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Why Landscape Painting?

April 4, 2017
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Chincoteague Misty Morning © Barbara J Hart , 2017. It is a study of the pines on Chincoteague Island, 6″ x 6″

Painting landscape is magical.

With a few strokes of a paint brush and dabs of color you create clouds that dance across the sky, grasses that sway in the breeze, and marsh land that stretches into the distance.

Landscape artists create illusion. The illusion of deep space on the flat canvas or board. We paint the air to create the warmth of the sun and dark clouds that promise rain. The scene can be painted from a photograph of a place once visited, or on location (plein air) or it can be created from the imagination.

We of course do not paint exactly what we see, there are cameras for that. Instead, we decide what we want to see. We can choose to depict the landscape in various ways. If there are too many trees on the slope, we can choose to leave out a few. We can paint every blade of grass or instead, with the stroke of the brush or palette knife create an abstract field of color.

We work to draw you in, for you to become spell bound and to enter the painting and into the majesty of the land.

 

 

 

 

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Looking to Nature – Longing for Spring

March 27, 2017
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Looking toward the Chesapeake Bay and longing for warmer weather and blue skies. I was inspired to paint this small work (6″ x 6″) while strolling along Savage Neck Dunes on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

By the Chesapeake Bay © Barbara J Hart , 2017, is inspired by a walk along the water on a sunny Spring day. 6″ x 6″, oil on panel.

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Happy 2017 – 2 New Landscape Paintings

January 15, 2017
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This year my goal in the studio is to paint more regularly, to avoid distractions and to produce more work. So, to that end, I plan to do a small painting a day. The nice thing about the push to produce a complete painting quickly is that it leads to a more spontaneous looking piece, which is what I am after. The paintings serve as studies for larger formats, and provide a means to solve various problems presented within each painting.

It is the process of  painting that delights me. And, producing quickly is a challenging, productive and fun way to begin the new year. Here are two of my quick studies.

 

island-inlet

Island Inlet © Barbara J Hart , 2017, is a study in acrylic painted on paper and measures 8″ x10″.

 

Day Dreaming is a landscape painting done in acrylic on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Day Dreaming © Barbara J Hart, 2017, is a landscape painting done in acrylic on canvas board, 8″ x 10″

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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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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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Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beatuty at MOMA

April 6, 2016
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Recently I went to NYC for my friend Mary Diodardo’s opening at Kathryn Markel Fine Art (see April 5th post). While in New York I was fortunate to see the new MOMA exhibit, Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty.

Edgar Degas, Landscape with Rocks (1892).Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

Edgar Degas, Landscape with Rocks (1892). Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibit is about monotypes as well as experimentation, transformation and repetition. And, because monotypes are one of my favorite forms of printing, well, I was over the moon! Through his monotypes, Degas captured the idea of movement and created new ways to portray urban life of the 19th Century. It’s a wonderful exhibit dedicated to how his experimental mark-making used in creating monotypes freed him from tradition. The exhibit focuses on Degas’s process of exploring/manipulating materials and includes more than 120 monotypes together with related paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks, and prints.

One of the fun things about the exhibit are the magnifying glasses made available. They encourage the viewer to look closely at each image  – see the wonderful details of Degas’s fingerprints and smushes.  Look, see how his landscapes are created with a swipe of his finger.

The exhibit also shows how Degas often would pull two or three impressions of the same plate, this leads to a degradation of the image with each print.  The image would be the same but different.  Often he would use the second and third images as an under-layer for pastels.

I came away so inspired by Degas’ process and his passion for materials and experimentation.  I’m heading into the studio to make some monoprints!

Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints organized the exhibit with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Modern Art, and Richard Kendall, independent art historian and curator.

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty runs through Sunday, July 24, 2016. I hope you get to see the exhibit.

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You can read about my monoprint experiments in a previous post, The Art of the Monoprint – The Process (April 22, 2015).

A definition: A monoprint or monotype is created by applying print ink or paint directly to a plate. A single print is created by transferring an image that has been painted onto a plate and transferred to paper. Or, you can cover the plate with ink/paint and selectively remove the ink/paint to create an image. It’s about process and experimentation. It is a spontaneous technique that lends itself to immediacy and experimenting with a wide variety of materials, papers, transfer techniques and plates. A monoprint is often used as a starting point to rework and revise the original image.

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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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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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