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  • Contemporary artistCelebrating the American Landscape

Capturing Light and Atmosphere

February 4, 2016
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Calm Waters is an oil painting on canvas board, 6" x 6", Barbara J Hart

CALM WATERS © Barbara J Hart is an oil painting on canvas board, 6″ x 6″

I see the most amazing skies here on the Eastern Shore. Pearly grays, moody yellows, vibrant pinks and clouds with lots of nuances. No matter the weather, I have a fascination with the coast line. I love the challenge of painting the sky, ocean and marsh lands. It’s about capturing the light and atmosphere.

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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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What Matters? The Love of It.

May 27, 2015
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You can’t always explain why you love what you love. The why of it doesn’t matter. The love of it does. I love vistas and “Hidden in the Mist” is my attempt to paint the mists that shrouds the winding mountain roads and majestic peaks. With edges soft, it swirls and dances and fades away.  I love capturing that moment in paint.

“Hidden in the Mist” will soon be completed and it will be time to move onto another painting.  There is always so much to hold my attention in the studio; paintings in various stages of process.  I find it exciting and challenging.  When done it will be added to the my Landscape Gallery on this site and will be available for purchase. Please check back next week. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

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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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