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Balancing Act

clown juggling balls on a tightrope

"Step with Care

and great Tact

and remember life's a great

Balancing Act!"

~Dr. Seuss

It has been a while since my last post. Sometimes the good and sad things in life seem to just get in the way of keeping all the balls in the air in life’s great balancing act. In the olden times, I used to do a lot of yoga, so I had excellent balance. I really need to start doing that more regularly again!

Barbara Teusink doing yoga on a SUP
Me, doing yoga on a standup paddle board

Anyway, there have been a lot of happy and sad balls I've been juggling during my brief hiatus. We lost my father-in-law, had a major medical emergency in our family (no worries, everyone is fully recovered and doing well now, thank goodness!), we almost got a new dog, and we took our first real vacation since pre-COVID. Boy did that feel very strange, but in a good way! We took an extended trip to Kenya for an amazing animal safari followed by a few days in Paris. You will definitely be seeing some travel-inspired artwork ahead!

Here are a few pieces completed recently:

Oil Painting: "Deep Red" by Barbara Teusink
"Deep Red"

What started out as a simple floral painting took on additional meaning for me as we lost my father-in-law a few short months after also losing my brother-in-law. Art can brighten even the darkest times. This is a 'Spartacus' Dahlia. The painting has already been sold.

This piece was started en plein air during this Spring’s Festival of Gardens Tour. Tulips are such a beautiful herald of Spring. Tulips are known for their bold colors and beautiful shape, and most varieties are indeed almost perfectly symmetrical. The blooms have three petals and three sepals, but because the sepals are almost the same size and shape as the petals, tulips appear to have six petals to a bulb.

Bluebirds are very common by our house. They always seem so cheery to me, and they are often considered to be symbols of Spring, happiness, love, and hope. They are sure to make you smile. Did you know that they can produce between 2 and 4 broods during the warmer months and are generally monogamous? Love Birds might be a better name.


Your support for my art journey means the world to me, and I have missed you! It’s my plan to try to get you something new on a regular basis once again. If there are any topics you’d like to hear more about, please let me know!

That’s it for now. You can see these paintings and more on my website. I’ve got several more new pieces and commissions in the queue and I will share them with you soon.

Until next time,



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