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July 14, 2020

Don't you just love the wonder and beauty of what nature offers? I am continually amazed by it. Sometimes, we’re reminded of it by grand and overwhelming vistas that let you appreciate the wonder and scale of our world. But for me, it’s often the nuance and beauty of the little things like getting up close and personal with the beauty of a single flower that can take my breath away. This painting helps demonstrates that for me. I hope it does for you too. I also get a lot of joy out of creating my paintings. It is my hope that if I share that with you, maybe it will give you a little joy...

June 12, 2020

When I was younger, being 'square' meant you were a bit of a nerd and stuck in the mud of doing the same of old things. [Cue the song by Huey Lewis "Hip to be Square"]. Boy, I am dating myself - is that still even a saying? 😊 Sometimes I definitely still fit the definition above. Maybe that’s part of why I like a square format for my paintings so often.

May 28, 2020

Did you know that not everyone has an internal monologue? I found this out recently and it blew my mind. Learn more about how this applies to this artist

May 9, 2020

Things are so very odd in our world right now. So many things are pushing and pulling on each of us it can help lead us in new artistic directions in painting. Extra time at home during the Covid pandemic has offered me the chance to explore creating abstract paintings in oil and cold wax medium. Check it out!

April 29, 2020

I'm happy to say that I've been painting a lot of dogs lately. As many of you, my dear readers, know - dogs have been a big part of my life. For MANY years I trained, traveled and showed my dogs in conformation, obedience, rally and (mostly) agility. So much fun!  These days, I spend my doggy time loving on and going for long walk with my current constant canine companion,  Phoebe.

I still have many friends and collectors that are dog lovers too in my life. A number of you (thank you!) have been asking me lately to do commissions of dogs for you. Every dog is unique and I've been hav...

April 18, 2020

I'm thrilled to share that my piece "Low Tide" won an award at this year's CCAL Juried Show. This is the first time I was brave enough to enter the Masters category (versus Amateur) so I wasn't expecting to receive an award this year. Love that the jurors felt it deserved this honor. Thank you to Chris Groves for selecting my art for this award! And, thank you to Jaime Bohnke with S&S Destination Trucky's for sponsoring the award!

Reposted from Crooked Creek Art League:
"Low Tide" by Barbara Teusink
S&S Destination Trucky's Award
Oil, $425

It's been a very weird time to have art in a Juried Sh...

June 1, 2019

Shhh... It's a secret.

I’ve been working hard on a commission recently. It’s a surprise gift, so no photos until the recipient gets it.

That doesn’t mean nothing else has been happening though! I’ve been busy creating monotype paper prints for use in creating textured, layered background surfaces and digital reference prep for future paintings.

I’m thrilled to report that, in addition to the commission piece, several of my works have sold recently (“Saluda River View”, “Kiss of Color” and “What’s Up, Duck?”). It’s always exciting when someone falls in love with one of my pieces! Two of these have...

March 20, 2019

So excited and honored that two out of my three entries at the 24th Annual Crooked Creek Art League won awards! 

This is one of the largest art shows in the midlands each year with 128 pieces of artwork and 58 artists this year. I'm in good company: the competition was steep with a wealth of really beautiful artworks this year. 

The Invitation Postcard is extra exciting because it means that this piece of art will be front and center on the CCAL invitational materials for next year's show!

Abstract 101 was a big surprise. Abstracts are a big departure from my normal style but a dear friend c...

March 20, 2019


My dear friend, Judy, recently lost her older dog to cancer. Tivo was a big sweet goofy loving dog. He loved to come over and swim in the lake and he had some adorable Border Collie quirks. He will be missed. I decided I wanted to do something for her and as a tribute to him. So, of course, I painted him!  His painting is now online! 

Update: I'm very proud that out of hundreds of entrants, this piece won 3rd Place in the Amateur Division of the 2018 SC State Fair!  

#Animals #Portraits

August 8, 2018

I was lucky enough to join a group of fellow painters (Shout out to #AboutFace) at a beautiful site recently.

A dozen of us painted plein at the beautiful historic Kincaid-Anderson House near Jenkinsville, SC. It was built in 1774 and has absolutely wonderfully scenic grounds and gardens. We had wonderful weather too. Really everything for a perfect morning of painting. And I enjoyed, it, I really did. And yet, despite all the advantages, my painting was, well... let's just say it wasn't my best work. Truthfully, one of my worst in a while.

I feel lucky though, it means I'm still stretching and...

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