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Behind Every Painting . . . a story, an idea, a moment

November 2, 2017
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Close to Home © Barbara J Hart is a landscape oil painting on canvas and measures 20″ x 20″

 

Behind every painting there is a story, an idea, a moment. 

“Close to Home” is about that moment when big billowing clouds of brilliant whites, soft pinks, and yellows captured my gaze. These clouds passed quickly as they morphed and changed, never to be the same.  It was a pleasure to capture this vision in its backdrop of blue. To paint them was like touching the sky!

My inspiration was from a photo I snapped of Historic Onancock Creek, located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Onancock is Algonquian for “foggy place”. This lovely colonial port was founded in 1680, and is a short boat ride from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The creek meanders past woodlands, fields and osprey nests, while stately historic homes line its shores.

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Afternoon Gathering of Clouds and Light

October 14, 2017
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Clouds … A Poem

Afternoon Gathering © Barbara J Hart is a landscape oil painting on canvas paper and measures 9″ x 12″

 

I love this children’s poem about clouds. So lovely and whimsical. The author is George Ansell, but that is all I know….

Clouds are very clever things 
They aren’t held up with hooks or strings 
They have no wings to help them fly 
They simply hang there in the sky 
George Ansell

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Radiant Light & Dancing Clouds

July 16, 2017
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“Route 13″ © Barbara J Hart was inspired by frequent trips up and down the Eastern Shore on its main road. Tall trees and grasses line the road below radiant skies and dancing clouds. Oil painting on 6″x6” cradled board.

 

I’ve always been drawn to the landscape of the sky.

When I see a spectacular sky, something that grabs me and takes me out of myself  I’m compelled to take a photo. Not as a record but as an emotion that I feel. I’ve always loved to watch clouds. Growing up in Brooklyn, my sister and I would lay on our backs on the stoop and watch clouds form, collide together and move into different shapes, all illuminated by light.

Clouds give a particular emotional tone to a painting – ordinary stillness or extraordinary events above.

And with a painting you can return and recapture a particular feeling, unlike with a cloud formation, where in a few minutes, it’s gone.

Painting clouds gives me a chance to create drama and depth, to internalize a particular moment giving it a tone. Baroque skies are dramatic and powerful while sublime skies have unearthly, visionary qualities.

There is always the association of clouds to heaven, with the divine, belonging to nature. Painting the landscape of the sky reminds me that we are all part of nature.

In this painting the sky and the road take on a luminous quality. Low clouds are separated by blue sky. Some clouds are like bunched cauliflower with flat bottoms while others dance in an airy realm of wind and space. 

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A Road Full of Sunshine

July 12, 2017
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Road to Tara © Barbara J Hart is a landscape oil painting on cradled board and measures 6″x6″.

Clouds pile up into fluffy mountains floating across the summer sky. “Road to Tara” was inspired by my weekly trips to Tara King’s farm, By The Bay Alpacas.  The dirt driveto  Tara’s house is more than a mile long and depending on the weather it can be very difficult to navigate. But, not on this hot summer day. There was a scent in the air, something was blooming, but I do not know what.

This was a fun painting because I love to paint clouds. Their irregular and ambiguous shapes shift and change and take on different forms.  Clouds can be challenging, but so much fun!

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Clouds Floating Into My Painting

April 11, 2017
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On my easel this morning.  

 

Painting in process . Peeking out above the canvas is a portion the photo I’m working from. Colors on the palette are mixed and I’m ready to go!

 

Here’s the photo I’m working from. This was taken on one of my morning walks along the Onancock Creek. Don’t you just love that sky! 

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Making a Painting

June 19, 2015
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Summer Sky, oil on panel, 6" x 6", Barbara J Hart

Summer Sky, oil on panel, 6″ x 6″, Barbara J Hart

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

To me, painting is alchemy of color, line and texture. It’s about discoveries along the way from the initial idea to the completed work. With each painting I open my heart to the experience on the canvas as I explore the process.

Each painting is the exploration of the unknown and each provides a new journey, an adventure, a study of light, lines, form and texture. How do I capture the feelings, the essence of a place? Painting is a non-verbal medium. The act of painting is not about a spoken language but I try to find the language that expresses my experiences; to record the brush strokes that produce the paintings. How do the speed of the hand and the pressure of the brushes on the surface affect the painting?  This is what I think about as I paint.

Nature inspires me and I hope you find peace in Summer Sky, a little gem of a painting, oil on wood panel, 6″ x 6″. 

 One of the great joys of making a painting is sharing it with you. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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What Matters? The Love of It.

May 27, 2015
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You can’t always explain why you love what you love. The why of it doesn’t matter. The love of it does. I love vistas and “Hidden in the Mist” is my attempt to paint the mists that shrouds the winding mountain roads and majestic peaks. With edges soft, it swirls and dances and fades away.  I love capturing that moment in paint.

“Hidden in the Mist” will soon be completed and it will be time to move onto another painting.  There is always so much to hold my attention in the studio; paintings in various stages of process.  I find it exciting and challenging.  When done it will be added to the my Landscape Gallery on this site and will be available for purchase. Please check back next week. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

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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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The Art of the Monoprint – The Process

April 22, 2015
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In the Studio-close up of monoprint process

In the Studio – close up of monoprints in process.

A monoprint is a single print created by transferring an image that has been painted onto a plate and transferred to paper. I love the process of monoprinting. It is a spontaneous technique that lends itself to experimenting with a wide variety of materials, papers, transfer techniques and plates.

The plate is the surface you paint on. Traditionally, plates include metal, wood, glass and plexi, to name a few. Up until I discovered gelatin plates (or Gelli Arts® plates which is the manufactured gelatin plate) I used a piece of plexi for my plate. Please note that permission was received to use the Gelli® or Gelli Arts® trademark, which is owned by Gelli Arts® LLC).

Photo of gelli plate and monoprints in process

In the Studio – close up-working with gelli plate (on left of photo) to create monoprints.

My process involves rolling ink onto the plate with a brayer. Or, applying paint to the plate and building layers through multiple transfers. The transfer of the image from the plate to the paper is done by hand, or with a press. By layering stencils, creating textures from everyday objects and masking out areas of the plate, the image quickly takes shape. To complete the monoprint I often incorporate pastels, paint or glue on torn papers and materials to the print. Continuing to develop it with free and spontaneous methods until I feel that the print is done.

In the Studio. Photo of working process and finished print

In the Studio-close up of monoprints in process with sketchbook and finished print on right.

Here are four new monoprints, inspired by recent visits to gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Now available in the shop.

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