Archive for the ‘Publications’ Category

Barry’s Birds for Wood Duck magazine – February and March


These pen and ink drawings were my submissions for the February and March issues of the Wood Duck, the magazine of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club. The monthly feature is called Barry’s Birds.

Eastern Screech-Owl –

Red-bellied Woodpecker –

Barry’s Birds for January, 2017 – Snow Bunting


Pen and ink drawing by Barry Coombs

This pen and ink drawing of a Snow Bunting is my submission for the January issue of the Wood Duck, the magazine of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club. The monthly feature is called Barry’s Birds.

Snow Buntings visit windswept and snowbound rural fields in our region every winter. This individual had a kernel of corn in it’s beak.

Barry’s Birds in the Wood Duck magazine


My hobby is birding. As such, I’m a member in a few clubs and organizations. One of these is the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club. The club produces the Wood Duck magazine nine times a year, from September to May. I recently submitted a pen and ink drawing of an American Kestrel for the December issue. The editor liked it and suggested we make it a regular feature. Barry’s Birds has hatched and taken flight!

American Kestrel by Barry Coombs

American Kestrel
by Barry Coombs

Wood Duck, December 2016, Cover  Wood Duck, December 2016, P. 94

ArtWorks 2016 – OCADU Alumni Juried Exhibition

HARVEST by Barry Coombs

by Barry Coombs

ArtWorks 2016 is a bi-annual OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design University) alumni juried exhibition. The exhibition is hosted by the Dignam Gallery of the Women’s Art Association of Canada. The twenty nine artists selected represent six decades of graduates and a beautiful catalogue has been produced to record the event.

The three jurors selected a strong and varied group of work and I’m pleased that HARVEST, my acrylic on canvas (18 x 24″), was accepted. I graduated from Fine Arts in 1981.

See dates, times and address for ArtWorks 2016 below.


Artful recipes from the Art Etc. Gallery Shop


Potluck Postscripts

I’ve been represented by the Art Etc. Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of Burlington, Ontario for two years. Recently, the volunteers and staff collaborated on a delicious project. The result is Potluck Postscripts, “a collection of favourite recipes paired with images of original artwork from Art Etc. Gallery Shop.”

The book is beautifully designed and four of my watercolours are featured. The first two images shown in the book are VIN ROUGE, by yours truly, and FENCE AND BARN, an oil pastel by Aleda O’Connor. We’re side by side in the cause of art and cooking as we are in everyday life.

Excerpt from Potluck Postscripts

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift with a creative flavour, drop by the Art Etc. Gallery Shop. It’s located in the Art Gallery of Burlington at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario. For more information, view their website at or give them a call at (905) 632-7796 Ext 301.

Excerpt from Potluck Postscripts.

A Rocha Exhibition – Hamilton Spectator Review



The Saturday morning paper was a particularly enjoyable read today. Regina Haggo of the Hamilton Spectator has written a very nice review of the On The Rock exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario. I was very flattered and pleased to see my watercolour, YELLOW LLAMA, featured prominently.

Read the review online here. The exhibition continues until March 30.

YELLOW LLAMA Watercolour on paper  by Barry Coombs

Watercolour on paper
by Barry Coombs

Leisure Painter – December 2013 issue



LPcover-December2013I have a watercolour instructional article in the December 2013 issue of Leisure Painter magazine. As you can see, it’s a seasonal subject.

Leisure Painter is the best-selling ‘Learn to Paint’ magazine from the United Kingdom. Last April, the magazine featured my watercolours on the cover and with a four-page article.

Leisure Painter is available in North American bookstores and can be purchased online and through Itunes.

Featured in Interiors Magazine!


Interiors cover - Spring 2013   Interiors feature - Spring 2013

My gouache on paper, YELLOW TREE, is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Interiors Magazine. My thanks to the team at Interiors for the nicely written profile and for choosing my work. Here’s a look at YELLOW TREE in it’s entirety.

YELLOW TREE - gouache on paper by Barry Coombs

Front Cover of Leisure Painter!


Cover of Leisure Painter-April 2013

Last fall, I was commissioned by Leisure Painter, the best-selling ‘learn to paint and draw’ magazine from the United Kingdom. I submitted an article describing the evolution of my watercolour style. Obviously, I was very excited about the prospect of contributing to such a well-known magazine but the reality has exceeded my expectations.

A detail of my watercolour, THE STUDY, is on the front cover! In addition to that, I’ve been asked to produce more articles for Leisure Painter.

The April 2013 issue is at bookstores and news stands now. It can be purchased online at Painters Online and also from iTunes.

Thank you to everyone at Leisure Painter, particularly editor Ingrid Lyon, for believing in my work and giving me this wonderful opportunity. As always, I’m very grateful to my supportive students and to all of you who follow my efforts on this blog, which received it’s 75,000th view a few weeks ago.

Pages 1 & 2 of Coombs Feature - Leisure Painter-April 2013

Pages 3 & 4 of Coombs Feature - Leisure Painter-April 2013