Pound Puppy

May 8, 2017

Isn’t she just the cutest? I saw this Puppy at the pound and just had to paint her picture! Lucky for me I don’t go there often or I would want to adopt every dog. 

This was done with hard and soft pastels on Uart 500 paper.

Buying Art

January 10, 2017

Pears (Poires)

September 16, 2016

Pears (Poires)

Art by Kathleen Hartman

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Looking at art…

April 14, 2016

When you view art, do you really see it? Or are you just looking at the colors, whether or not it will go with your color scheme, or just glancing at it as you hurry by?

I have come to realize that it is the subtleties that make my art work for me, even though many viewers may miss them. My inspiration when painting people or animals is usually about what is going on deep inside, in their eyes, or what they are thinking.

I recently painted two portraits which I am now exhibiting in a show. Both, I think are strong pieces, but I wonder if viewers even take the time to really look.  (See below)

One is titled “Imagine” and is a painting of a child who when you see his eyes tells you that he is in deep thought, either imagining what can be or is just really wondering about what it is he is looking at. If you don’t notice his eyes, you would miss the whole point of the painting.

The second painting is titled “Middle Age” and is of a woman starting to show some age in her skin and in her hair. She is  maybe looking at herself in the mirror and wondering what happened to her youthfulness. She has just a few of those crazy gray hairs, that maybe wouldn’t even be noticed by the viewer, unless you really looked.

Both paintings have very subtle suggestions that are most likely missed by the average viewer. This is what I enjoy about painting. This is the statement I want my paintings to make. Look hard and see what the artist is trying to make you see or feel the next time you view an artist’s work.

As I probably said somewhere before, I want my art to make a connection with the viewer, to evoke some feeling or emotion from the viewer.  Artists put so much of themselves into each and every painting they do. Whether its people, flowers, landscapes, or still lifes, trust me it’s there.

So the next time you view art, take your time and really look. Hopefully you will see some of the subtleties.

  Middle Age – Pastel Imagine – Pastel

On Painting…

April 10, 2016

I have been painting for many years now. I have learned so much, and realized that the learning part of art never ends. There is something new every day. And I love discovering new ways to paint and create. I also learned that you may hear the same lessons over and over, but your brain will not register that information until you are in that stage of painting. You know, that “aha” moment when you finally get it!

Another thing I learned is that you do have to paint daily, even if it is only for an hour. Practice, practice, practice. Every painting is not going to be a masterpiece! Sometimes I paint the same subject more than one time until it is the way I envisioned it. But sometimes a painting takes on a life of its own, and that can be a good thing too.

I have found out too by attending numerous workshops that some wonderful and successful artists make great teachers, and that some do not. So be picky about the workshops you attend. Read reviews and listen to what other artists are saying. I, for one, do not want to pay good money to watch another artist paint. Yes, I love a demo, but I want to paint too and experiment and learn. I don’t expect to go home with a finished piece. I just want to try something new that I am learning in that workshop. And I want an instructor who is willing to share all they know and one who will work with me to help me become the best that I can be.

The biggest thing on painting that I, or anyone else, can tell you is to just do it! Paint and practice, experiment, make mistakes, and have fun!

I paint for me, and paint what inspires me, not what I think other people want to see. A part of me goes into every painting I create.  It is hard sometimes sharing your art because it is such a personal thing. You are putting yourself out there. But I get such a high when I share with others, especially when they are touched in some way or make a connection with my work.

Buying Art

April 7, 2016

I have been thinking about why people should purchase art and why they should not.

Some food for thought…

You should buy art because you love it, because something about it speaks to you, or because it has an emotional impact. Yes, maybe you love the colors too, but do not buy it solely for the color. If you purchase a piece of art you truly love, you will find a place for it.

Leave it up to the interior designers to match and work things out by color. I can tell you, most true artists do not put their heart and soul into a painting to sell it to someone because of the color.

True artists are painting a subject because it moves them, or it is a challenge they want to work out, or because it is a sign of the times they want to record. So much work and thought and emotion goes into each and every piece.

Every time I paint something a piece of me goes with it!  I choose things that I love, like people, animals, or flowers and nature ( earthy things that inspire me). I must be excited about starting a piece of art.

Sometimes I get so emotionally attached to a piece and I hate to part with it. However, I get most pleasure from sharing my art with others. When someone loves a piece of my art and it makes them happy, then I am overjoyed! And I am happy knowing it is going to a loving home.

And those are my thoughts on why should buy art!