Monday, September 30, 2013

Matt Helmke, walks across Nevada for cancer

This Saturday, my daughter Sarah and I had the privilege to welcome local boy Matt Helmke home on his walk across Nevada to support cancer research. We were just two of a crowd of 30 waiting for him to walk into Elko. Many people had signs,... and wore his braclets to show support. Matt is truly an inspiration for all people, not only for the ones fighting cancer, but anyone who is struggling to make a difference. His spirit has shown us that one man, one voice, can make a difference.

If you do not know his story already, here it is. I think you will be amazed by his courage.
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— with Sarah Hart Bitton. (6 photos)


Mud pack Day

Today is National Mud Pack Day
Treat yourself to a facial. I don't have to be told twice.........

“You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.”
~Richard Bach~

Last day of September, honesty, where is the time going.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Fall Song, Golden and Red

Ruby Dome, Nevada, Jean Hart
Fall, autumn, harvest, cool air, shorter days, pumpkin in the air.
A Fall Song
by Ellen Robena Field
Golden and red trees
Nod to the soft breeze,
As it whispers, "Winter is near,"
And the brown nuts fall
At the wind's loud call,
For this is the Fall of the year. 
         For me this is the best season. I offend wondered why the new year does not begin now. It has always felt like a new begin in Sept. That is when school begins. It is when I got married. There is so much to do before winter comes.
Soft breezes filled with the dropping of leaves.
It's time to put away the carpi's and bring out the sweaters.
Be Inspired,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Technical Tueday Balance, unity, diversity.

Technical Tuesday
Balance, unity, diversity. These are words you will hear when your artwork is being critiqued and judged.
They are principles that should be applied to your composition when laying out your work on paper.
Is your artwork interesting, is it pleasing, does it tell a story?
Which artwork do you find most appealing here. C or D?
Which one captures your attention?
Some things to consider are, color, shape, sizes.
stimulating, pleasing, balance and complexity.
I will not say to you which one is right  or wrong. But if you study one over the other in the answering of these qualities the answer will come to you.
You must be the one, as the artist, to make these kinds of decisions. They have to be given consideration when you compose a piece of artwork.
Remember, that all artwork is critiqued this way, even abstract art.
Be Inspired,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Following My Bliss

What surrounds you is what you will become.
I came across a quote that touched off me drawing this little picture.
"Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible. and untouchable."
R. Buck minster Juller (1898-1983)
If you are wondering the big questions of, Who you are and What is your purpose?. Well, I'm not sure there is just one answer for that.
My thinking is that I will have to keep exploring myself and my world around me.
I recently gave much of my artwork away to a thrift shop in town. This brought on a lot of speculation about if I have given up being an artist.
The answer is NO. Not at all. I had to let go of the old artwork, to make room for the new artwork I see myself doing.
I love this quote. It was given to me by a very wise and dear person to me.
Not only did she say things like, "If you really want something you will make it happen for yourself."
But her next quote was, "Quitters never win and winners never quit."
Those are hard words to go against.
At a young age there was plenty I did not know how to get for myself, so following others examples of what I wanted to do was a good decision.
Once I was older, Never quiting was harder as things became harder to do.
No, I am not giving up art or being an artist. I love it too much.
I am now giving myself time to develop and explore how to become more creative. Investigating how my artwork can inspire and help others. Exploring all my options, uncovering all the possibilities and investigating where the new adventure will take me.
I have emptied nearly 3 bookcases of books. I can hardly wait to see what I fill them up with in the coming years.
I have let go of research books, reference books, and how tos, just so I can free my mind to let in new ideas, new techniques, new ways of living.
Be Inspired,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blue Moon mail art project

by Jean Hart
It's time to send out my paintings for the Blue Moon mail art project in Romania.
What is a blue moon exactly?
I looked it up and here is what it said:
A blue moon is an extra full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, either the third of four full moons in a season or, recently, a second full moon in a month of the common calendar. Metaphorically, a "blue moon" is a rare event, as in the expression "once in a blue moon".
My little painting are only postcard size and perfect for sending through the mail.
Please enjoy my artwork.
Be Inspired,

These are only a few of the many I'm sending.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Live to Inspire

Live to Inspire
Ideas and Concepts
acrylic by
Jean Hart
Inspire. ...

What moves you to the point that you must do something and then share it with someone?
Inspiring is doing something bold or courageous and then passing this high energy along to someone else.
How do you know if you are the one inspiring or being inspired?
I moved completely away from home at a tender age of 18. With no friends to a new city, college and barely no money.
Was that inspiring?
I married at 21 and again moved far from home to a city with no family or friends, with only $100.00 and no where to live.
Was that inspiring?
Being brave, vibrant, and as authentic as you can in living your life.
Yes, I think that's inspiring.
Telling how I left a job as a baker when I read a fortune cookie that said,
"Move in a different direction to begin your dream life".
Yes, that was inspired!
I hope that I don't just tell people about being inspired, I hope they are inspired by watching how I live my life. How sometimes taking a risk works out, being bold is exciting, taking chances makes your heart beat faster, by picking yourself up after a disappointment and moving forward after a good cry.
Keep moving forward...keep up the curiosity....keep the ideas and concepts coming.
I love this little abstract painting. It was my first attempt at painting concepts. Every time I look at it I see something new. It Inspires Me.
Show yourself to the world.
Breathe in, breathe out.
Be Inspired,

Sieze The Day,
new postage stamps

Praying for Peace
New New Postage stamp
created by
Jean Hart

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blossom into the world

There is so much more to you. Share your heart and blossom into the world. You can make a difference."
☼´´¯`•.¸¸.❉✿♥ ✿
color pencil drawing by
Jean Hart
Be Inspired,

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Picasso! He says it best, but I will try.
Would it not be wonderful if we had peace always?
little drawing by
Jean Hart

Monday, September 9, 2013


So what is the point of minimalism?
I went to Seattle and saw some of it at the Seattle Art Museum.
Looking at the one line drawn through a background of blue. I'm thinking, What's this all about?
Am I suppose to be transported to another realm? Am I using this art form to look deeper inside myself? Well, actually, I thought, as an artist, "I'm working too hard if this is whats getting into a serious museum."
Frank Stella once said of his paintings, "What you see is what you see."
Oh, okay, that clears it up.
When and where was minimalism popular, 1960-1975 USA.
Minimalism, because of its very form for having no subject or focal point to keep the viewer interested moved on to Conceptual Art.
Minimalism was a gateway to jump into Abstract and Conceptual artwork. It's place was needed for the cerebral movement to begin. Once people started to view the bold, daring, and emptiness in its simplicity. The viewer could easily move past it on to a piece they then could relate to in abstact form.
Some of the Minimalism artist you may want to look for are:
Carle Andre, Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Donald Judd.
Be Inspired,

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pearls and Perils

by Jean Hart*
Now that you have learned. What will you do with the knowledge.
Pearls and Perils
ink drawing
Jean Hart

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September's Blue Moon

owl blue moon, jean hart
This month took its name from its earlier position in the calendar. September, Latin for seventh month. It became the ninth month when Julius Caesar changed the calendar and made January the first month.
Full moon: Harvest Moon
Universal event: Autumn Equinox, nature comes into balance
Message: To create, to prosper, to appreciate
Activity: Arts, crafts, courting future mates
Healing properties: Prevention through tonics
Color: Brown
Tree: Hazel
Flower: Aster
Creature: Snake
Gen: Sapphire.
September comes with lots of learning for me this fall. I have signed up to take classes at my local college.
My Blue Moon mail art program in Romania is due by the 15th.
I'm still working on my studio...on going project......but each day brings clearing, cleaning and making room for new creations.
Enjoy September
Be Inspired,

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September's Surprise

September's Poppies.
I love September. September is always full of surprises.
Do you like surprises?
I do, although I must say it is very hard to surprise me anymore.
It must have come with growing older. I can always tell when something is up.
How will you surprise yourself today? Is there something you might do that is so unprdictable.
Food is always a good way to change things up.
The days are getting shorter, soon I think I will be walking in the dark, Oh yes, surprise a moonlite walk.....
Be Inspired,