coming up in march


Barb Carmen Pet Portraits Exhibit

next month at The Coffee Peddlar in Harrison, Ohio.

These are images of some of the fur and feathered friends I’ve had visit my studio, including work I’ve done for the rescue For the Love of Kittens and for Canines for Christ. On display will be wood prints, framed art, canvas thin wraps, and metal prints.

The exhibit will be on display March 6th through the 31st
during the Peddlar’s normal business hours.

Opening Night is Friday, March 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

It’s a casual event and all are welcome. I will be there and, if you’re reading this and live close by, I hope you’ll stop in.

I want to thank The Coffee Peddlar and owners Pat Frey and Gerilyn Jobe (you can read their story here) for making this possible. Special thanks to Peddlar staff member and friend Anna Gabbard who coordinated everything and worked out the details.

(Right-click the image below to download the event flyer)



True or False? Your dog has a special identifier that is the equivalent of a fingerprint for humans.


According to the American Kennel Club, the answer to the question is TRUEEvery dog’s nose print is unique. No two dogs have the same.  Every bump and ridge is their own.


This is a true statement for another family pet — your cat!

When you pick up a camera which eye do you use to look through the viewfinder? Most people use their right eye. I would too, except, I can’t. My right eye is “lazy”.


At the age of 16, I went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to get my driver license. I was given an eye exam. The only letter on the eye chart that I could see with my right eye was the letter E — in part because I knew that was the letter at the top of the chart. When I was unable to distinguish any of the other letters with my right eye I was asked by the administrator, “What are you? Blind?”


That question echoed in my mind. I felt defeated and disabled, limited by my vision.


Maybe this is why, when I look through the lens, I am truly amazed by the details. It is the face that draws me in. I see every color in a pet’s eyes, every wisp of fur, and the uniqueness of every animal.


To this day I have a choice to make. I can say, “If only I had two good eyes then I would be a better photographer.” Or I can say, “I only need one good eye to look through my camera –and that is what I have!”


It’s in those moments of taking a picture that I celebrate what I can see, every detail of God’s creation, and I am thankful for one good eye.


My “vision” is limitless.