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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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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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A Place of Diversity and Beauty

March 26, 2016
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"Stillness" is an oil painting on canvas board of Eastern Shore marsh land. 6" x 6" by Barbara J Hart

STILLNESS © Barbara J Hart is oil on canvas board and measures 6″ x 6″

 

I just love the marshes along the Eastern Shore. A walk through these magical boggy places encourages you to slow down, take in the sights, smells and sounds of nature. They are places that fill you with awe and a reverence for the beauty and diversity of nature.

 

MARSHLANDS

“A thin wet sky, that yellows at the rim,

And meets with sun-lost lip the marsh’s brim”…

by E. Pauline Johnson

 

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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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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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Bits and Pieces – Mixed Media

September 26, 2010
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BITS and PIECES © Barbara J Hart, collage on board with beeswax, 10″ x 6″

Here’s the Latest!
Mixed media on board with a layer of beeswax. 10″ x 6″

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Bits and Pieces – Constructing a Collage Mixed Media with Beeswax 10″ x 6.5″

September 14, 2010
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BITS and PIECES © Barbara J Hart, collage on board with beeswax, 10″ x 6″


Bits and Pieces – Constructing a Collage

Over the years I’ve accumulated a collection of old ticket stubs, boxes of maps, beads and shells among many other trinkets. I am drawn to things worn and the mystery of a previous life. I so appreciate smokey patinas and aged surfaces.

Here is one of four collages recently created in the studio. Using torn papers, tattered letters and architectural images, I create a relationship among the various elements. Incorporating fragments rather than whole pieces of found materials provide a sense of intent and accident. Adding a postage stamp places the work in a specific place and time in the world while functioning as an element to balance the picture. Each collage is on wood and finished with a translucent layer of melted beeswax to give it a vintage feel.

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