Windfield No.1

UPDATED 8/28/2023 …I wanted to do something a little different with this post. I’ve decided to turn it into a “living” blog post, continuously updating with details of my process… Read More

Paradise Found

A painting by Elizabeth Barenis is shown, depicting a vibrant white bird of paradise flower with multiple blooms and a green and yellow background.

With the exception of an occasional request for parrots, most of the birds that I paint grow from the ground. They are birds of paradise.   Although it is native… Read More

How I spend the off-season

Being a professional musician can be a 7-day-a-week, 365-days-a-year job. Schedules are unpredictable and can range from rehearsals in the mornings and afternoons to performances in the evenings, with practicing… Read More

The Artist and Her Symbols (Part 3)

Elizabeth Barenis is shown wearing a pink hat and standing next to her painting of two monk parakeets on a navy blue background. One parakeet is perched on a cypress branch; the other is mid-flight with wings spread. Behind and overhead are oranges and orange blossoms hanging.

My last two blog posts have centered on three-dimensional work I’ve made using the bird as a symbol for transformation. And if you’re curious about other iterations of that work,… Read More

A great drum sound

Playing the drums is one of the things I enjoy most in my life.  But something I also really enjoy is listening to great playing and there’s no doubt that… Read More

The Truchet Series

Mikhail Mansion, Truchet Tiles

Truchet tiling is a valuable technique for crafting intricate geometric designs using tiny tiles. Originally conceived by French mathematician Roger Truchet in the early 18th century, it has been widely… Read More

Forged With Love

Nestled high in the mountains of  Tuscany lies the small village of  Pomezzana, home of the family-run business, Milani Utensili. Visiting this idyllic place and meeting the lovely Milani family… Read More

Glengarry Highland Games

The Glengarry Highland Games are held each year in the small community of Maxville, Ontario, which is about a one hour drive west of Ottawa, Ontario.  This is one of… Read More

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