‘Expressions in Light and Shadow’ New works in watercolor by Kay Barnes

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

This exhibition of original transparent watercolors by local artist Kay Barnes is a show rich in color and textures and subject matter. Kay tries to look at each project she wishes to paint and decides on an approach based on the subject’s very unique qualities. Sometime the background is washed in first, other times it is the final touch.

Kay says,” I let the subject dictate the approach. Light is the focus and the foundation for the art. Without light there is no contrast, no color, and no vision. Without light there are no shadows, depth and dimension. This is the primary element that takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. Color is a way of imbuing art with more interest and life.”

Kay uses her masterful skills to translate her vision into a unique original piece of art that touches the viewer.

This exhibit will display a cross section of her recent work that covers a broad array of landscapes, florals, still lifes and a wide range of approaches to painting in this challenging medium.

During the last decade, Kay has developed a special approach to painting in this flexible medium of watercolor that allows her to create textures and movement in a semi abstract image. She then further refines this abstraction to allow a realistic image to emerge. One of these images has been selected for publication in a prestigious art book which showcases the top 100 contemporary watercolor artists. Splash 13, Alternative Approaches, by Rachel Ruben Wolf (editor of American Artist Magazine) is the thirteenth in the series which began in 1991. Splash books contain carefully chosen works gleaned from thousands of entries from all over the world submitted annually. This book is to be released in the summer of 2012.

You will find Kay’s paintings at the Kaewyn Gallery on Main Street in Bothell. Her solo exhibition will open with an artist’s reception from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

You can see Kay’s work and get more information on her teaching schedule at

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