In the studio

LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS

April 21, 2017
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A Gathering of Loblolly Pines © Barbara J Hart is a painting inspired by a visit to Chincoteague Island. This landscape painting measures 9″ x 12″ and is painted in oil on canvas.

It was love at first sight!  Almost three years ago, I left New York City. I now live in a nature driven environment on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic.  I was immediately drawn to the beauty of its waterways and wildlife. I hope my paintings convey my love of this area and its unique timeless vitality of Loblolly pines, marsh lands, and creeks. Not to mention the opportunity for peaceful reflection.

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Happy 2017 – 2 New Landscape Paintings

January 15, 2017
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This year my goal in the studio is to paint more regularly, to avoid distractions and to produce more work. So, to that end, I plan to do a small painting a day. The nice thing about the push to produce a complete painting quickly is that it leads to a more spontaneous looking piece, which is what I am after. The paintings serve as studies for larger formats, and provide a means to solve various problems presented within each painting.

It is the process of  painting that delights me. And, producing quickly is a challenging, productive and fun way to begin the new year. Here are two of my quick studies.

 

island-inlet

Island Inlet © Barbara J Hart , 2017, is a study in acrylic painted on paper and measures 8″ x10″.

 

Day Dreaming is a landscape painting done in acrylic on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Day Dreaming © Barbara J Hart, 2017, is a landscape painting done in acrylic on canvas board, 8″ x 10″

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Painted Floorcloth Commission

December 18, 2016
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I recently completed a commission for a painted floorcloth and here it is!  It measures 7.5′ x 10.5′. So, what’s a floorcloth?

Floorcloths are one of the earliest forms of floor coverings. They originated in France in the 15th Century and were introduced to the colonies through Britain in the 1700s. 

Commissioned floorcloth - 7.5' x 10.5'. Traditional diamonds in center with marsh animals in border.

Commissioned floorcloth – 7.5′ x 10.5′. Traditional diamonds in center with marsh animals in border.

Also known as “olycloths”, “painted” or “crumbcloths”. Originally they were made from recycled ship’s sails, linseed oil, whiting and pigments. The earliest floorcloths were utilitarian (usually painted in one color) and used to cover dirt or wooden floors. Oil cloths (“Olycloths”) received their name from the heavy amounts of linseed oil mixed into the paint. 

With the development of linoleum, floor cloths went into a decline. However, since the 1970’s there has been a resurgence of interest in floorcloths and they have become a fashionable alternative to area rugs.  A floorcloth can last for decades. It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or mop, which makes it very practical.

Install of painted floorcloth with diamonds in center and marsh animals and grasses in border

Install of painted floorcloth with diamonds in center and marsh animals and grasses in border

The process of creating a floorcloth has not changed much except to take advantage of current acrylic paints and primers and polyurethane as a protective surface.

This was a fun collaborative with my neighbor, who had lived in a historic house for many years and had floorcloths scattered throughout. She now wanted a design that would combine traditional with contemporary and with a lighter palette. Here the historical motif of diamonds is incorporated into a contemporary painting of marsh animals in a more coastal palette. We looked through many nature books and I mixed colors until we found just what she had in mind to create a personal and unique floor covering.

Close-up of painted floorcloth with marsh animals and grasses. In the studio.

Close-up of painted floorcloth with marsh animals and grasses. In the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capturing Light and Atmosphere

February 4, 2016
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Calm Waters is an oil painting on canvas board, 6" x 6", Barbara J Hart

CALM WATERS © Barbara J Hart is an oil painting on canvas board, 6″ x 6″

I see the most amazing skies here on the Eastern Shore. Pearly grays, moody yellows, vibrant pinks and clouds with lots of nuances. No matter the weather, I have a fascination with the coast line. I love the challenge of painting the sky, ocean and marsh lands. It’s about capturing the light and atmosphere.

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Morning at Savage Neck Dunes

December 3, 2015
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Morning at Savage Neck Dunes is an 6"x6" oil painting on board by Barbara J Hart. Inspired by a trip to this golbally unique environment.

MORNING AT SAVAGE NECK DUNES © Barbara J Hart, oil on canvas, 6″ x 6″

I collect visual pieces of a place and put them in my paintings.

This tiny painting is inspired by a field trip with my Master Naturalist class. On a beautiful fall day we explored the remote Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve. As we walked the trail, we learned about the many animal and plant species of this globally rare maritime environment.

Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve is a stunning preserve with sand dunes that tower as much as 50 feet above the Chesapeake Bay as well as forest, woodland and scrub. The Preserve provides food and shelter for migrating songbirds as well as  a home for the federally threatened north eastern beach tiger beetle.

Wander a short trail through the maritime forest and gradually you find yourself walking on a sandy path. Here stunted loblolly pines form an open canopied woodland. Meander through the woodland and pass through the dunes that include loblolly pines, ground-hugging beach heather, persimmons, and wax myrtle. Just on the other side of the dunes is a beach with a mile of shoreline running along the Chesapeake Bay. The dunes are an unexpected find along the bay.

How could I not be inspired? The painting is from the beach looking up to the dunes at the loblolly pine and the scrub.

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Landscape Paintings

May 15, 2015
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Inspired by nature. These serene landscapes are set against the distant horizon.

Along the Horizon, oil on panel, 6" x 6", 2015, Barbara J Hart

Along the Horizon, oil on panel, 6″ x 6″, 2015, Barbara J Hart. $90.00

ABOUT the WORK: “Along the Horizon”  is a small (6″ x 6″)  original oil painting on wood cradled panel (3/4″ profile) and ready to hang.  $90.00.

HOW to BUY:  go to Small Works Available for more details and shipping information.

 

Shoreline Memory-oil on panel-6x6-Barbara J Hart

Shoreline Memory, oil on panel, 6″ x 6″, 2015, Barbara J Hart. $90.00

ABOUT the WORK: “Shoreline Memory” is a small (6″ x 6″)  original oil painting on wood cradled panel (3/4″ profile) and ready to hang.  $90.00

HOW to BUY:  go to Small Works Available for more details and shipping information.

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In the Studio: What I’m working on

April 2, 2015
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I’ve always worked in acrylics. That is until now. In New York, my studio was in my tiny New York apartment. Now that it’s in a separate room, on another floor, with a door; I’m giving it a go. I’m working in oils and I love it!

Here’s the under painting for my first canvas. I’m excited to explore color, surface and paint handling through oils and to portray the vitality of the rural landscape of North Carolina.

 

 

Painting in oils

In process: 16″ x 20″ canvas with under painting in oils. No title yet, Barbara J Hart

 

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Travel Journal

January 28, 2015
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Recounting my travels in the studio….
I started working on gelatin prints – small monotypes done on gelatin plates which revisit images from my travels and transition to my new life and new studio in North Carolina.

Each monoprint (a/k/a the painterly print) is printed on 8″ x 10″ paper.  Some have been enhanced with collaged elements and others with marks and added textures.

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What I’ve Been Working On…..

January 28, 2015
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Experimenting with monotypes in the studio….

I started working on gelatin prints – small monotypes done on gelatin plates which revisit images from my travels and transition to my new life and new studio in North Carolina.

Each monoprint (a/k/a the painterly print) is printed on 8″ x 10″ paper.  Some have been enhanced with collaged elements and others with marks and added textures.

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Sweet Talk

January 27, 2015
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Sweet Talk Conversation #1
 
Celebrate love! 
Give a Sweet Talk collage (or two). Available in my shop.
  • This little gem is collaged/painted on a cradled board
  • 6″ x 6″ inches and 1 inch deep
  • ready to hang (framing not necessary)
  • materials, wax, collage items and stamps
  • handmade and one of a kind

 

 

 
 
 
 


 

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