Barbara J Hart

  • Contemporary artistCelebrating the American Landscape

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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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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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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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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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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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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