Barbara J Hart

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




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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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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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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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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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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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