Windows On Woodstock

Windows On Woodstock is my textile art studio in Santa Ynez, CA. It is a converted barn which sits high on a hill overlooking Woodstock Road and the Santa Ynez Valley. Within the 1500+ square feet I create art pieces from my hand dyed fabrics which I screen print, paint, stencil, otherwise embellish and stitch. My work ranges from representational to conceptual to abstract. Several series are incorporated into my body of work.

Belinda Hart

Windows On Woodstock

Monday, September 15, 2014

This was the entry sign for my reception.
And this was my wine label for the reception wines.
The Artists Guild of Santa Ynez Valley juried me in as the September Artist of the Month.  My feature exhibit, The Vineyard Series, is being shown at Gallery Los Olivos through October 1. This is a photo taken at my opening reception on September 6.  The piece on the lower right, Dreaming of Vineyards, was sold during the reception.  My thanks to everyone who came.  It was so special having you all here!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Here's a peek at a more conceptual piece I have been working on in my Vineyard Series--not yet realistic, but a departure from abstract. It is distinguishable as "landscape" but has a hint of fantasy.  It combines hand dyes, photos on cloth and fusing.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I have my trusty roll of Mistyfuse out this morning, and am fusing large batches of hand dyed fabrics that are to be used for the Vineyard series I will be exhibiting this fall (see previous post).  I started the series last fall with a large piece that will be part of the November Fibervision exhibit at C Gallery in Los Alamos.  I have been adding companion pieces for Gallery Los Olivos, where I will be hosting an artist's reception as the SYV Artist Guild's September Artist of the Month.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

In September I will be the Artist Guild of Santa Ynez Valley's "Artist of the Month" at Gallery Los Olivos in Los Olivos, CA.  I will announce the date and time of my Artist's Reception when the details are finalized.  I have been working on a series drawn from the colors and abstract images of harvest time here in wine country.  This image detail is from a piece called "Les Raisins" (Grapes) and is 42" X 16".  The first piece I completed in this series is a large 42" X 50" work entitled "La Vendange" (Grape Harvest), and it is bound for a November Fibervision exhibit at C Gallery in Los Alamos, CA.  The companion pieces will be for Gallery Los Olivos.  I am having a lot of fun with these pieces because I love the predominately purple and gold colors, and I have been creating my own stencils and screens for the abstract images.                
Quilts on the Wall, a fiber artists' group in Orange County, CA, has assembled an exhibit for the Glendale Quilt Guild show in Pasadena, entitled "Appearances".  This is a small detail section of my submission called "Eyes See You".  There is the potential for this exhibit to go on to new venues.  I will post a photo of the entire piece at a later date. The set of eyes in this detail is that of my husband, Robert.  My eyes are also in the piece, as are those of some of our friends.

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Ruins II" is 24" X 24", slightly larger than the original "Ruins".  It incorporates images from some of the same structures as "Ruins", but mostly different views.  I include it in the Celebration Series for the same reason cited in my earlier post, because it contains the streamers and ribbon-like patterns that symbolize that series.  While I really enjoy the free-form structure of the Ruins pieces, I have been working on a separate series that I am expanding with additional pieces.  I have not yet shown them anywhere, but have committed them to exhibits this year, hence I am not posting photos of any of them as yet.  I may post a detail of one of them in an upcoming post to provide a flavor for the color and theme of that series. Just a hint:  the colors are those that I see in the Santa Ynez Valley vineyards at harvest time.
"Ruins", 17" X 17", while in my Celebration Series, takes a slightly different approach.  Instead of screened images, which appear on the earlier Celebration pieces, I have incorporated photos taken in France and Italy of churches, monasteries and remains of historical structures.  The piece does have the suggestions of streamers or confetti that distinguish the Celebration works. This piece was in Fibervision's Cabrillo Art Pavilion exhibit in Santa Barbara, summer of 2013. I have just completed "Ruins II", which will be in an exhibit or two in 2014.