Al Barnes: Paint the Wonders of Water

“I?ve always been attracted to water because it has an abstract quality,” Al Barnes says. “My favorite is clear, tropical ocean water. I try to use reflections to capture both the transparency of the water and the correct perspective of the scene.”

“On a sandy bottom, there?s hardly any dark patterns, so the sky doesn?t reflect on the water,” Barnes says.


Three Dugouts (oil, 24×36)

Barnes begins his paintings by roughing-in broad patterns with a thin, wash of paint. “When that dries, I start my second layer in the bottom middle of the painting and work my way straight up to the top in a cone shape that?s about three inches wide at its widest point,” he says. “This is the key to my work–it lets me capture the patterns in correct perspective and provides a guideline for the rest of the piece.


With Luck (oil, 30×40)

Al Barnes first exhibited his work in 1959, eight years before receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967. His work has won numerous awards and can be found in The American Embassy Collection in Russia as well as many exhibitions and one-man shows in the United States. In addition, Barnes? work is published in several national and international publications such as Playboy and Sport Fishing. Barnes works from his residence in Fulton, TX and is represented by galleries such as Meredith Long & Company (Houston, Texas), Florida Keys Outfitters (Islamorada, Florida), The Sportsman?s Gallery (Atlanta, Georgia), The Sporting Life Gallery (Beaver Creek, Colorado), The Caribbean Gallery (Key West, Florida) and The Sporting Art Gallery (Loxley, Alabama).

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