World audience for local miniatures

Artist hopes show will gain fans for petite paintings

Tri-Valley artist Barbara Stanton goes small in her paintings but is about to go large in her audience. She will be the first American artist featured on the Australian television show "Colour in Your Life!" with host Graeme Stevenson.

"I'm so excited about this opportunity to share my miniatures with the world," Stanton said. "It was wonderful to meet Graeme and his lovely camera lady, Sophia Stacey. They spent the day with me, interviewing and filming me paint a miniature landscape in oils."

The show will be aired on PBS stations across the United States and will be released on YouTube sometime in late January or early February.

"They were quite the professionals but also very friendly," added Stanton, a Livermore artist. "I love their Australian accents. They made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera."

She hopes that being on the show will help promote her miniature painting workshops.

"I would love to spread the news about this wonderful way of self-expression," she said.

Stanton specializes in miniature oil painting and portraits, miniature and full size. She paints in the dollhouse scale, 1/12 (1 inch equals 1 foot), so the paintings fit perfectly in any fine miniature collection, some no larger than a postage stamp. Her oil paintings are done on a variety of subjects in a realist style, using color and light to make each piece glow.

Although Stanton is known by fine art miniature collectors around the world, she also creates larger works. Pleasanton, where she grew up, commissioned her to paint a 22-foot-by-7-foot mural called "Pioneer Founders of Pleasanton," which can be seen on Main Street under the Arch across from the Museum on Main.

Stanton also runs a figure drawing workshop and teaches art classes at Livermore's Bothwell Arts Center. Her works are displayed at the Livermore Art Association Art Gallery, 2155 Third St., in Livermore -- a local co-op where she has been a member for about 25 years.

About the show

"Put Some Colour In Your Life" -- or "Colour In Your Life!" -- is a television series created in 2010 by master artist Graeme Stevenson. It began in the small town of Murwillumbah, an artistic region of Australia, and the show has spread out to encompass the arts and artists of the country -- and the world. The website, which runs in conjunction with the TV series, was created in the hopes of building an arts hub for artists all around the world.

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

Thanks for posting this article!
The show will air on you tube on Jan. 22!

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Posted by Carole
a resident of Danville
on Jan 19, 2016 at 7:30 am

Wonderful to read this article! I took a week long miniature painting workshop with Barbara in 2003 in Maine. I learned so much and enjoyed myself tremendously. The miniature painting that I made of my baby granddaughter is still a treasure of mine!

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