Washed in Light

Washed in Light36 x 48" mixed media painting by Holly Van Hart$4800

Washed in Light
36 x 48″ mixed media painting by Holly Van Hart
$4800

Here are some in-progress pics for this painting –

Drumroll please. Here’s the finished painting –

Washed in Light36 x 48" mixed media painting by Holly Van Hart$4800

Washed in Light
36 x 48″ mixed media painting by Holly Van Hart
$4800

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‘Flourishing’

oil painting by Holly Van Hart

Flourishing
40 x 30 inches
Oil, acrylic, silica sand, and silicon wafers on canvas
$2,900
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Flourishing (detail, showing sand in oil paints)

Flourishing (detail, showing silica sand in oil paints)

Flourishing (detail, showing silicon wafers in oil paints)

Flourishing (detail, showing silicon wafers in oil paints)

Ever see a painting that included unusual textures and objects (rope, a child’s math homework, dried flowers, hex nuts) and wonder why? Why on earth did the artist use that stuff?

For example, why would an artist (in this case me) put silicon wafers and silica sand in an oil painting? Great question. Silicon wafers and silica sand were chosen for ‘Flourishing’ for their meaning, and for their visual interest.

Silicon wafers and silica sand represent full-tilt, no-holds-barred, human creativity – creativity in its most universal sense, and also as related to the technology innovation happening in Silicon Valley.

These textures also represent the ‘former’ me – who enjoyed 20 years in the computer and networking industry – and the ‘current me’ – who loves living and working as a full-time artist in Silicon Valley.

To see more paintings and textures in this ‘Alive with Possibilities’ series, click here.

To see a different sort of texture, as used in my ‘Possibilities Abound’ series, click here.

 

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Color-Full Lives

Abstract Nature Painting by Holly Van Hart, nest eggs, red, yellow

Possibilities in Full Color
24″ x 30″ oil painting on canvas by Holly Van Hart
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Possibilities in Full Color is about the lives within these 3 eggs, still to be lived.  They are meant to be ‘full color’ lives, filled with joy and delight and exciting challenges.

This painting is also about the homes (nests) of the baby birds and their parents. Do you see the reds, oranges, greens, blues, and yellows? This ‘full color’ nest represents the unique and wonderful personalities of all the individuals that live within it, as well as the wonderful variety of homes that birds build for themselves.

What do you see in “Possibilities in Full Color”? It’s always fascinating to learn how paintings are interpreted.   I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments (holly@hollyvanhart.com).

This painting is available from Bluestone Fine Art Gallery; click for details.

Sky Song

Abstract landscape painting by Holly Van Hart

Sky Song
30 x 40″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
$3800

Here’s a flyover of Sky Song (30 x 40″ oil painting by HVH), so you can see the buttery texture of the oil paint –

And here’s another detail shot –

Detail of 'Sky Song'30 x 40" oil painting by Holly Van Hart

Detail of ‘Sky Song’
30 x 40″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart

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If you live in Silicon Valley, delivery and installation are free. If you don’t, shipping is free!

Boundless Promise

Boundless Promise
36 x 48″ mixed media painting by Holly Van Hart
$4800

My paintings are inspired by life’s limitless possibilities. In Boundless Promise, you’re invited to take a way down this path with me. Here, we will soak up all the opportunities around us. They are everywhere!

Purchase info is here. To purchase, email holly@hollyvanhart.com

Want to see how Boundless Promise was made? Check out these pics and video –

A new forest. My idea for this one is a gorgeous spring day. The type of day that puts you in an instant good mood!

My paintings usually show abundance.

My paintings usually show abundance, in this case lots of trees and (soon) lots of leaves.
It’s a way to remind myself (and hopefully all viewers) that life is abundant and full of possibilities!

This bright green instantly brings me to a spring day

This bright green instantly brings me to a spring day. Does it do that for you?

Close up view. You can see how roughly it is painted at this stage.

Close up view. You can see how roughly it is painted at this stage.

Have you ever noticed how much yellow there is in springtime greenery Trying to get that gorgeous yellow-green in the leaves

Have you ever noticed how much yellow there is in springtime greenery? Trying to get that gorgeous yellow-green in these leaves.

Adding darker leaves, and adding shadows to the tree trunks Adding darker leaves, and adding shadows to the tree trunks

Finished! Boundless Promise, 36 x 48 inch mixed media painting by HVH.

Finished! Boundless Promise, 36 x 48 inch mixed media painting by HVH.

Purchase info is here. To purchase, email holly@hollyvanhart.com

For more paintings and inspirations, please check out my new book, Nature’s Inspirations. Click here for free preview and download.

‘Safe’

'Safe', Original oil painting by Holly Van Hart

‘Safe’
24″ x 18″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
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Looking at ‘Safe’ (above), you can see two hands from two different people.  Their right hands are coming together to protect their greatest treasure – a nest filled with eggs.

‘Safe’ is part of my Possibilities series of oil paintings.  It is meant to carry a message of warmth and caring and safety.

(Click here to read more about the Possibilities series  –  What’s up with all the nests?)

‘Safe’ was inspired by a sculpture of two right hands created by Auguste Rodin in 1908.  Over the years I’ve made dozens of paintings and sketches inspired by Rodin, including ‘Two Left Hands‘, ‘The Kiss‘, and others  (see more here).

Rodin’s hands are captivating for many of us.  Stanford University’s lead hand surgeon (Dr. James Chang, Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) was inspired to create a fascinating art-science exhibit around them.   You can read more here.

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