Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Illustrated feature in this month's National Geographic Magazine on Gaudí’s Masterpiece, the Sagrada Família

Looking toward the future, the lesson of Gaudí is not to copy his solutions but rather to look at nature for inspiration … nature does not go out of fashion. -Bassegoda 


Friday, December 3, 2010

Check out the new Etsy site for my personal work!

The paintings I donated to OCAD's Whodunit Show and Sale have sold, but I've just put 15 new paintings up on my new Etsy Gallery.The link is http://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbaraSpurll. Have a look and see what you think. If you're interested in making a purchase, I'd like to give you 30% off by way of the coupon code below. Regardless, I'd love to hear your feedback! Please note that I will be deactivating my listings between Dec. 5th and Dec. 20th.
Coupon code : VIP10
How to use the code:
1)First add an item(s) from my shop to your cart and start the check out process.
2)Enter the code in the 'notes to seller' and the email address where the revised invoice should be sent.
3)Complete the order but do NOT go to Paypal to pay.
4)You will receive a revised invoice, and a link to complete payment, via email reflecting the discount.'

Friday, November 26, 2010

When you think things are bad 
when you feel sour and blue
when you start to get mad
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more
oh, ever so much more
oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!”
~Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010


Find out Whodunit? at OCADU's Mystery Art Show and Sale, Nov 17th- 20th
". . . one of the city's most ingenious visual-art fundraisers" - Sarah Milroy, Globe and Mail

These are the 3 watercolour paintings I donated to the show this year.

5.5 x 7.5 inches, watercolour on archival paper

Public Preview
NOV 17 to 20
Onsite at OCADU
NOV 17 - Noon to 6pm
NOV 18 & 19 – Noon to 8pm
Free admission

Public Art Sale
NOV 20 – 10am to 4pm
Free AdmissionArt Preview – Coming Soon!

The Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale is OCAD University’s signature fundraising event. It’s an 

exhibition and sale of hundreds of pieces of original art donated by artists who are famous and 

not-yet-famous, including well-known and celebrity artists, OCADU faculty, alumni and students. 

Here’s how it works…

Arrive early with the list of the pieces you like so that you can get your top choices - all art 

is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure that there is Mystery Art for everyone to 

buy, we respectfully limit artwork purchases to three per person. Every piece is the same size 

(5 ½” by 7 1/2”) and the same price - $75. The art is on the front, the artist’s name is on the 

back. Like it – buy it – then turn it over and see Whodunit?

You can preview the hundreds of pieces of original Mystery Art during the Public Preview (onsite 

or online November 17-20, 2010) and write down the numbers of the pieces you would like to buy. 

You can buy the artwork at the Public Art Sale on Saturday November 20, 2010.

The artists “whodunit” will be revealed online after the Mystery Art Sale.

2010 Mystery Art Preview – Coming Soon!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
What you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.

If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate.

~Ajhan Chah

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Life drawing, Oct.15, 2010

1 minute

5 minutes

10 minutes (Unhappy accident at the bottom, but I'm starting to like these brighter colours!)

15 minutes

20 minutes
All images on this blog are copyright Barbara Spurll.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

If you bring forth that which is within you,
Then that which is within you 
Will be your salvation.
If you do not bring forth that which is within you,
Then that which is within you 
Will destroy you.
-The Gnostic Gospels

The Prophet: Khalil Gibran

On Joy & Sorrow

Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

Friday, October 8, 2010