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Barbara Johansen Newman
I'm an artist, children's book author, illustrator, and designer.
Interests: design, illustration, kids' books, kitcshy stuff, elvis lamps, jukeboxes, carnival chalkware, vintage eye glasses, and other stuff your mother threw out. i love to paint and draw and collect. i also love to paint and draw the things i love to collect.
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Life and the demand of family has kept me out of the blog loop for more than a year. Actually it's kept me out of a lot of loops, blogging being just one of them. But, I'm back and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Design Rocket
I've been absent for a while from this blog. Life and art has kept me drawn in another direction. But my focus is back and I am back to books and art and also thrilled to announce that the latest adventures of Bobbie and Joanie have been noted. My latest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Glamorous Garbage!
Remember these old fashioned display cards in dime stores, drug stores, and variety stores? They existed for everything: sunglasses, pens, lighters, all sorts of things. I used to love them and I still do. I often keep my eyes out for them. So, while composing this post, I HAD to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Glamorous Glasses
I call it something like "Retail Therapy." Except in my case, it's "Optical Therapy." Yup, I've been on the lookout for new glasses again--my way of pampering myself after a somewhat stressful couple of years (been at least that long, I think, since my last new pair). I bopped over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Glamorous Glasses
Just another variation on a vase--this time with a vintage soda bottle carrier and using dried flowers instead of fresh. There is something nice about the aluminum combined with applied paint to the raised advertising Pepsi script. Old advertising display... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Design Rocket
This morning I found my mind wandering... First, I found a great site for some great Glamorous Garbage ideas--Upcycle That. The project above was featured on that blog and it is the funkiest re-use idea that I have seen in a long time. I would love to have this in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Glamorous Garbage!
It's no secret that during the Winter of 2015 Boston has been covered with more snow than ever before--or at least more snow since they have been keeping track for the last hundred plus years. It's March 18th and we still have a back yard sitting under about a foot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Glamorous Garbage!
This picture just about sums up my life since I last wrote on this blog: MY HANDS HAVE BEEN VERY FULL! Part of my time has been spent working on my latest picture book, Glamorous Garbage. It's the latest book... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Design Rocket
From a lovely and creative young lady named Megan, come these fabulously decorated, one-of-a-kind Glamorous Glasses! Megan used bits ad pieces of lots of things to get this fabulous affect. I'd wear these in a heartbeat! Doesn't this make you want to create a unique pair for yourself? Related articles... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Glamorous Glasses
I never really embraced the narrow eyeglass frame trend of recent years. I stuck to my standard, roundish, wayfarer sort of frame. "Bigger and rounder" is the phrase I always use when I visit my favorite optician. And it's been the same for about 40 years. But in this case,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Glamorous Glasses
The first rule in decorating is that there are no rules, except one: your rooms should reflect your taste--not someone else's. In other words, decorate with things you love and that make you happy or your space will never feel truly your own. I was married for about 15 years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Glamorous Garbage!
Do you like going to flea markets, yard sales, thrift shops, antique stores and maybe even the dump? So do I! I visit those places every chance I get. I simply love old and used stuff. That's one reason I wrote and illustrated a new book: Glamorous Garbage. It stars... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Glamorous Garbage!
Vintage, Plastic Bunnies with Glamorous Glasses, that's what! There is always something especially charming about animals in clothing. And it is even more charming if they are animals in clothing, wearing glasses. Doesn't get much sweeter than these eyeglass wearing bunnies holding bunnies. With bubushkas, no less. Poor Mrs.Bunny--lost her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Glamorous Glasses
It's been a long and challenging year for me. Some of it was coping with family crises, some of it was healing from a wickedly torn ham string, and much of it was work, work, work! But I have been seeing so many wonderful and fun shots of Glamorous Glasses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Glamorous Glasses
Go visit illustrator An Koffsky's blog and check out the great coloring pages of summer sunglasses! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
So, not too long ago, I discovered that the author Philip Roth is from Newark, New Jersey. I believe that I first learned this in this New York Times article, regarding his decision to stop writing. With that discovery, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Cats and Jammers Studio
So Niclcole Tamarin messaged me to tell me the subject on Illustration Friday was "Glasses." I have never participated in that site before today, but how could I NOT do it now for the first time?? Check it out! I posted my family portrait shown below. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
...Sees better together! This is an illustration I did after reworking an old piece I did for Soap Opera Digest years ago. The theme of the old art was that every family had at least one skeleton or slightly nutty member in the closet. In this case, it was the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
Imagine waking up to the glorious morning sunshine once the weather warms, and you stroll out to your backyard with a steaming cup of coffee, breathe in the sweet scent of spring, listen to the happy chirping of the birds building their nests, and then you glance down....and see the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
In this case chickens. Lots and lots of chicken. From an old editorial illustration I did for Pittsburgh Magazine years ago. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
I was recently interviewed by Monica Lee over at Smart Creative Women. Monica runs a great site that gives people the opportunity to hear about artistic journeys from the artists themselves. She also offers sage career advice and consultation if you are a working artist or creative person. I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
Recently I had the pleasure, albeit a somewhat nervous pleasure, of being interviewed by my good friend Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women via Skype (nothing makes you more aware of age and weight than knowing you will be on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Cats and Jammers Studio
I am posting shortly over at Cats and Jammers Studio, my waxing philosophical, often verbose blog. I'll be writing about my journey as an artist and how important I think it is that we allow ourselves the opportunity to shift... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Design Rocket
Well, yes. Yes I do have more than one pair. I won't tell you exactly how many, but I just picked up my latest today ( a pair of striped illestevas to be exact, fitted with transiton progessive lenses) and while I was there I left another pair to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at Glamorous Glasses
Pictures really do speak volumes, and my husband, Phil Newman, is a persistent and thoughtful photographer. In our family most of us get so busy enjoying the festivities we forget to drag out the camera. Fortunately he is always there,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Design Rocket