Hampton again

Another painting from the Hampton National Historic Site photos I took a couple of weeks ago. This is the herb garden.

Prints available.


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.

A sporting hound, a girl on a bike, and a rainbow of quick marker drawings

Holiday Commissions

Oh, I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but when it comes to commissioned original artwork, it pays to plan ahead!

This year’s deadline for domestic portrait commissions needed by Christmas is December 1st. If you’re located outside of the US, I can’t really guarantee arrival times, so I’d encourage you to order ASAP.

Please note that some prices have changed recently.

Check out price and size options, more samples, and ordering instructions on my website.

If you’re on a budget, or need to order gifts at the last minute, prints also make great gifts. You can order any of the artwork on my website as a signed print in a variety of sizes.

Also check out my Etsy shop for other affordable mini originals, ornaments, notecards, and prints.

Distorted Disney

I just sent off two pieces for this show organized by fellow Girls Drawin’ Girls member Veronica Lynn Harper:

We were asked to satirize Disney classics. At first I had trouble thinking of a way to put a dark twist on a Disney story without simply reverting to the original fairy tales, which were often quite macabre, but then I decided to imagine what might have happened to Sleeping Beauty and Snow White if their princes had never shown up to awaken them.

This media is a little different for me, too. Since I needed to ship the work to Veronica, who also needed to take the work on a flight with her, I decided to skip frames with glass altogether, and paint on small wooden plaques with ink and acrylic. Some of the other GDG gals do this a lot so I thought I’d give it a shot. I like how substantial it made the original pieces.

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