anticipation of this reporter’s visit, my mom had done a whirlwind renovation of my “studio”. Among the “unflattering display items” were the piranha sculpture, badly broken, the butterfly collection, severely damaged, and the battered taxidermy of the American Coot. (Looking closely, you can actually see a wire in its neck.)

In retrospect, I do appreciate and understand what Mom was trying to do. But at the time, I was horrified and humiliated. I wanted the feature story to feature only the best examples of my work, and certainly not anything which was badly damaged, or which misrepresented my ability or artistic standards.

No worries, though. It was a nice little landmark along the way, both for my childhood, and as an artist.

Special thanks to my childhood mentors, Michael Whitley (of the Whitley Bird & Butterfly Museum in Huntsville), and my artist mom, Gwen Conner. I’m grateful also for Adele Horne, who welcomed me as the youngest pupil in her art class, and to all of the teachers who had been providing me such tremendous encouragement in art classes at my kindergarten and elementary schools.


Flashback, 1975… At age eleven, Barry Conner was the subject of this feature magazine article in the Huntsville Item Newspaper:

Painting, sculpting, being a kid…
The Huntsville Item, Fun Magazine,
Sunday, March 23rd, 1975
text and photos by David Lindsey

“Barry Conner is a young artist-naturalist who produces amazingly detailed acrylic paintings of a variety of birds, including the ones shown here. His work was recently exhibited at an Audubon Society meeting with other nature artists. For a look at the young artist and his work, see pages four and five.”

See related story pages 4/5

You name it, Conner’s going to be it…

“Barry Conner wants to become ‘a naturalist, an artist, a geologist, a scientist, a chemist — just about everything that you can name.’

“And if he continues the way he’s going, nothing’s going to stop him, either.

“Barry, 11, paints very detailed acrylics of birds and other animals. He’s also tried his hand at clay sculpture of fish and portraits, and he’s worked on [lifelike] mounts of birds and butterflies.

“The young artist naturalist recently showed his work at a meeting of the Audubon Society here, and his paintings of the birds drew just about as much comment as his older and more experienced colleagues.

“The birders (that’s preferred over bird watchers) immediately recognized the various species.

“He’s been painting for more than half of his life, and started with tray watercolors and drawing, then moved on to pastels and oils, and now basically works in acrylics.

“The paintings are often based on full-color pictures in wildlife magazines.

“Young Conner is also a football and basketball enthusiast and likes to read ‘all sorts of things’. But still, a bulk of his leisure time is spent observing and painting birds.

“He noted he likes to climb on the roof of his home and watch birds come to the family bird feeder.

“Barry’s ‘studio’ is really his bedroom, but that mild [term] doesn’t come close to describing the environment that Barry works in.

“The room is really more of a museum, chock full of everything from Barry’s paintings on one wall to an aquarium habitat for kangaroo rats and another tank with a number of guppies in it.

“His parents, Bob and Gwen Conner, encourage Barry’s inclination to the graphic, and help augment his allowance for buying his paints

“Mrs. Conner said that Barry was more or less of a self-starter when it comes to painting. It’s just something he’s always done.

“When he was very small, Mrs. Conner continued, he would draw pictures to help express himself, and would also draw an object if he wanted to figure out how it worked.

“Anything he saw, he related to art somehow, she said.”

“Barry has been known to catch [and keep] snakes and frogs, and [if they happened to have died while part of his home zoo] ‘take them apart’ to learn about them. Then he would draw the animal with the intestines, the bones, and then the skin, Mrs. Conner said. Or he would create the animal from the inside out in clay.

“He said he’s painted all sorts of animals, but he always returned to birds. Barry noted he learned colors and shades by studying birds, as well as the details a lot of other people might miss. And, because of his interest, Barry had learned to identify a variety of birds

“Barry is not exactly a professional artist yet, but he’s contemplating going to the open market with his paintings to help support the hobby. If he does sell his paintings, it might be a good investment.”

“Lake View Sunrise”, Model of Sunrise, 2014

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Modeling the optics of this sunrise scenario inspires some changes. Stay tuned…

“Lake View Sunrise” Development Sketch, 2014

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Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner.

This additional sketch permits development and spatial visualizations, and serves as a test environment without requiring changes to the actual painting.

GALLERY PHOTOS, 02/23/2014

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GALLERY PHOTOS, February 23rd, 2014

GALLERY PHOTOS, February 23rd, 2014
Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner.

Earliest beginnings of the gallery. Pretty excited it’s coming together! On a day-to-day basis, this private art gallery will be the home and showroom for my artwork. A gallery opening event is planned for later this spring, featuring my paintings, and including a reunion of sorts, to bring together some of my pieces now owned by others. Apart from gallery events, visitors must call ahead.

MACAW MURAL, Acrylic, 1997

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MACAW MURAL, Acrylic, 1997

Copyright ©1997 and ©2014 by Barry Conner.

A life-sized acrylic wall mural done for the former Casa Tomas restaurant location in Huntsville, Texas. (Painting no longer exists.) Every species of macaw which occurs in Mexico or Central America was represented, shown on a collpa clay cliff, including two Scarlet and two Military Macaws.

TEJON 1985, A Study from Life…

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Copyright ©1985 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

This is a sketch of a Ringtail Coati (or in Spanish, a “Tejón”) which was wandering our campsite near the beach in Quintana Roo, Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula), at a place called Xel-Há (supposedly Yukatek Mayan for xel “spring” and ha’ “water”)

The ARTWORK of BARRY CONNER

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Here is an easy way to view all of my artwork on this website. This link functions both as a PORTFOLIO of my best work uploaded here, and also provides EXAMPLES from works in progress — glimpses into the inspiration, creativity, and practical logistics of my work — by way of my PROJECT AND PROCESS JOURNAL entries.

Thank you for visiting! Enjoy the site.
Barry Conner

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New PAINTING PROJECT (in progress): “Lake View Sunrise”

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From my Facebook status on Tues., February 25th, 2014

I will be posting here a series of photos and notes from the progressive stages of developing this new painting. I’m a bit behind on sharing the step-by-step details on this painting, but stay tuned — I intend to progressively post these stages through to the ultimate completion of the piece. You might enjoy watching these changes as I post them to the comment section below this entry.

Newest image: Seventh photo from 3/6/2014
Related photos, notes, and discussion are posted to the comments, below…

SKETCH DETAIL from LAKE VIEW SUNRISE

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SKETCH DETAIL from LAKE VIEW SUNRISE
Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner

“Lake View Sunrise” is my latest painting, as of this post. As a work in progress, there have been very interesting stages along the course of its development. This detail area was from an early form of the painting, as the major forms and color areas were laid in onto the canvas. I thought this made a very nice, semi-abstract painting in its own right.

KEEL-BILLED TOUCAN

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KEEL-BILLED TOUCAN
Copyright ©1997 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

One of my favorite paintings no longer exists!

Nothing complicated — just this big bird, perched on a mossy stick with bromeliads. But I sure did love how this one turned out! The acrylic wall mural was one of about fifteen tropical bird murals which I painted in 1997 for the grand opening of the Casa Tomas restaurant in Huntsville, Texas. It is still incomprehensible to me that a subsequent owner saw fit to paint over nearly $10,000 worth of original artwork.

ROSES, FERN, & LANTANA: A Colored Pencil Still Life

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ROSES, FERN, & LANTANA: A Colored Pencil Still Life

Copyright ©1998 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

One of my favorite drawings was based on a simple arrangement of fresh-cut flowers in a small vase of water on my grandmother’s dining table. The roses, fern, and Lantana were all collected from her yard and flower gardens.

SKETCH FOR “DISCIPLESHIP”

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Copyright ©2006 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

This painted acrylic sketch is a quick, crude, preliminary study done in preparation for a much larger 30″x 40″ acrylic painting which was commissioned by Huntsville Community Church. The subject of this piece is the Christian concept of discipleship. The elder saint is loosely based on my own dad — with a bit more beard! Also included are the older man’s mantle and shepherd staff, the younger man, being instructed from a parchment or papyrus scroll, a white dove, a wooden beam, a thorny vine, a hammer with three iron spikes, and a leather bag of seed.

ABOUT ARTIST BARRY CONNER (Artist’s Bio)

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ABOUT ARTIST BARRY CONNER
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ABOUT ARTIST BARRY CONNER:

BARRY CONNER is an American artist whose work has attracted attention since childhood. From the time he began walking and talking, Barry was doing artwork. Growing up in East Texas, he participated in and excelled at countless art shows and contests. Very early on, his parents recognized his ability and interest, provided materials, took him to art exhibits and museums, and supported him through every endeavor and opportunity. By age twelve, Barry had participated in an adult exhibit of wildlife art with The Audubon Society and sold acrylic paintings at the downtown arts and crafts fair. He even was the subject of the feature magazine in the local newspaper. He embraced every opportunity both in school and on his own time to pursue his artwork. Eventually, Barry went on to major in Fine Arts at Sam Houston State University, with a Studio Art emphasis in Sculpture; and studied under such notable artists as sculptor Charles Pebworth, printmaker Stanley E. Lea, and painters Gaddis Geeslin and Harry J. Ahysen. Relocating recently with his wife, from Huntsville to the Kingwood-Humble area northeast of Houston, Barry’s work was then exhibited in the 2014 Small Works Show at The Red Palette Art Gallery (Humble). He is actively developing new large paintings, an emphasis since 2013 and soon to be shown in Tremont Gallery (Galveston) and the Barry Conner Gallery of Art; and he recently accepted the position of assistant to Marilyn Biles, the internationally acclaimed Houston painter. Barry’s professional experience, artistic vision, and versatility span the range of genre and art media, and his passion and joy for creating Fine Art remains undimmed — whether his spontaneous originals or the unique commissioned works imagined and created for a client. Whatever your Fine Art needs, Barry Conner would love to hear from you:

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ART STUDIO EASEL

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ART STUDIO EASEL
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Copyright ©2006 and ©2014 by Barry Conner

This large easel is ideal for work on larger paintings. Shown here is the underpainting for a 30″x 40″ acrylic painting commissioned by Huntsville Community Church. A small acrylic study/sketch for this painting to the the lower left may be seen at the blog entry entitled “SKETCH FOR ‘DISCIPLESHIP'”. The subject of the piece is the Christian concept of discipleship. The elder saint is loosely based on my own dad — with a bit more beard! Also included are the older man’s mantle and shepherd staff, the younger man, being instructed from a parchment or papyrus scroll, a white dove, a wooden beam, a thorny vine, a hammer with three iron spikes, and a leather bag of seed.

TEMPORARY WORKSTATION

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TEMPORARY WORKSTATION

Copyright ©2014 by Barry Conner

Until my new office/studio is ready, this serves nicely for working on smaller paintings or drawings. Shown here is my newest painting, “Lake View Sunrise”.

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Just a note to welcome you to the new site for Barry Conner Fine Arts.

This site became active on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. Please note that it is now VERY MUCH a work in progress. Expect the overall look and feel of the site to change and improve quickly. Most importantly, expect to see many new photographic examples of my artwork. Another feature of this site will be project blog entries, keeping you informed about many of my ongoing art pieces and projects. I intend to provide you an insider’s view of the process and progress — from concept to completion. [See links to my “Recent Posts” — photos and blog entries — near the bottom of this page.]

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