My Art

Behind Every Painting . . . a story, an idea, a moment

November 2, 2017
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Close to Home © Barbara J Hart is a landscape oil painting on canvas and measures 20″ x 20″

 

Behind every painting there is a story, an idea, a moment. 

“Close to Home” is about that moment when big billowing clouds of brilliant whites, soft pinks, and yellows captured my gaze. These clouds passed quickly as they morphed and changed, never to be the same.  It was a pleasure to capture this vision in its backdrop of blue. To paint them was like touching the sky!

My inspiration was from a photo I snapped of Historic Onancock Creek, located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Onancock is Algonquian for “foggy place”. This lovely colonial port was founded in 1680, and is a short boat ride from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The creek meanders past woodlands, fields and osprey nests, while stately historic homes line its shores.

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Landscape Paintings

May 15, 2015
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Inspired by nature. These serene landscapes are set against the distant horizon.

Along the Horizon, oil on panel, 6" x 6", 2015, Barbara J Hart

Along the Horizon, oil on panel, 6″ x 6″, 2015, Barbara J Hart. $90.00

ABOUT the WORK: “Along the Horizon”  is a small (6″ x 6″)  original oil painting on wood cradled panel (3/4″ profile) and ready to hang.  $90.00.

HOW to BUY:  go to Small Works Available for more details and shipping information.

 

Shoreline Memory-oil on panel-6x6-Barbara J Hart

Shoreline Memory, oil on panel, 6″ x 6″, 2015, Barbara J Hart. $90.00

ABOUT the WORK: “Shoreline Memory” is a small (6″ x 6″)  original oil painting on wood cradled panel (3/4″ profile) and ready to hang.  $90.00

HOW to BUY:  go to Small Works Available for more details and shipping information.

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The Art of the Monoprint – The Process

April 22, 2015
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In the Studio-close up of monoprint process

In the Studio – close up of monoprints in process.

A monoprint is a single print created by transferring an image that has been painted onto a plate and transferred to paper. I love the process of monoprinting. It is a spontaneous technique that lends itself to experimenting with a wide variety of materials, papers, transfer techniques and plates.

The plate is the surface you paint on. Traditionally, plates include metal, wood, glass and plexi, to name a few. Up until I discovered gelatin plates (or Gelli Arts® plates which is the manufactured gelatin plate) I used a piece of plexi for my plate. Please note that permission was received to use the Gelli® or Gelli Arts® trademark, which is owned by Gelli Arts® LLC).

Photo of gelli plate and monoprints in process

In the Studio – close up-working with gelli plate (on left of photo) to create monoprints.

My process involves rolling ink onto the plate with a brayer. Or, applying paint to the plate and building layers through multiple transfers. The transfer of the image from the plate to the paper is done by hand, or with a press. By layering stencils, creating textures from everyday objects and masking out areas of the plate, the image quickly takes shape. To complete the monoprint I often incorporate pastels, paint or glue on torn papers and materials to the print. Continuing to develop it with free and spontaneous methods until I feel that the print is done.

In the Studio. Photo of working process and finished print

In the Studio-close up of monoprints in process with sketchbook and finished print on right.

Here are four new monoprints, inspired by recent visits to gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Now available in the shop.

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