Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall Tour Great News & Home Sweet Home

So here's the great news--we won three awards during the tour! BEST OF SHOW from Ocala and AWARD OF DISTINCTION & SPONSOR'S CHOICE from Pensacola. A Representative from WUWF 88.1, Pensacola's public radio station, presented us with SPONSOR'S CHOICE.

Our other great news to report is that we sold a major painting, Only You Beside Me, which has always been a fan favorite. We know it has the best home it could ever have now. WOOHOO!

Here's a photo of our booth during the fall tour. Click on the photo and it will enlarge, as will all of the photos on our blog.

All photos © 2012 BL Bryant
The trip home from Pensacola was easy going until about 10 miles from the Wyoming border in Nebraska. We awoke at Lincoln, Nebraska to a beautiful sunny 70 degrees morning, but later that day drove into a fierce winter storm. Despite driving 55 miles in the icy and windy storm, we made it to Cheyenne safely at about 3:30 in the afternoon and checked into La Quinta Inn.

The next day was sunny, but cold, and we drove another 50 miles across icy roads from Casper to Shoshoni and then 13 miles through Wind River Canyon. By the  time we reached Kirby at 4:30 that afternoon, the temperature was below zero. The next morning the sunshine did little to warm our studio pictured above with five inches of snow on everything and the mercury reading 9-below zero. Home-Sweet-Home!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Painting Featuring AB's Newest Model

Lion Tamer
32 x 40 inches framed
Soft pastel with mixed media on rag board
© 2012 AB Word 

Shown in its hand-carved polychrome & gold leaf frame
© 2012 Barrie Lynn Bryant
We are now on our fall tour and certainly looking forward to being with everyone at the shows. We've many new pieces to debut, including this one, Lion Tamer, which we feel is a very strong contender as one of our best ever. Come out and see all of AB's new art featuring her main model (the red-haired girl) and her new model (the daughter of the red-haired girl), and Barrie's hand carved frames. WOOHOO!

Friday, October 5, 2012


October 20 & 21, Kentuck Festival of Arts at Northport (Tuscaloosa), Alabama, Booth H07

October 27 & 28, Ocala Arts Festival at Ocala, Florida, Booth G4

November 2, 3, & 4, Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival at Pensacola, Florida, Booth Warhol-6

And here are a few pics of Barrie getting a picture frame ready for the fall tour...

Barrie carving ionic capital

Preparing for gold leaf by sanding gesso

More gesso sanding on frame for Lion Tamer painting
Photos © 2012 BL Bryant

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Model & New Painting

There'll Be Bluebirds

13.5 x 7 inches
Soft pastel with mixed media on watercolor paper
© 2012 AB Word
AB recently began working with a new model who happens to be the eldest daughter of her main model, the red-haired girl. It's an exciting time for us since this youngster proved her mettle and worked through a fabulous first-time solo model session. And we're excited to unveil AB's new painting of her called There'll Be Bluebirds.

Of course, we're preparing this and others for our fall tour. But if this new piece interests you, you should contact us as soon as possible. We'll be framing it soon, so it'll be ready for immediate delivery or for our first show!

There'll Be Bluebirds is available now in a limited edition print reproduction. Printed on 15.5 x 9 inch paper with the image size the same size as the original painting. Price is $54 and $10 shipping for continental USA orders. International shipping is available, but costs more. All credit and debit cards accepted. Please call Barrie at (307) 864-2697 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time to order.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Framed Painting & Booth Shot

Side Show
Pastel on rag board
©2012 AB Word

Shown in its hand-carved polychrome & gold metal leaf frame
©2012 Barrie Lynn Bryant

Here's another painting we've just added to the black cloak series featuring AB's main model standing with a tiger while a man sits caged in the distance.

A photograph of our booth at a recent show        ©2012 BL Bryant

Crazy as it may seem, we did two summer shows recently: one at Salina, Kansas (featured below in the blog) and another at Casper, Wyoming. We don't normally show in summer since both of us don't care for the HOT months, but the exception ruled this time. We're happy that we went to Salina, anyway. Casper was 100 plus degrees with record breaking highs temps. No fun, indeed.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Karla Prickett (left), Director of Smoky Hill River Festival, announces that AB has won the top honor, The Martha Rhea Award of Merit, during the June 9-10, 2012 Fine Art Show held at Salina, Kansas. Ms. Rhea (right), started the show 36 years ago and has nurtured it to be the largest outdoor festival at Kansas and a first-rate venue for arts and crafts. We are very pleased. 

New Painting featuring Native American Child

Her Many Horses

Pastel with watercolor on rag board
©2012 AB Word
Shown in its mahogany and gold metal leaf frame
©2012 BL Bryant

AB has returned to the western theme and completed a beautiful painting featuring a Native American Indian girl she met during a pow wow at Wind River Reservation. The child was traveling with her parents who were selling her father's bead work at pow wows during the summer season. This is the second artwork AB has completed depicting this child and will be offered soon as a limited edition. The original is currently available, so contact us for further details.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Fantasy Painting

(Remembering Rusty Van Reeves)
Soft pastel on rag board
17.5 x 9.25 inches
Copyright 2012 AB Word

Here's a new painting that we've almost finished framing in a tabernacle with an Egyptian flair. And once we do finish, we'll post a pic of that. The original is available for sale and the image will most likely be issued as a limited edition. We've made some proofs already and feel really good about them!

Friday, January 27, 2012

NEW Black Cloak Themed Artworks

     We're gearing up to exhibit during the March 16-18 Metaphysical Fair held at Denver Merchandise Mart. We realize that in our November post we mentioned that we would not be touring this winter and spring. So by doing this event we're sort of touring, but not in the traditional sense. This show will be our one and only venue during March, and we'll be back home in the studios immediately following the show.

      So for this venue we're doing something different; we're doing a tightly focused themed show of the artworks featuring AB's main model wearing her black cloak. Some of AB's best, most evocative, and most popular works will be offered here. We will have available limited editions framed like the originals as well as several brand new original paintings we're working on presently.

As Lovely as a Tree 2
9.75 x 8 inches
Pastel w/watercolor on rag board
Copyright 2012 AB Word


Side Show
20 x 16 inches
Pastel w/watercolor on rag board
Copyright 2012 AB Word