Gail: Share with us the importance of creating watercolor art before creating the physical representation of your designs.
Barbara: Watercolor allows me to tease an idea alive....subtle washes of color bring dimension to a chair or a design for a sheet pattern. I like the way I can "play" with the washes and sometimes stumble upon something that wasn't intended. I can also paint larger brushstrokes for a whole room to get the palette worked out as well as the mood. I cannot imagine being without my paints.
Gail: Why is it so hard to design for yourself?
Barbara: I don't think it is really harder it just takes a different muscle. For a client you decide and present just a few options but as a designer you know the multitude of choices and it can almost paralyze you so you have to really think about narrowing it down and what you really want and that is an effort...
Gail: This quote made me laugh, “My dining room was having an argument with my garden, and like most spats, there were boundary issues, one not stopping where the other began.” How did you resolve that conflict?
Barbara: You will have to read that story to find out the answer!
Gail: What do you hope for your readers to take away from "Around Beauty"?
Barbara: I love this question and thank you for asking it because I didn't see any other reason to write a book except inspiring someone to see the simple and natural beauty that surrounds her/him every day; to inspire others to pause and take in that beauty (even the beauty of an onion), and believe that that little moment of observation and appreciation can be transformative. I hope I am successful in this.
"Barbara Barry: Around Beauty" is available on Amazon.com and wherever fine books are sold.
Photo Credit: David Meredith