Studio

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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PAINTING STUDIO CHAOS MAKES WAY FOR CREATIVITY, STORAGE AND STYLE

December 12, 2014
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A fresh start – setting up my new painting studio.



As many of you know I had been working from my Long Island City apartment. It was a darling little studio (little being the operative word). It was two steps from my bed and it was taking over! I would literally step out of bed and into the studio. To economize my space I raised the bed and pushed my flat files under it. The down side was that since I used my bed as a surface I would have to clear it off before climbing in at night.  The work was too close. The space was too confining. So, I moved.
 
I am happy to say that I have taken my art full time. With the move comes an extra room that is my new studio.  Now, I actually have room to work, a closet to store supplies and a door that I can close.
 
Can’t wait to show you the big reveal!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to YOU

January 3, 2014
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Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

2013 has been rich with creativity and community, it has been an enjoyable and rewarding year. I want to thank you all for reading my studio blog. 2014 will be even better.

Thank you for your support.  Wishing you the best in the coming year!

Cheers,
Barbara

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Drawing is about Seeing

September 30, 2013
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I love to draw. Drawing is about seeing, making marks, erasing, making more marks and seeing some more ….. I love the process!

Drawing in Pencil of Tree Branch by Barbara J Hart 28″x20″

Drawing is a discipline used to gather information. It’s my way of converting an idea into a simple line, a way of making marks on paper. When I draw, the subject takes on a life of it’s own, and  it brings an awareness of the value of every day objects.
Close up of Tree Branch- pencil on paper by Barbara J Hart-28″x20″

“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye” – Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw. 

Work in process -tree drawing – pencil on paper by Barbara J Hart – 28″ x20″

Here’s my latest drawing on the easel and the second drawing in my tree and branch series.

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WILD FLOWERS IN FIELD

September 15, 2013
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WILD FLOWERS IN FIELD © Barbara J Hart – 12″ x 9″ – oil on canvas
Close up of WILD FLOWERS IN FIELD©Barbara J Hart

Longing for open spaces, broad horizons and colorful wild flowers.  For now I am content to be in my studio and to paint the serene vistas from my photographs.

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A CORNER OF THE STUDIO

September 11, 2013
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Here’s a corner of my studio with my paints and brushes and artwork from artists friends.  

The album is Sam and Dave’s Greatest Hits. Why is it hanging on the wall you ask?  Because it is warped and because it is one of my favorite records (ahem, or should I say vinyl) and I couldn’t throw it away. So, there it hangs together with two assemblages. The one on the left is created by Susan Olds, called Resumes and Revisions.  The piece on the right is done by my dear friend Carol Fiedler-Kawaguchi. It is a shrine to the things I love – my sweet Golden Retriever Sandy, painting, boats and color…..

A corner of my studio with my paints & brushes & a few favorite works by artist friends

 

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My Love of Clouds

August 29, 2013
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I’ve always been inspired by clouds. On hot summer days my sister and I would pass the time looking up – to see how many animals and shapes we could find in those big clouds gliding above us. 

I’ve taken so many photos of clouds … but never attempted a painting. Until now.  In this small painting I wanted to try to paint something monumental (the sky) on a small surface (10″ x 8″ canvas). It was a real challenge….

Storm Clouds-©Barbara J Hart-Oil on canvas-10″ x 8″

 

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Winter Light – A Portrait of Tree Branches. First Drawing of 2013 by Barbara J. Hart

January 15, 2013
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Happy New Year – Here is the first drawing of 2013!
WINTER LIGHT, © Barbara J. Hart, Pencil/pen on painted board, 8.5″ x 13″


I love tress in winter, stark and beautiful without attire.  Here is Winter Light a portrait of long branches without memory of leaves dancing on a cold breeze and anticipating the return of fresh green finery. 

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What’s on the Easel?

January 24, 2012
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LONE TREE © Barbara J. Hart, 24″ x 24″
oil/collage on canvas
Here’s the painting on my easel this week.  A walk through a Pennsylvania meadow inspired this painting/collage.  I love to study trees, don’t you?  I’m inspired by how they exist in the landscape.  The power in the form of a tree with branches reaching out in various directions encloses you and at the same time is open.  I’m investigating landscape and how it implies a distant space and at the same time restricting the tree to a square or rectangle.  In my attempt to observe trees I also investigate painting as a process and my relationship to the landscape.    

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Three Cups

June 12, 2011
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Three Cups, oil on board, 24″ x 30″ – © Barbara J. Hart

I’m back in the studio and it feels good!  I’ve been attempting to grab more time in the studio whether it is at 6:00 AM or at 10:30 PM.  I’m finding that even a half hour here and there is better than nothing.  I work a full-time job that takes a whole lot of energy, and many times by the end of the week I’m not really sure what Art is anymore! I’m exhausted and feel disconnected from my creative self. And, I’m not alone, so many of my artist friends struggle with the same issues. 

This past year I’ve been working to create schedules for myself.  I have a schedule for studio time, a schedule for marketing my work and last but not least (although the toughest for me), a schedule to post to my blog. In addition to my little snippets of time during the week I save the serious time (4-5 hours) for Saturday and Sunday.  Let’s see how it works!

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