Birth of a Painting Series IV: Blue Iris

Birth of a Painting Series IV: Blue Iris

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The Life of Flowers

Article by Denise Hartley, artist and gardener, etc.

I have inherited my grandmother’s love of flowers. Just moments after arriving for a visit, she would say, “Let’s go outside and see the garden.” Her door to the garden was a glass storm door, always letting in the light and colors of the garden. Her home was full of florals, a rose bud was placed on her dinner tray, and each of her linens and drapes were patterned with florals. My son later restored her garden while renting her home, a garden that was destroyed after many years of renters. “Blue Iris” is a photo taken by my photographer son, Chris Gilbert, in that garden. His photo was the source of my painting. When we sold her home, the blue iris came home with me, recently planted in this tree stump.

Please view my page ‘Healing Plants’, a blog about my grandmother’s garden, then my sons, and last, my beautiful garden at her home: Page on this site: https://friendnature.wordpress.com/healing-plants/

Flowers give me courage, the life of a flower is so ephemeral, the beauty of the flower quickly passes, and is soon replaced by another. My life is passing just as quickly, and I will soon be replaced by my children and grandchildren. I long to look at flowers (and grandchildren’s) beautiful faces. The blooms of chamomile go into my tea, I cherish scented flowers of the sweet pea, and the budding squash blossoms that will soon be vegetables. I love flowers!

In my little greenhouse I have a tray of tiny lavender plants, also snow peas, and a flat of chamomile. The flowers attract the butterflies, bees, and birds. My desk looks out over my garden.  My dad was the gardener, with a large vegetable garden, and a pergola filled with red grapes. I am the new keeper of his garden. My garden here, although established, was a working man’s garden. I just finished planting his vegetable garden this winter, and I planted a peach tree, expecting blossoms and delicious peaches late spring.

Years ago, when my children were small, I was known as the artist that painted flowers. I had a large greenhouse filled with herbs, seed, and tiny plants. My retreat was a comfortable chair, just cherishing the quiet, and the scent of earth. The blooms, one of the healing powers of flowers, is the gardens reward. I opened a medicinal herb nursery, Emerald Gardens, and shared the bounty with the farmers market and the neighborhood deer.

Living on the South Fork of the Kaweah River, near the entrance of Sequoia National Park, I felt most comfortable backpacking alone, so I could linger in the beauty of the mountains. Hiking through mountain lion country, and crossing rivers, and snow watered creeks added excitement, but this was necessary to visit my favorite destination, Garfield Redwood Grove.  Amazing, among the redwoods were shoulder high lupin flowers, and fern. http://www.redwoodhikes.com/SequoiaNP/Garfield.html

 

I am off to paint a ceiling mural, sky and clouds, on my future grandchild’s nursery!

Many thanks for visiting this site!

From the desk of Denise

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Birth of a Painting Series III: “Blocked”.

BIRTH OF A PAINTING SERIES III: “BLOCKED, an Art Exhibition”. Fresno, CA, 2000.

As an artist, I paint when I am inspired. Everything flows; feeling great, working in the studio for hours, paint flows from my brush. The question is how to be an artist when the inspiration has disappeared, when you feel blocked from your inner self?

The painting “She Broke”, was the beginning of the “Blocked” series. The dominant orange, the contrasting blue highlights, black drips, blobs, and pools, and yes, the first block began in this painting, on the upper mid-right of the canvas. The broken figurine is real, and she is still broken, kept as a reminder of the past.

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I began this series of paintings while I was blocked! My creative solution was to paint the limitation that I was feeling. I began just to paint actual BLOCKS, placed in restrictive grids, which eventually swirled into patterns.

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The next painting is the “Eye of God”. Using the contrasting shades of blue and orange creates a boldness I had not expected.  The ‘eye’ is not blocked,  and is not placed within the grid. The ‘eye’ expands to me the feeling of what is possible, or what is enduring within myself.

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The painting “Self-Restraint”, painted in blues and greens which follows the cool color pallet, using analogous colors.  The lovely landscape is blocked by a large grid, and it is broken into drip-like smaller grids within the panes of a window. To me that exemplifies that there is beauty in the world, yet at the time I could not quite access it.

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My favorite of the series is “Creation”, warm colors are dominant, with a touch of cool blues and greens.But everything in the painting is off kilter, the edges are leaning at odd angles. The blocks and the grids remain in the painting.

The artist is still blocked, but ‘she’ is stacking the blocks in a manner that creates tension in the artwork. I am encouraged by the reddish blast occurring in the top left, breaking the grid, and the swirl in the middle, and the circular objects lying upon the grid!

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“Venus”, D.A. Hartley

This is the first painting created of the BLOCKED art exhibition. “Venus”, oil on canvas, 30″ x 48″, 1997. Venus figurines found in caves, the earliest created 35,000 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_figurines

 

 

Many thanks for your interest,

Denise Hartley

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Exhibition: Paintings by Denise Hartley:

“Creation”, oil on canvas, 3’x4′, 2000;

 “Eye of God”, oil on canvas, 3’x4′, 1998;

  “Self-Restraint”, oil on canvas, 3’x4′, 1999;

 “She Broke”, oil on canvas, 30″x 48″, 1998.

“Venus”, oil on canvas, 30″x 48″, 1997.

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Birth of a Painting Series: “She Broke”.

Article by Denise Hartley

Birth of a Painting Series: “She Broke”.

Where does the artist find inspiration in creating an artwork?

Second in the series: “She Broke”, oil on canvas, 16”x 20”, 1998. Courtesy of the artist.

The painting, “She Broke” is dedicated to the “#MeToo” movement and to all women. Sadly, most of us are survivors, and each of us follows our own path to recovery.

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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is dedicated to #MeToo.  The Time article  by Bill Chappell.

It has created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations  over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process. And now the #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s of the Year for 2017.

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Denise Hartley, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″, 1999.

Birth of a Painting Series: “She Broke”. This is a 45 second video by Denise Hartley.

 

 

 

Birth of a Painting Series: “Blossom Peak”.

Article by Denise Hartley

In the Birth of a Painting Series, I try to give examples where the artist finds inspiration in creating an artwork, and how the creative process develops within the artist.

Painting, Blossom Peak, by artist Denise Hartley

I begin this series with my painting “Blossom Peak”. It is a 4’ x 6’, mixed media painting on a wood panel, created in 2004. It is in a private collection.

The inspiration for the painting “Blossom Peak” began on a hike I took with my son. We climbed an iconic peak in Three Rivers, California. Three Rivers is near the entrance to Sequoia National Park, on the banks of the whitewater Kaweah River. The park is the home of Mount Whitney, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is famous for its giant sequoia groves, jagged peaks, and glacier polished valleys, rushing rivers, and wildlife. As a resident of Three Rivers, hiking is an important experience, as well as white water rafting and swimming, and it is the backpackers dream location.

My young son I enthusiastically began our hike at the base of Blossom Peak, and headed straight up hill, we rose above California’s Central Valley, hidden by fog. After reaching the top, we could see the snow covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada, signed the book, made our cell calls, and then my son looked over the steep edge, and slipped. He somehow caught himself at the last moment at the precipice, a 35’ drop to the rocks below.

In the spirit of jubilant thankfulness, we began our descent. The inspiration of this painting was based upon the high emotions that I felt that day, and on our return, I began this painting, “Blossom Peak”.

 

Video: Birth of a Painting Series: “Blossom Peak”.

 

Join Senator Elizabeth Warren, standing up to bigotry.

2012 Massachusetts Democratic Endorsing ConventionAnd that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.

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Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L'Engle

“At Tara in this fateful hour,
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness:
All these I place,
By God’s almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness!”

Madeleine L’Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Artist and Teacher, Denise Hartley, Woman of the Year – V.F.W. Post 3199, Modesto, CA

MODESTO, Calif.May 1, 2016PRLog — Denise Hartley has received the Woman of the Year Award by the Veterans of Foreign War Post 3199.

With this award she also received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Representative Jeff Denham, 10th Congressional District, California; State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, by Cathleen Galgiani, 5th Senate District; California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition, by assembly members, Adam C. Gray, and Kristin Olsen; and by the County of Stanislaus, Board of Supervisors, and the Modesto City Council.

Denise Hartley is currently (2016) the art specialist at Ripon High School, California. She has two Bachelor of Art degrees, one in Fine Art, and the other in Philosophy. Her Master of Art degree is in Fine Art, New Media (digital art). She completed her teaching credential, and began her teaching career three years ago, in 2013.  Denise is also a professional artist and muralist, and a Fine Art business owner, her work is found at www.dahartley.com

Artist D.A.Hartley has developed two separate and distinct art styles that follow a naturalistic theme. Her works are displayed in an Art Installation format, including paintings, video, water reflection pools, and peaceful meditation rooms. Her paintings are low relief and sculptural, created on large wood panels, with deep texture, oils, stains and gold leaf. Her most recent works are created in a Photo Realism style with a nature theme; as gnarled trees embedded in rock, and more contemporary abstract themes. Her art and philosophy blog can be found at https://friendnature.wordpress.com

Denise is passionate about getting her students art into as many art shows as possible in California. This is the third year her students have entered the VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Two of her students tied for First Prize, Ripon High School students Quieanna Burton and Ulises Martinez. Her many talented students have won prior VFW local competitions in Stockton, Ripon, Turlock, Ceres, and in Modesto, California.

Denise as Art Specialist, currently teaches 200 students at Ripon High School. She teaches drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and Art History. She is also qualified to teach computer generated Digital Art.

At Ripon High School she is the advisor for Art/Anime Club, and Fashion Club. For two years she has taken her advanced students to San Francisco art colleges and museums. Spring, 2017, she will be taking a group of students to Spain.

Her students have entered and placed top honors at exhibitions at the Haggin Museum, and the San Joaquin Department of Education’s, Art Expressions Exhibition in Stockton; the Mistlin Gallery Student Art Show in Modesto, the Congressional Art Show, sponsored by Rep, Jeff Denham, the Youth Art Month show at Modesto Junior College, and the Turlock Regional Art Show at California State University, Stanislaus. Her students work has also shown at the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival, and the Ripon City Library, California. One of her students was chosen as an art scholarship recipient at Mistlin Gallery. Her past students have received scholarships, and are art/art history majors at several colleges.

In her art career she studied at the Art Students League in N.Y.C.; was trained by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in sculpture restoration; worked for U.S.Vice President Nelson Rockefeller as sculpture restorer for his art collection; she worked for the painting restorer at Whitney Art Museum in New York City; the Fresno Art Museum as registrar; and for the Fresno Metropolitan Art Museum, teaching drawing classes. She also worked for the Department of Education in Kauai, Hawaii, teaching young children on the Autism Spectrum. She loves working with children and young adults, and is the mother of seven children, and has six grandchildren.