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Barton S. Hays

Artist: Barton S. Hays
Birth: April 5, 1826
Birth City: Greenville, Ohio
Birth County: Darke
Death: March 14, 1914
Death City: Minneapolis, Minnesota
1st Marriage: Amy Woodsman
1st Marriage Children:
2nd Mariage: Ellen Houser 1846
2nd Marriage Children:

Artist Summary
Subject Matter: Landscapes, portraits, still lifes
Art Association:

Biography of Barton S. Hays Barton S. Hays traveled to Indiana in the mid-1800's settling in northern Indiana. Barton painted early pioneers when he lived in Wingate, Covington, and Attica Indiana. He was an abolitionist and since panoramas were becoming popular for the time Barton painted one depicting the scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin. With good reviews from the public, Harriet encouraged Barton to paint another panorama which he did with good reviews.

Life In Indianapolis In 1858 Barton Hays moved to Indianapolis and according to Mary Burnet "He formed a partnership with a photographer under the firm name of Ha…

How to Paint a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in Acrylic Session 2

Subject: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Apple Blossom
Date: 03/10/2018
Painting Session: 2
Medium: Acrylic on Illustration Board
Colors Used: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Lemon Yellow, Brilliant Blue
Previous Sessions: Session 1

I spent this session layering in a mixture of lemon yellow and Titanium White on the butterfly. I also added another layer of Carbon Black to the dark areas of the butterfly and added more detail to the body. You can see the details in the larger photo below. I used a liner brush to paint in the hairs on the body, there is more work to do in this area. I need to add more yellow and try to make the hairs a little softer. I used Brilliant Blue to add the blue accents around the tail. I need to refine this area more to bring out the blue and soften the edges. Will add another layer of yellow in next session and try to achieve some variation of yellow tones on the wings.

How to Paint a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in Acrylic

Subject: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Apple Blossoms Date: 02/22/2018
Painting Session: 1
Medium: Acrylic on Illustration Board
Colors Used: Titanium White, Naphthol Red Light, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue Lemon Yellow.

Using a reference photo I took of a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly I created the composition first on paper. Once I was satisfied with the composition I transferred the drawing to the illustration board. I accomplished this by lightly rubbing graphite on the reverse side of the drawing then lightly tracing the lines of the image to the graphite would transfer to the bard. I was careful not to press too hard so that I would not create any dents on the board. If lines were faint after the transfer I darkened them a with a pencil.

I roughed in the initial layer of the butterfly using yellow and black applying a thin watered down layer of acrylic. Then did the same for the flowers using a mixture of Titanium White, Naphthol Red Light, and Qu…

Mail Pouch Barn West of Nashville Indiana

I have not spent much time working on a full drawing in graphite so as part of expanding my artistic horizons I thought I would try. If you like to draw landscapes then check out "Smoothie77" on YouTube. He has a lot of good videos on drawing landscapes and is an excellent artist. I tried to use some of the techniques he describes in his videos although my work is no near the level of his. I am interested in doing more drawings and want to try different papers and boards to see the differences. From what I have read there is a lot of difference and you will get different results in the tones of grey and deep blacks. According to Wikipedia Mail Pouch Barn advertising was painted on Barns from 1891 o 1992 primarily in the Midwest. My assumption is not too many of these barns remain.

This barn still stands just West of Nashville In. on State Road 46. Has you can see from the reference photo the advertising is still visible.


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