Open Studio at my home – You’re Invited

Hello art lovers!

Holly Van Hart in my backyard in Saratoga, CA
Holly Van Hart
in my backyard in Saratoga, CA
(Photo by K. Cooney)
Silicon Valley artist Holly Van Hart awarded Best of Houzz 2016 for her commissioned nature paintings
Holly Van Hart
Honored to have been award Best of Houzz 2016

You’re invited to my Open Studio solo exhibition. Please join me –

Dates:   May 7 and 8, 2016, 11 am – 5 pm
Location:  20830 Boyce Lane, Saratoga, CA 95070

Come visit and say hello!  Enjoy browsing through my home gallery and studio, while enjoying nibbles and drinks.  Bring your friends and family.

Fresh baked, hot chocolate chip cookies will be served all weekend :-)

More than twenty new abstract nature paintings will be on display – forests, fields, flowers, nests and more.  (Many of these  paintings are so new they haven’t been posted on this website yet.)  Studio tours will be offered throughout the day.

Stop by and see the paintings up close.  If you’re like most people, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the in-person experience . . . the textures and colors really bring the paintings to life .

Prints and notecards will also be available, and are priced right for gift-giving.

While parents enjoy the art exhibit and studio tour, children’s art projects will be available to keep the young ones busy. Adults can try their hand at painting by picking up a brush and dabbing some oil paints on a community-created abstract masterpiece.

This exhibit is part of Silicon Valley Open Studios; during this same weekend, you can enjoy visiting studios of many other Silicon Valley artists.

My family and I would be honored if you joined us.

btw, if you’d like a sneak peek at this year’s work before May 7, email me at holly@hollyvanhart and let’s make a date.

Add it to your calendar today.  See you then!

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New painting . . . ‘Amid the Scent of Roses’

Abstact rose painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract red roses with green and multi-color leaves, oil painting, title 'Amid the Scent of Roses'
Amid the Scent of Roses
30×24″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
$2,200
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Watch a video of this painting being made here.

Detail shots of ‘Amid the Scent of Roses’ –

Abstact rose painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract red roses with green and multi-color leaves, oil painting, title 'Amid the Scent of Roses'

Abstact rose painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract red roses with green and multi-color leaves, oil painting, title 'Amid the Scent of Roses'

Abstact rose painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract red roses with green and multi-color leaves, oil painting, title 'Amid the Scent of Roses'

Abstact rose painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract red roses with green and multi-color leaves, oil painting, title 'Amid the Scent of Roses'

Abstact rose painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract red roses with green and multi-color leaves, oil painting, title 'Amid the Scent of Roses'

 

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Best of Houzz 2016

Feeling honored to have won the Best of Houzz award for my abstract nature paintings –

HouzzAward_HollyVanHart

Huge thanks to my supporters and collectors and reviewers on Houzz. You are the best!

If you’re not already familiar with Houzz, it is the leading platform for home design and remodeling.

Click here to see Houzz
, including images of my paintings installed in new homes and newly remodeled homes.

Example here –

Artist Holly Van Hart wins Best of Houzz Award for her abstract nature paintings
Two of my paintings installed in the living room of this new home


Want some more info on commissioning a custom painting
?  Click here – http://hollyvanhart.com/commissions/

 

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New painting . . . ‘Alternate Reality’

Forest painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract trees in a sunlit forest, oil painting, title 'Alternate Reality'
Alternate Reality
30 x 40″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
$3,200
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Have you ever tried meditation?

I’ve tried it multiple times, including a 2-day class in Indonesia, but failed miserably each time. I can’t calm my mind in that way.

On the other hand, the act of painting has a meditative quality to it that I love.

Painting can completely absorb me and transport me to a different place.

My paintings often go through a bunch of twists and turns before they are done.  Sometimes, by the end of all that, I don’t quite remember how things progressed along the way.

‘Alternate Reality’ (shown above) was a painting that was totally absorbed me like that.

It felt so refreshing. Lucky me.

Do you have a meditation practice, activity, hobby or job like that?  If so, lucky you!

 

 

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New painting . . . ‘How Dreams Are Made’

Flower oil painting by Holly Van Hart, Yellow flowers against blue sky, 'How Dreams Are Made'
How Dreams Are Made
36 x 48″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
$4,200
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In ‘How Dreams Are Made’, the flowers  represent the opportunities in our lives . . . exciting and bountiful opportunities swirling all around us.

The visual inspiration came from a photo of a cluster of yellow flowers against a blue sky.    I painted those larger flowers first.  And then I had even more fun by making made up the rest to balance out the design.  It

‘How Dreams Are Made’ and ‘Possibilities in Full Bloom‘ will be part of an exhibition at the J. Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette starting in May.  Unless they find a new home before then :-)

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Honored to feature my friend, Diane F

Collector of Holly Van Hart's oil painting, commissioned for her living room
Meet Diane F
Adventurer, Mom, Retired Sales Executive
A collector of my art, and now a friend

What’s the favorite part of your job? Whether you’re a banker, lawyer, stay-at-home parent, or an artist, we all have something we love most about our jobs.

The favorite part of my job is . . . you!

Really. The absolute best part of being an artist is that it gives me an excuse to get to know you better. I feel honored to know you, and to keep in touch with you.

(Plus, as you may have guessed, I love playing around with gorgeous, buttery oil paints all day long.)

So, today I’m featuring Diane F, a fascinating and accomplished woman, a collector of my art, and now a friend.

Here are some of the many things that are totally cool about Diane –

  • As a sales exec in the electronics industry, Diane aimed to retire by the age of 45 and succeeded.
  • Last year, Diane became a Mom of an amazingly adorable son.
  • She holds a Masters degree in Computer Education
  • While in college, Diane led a group of 50 teenagers on a bus tour across the US.
  • As a world traveler and adventurer, she has (in her words) “seen half the world, and still has half to go”.

Diane recently remodeled her home, and commissioned me to make a painting for her spacious living room. In honor of Diane’s cool accomplishments, the painting is named ‘Dreams within Reach’.

Video – The making of Diane F’s custom painting
(Link to all videos on Holly’s YouTube video channel)

It’s a privilege to know you Diane!!!

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New painting, just released . . . ‘Threshold of Miracles’

Abstract nature painting by artist Holly Van Hart, oil painting featuring white flowers
Threshold of Miracles
20 x 40″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
$2,400
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What do boys middle-school soccer and ‘Threshold of Miracles’ have in common?

Well, the inspiration for this painting was a big bush of white roses planted at a local middle school.  The roses were brilliantly lit in the afternoon sun.  I noticed them while my son was playing soccer, and couldn’t resist snapping a bunch of photos.

Using my computer, I tried a few combinations of photos until one stood out as the best design. Then I set to work in my studio to make this painting.

This painting is called ‘Threshold of Miracles’.  It symbolizes all the amazing things we can do with our lives (and the miracles we can create) when we keep our eyes open.

Wishing you lots of sunshine and miracles in your life!

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Do habits help (or hinder) creativity?

 

Oil painting for sale, Afternoon Light, abstract nature painting by Holly Van Hart
Afternoon Light
24 x 18″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
View from the side
$1,500
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Do you stick to certain daily habits?  Would you think that habits help (or hinder) your creativity?

This might surprise you, but many creative people have strong daily habits.  And we go to enormous lengths to maintain them.

Habits allow our mental bandwidth to be channeled to create new stuff (art, music, computer programs, legal strategies, etc), rather than being wasted on the mundane (for example, what to eat for breakfast).

If this topic fascinates you (as it does me), you might like to check out the book ‘Daily Rituals: How Artists Work‘ by Mason Currey.

Some of my habits include eating oatmeal for breakfast every day (all 7 days of the week, all 52 weeks of the year, with very rare exceptions), and heading to my studio to start painting as soon as my sons leave for school.

One of my habits is eating a bowl of oatmeal every morning. I vary the extras (strawberries, nuts, cinnamon, coffee, hot chili pepper, . . . ) but the oatmeal stays the same.
One of my habits is eating a bowl of oatmeal every morning.
The extras vary (strawberries, nuts, cinnamon, coffee, hot chili pepper, . . . )  but the Quaker Oats stay the same.

I have some other daily habits (bad ones) that I’m trying to kick and that do not contribute to my creativity – like eating far too much chocolate.  But that’s a subject for another time.

One of the conclusions of the ‘Daily Rituals’ book is that there is no set of habits that is best for creativity.  But when we develop habits that suit our values and lifestyle, we are setting ourselves up for success.

What daily habits do you find most helpful?

 

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At cocktail parties and other fun social events, people often ask me questions about life as an artist. They are answered in my ‘Top 50 Questions’ list. This blog post is the latest addition to my Top 50. To see the other questions & answers, click here.

 

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‘Field of Dreams’, one of my abstract nature paintings. Each flower represents a dream. Some flowers are just opening up, some are tucked away for a while, and some are in full bloom. 

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