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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Impressionism....Paul cezanne

Paul Cezanne
Well ahead of his time in the arts.
I have been reading about Paul Cezanne life. Why does art cause so my depression???
He was one of the first in the Impressionists movement, but still had no real success until after years of painting and again once he died.
Why does art create a temperament in painters that they become emotional and filled with self doubt?
It made me sad to read that his life was filled with such despair and sadness.
He is one of my favorite painters.
Here is a gallery of his paintings.
Please enjoy
Today would be a good day to do a still life painting.
Pick one of Cezanne's or create your own set up.
Be Inspired,

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Art for the Heart....Jackson Pollock

Art for the Heart.......
Red and Black Hearts, Jean Hart,*
It's about this time of year I start to think I should be paintings hearts for Valentines.
I gave myself a little challenge to paint for an exhibit called,
"I'm a Fool for Love"
It will be full of hearts and love and lots of emotion.
I came across this painting I did some years ago. It must have been during my Jackson Pollock period.
Viewing Jackson Pollock paintings you would think that he just leaves the paint to fly across the canvas with no real thought to where its going to land.
But, no, he paints with intention and his works are filled with cathartic emotions energy.
His techniques are from dripping, to splattering and pour paint onto the canvas. Sometimes he uses sand or glass to add texture to his paintings. Later his technique came to be known as Action Painting.
For me this technique was very hard. My mind would not let me be that free and my paintings ended up with recognizable shapes.
So today's challenge is to let yourself be free to drip, splatter, and pour.
It is lots of fun.
Be Inspired,

P.S. Some of Jackson Pollocks most famous paintings are: The key, 1946, Number One, 1950 Greyed Rainbow, 1953

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blue Monday

Blue Monday
Hearts Wish, Jean Hart

Midnight souls, Jean Hart
All the Christmas decoration have been put away with care for next year.
All the reflections on last year were looked at and a list made for the coming year.
Yet, something feels undone.
Something feels just a bit empty, even though I have great plans for the coming year. I have wonderful plans for new paintings. I just feel a little sad today.
Blue Monday really isn't about being sad. It's a display of blue things, paintings and now I guess feelings.
I have set my timer to only write for 30min today....since the only way I know how to get out of a blue mood is by moving. I will have to get to my feet soon.
Picasso had a blue mood period.
"The Blue Period of Picasso is the period between 1900 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. "
Please enjoy his website to learn more.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Within life lies a chance to adapt..

Within life lies a chance to adapt..
With a New Year I always look to the past to see how I did last year and what I can do better this year.
Many things have change in my life in the last 12 years. I have had to adapt over and over again.
I am reminded of a quote I read from Don Bania, Jr.
"life is a precious gift..within every tragedy lies an opportunity".
It is so true, if I had not hurt my back and was forced to quit a job I loved, I would never have become an artist.
Over the years my artwork has taken on different styles, strokes, mediums and expressions.
I have no doubt that as I grow as an artist my artwork will expand and grow too.
When I first started I wanted to do portraits. I loved people and used my children as models.
I thought that I would be come a portrait artist.
As my interest in art grew I moved on the landscapes and birds..
After so many years of painting I'm still trying to decide what kind of artist I am.
My mediums change, my prospectives have changed and my responsibility to art has changed.
Being a self taught artist means that I am constantly reading new books on art technique and art history. 
What will I be doing this year, 2013?
I'm not sure......And that's what today's blog is about.
I will be adapting to a life of working full time as an artist. Up to now I have only seen myself as someone who likes art, plays around with paint, and has been pretty lucky to have a following of people like my art.
I have been given this chance to paint, once again because of recovery, and, I now must adapt again.
So to all the new friends I've made and people watching me, I say.
Sometimes change is a good thing.
I was reading Don's story, and at first you think how sad a young boy has a devastating motorcycle accident that leaves him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He goes into deep depression, and than comes out of it  saying."My brokenness made me aware of my desperate need for God."
He starts drawing, with using only his mouth to hold the pencil. Teaches himself to draw, he spends over 100 hours on one painting.
Well, I say, bravo, the human spirit will pull you through.
Accept the changes in your life, after you have fight against them and let your spirit shine.
Do you have a story that you would like to share?
Has something happened to you that made you adapt to a different life style?
Be Inspired,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

journal work

As an artist I am always looking for new ideas. I want my artwork to be new and fresh. I was reading about Whistler and he was concentrating on composition and balance in grey and black. This made me think that it's been a long time since I have done black ink work. This little piece is what I call doodling. But I can see how this might be a real piece on canvas with black paint and maybe red hearts. 

What painting has become the most famous, portrait in the world?

What painting has become the most famous "portrait" in the world?
........Whistler's Mother.....
Even though Whistler's intentions for this painting was not to draw a portrait of his mother, the general public ignored his intentions and have instead gone beyond his study of grey and black, to claim that it was a tribute to mothers.
The original title was  simply,
"Grey and Black No. 1"
He was studying composition and color with no real regard for a portrait.
Before he was allowed to hang his painting in the Royal Academy of Art in London, England, Whistler was asked to change the title to Portrait of the Artist's Mother.
Click on to learn more about Whistler 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Jean Hart Artwork Newsletter Jan 2013

Jean Hart Artwork Newsletter
Happy New Year 2013

I'm looking forward to a great year of love, luck, prosperity and, good health.
I wish the same for you too.
Abundance, mixed med. Jean Hart
But just in case, here is how I will be signing the date this year.
"The number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese Feng Shui because the number sounds like the word for “death”. To avoid the number 4 don't write a two digit year because 13 adds up to 4 (1+3=4). Instead write 2013 as the number 6 is good for family harmony, prosperity and joy. "
from my Chinese Horoscope
I have many exhibits and projects scheduled for this year.
In August, I will be participating in a fine art exhibit at the
Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko, NV
We will have a reception, more information about that later.
My next hanging exhibit will be in Feb. for Valentines
"I'm a Fool For Love"
Still looking for a place to hang this exhibit.
But I know it will happen.
I have also joined two art groups for
Mail Art Projects
1. Blue Moon, Romania
2. How Do You See Disabilities In The World, France
Again more on when you can view these exhibitions on line.
Now that I'm feeling stronger, 14 month in my 24 month PT program, I can hardly sit still. I have plans to start inviting people over to paint with me.
"Cocktails and Canvas"
Since space is limited it will be by invitation, so make sure your on my mail list so you can let me know if you're interested.
More on that tooooooo. Look for it in the spring.
I am learning about art history daily and have started to blog about the many artists and techniques I am learning. I invite you to visit my blog, grab a coffee, stay and comment. I always look forward to interesting conversation.
For those that live in Elko.
You can see my artwork at the following business.
 I'm always interested in hanging my artwork so if there is anyone interested in hanging my artwork in your business please contact me.
For those that live in Elko.
Troy Edens Medical Center
Picture This! Art Gallery
NENM gift shop
Cosmic Coffee, Sparks
online store
It's going to be a great YEAR!!!
Be Inspired,

Sometimes a Pear is just a Pear

Happy New Year 2013
Abundance, mixed med. Jean Hart
I'm looking forward to a great year of love, luck, prosperity and, good health.
But just in case here is how I will be signing the date this year.
The number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese Feng Shui because the number sounds like the word for “death”. To avoid the number 4 don't write a two digit year because 13 adds up to 4 (1+3=4). Instead write 2013 as the number 6 is good for family harmony, prosperity and joy.
Traveling is always on my list of things to do and just last November I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It took me four years to get there. I kept making plans and it just didn't work out. Finally, on the Universes time, not my time, I got there.
I loved it, the sights, the sounds, the food, all of it.
We took a day to walk around the town and visit museums and missions.
One of the best places I visited was Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
When I went I was not so interested in her. But after an afternoon spent in her Museum I am now her biggest fan. It's not so much her artwork but it's her attitude I admire.
She is a Master of abstraction art, starting as a modern artist.
Everyone knows her for her big flowers. Few know that she spent time in Texas to teach elementary school art classes.
When she felt people were reading too much into her flowers and made her out to be more sexual then she had in mind when painting her flowers, she started painting pears.....because she said,"no one can read anything into a pear. Sometimes a pear is just a pear."
I connected to her paintings of the land and her simple lines.
If you are in Santa Fe I recommend that you visit her museum, it is well worth the time.
 The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at 217 Johnson Street.
Pear, acrylic, Jean Hart
Be Inspired,

Monday, December 31, 2012

A sea shell by the sea shore

A sea shell by the sea shore, Jean Hart
The Golden Ratio
"If there is a God, he's a great mathematician." Paul Dirac
You see this pattern everywhere in nature.
You see this pattern in art too.
What makes one painting more beautiful than another?
The answer may surprise you.
It's Math!!!
Getting a painting to hold the right proportions is what has inspired artists for centuries.
Proportions is what holds a painting together to create the beauty and balance of a master piece.
The Golden Ratio
as quoted from CKG
"One of the easiest ways to define the Golden Ratio is through the famous sequence of numbers named after the mathematician Fibonacci. See if you you can identify the pattern in the following set of numbers: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34....
Each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. When you divide any of the numbers by the one before it, you get roughly the same number, , and the value becomes increasingly refined as the numbers get larger."
Well there you have it.
Here is my challenge for today.
See how many things in nature you can find that has this pattern and ratio in it.
Start by really looking at flowers, shells, cones, the most common is the spiral itself.
 We have talked about symbols and so it is the spiral too has a meaning.
Spiral: A symbol of change and forward motion. It means growth and progress.
So as the New Year arrives, 2013 will begin and on this New Years Eve day I'm going to make a spiral in honor of bring in the New Year.
2013 the year of the water snake
digital artwork by
Jean Hart
Be Inspired,