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Judith, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. 

One event pops into my mind. I was playing ‘art contest’ with my older girlfriend (we were four and six years old respectively). I still feel my excitement, responsiveness, and the challenge when I saw her painting was better than mine. Even though she won that competition, the eagerness to be a good artist was ignited within me. 

After I received my degree in applied graphic arts, I started to work as a freelance designer. The timing was lucky because, towards the end of the 70s and early 80s, the socialist Hungary allowed an individual freedom for artists rather than the mandatory full-time jobs. I moved to the USA leaving a lucrative career in my home country due to my husband’s unique work situation. It took several years to rebuild my career. With enough perseverance, I have gained several assignments growing my clientele year by year. I worked as a graphic designer and for some period as an art director creating corporate identity packages, posters, illustrating children’s books or promotion designs for McDonald’s first in Los Angeles and then from 1995 in Chicago. 

After I retired in early 2000 from designing works, I preferred to indulge in conveying my observations in multiple art media. I consider various art mediums as a host of vessels to experience different journeys through the same path; i.e., my personal view of life. My art teacher used to say, “Grasp all lose all,” an adage I agree with in general, but couldn’t apply in my art world. With an insatiable thirst for diversification in art, I walk around on earth in an observation mode and treasure the kaleidoscope of colors, shades, lights, people, and nature and also consider many common art techniques fascinatingly intriguing. 

Digital art involvement started right after I moved to the USA when a friend introduced me to one of the earliest Apple computers. Since then, I was enamored by the infinite options it offered and the miracle of fixing a mistake with a mere “⌘Z. The first digital artworks of sensual woman figures have won me my fulltime art director job in Los Angeles as well as later exhibitions in New York Galleries. 

Oil painting was a natural choice since childhood that I deem the perfect amalgamation of traditional and contemporary art. Art came naturally to me as I grew up in an art environment; my father was also a painter and continues to paint today at the age of 95. 
Since my dream studio was built in 2003, I paint regularly. From the sense of urgency eminent in the depiction of colorful San Francisco buildings to the fast-paced traffic in Budapest or to the abundant shapes of various plants in our suburban garden, each painting reflects the essence of a place and the feelings I experienced at that moment. I intend to create a sense of timelessness in space creating abstract dimension by unique application of color and light. 

With bold brushstrokes, a beautiful cacophony of colors and the usage of light, I try to replicate the rawness of emotions on my paintings. Every stroke, curve, and color on the canvas transcends naturalism and goes into a realm beyond to convey the healing power of nature that has been the subject of my interest for a long time. I use bright colors in a contemporary, impressionistic style, sometimes painting with a brush or using the impasto technique. In the last couple of years, cityscapes became my preferred subjects above the many landscapes I have painted as my travels and favorite places that got so close to my heart. 

During the dark month of the Midwest winter, I recently started to create smaller abstract works where I could almost mindlessly express feelings of power with vibrant colors and exuberant patterns that radiate sparks of positive energy. My intention with these abstract works was to find a breakdown of harmony, hues, and rhythm in the chaos around us. The purpose of my art is to inspire a desire in people to view life through a more profound lens, with a positive perspective and outlook. 

My interest in photography started before art school when I was working at the Hungarian Film Company. I have had the chance to test my hands on the most advanced techniques and equipment of the time. However, it took a couple of decades to when our family could afford the best cameras again. I have been an avid photographer since the 2000s, rarely leaving home without a camera. Since then, I have harbored a deep wanderlust, extensively traveling the world with my husband too far off destinations. I feel lucky for the opportunity to discover so many different cultures, natural wonders, and people around the globe, enabling me to accumulate such a unique spectrum of photography portfolio. 

After retiring, I participated in several international exhibitions, local galleries and solo shows around my Oak Brook home. Lately, I focus more on my website and online galleries that lend me greater freedom for traveling. Staying abreast of the online requirements keeps me on my toes, but I have always been interested in these challenges. 

I grew up in an art school where my father used to work and from where I acquired my art degree later. (Moholy Nagy University of Applied Arts). Many of our friends were painters; I carved princesses in my bed’s headboard with my girlfriends at sleepovers; I sew my dolls; I participated in many children art competitions including with a yearlong TV art competition where I bagged the first prize at the age of 14; In essence, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but art! 

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome? 
After we moved to Los Angeles from Budapest, starting my career from scratch in a new country, building contacts and finding freelance work to be able to take care of our 4-year old child at the time, was time-consuming. Reestablishing myself as an artist in a competitive world was not an easy task. 

After many years of struggle, things started to improve for us. Now my daughter is a lawyer at a prominent firm in San Francisco, my husband has successfully settled with his invention, and I am proud to have online customers, allowing me to revel in the true spirit of art. 

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Judith Barath Arts – what should we know? 
Judith Barath Arts specializes in three different mediums owing to my versatility, which is uncommon to admit in the world of marketing art. I paint, do digital art and photography. Each field represented on my website, judithbaratharts.com with its corresponding gallery. I believe all three have merits of their own and lend me a different canvas on which to paint my view of the world. Leveraging the plethora of online website options available, I present my work on my personal website, through FineArtAmerica (Pixels), as well as through social media, mainly Facebook. 

My original paintings are available to order online through my own website and many different print products on judithbarathoil.pixels.com. 

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success? 
• One of the crucial aspects of the art business above innate talent is probably reliability. A sloppy artist is not a good employee in the deadline-driven designer world. Gaining trust requires a lot of constant work and attention to details. A sense for clean, well-organized presentation always helped me in dealing with clients or designing my web pages. 

• Having a positive attitude, perseverance, and openness for new opportunities or technology is necessary for significant accomplishment. I have met many artists who didn’t want to learn the computer and later fall behind of much less talented colleges. Finding and conquer new challenges power up the soul and fuel for achievements, I think. All above having friends who inspire you and a supportive family is a definitive plus. 


Contact Info: 
Website: www.judithbaratharts.com 
Phone: 630 430 2248 
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/art.JBA/?view_public_for=150167831706184 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudithBarath 
Other: https://judithbarathoil.pixels.com/

 

Photography and painting are two realms of art that have their own unique way of expression.

They both provide visual and emotional stimulation through colors, depiction, and perception, but the mode of creating the two is entirely different.

However, you are still at liberty to translate what you see in your own words, and according to your own experiences. This blog will explore the historical distinction between the two art forms. Read on and enroll in a lesson of art history!

Painting

This is a common knowledge that painting came before photography. We, as human beings, have been here since the beginning of time. After the prehistoric era, human beings expressed themselves and propagated their agendas through painting. This can be evident from Egyptian Art, Oriental Art, Gothic art, the Renaissance, and various art movements that followed it, including Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism, Bauhaus, and the Dada movement.

Depending on the nature of the painting, creating a piece of art takes time. It requires time in preparation, from readying a canvas to mixing the colors in the right consistency, and then finding the right brushes to do the job.

The creation itself is a time consuming process. Usually, the media used for painting include oil paints, acrylics, poster paints, water colors, and a variety of other pigments on canvas, and other thick paper sheets such as canson and cartridge sheets. Even today, painting is a famous form of expression, and symbol of class and sophistication.

Photography

Photography is a new arrival in the arsenal of expression. It is a much quicker process than painting. People started to take photographs for recreation and beauty only a few decades ago. Previously, a photograph was used only for official and political purposes. Later on, it found uses in social causes, amusement and entertainment as well.

Nowadays, advanced professional cameras and picture moving technology is futuristic mobile phones have made it a lot easier for a person to gain access to these photographs in soft copies.

Both painting and photography are a form of expression, whose perception depends on the spectator. You can buy original paintings and photographs from Judith Barath from her website.

Her work is richly colored and masterfully angled, and is surely a much coveted addition in any household and office setting. In addition to that, she also specializes in digital art.

 

 

 

 

"Imaginary Flower" Floral Digital ArtPicking up from part one; here are some of the other art décor mistakes that might be hindering the look of your work.

Art Décor Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

1. Choosing One Style

How can art be boring? After all, it’s art! Well, if you choose a style of effect that only offers one emotion or even one look, it will get boring.

Choosing a simple frame, single size and matching material will only create a drab flow in your display. Take the chance and find some artwork that comes in different materials such as tapestries and quilts.

2. Not Connecting Art to the Room Décor

Your beloved garden oil painting is the star of your home décor, so there is no need to make it too apparent. Layering is important when using art in décor. Don’t be afraid to let few leaves of your beloved plant cover the corner of your framed photo. Connecting your art with your room décor will allow a more positive flow in your room, and will look sophisticated to boot.

3. Not Hanging Artwork Properly

Art is precious; take care of it. Instead of simply hanging it on a nail so that it slides to the left every time someone shuts a door or a window, bolt the frame to the wall with two nails.

Take the time to think what sort of hanging tools would work best for your artwork, and use only high quality hardware so that your art piece stays secure.

4. Only Using Paintings on Walls

Ocean photographyThe wonderful thing about art is its versatility. While walls are usually the place where paintings are hanged, you can also choose to lean your chosen artwork against the wall. However, there is an art to leaning, since you don’t want it to look like you simply placed your artwork against the wall and forgot to hang it. Use your paintings and original digital art to add some color to the empty spaces in your room, or on the top of your dresser. Always try to mix art with the décor of your home.

Art itself is such a wonderful instrument for expressing yourself. With proper art to complement your home, you can choose to bring a new sense of color and freshness to the décor of your home.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, and start browsing through Judith Barath’s collection. Keep these tips in mind and start decorating your home with some exquisite works of art. 

 

"Colorexistence" abstract oil painting When using art to complement your home décor, there are several rules you have to follow so that your picture placement doesn’t end up looking bizarre.

Making sure that the image is the right height, offers the right look and balance with the right color theme; these are just a few of the basic pointers you have to keep in mind.

Nevertheless, when they acquire their desired pieces for their home, people still end up making mistakes that not only downplays the effect of the piece, but also lessens its appeal.

To help, artist, Judith Barath, provides us with information on some mistakes people make when using art in their home.

Art Décor Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

1. Hanging Your Painting too high

Just like your TV, your painting needs to hang at a proper vantage point so that you can marvel at the beauty of the image.

After all, you don’t want to spend your time craning your neck to look at an abstract oil painting that is just floating miles above the ground. To solve this problem, all you need to do is evaluate the height of the furniture around you and try to find a height that will maintain the balance of the room.

2. Not Focusing on the Size

Nothing makes the wall look more wrong than a too-tiny picture frame that is dwarfed by its much bigger surroundings. Going for something too small is a very basic mistake that many art lovers in home décor make. But if you are too attached to the picture and still want to give a place in your home, the best thing to do is to reframe your artwork with a larger mat or a thick frame.

3. Mismatching too much…

A bluish smoky image of a horse will not suit its counterparts if they are all monochrome paintings. When creating a collage, most people end up using tricks that makes the collage stand out. But if you choose paintings that don’t go with each other at all, you might end up making it look too haphazard. Place the collage together without attaching it on the wall first to see if the images fit. If not, start over, or abandon the idea of a large collage.

4. Matching it All

"Blue Horse" - Digital ArtIt’s okay if you have a theme going in your home décor but it doesn’t mean that you should confine yourself to that color palette only.

Art allows you to break from boundaries and express yourself in a creative way. And you can’t do that if you already confine yourself within the mix of a particular color palette. Take the chance and go with a contrasting piece.

5. Having too many paintings

True art lovers know the importance of negative space. While art itself is a wonderful thing, having too much of it in your home will not allow your art pieces to flourish. Although this might be hard for you, try to create a sense of flow when you place the art so that your home and display don’t look too cluttered.

Want to know more about the different ways you can display your art? Stay tuned for part two!

Continuing from part one; we explore how one can use art properly in our homes to give them a perfect aesthetic appeal.

Artistic Impression in Your Home

Taking Away the Clutter

When using a work of art in your home, the best way to make it the star of the room is by simply letting it be. Exercise restraint by using simpler and less-detailed furniture to highlight the complexity of the artwork. So by keeping the color of the chair, walls, lampshades and sofas in one color scheme, you will be giving your eyes the rest they need. Thus, you will be giving yourself the chance to completely focus on the painting, rather than on the shapes or accessories around it.

Furniture Placement

You don’t want anything to obscure your view of the art, so it is important that you know what to do and what not to do. A painting on a wall can only be called artistic if the furniture around it complements its space and allows the vision to flourish. For example, if you are using a landscape oil painting, placing a beautiful green shrub underneath, or a rectangle potted plant will give more emphasis to the painting above.

Keep a Color Palette

While in keeping away the clutter, we emphasize the significance of the paintings, we can also do the opposite and use all the colors in the artwork and use it as the entire room’s color palette. By surrounding yourself with the colors you love, you will be using this theme to create a finished look in the room.

Proper Styling

Art has a way of bringing together a room, but only if it is incorporated while keeping the style of the room intact. For example, if the home is themed in a monochromatic style, a more vibrant work of art can be used to balance out the color and style of the room. However, in interior decorations, many people use the style of artwork and work the décor of the room around it. So if you have a soft painting of gardens, you can choose to use the muted color palette of the painting to create a tone around the room.

Lighting

Monochrome photos use the concept of light to promote an idea. Taking this concept literally, you can choose to highlight a painting by making it stand out with proper lighting. However, with lighting it is important that you use proper angles so that any shadows cast do not create an unappealing impression. Use lighting with care when using it to enhance the art.

As art lovers, it is our duty to use these different ideas to create a strong design. You can use all these tips and combine them to give a unique look to not only your art but also your room. Remember; proper art work can only be presented in the best light if color, shapes and furniture placement are used in balance.

So if you want to use gorgeous photos and celebrated art likegarden oil paintings, browse through the collection at Judith Barath Artsand buy some of the most stunning photos and artwork from around the world.

For art lovers around the world, one of the most exciting prospects of displaying art is that of using it in their homes. Art in home décor has been a major part of this practice for a long time. From monarchs and aristocrats to the simpler folks among us, all use art to express their opinions and ideas through work that can express feelings better than words.

However, for those new to art and the impact it creates on what is around it, incorporating artwork properly isn’t something that comes naturally to them. And that is where Judith Barath Arts comes in.

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Artistic Impression in Your Home

Repeating Color

Even the most simplest of paintings can look like works of art if their surroundings incorporate their color properly. Let’s say that you have an abstract oil painting in your home. Using one shade of color from that abstract painting and incorporating in your home décor will not only balance the painting but will also create a more powerful color impact. It will also allow for a visual path that will bring the viewer’s eyes up to the painting itself.

Balancing Color

If you have a garden oil painting that uses a lot of green and just a hint of pink, then use that pink to counter-balance the painting. Balance of colors in art is important, as it allows the painting to influence your home and carries that acquired balance throughout.

Reflection

It is a known fact in interior design that using a large mirror in a room will make the vicinity look bigger. However, the key to using mirrors with paintings is to understand that it will create a very dramatic impression. Many people place mirrors by studying the painting itself and judging to see how it would look in different styles of reflections. In fact, with larger paintings, many art lovers use mirrors on the walls and even on the ceiling to create a more dramatic effect.

Judith Barath Oil PaintingsUsing Multiple Pieces

Many a times, customers end up buying multiple pieces of art from Judith Barath because they want to use the same level of style to create a greater visual impact. By using multiple paintings to create a stronger look, we bring the contrast of different designs and creations, drawing the eyes from one piece to the next.

Judith Barath Artsoffers some of the most stunning photos and artwork from around the world. So if you want to know how you can use these gorgeous photosand celebrated art like canvas oil paintings for sale, and contemporary art then stay tuned for part two.

Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:00

Art Exhibit in an Artist's Life

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4Art exhibit visitorYesterday I had a very good time at the exhibit opening. Robin, the gallery owner was welcoming me with a big, comforting hug. In the back office, which is also her own exhibiting place has been a table set with wine and appetizers. People were already talking and enjoying the art in the gallery. Since she moved her gallery from Pilsen to Zhou B Art Center I have not seen her, so the gallery's setting in the art center was very new for me.

The 87,000 sq. ft. building in Bridgeport is owned by the Zhou brothers since 2004. "The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-residence and the four in-house gallery spaces makes the Zhou B Art Center 3rd Friday Exhibitions one of the most diverse art experiences in the city."

 

4Art 2015 -aug-2015Dear Friends and Art Lovers!
Beyond this year's exciting travels I was working on smaller art boards with palette knife in the studio. Check out the paintings I created. Six of Chicago cityscapes are showcased in the upcoming exhibit in a Chicago gallery.


While I was visiting Budapest for a longer time I had missed the art of creation, the escorting feeling of happiness.  While traveling in the city I have seen an art supply store and at a sudden instinct I stopped by. Collected some water based oil paints, a palette knife and couple of small, 8"x12" art boards. I was fulfilled with the scenes of my afternoon walks in that beautiful city so it was natural to paint that subject. 
This is how the series, "THE CITIES I LOVE was born.

Since than above Budapest, Chicago and San Francisco scenes; my most beloved places are also part of that progression of small  paintings. Check them out on my website!



Just as I have finished painting six small art boards of the exciting city of Chicago, I got a newsletter, from 4Art Inc Gallery. I would hold exhibitions there before. Out of the blue, I just called her up to know whether I could exhibit my Chicago cityscapes there and got an enthusiastic affirmation.

The opening is scheduled for the 21st of August, 2015. Please visit and have an artistic experience of a different kind. I would love to see you there!

Art prints and prints on items are available for sale through my website. Look for "See available Products" under images!

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Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:00

Art Prints on Throw Pillows

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I recently came to know that the company I seek printing services from has launched custom printed Throw PillowsI decided to use their services to offer my visitors some amazing products'.  Many of my images are already available from my own website (look for "Additional Products" under the enlarged image), but if you can't find the desired artwork among the products you can always This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SEO Marketing AngelIf you are an artist and own a website, you might be wondering how to make your website visible in 2015. Yes, the prospect of making your website visible can be both annoying and legitimate at the same time. However, the moment, you browse Google to search "How to make your website visible for Search Engines,” you will come across a plethora of feasible ways to increase your visibility, and this is when you’ll realize it’s time to be serious about the topic.
Alternatively, if you decide to consult expert SEO gurus to find out what they recommend you to do to match pace with the competition, you will realize that they are a tad too expensive than the options you got from Google. Lately, I heard that it costs around $500 - $3000 per month, when a small company seeks to invest in obtaining SEO services for its website. On top of that, these SEO services have to be purchased for a minimum time period of six months in order for customers to realize their outcomes. It appears that increasing visibility through SEO services is not as financially viable after all!