Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love In The Rain

Love In The Rain
It's raining hearts, by artist Jean Hart
It's raining where I live now. It's not the winter we were hoping for, usually we have snow.
So, I'm moving on to Spring.
In my studio I'm working on Valentine's.
I have heard from other artists that in their studio they work 6 months ahead of the calendar.
So, I really should be working on Summer art.
No, that feels like I'm push time too far forward.
I'm living in my moment.
Here are some of the artwork I have been doing for Valentine's Day.
Lately, I have been working in pen and ink, with just a little color or none.
It is most convenient for when I travel.
I have an idea from this time until Valentine's Day of posting photo's of my artwork, or things that will inspire me for Valentines. They may be things I see when I'm out shopping or things from magazines that I think I would like to give or even receive from loved ones.
There are just so many cool sites on the Internet now.
You can find things from across the globe. Things you didn't even know existed.
One plus One makes Three by artist Jean Hart
Love Fortune Cookie quote,
"Follow love, and it will flee, flee love, and it will follow. " Chinese saying
Be Inspired,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Everything About Paris

Everything About Paris
Paris smarts game
Question- Culture
True or False
It is the custom in Paris to plant a "double kiss" when meeting someone new.
Although the double kiss a peck on alternate cheeks, is common in Paris, there is no single norm. The "triple kiss" and the "four kiss" are popular, too. The standard greeting between strangers and in business settings is ofter a handshake.
Well, I got that wrong. But then again it's nice to know I don't have to go around kissing everyone I meet. It's good to know these customs before traveling.
Here's a website that will help you understand how to get along in Paris.
We don't want to be misunderstood.
He love me, he loves me not, acrylic, Jean Hart
Start with a handshake,
"If a stranger of the opposite sex smiles at you, it's best to do as the French do and return only a blank look before turning away. If you smile back, you might find yourself in a PepĂ© Le Pew–type situation."
Be Inspired,

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

Jean Hart Artwork
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I remember, acrylic, Jean Hart Artwork

One of the things I like to do when I visit peoples homes is look at the kind of artwork they have hanging. Artwork can say so much about a person and their personality.
I find that people who travel will often have paintings of places they have visited.
People will also have a painting of an artist that they may personally know. It seems to be true that if a family member is an artist they will have one or two paintings of Aunt J J hanging somewhere.
Do you like landscapes, still life, abstracts, or contemporary?
Do you have originals or prints?
Here is a fun test to help you decide what kind of artwork you like.
I took it and found out that I liked traditional, vibrant and tasteful artwork.
I enjoyed the comparison of the artwork, and I felt it was spot on. I am pretty much traditional in everything I do.
What kind of artwork do you like?
Be Inspired,

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's my Birthday

This is what 59 looks like.....

It's my Birthday
It's my birthday and I'm spending it with my Mom and sister and brother in the hospital.
It's not the plans I had made for my birthday, no, God had different plans. My Mom fell and broke her hip. We got the call that she was going into surgery and at 91years of age this is critical.
So, I canceled all the plans I made, took three planes and got there after the surgery to be with her.
She wears a hearing aid so you have to speak to her through a speaker box.
While I was there to be with her, in retrospect. She was there for me. We revisited family stories, and laughed about silly things I did while growing up. In spite of the reason I was there I was having a good time with my Mom , brother and sister.

It was a special time to visit with family. I believe nothing makes you think more about family then times of emergency.
Life is fragile.
When I was there it hit me that no matter who you are, where your from or what kind of life you lived, it comes down to this.
The spirit of life.
 The determination of survival. The fighters spirit.
My Mom is strong and I'm so proud of how hard she is fighting to recover.
My birthday was spent with my orginal family.
My Mom, who gave my life and my older siblings that watched over me. 
No matter how old I get, I will always be the baby sister.
That is my station in this family. Outside of this circle my life is my own.
But here I play a different role, and I'm happy to hand over the reins.
Maybe later I will blog about the personality of being the sixth child.
Funny, in  my own home, I deal with the personalities of the first born, and the last born.
So, happy birthday to me and many more to come.
Make plans and then remember be flexible because better plans may be in the offering.
Please, say a little prayer for my Moms recovery,
 and one for anyone who is fortunate to live to be 90 years old.
Be Inspired,


Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Medium is Acrylic

The Little Red Gate, acrylic, Jean Hart

Acrylic Mediums,
I'm often asked what medium do I work in? For me, since I'm a versatile artist and use many different mediums I find I mostly answer by saying I do "Acrylics". 
 Then the person shakes his head and walks on.....
Acrylic paints are fairly new to the art world.
They have been around for about 50 years or so. They are very different from oils and watercolors.
They come in liquid, creams, gels and pastes.
The main reason I like acrylics is that they dry quickly, there is no retarders in them.
If you want the paint to look more like watercolor, thin, simply add a flow to improve the texture.
Of course to if you want the paint to act more like oil, just thicken it with acrylic medium or paste.
I love how you can add texture to make a granular look with pumice gels.
I find that acrylic paints are the most forgiving medium. They too are the most fun paints because of all the things you can add to the paint.
I hope this year you will try acrylic if you have not already. Play with them and have fun creating new peices of artwork.
I have lots of projects for 2015 and most of them will be done in acrylic.
Be Inspired,
I invite you to visit my online store and there you will see many of my artwork done in acrylic paint.