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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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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January 3, 2014
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Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

2013 has been rich with creativity and community, it has been an enjoyable and rewarding year. I want to thank you all for reading my studio blog. 2014 will be even better.

Thank you for your support.  Wishing you the best in the coming year!


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September 11, 2013
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Here’s a corner of my studio with my paints and brushes and artwork from artists friends.  

The album is Sam and Dave’s Greatest Hits. Why is it hanging on the wall you ask?  Because it is warped and because it is one of my favorite records (ahem, or should I say vinyl) and I couldn’t throw it away. So, there it hangs together with two assemblages. The one on the left is created by Susan Olds, called Resumes and Revisions.  The piece on the right is done by my dear friend Carol Fiedler-Kawaguchi. It is a shrine to the things I love – my sweet Golden Retriever Sandy, painting, boats and color…..

A corner of my studio with my paints & brushes & a few favorite works by artist friends


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“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working” Pablo Picasso

June 11, 2010
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Clouds Outside my Long Island Studio Window © Barbara J Hart

Clouds Outside My Window

Do you ever go looking for inspiration? Where do you find yours? You can find it almost anywhere, a walk down the street, a poem or right outside your window. I’ve been finding my inspiration with Kelly Rae Roberts’ e-course, Flying Lessons: Tips + Tricks to Help Your Creative Business Soar. Check out the button on the right side of this post!

One of my goals for the class is to begin posting on a regular basis, so what better way to begin than to quote Pablo Picasso.




“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”


One day while working in the studio this delicious cloud appeared (photo above) in my window and I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera to capture its beauty before returning to my painting. By capturing its image I’m able to keep its beauty in sight and feel inspired by that moment.

Kelly Rae writes about “inspiration + passion + commitment” as necessary ingredients as “we chase after our creative business dreams.” She speaks extensively about the importance of making connections and having to start somewhere. Don’t you think that the creative process, whether in the studio or on the business side is about commitment and flexibility and allowing things to unfold. Again I think Picasso says it so well:

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

So, here are my meager beginnings and hopeful post. I promise I will tell you all about the adventure of having an opening on the Eastern Shore of Virginia during the remnants of Hurricane Ida and a Nor’easter, or as some people call it, Friday the 13th Storm!

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