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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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A Season of Celebration and Giving Thanks!

December 19, 2016
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"Ain't Life Grand" is an acrylic on canvas painting of a dog jumping for a Frizbee.

“Ain’t Life Grand” © Barbara J Hart is an acrylic on canvas painting and measures 44″ x 30″. Available as greeting cards.

In this season of celebration, joy and gratitude, thank you to

People who collect my work and read my blog

Other artists who challenge and inspire me and generously share information

Folks who enjoy my art and whose compliments keep me going

Teachers who have encouraged me

Family and friends whose love and support I so cherish!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year!

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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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Featured Artist on Artsy Shark

November 30, 2016
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I was delighted to be selected to be a featured artist on Artsy Shark. Read more about the feature here.

Acrylic painting on canvas, 18"x24", Barbara J Hart

PIECES OF SPRING © Barbara J Hart is oil on canvas and measures 24″x18″

Earlier this year, I submitted an online application to be featured on Artsy Shark and was accepted!

In addition to the Featured Artist page Artsy Shark provides business articles geared toward artists. It is an on-line blog created by Carolyn Edlund. Carolyn has a wonderful eye for featuring a variety of artists working in various mediums. Carolyn also provides business consulting and website reviews.

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New Studio Space – PB&J Studio Opens

June 28, 2016
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Very excited to announce that I am sharing a studio space with two other painters. We had a very successful Grand Opening and received local press about the event. It was all very exciting and rewarding. We call ourselves PB&J Studio. Here’s why:

Art Studio 5-3-16

View of the studio at the end of the Grand Opening of PB&J Studio

 

Grand Opening 5-13-16

The studio is painted a beautiful turquoise, one of our favorite colors.

We are three local painters Penny Makris, Barbara Hart and Jeanette Darnell and we have teamed up to create PB&J Studio. The naming happened on the spot. We were excited to see the studio with beautiful turquoise walls and plenty of space, and we looked at each other and asked “What are we going to call ourselves?” Jeanette suggested “How about PB&J?” And the rest is history. Our light-filled working studio is a pleasant and inviting environment which is open by appointment.

Penny works from an intuitive place and her paintings explore fantasy and spirituality. Barbara finds inspiration for her paintings in marsh lands, clouds and country roads. Shape, line and mixed media are the driving forces in Jeanette’s paintings of nature and everyday objects.

Stay tuned for continuing developments.

 

 

 

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Landscape Artist on Artsy Shark

June 23, 2016
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Last week I opened my email and discovered, much to my delight, that I will be a featured artist on Artsy Shark. I had submitted an online application to be featured and was accepted. It was a great way to start the day and to celebrate my birthday. My feature date will be announced in the near future.

Artsy Shark is an on-line blog created by Carolyn Edlund. Carolyn has a wonderful eye for featuring a variety of artists working in various mediums and a talent for telling their stories.  It is inspiring, engaging and informative.

In addition to the featured artists page there are business articles geared toward artists.  Carolyn also provides business consulting and website reviews.

In the meantime, I’m in the studio working with monotypes to create a series about trees. The beauty of nature is a constant in my work. Trees are tied to the earth by their root system and their branches reach for the sky, they unite heaven and earth. I am hoping to create a forest of trees in this series.

A collection of monotypes. Each measures 8.5" x 11". The one featured on top is called "A Gathering"

A collection of monotypes. The one featured is called “A Gathering” © Barbara J Hart , 8.5″ x 11″

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Rustic Seaside Waterman’s Cabin

June 13, 2016
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This light filled painting with shimmering water and atmospheric qualities makes "Seaside Waterman's Cabin" simply sing!

SEASIDE WATERMAN’S CABIN © Barbara J Hart is oil on canvas board and measures 6″x6″

 

On the Atlantic side of the Eastern Shore of Virginia you can see a few rustic cabins built on stilts and perched on the marshland along the remote barrier islands. These tiny cabins were used by watermen to guard their oyster beds from poachers. There are only a few still standing due to the weather and waves that continually reshape this chain of islands. I couldn’t resist painting this little gem of a cabin with the shimmering water and atmospheric qualities of the afternoon sun.

 

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North of Here

April 10, 2016
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"North of Here" is an oil painting on canvas board. It measured 9" x 12" and painted by Barbara J Hart. It is of a road in the Hudson Valley, NY

NORTH OF HERE © Barbara J Hart is oil on canvas board and measures 9″ x 12″

North of Here is oil on canvas board and it was inspired from a photo that I took a few years ago during my stay in the Hudson Valley, New York. In this painting I attempt to capture the fleeting moments of light on atmosphere. I wanted to create the feeling of being there on the road, looking at the field and enjoying those fluffy clouds!

How does the permanence of the land and the impermanence of the shifting light affect our perspective of the landscape and our experience of it?

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Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beatuty at MOMA

April 6, 2016
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Recently I went to NYC for my friend Mary Diodardo’s opening at Kathryn Markel Fine Art (see April 5th post). While in New York I was fortunate to see the new MOMA exhibit, Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty.

Edgar Degas, Landscape with Rocks (1892).Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

Edgar Degas, Landscape with Rocks (1892). Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibit is about monotypes as well as experimentation, transformation and repetition. And, because monotypes are one of my favorite forms of printing, well, I was over the moon! Through his monotypes, Degas captured the idea of movement and created new ways to portray urban life of the 19th Century. It’s a wonderful exhibit dedicated to how his experimental mark-making used in creating monotypes freed him from tradition. The exhibit focuses on Degas’s process of exploring/manipulating materials and includes more than 120 monotypes together with related paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks, and prints.

One of the fun things about the exhibit are the magnifying glasses made available. They encourage the viewer to look closely at each image  – see the wonderful details of Degas’s fingerprints and smushes.  Look, see how his landscapes are created with a swipe of his finger.

The exhibit also shows how Degas often would pull two or three impressions of the same plate, this leads to a degradation of the image with each print.  The image would be the same but different.  Often he would use the second and third images as an under-layer for pastels.

I came away so inspired by Degas’ process and his passion for materials and experimentation.  I’m heading into the studio to make some monoprints!

Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints organized the exhibit with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Modern Art, and Richard Kendall, independent art historian and curator.

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty runs through Sunday, July 24, 2016. I hope you get to see the exhibit.

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You can read about my monoprint experiments in a previous post, The Art of the Monoprint – The Process (April 22, 2015).

A definition: A monoprint or monotype is created by applying print ink or paint directly to a plate. A single print is created by transferring an image that has been painted onto a plate and transferred to paper. Or, you can cover the plate with ink/paint and selectively remove the ink/paint to create an image. It’s about process and experimentation. It is a spontaneous technique that lends itself to immediacy and experimenting with a wide variety of materials, papers, transfer techniques and plates. A monoprint is often used as a starting point to rework and revise the original image.

Cheers!!

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Last week to see RED BARN painting at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2016
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Wanted to remind everyone that this is the last week to see my painting Red Barn. It is included in the annual Artist Exhibit at Black Mountain Center for the Arts.  The Center is located at 255 West State Street, Black Mountain. Open to the public, Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM. Stop by if you are in or around Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Thank you everyone for your continuing support.  I so appreciate you all!

RED BARN, oil on canvas, 16"x 20" by Barbara J Hart

XOX

Barbara

 

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