Barbara J Hart

RELAX ALONG SIDE A NYC WATER TOWER

December 23, 2011
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Pillow made from my painting of NYC water tower

I recently found an on-line source for designing and printing fabric.  I thought it would be a fun to see what one of my paintings looked like as a pillow. What do you think?

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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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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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Upcoming show at Richardson Gallery

November 8, 2009
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Preview of New Works for Upcoming Show at Richardson Gallery
24 King Street, Onancock, VA (Eastern Shores)
757-789-3151
Opening Reception on November 13 from 5 – 8 pm

Where has the time gone!

The summer has just flown by and posting to this blog has been rather sparse. It’s been a busy time with some solid creative work in the studio. Aside from my studio activities, work and other goings on, I am always distracted with the adventures and opportunities of my life and negligent in posting my work. My life sometimes is a whirlwind of activities and people, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of the paintings that will be included in my upcoming exhibit.

My current paintings explore landscape. Images inhabit fields of color that divide and sub-divide the picture plane and capture the spirit of a place; a visual journal of memory. I attempt to capture the beauty of subjects encountered in daily life but often overlooked. A walk down a city street or a stroll through a rural landscape elicits a unique experience with a particular sense of light, feeling and texture.

I find beauty in the commonplace. My landscapes are reduced to simplified forms, visual icons that capture the essence. Empty fields, a stand of trees, and tree branches are my inspiration for my rural landscape paintings. I attempt to give them new perspective through simplicity and color.

Rarely acknowledged, often overlooked, New York City water towers exist on another plateau. They inspire me to look up in this bustling city. I paint the simple elevated wooden barrels to bring attention to the quiet beauty of these relics of our urban environment

I paint a tapestry of colors and moods of living in the city or the serenity the rural vista. My work investigates the process of painting as tactile, layered and object-like. The surfaces are worked so evidence of underlying images is revealed to suggest the passage of time. My color palette is inspired by time spent in New Mexico and in the Pacific Northwest.

Enjoy!

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Look Up!

November 8, 2009
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Look Up! © Barbara J Hart, acrylic/collage/stencil on canvas, 12″ x 16″

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