Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Join NORTH AUBURN ARTISTS for our annual Mother's Day weekend OPEN STUDIO TOUR

I have new work:
New Jewelry designs in copper, glass, steel, and antlers

New wall art:

New large format scarf designs:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New work and a great model

I've been doing larger scarves lately. Daughter Michelle who is 5'9" has encouraged me to add a line of bolder and larger wearable work - jewelry and silk. As she models on the side, she has helped launch this new work by modeling for me! Next post will include new jewelry.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother's Day Open Studio Tour

Please join me and 16 other artists in North Auburn.
I'm introducing new copper and steel jewelry.
We'll have cool lemonade as temperatures will be up.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Open studio Sept 22-23

Join us in North Auburn Saturday and Sunday September 22-23. 14 artists are opening their studios for demonstrations and exhibits of our work. I will be painting and have silk set up for studio visitors to try their hands at silk painting.
Lots of fun to be had. I have new silk scarves, wall hangings, luminaries and jewelry.

map and information can be found at:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Coming soon... Barbra Paitich Website

This is one of my cuddly hand painted silk satin baby quilts.....Last weekend we were visiting Brandon and Kira in their wonderful new home/studio in Topanga Canyon. (I'm recovering from knee surgery.) They plopped me down on the couch and wouldn't let me leave the "pod," pretty much waiting on me all day. Brandon - great teacher that he is - helped me construct a website, then sent me home to finish. I'm busily going through photographs with that in mind. So stay tuned... I'll post the new site soon.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Open Studio Mothers' Day May 12-13

Check out the artists on the North Auburn Tour for Mothers' Day. If you're in the area, this is a fun way to spend the day.  I have silk set up for demonstrating the techniques I use and also for visitors to try. Children are welcome.

I'll have hand painted silk scarves, steel and silk wall hangings, luminaries (glass cylinders covered with silk), jewelry with fused glass and shells from remote beaches in Baja California.

I'm working at the Baja Studio for March and part of April, then back in Auburn.

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Canine Companions auction piece

This silk and steel piece was auctioned at a Canine Companion fundraiser a few years ago. My friend Chris's breeder was playing in their pond. Steel grasses act as framing for the piece.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Finally back, really!

After many months of redecorating our home, I'm finally back in the studio. Dialogs with friends lately have resulted in my dragging out sketches from figure drawing classes to do some new nudes. Here is one from the past. I'll be opening my studio for Mothers' Day weekend along with 17 other north Auburn artists. Yipee, back in the groove.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rings and Travel

Well I'm back... geez.  Brandon told me to keep this blog going and I didn't. But, I'm back.
I made the glass the these rings months ago and finally figured out how to put them together in a unique way with wire. Michelle is my quality control person. Looks like they're holding up well.

I'm off to Greece but will be back.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Latest Talisman work


Monday, January 24, 2011

Silk and Steel is my specialty.

For many years now I've combined my hand painted silk with steel cut in organic shapes and woven with the silk, or used as the framework for hanging pieces on the wall. 

Angel Fish 36"x61"
frame is hand cut steel silk is hand

approximately 5 feet square
the grapes and leaves are of hand cut steel
silk is hand painted

Friday, January 7, 2011

Talisman jewelry

The first blessed talisman was actually a necklace. These shells were gathered by my daughter Michelle. I designed this piece with her input; it includes pearls with glass and stone beads.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


In meandering a beach in Mexico, I found some shells (worm casings, I'm told) that have become special to me - each time I find one I feel blessed. I decided to make a talisman for young man of whom I'm fond who is a Marine leaving for Afghanistan soon.  In constructing it, I began empathizing with his mother. So the process morphed into two talismans - a small one for the Marine to carry and one for his mother. Hers is meant to hang in a window to catch her eye for sending off blessings to him. The creative process was filled with positive protective energy.

talisman small 3 inches  total

talisman 8 inches WINDOW

Saturday, December 25, 2010

a beginning

 The setup of this blog is a Christmas present from my son Brandon who has a great blog and has started me on this venture. Check out his work at

Since I'm brand new to this whole thing, I have decided to dive in headfirst...if you can't beat 'em join 'em! Please stay tuned to this blog for updates on my latest artwork and other related ventures... I plan to do weekly updates so please stay tuned!! Thanks for your support...