Hampton National Historic Site paintings/Facebook

Earlier this year, I participated in a one day show/competition at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, MD. The Hampton Arts Initiative has put up a website including some of the pieces from the show that are still available.

There is some great work here to look at or buy, including my watercolors from the show.

Also, did you know that I have a Facebook fan page for my portrait work? If you’re on Facebook, you can “like” my page and receive updates in your newsfeed. https://www.facebook.com/JoannaBarnumPortraits

Next week (once I recover from some major dental work I’m about to have), I’ll be announcing a big print sale, so you may want to get your wallets ready for some early holiday shopping. My husband brought home many, many spare mailing tubes from his office…so many, in fact, that I don’t know where to put them. So it’s the “too many darn mailing tubes in my house” print sale. Stay tuned!


The Road Trip, April 28- May 23

I kept putting off posting this because first it took me a while to get everything scanned and saved, and then I kept telling myself I was also going to WRITE about the trip. I’m not much of a writer. Maybe some writing or travel tips will come later.

For now, here is the art. The title of each file includes the date and location (which will show up if you hover over the thumbnail with your mouse), and they are displayed in chronological order. After the first two, which are awfully overworked, I tried to stick to a timed 15 minutes for each painting. The paintings are all 4″ x 6″, watercolor, painted from life.

I’m not sure what my plan for these is. I might try to keep doing them as I go about my life locally. Originally I thought I’d try to show them, but I don’t think there are enough yet.

My husband and I do plan to collaborate on a small book printed through Lulu that includes my artwork and his photography from the trip, which should be available by the holiday season at the latest.

I guess the originals are for sale if there’s interest. Drop me a line if you want to talk about it.

Hampton National Historic Site

Greenhouse at the Hampton Plantation in Baltimore County, painted from my own photo. My friend Elliot Azzam (check out her work!) and I took a field trip recently to shoot photos for painting. Thanks for the motivation, Elliot!

(Prints available- drop me a line at joanna at joannabarnum dot com)

I’m going on a road trip in April/May, and I hope to do more paintings like this, both from life and from my own photo reference.


My husband’s mom and dad recently took a road trip. For Christmas, I painted a few of the photos they took on their trip and framed them as a suite.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Fort Stockton, Texas

This last one is a quick painting I just finished based on a photo taken in Monkton, Maryland by my friend Jonathan Fell. It’s not part of the series, but I thought it made sense here.

This spring, my husband and I will be taking a road trip of our own, and I hope to do a lot more landscape painting from life and from my own photos.