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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/

Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

There Is Always Hope

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I took this picture on a beautiful sunny day at Grace Bay beach a couple of weeks after hurricanes, Maria and Irma swept through Turks and Caicos. The image background with the turned roots was changed to B&W juxtaposing with the strikingly colorful umbrella.

Visiting Caicos have always been very uplifting for me, but after the hurricanes I was worried. Fortunately, my friend's house survived without significant damage.  I still was concerned what happened to the trees and plants on the island. Homes can be rebuilt soon, but the trees need time to regrow. Somehow nature corrects the disasters. After some rainy days, the smaller plants have come to life, and flowers bloom all around. The beach was still quite, much fewer people dare to travel to Caicos. There were damaged trees and turned roots waiting for bulldozing in some areas. Still, life goes on and there are people who bring hope to everywhere.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Sense of Harbors From around the World

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This collection of harbor scenes presents photographs I took during my travels around the world. The colorful types of machinery; the textures of ropes and different materials used by fishermen; the reflections on water, the various shapes of small boats or large ship elements captured my attention wherever I traveled. 

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Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Springtime Video

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The rebirth of flowers, the colorful blooming trees, the fresh green leaves and the promise of more light is uplifting my spirit every spring. I hope you enjoy this collection of spring photography.

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:00

Budapest the Beautiful

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Budapest is one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in Europe. In the past decade while visiting my parents I regularly photographed the city and accumulated a huge collection of unique images. This video presents of some of my favorite ones especially the inner city and the amazing views of the illuminated architecture and bridges of the Danube. I admire the beauty of that city, my hometown. Watching that video I hope you get the sense of it too.

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Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

The Lost Antigua Photographs

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Having a backup of your files has never caused anybody any trouble.

Not having a backup of your files in cases where you lose the original ones, however, has caused lots of people a lot of trouble!

This is why the sooner you get yourself into the habit of always backing up your files the better it is. The reason for the emergency is actually pretty simple. You never know when a sneaky computer virus sneaks into your system, or when your hard drive decides it just does not want to work for you anymore or even if someone would actually try to steal your entire system altogether…

Point being that there are too many scenarios that may happen which may result in losing files. You do not want to be separated from all those beautiful pictures you took.

Smart Photo Saving Tips:

If you accidentally deleted the photos yourself, you are still in some luck since you can easily check out the Recycle Bin and retrieve them. While we are still on the topic of Recycle Bin, it can also do you some good to check its contents before you completely empty it. This way if there’s still something nice lying there you have one last shot of retrieving it before it goes into space forever.

Antigua-2In addition, to starting being smarter and backing up all your important files it can also do you some good if you keep them in an organized manner, to begin with.  Instead of having them in several folders, try having one main folder on your device’s hard drive.

Cataloging your images with the help of programs like the Lightroom is another great idea of holding on to your files. This one can be especially helpful for those who travel a lot.As soon as you are done clicking photographs at the end of the day, quickly go to Lightroom and organize them. Simply import the photographs into it and you’re good to go. Even when you are already into the habit of backing up files, sometimes a glitch or two might happen which may end up in losing some really important files.

Let me share a personal experience of what happened when I was traveling to Guatemala. Having clicked so many wonderful pictures (500 to be exact!) of the beautiful Antigua city I lost almost all of them while I was trying to synchronize albums in Lightroom. After running a recovery program (Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Program) I was able to recover just 12 of the 500 pictures I took. Needless to say, I was heartbroken but Lightroom’s virtual images saved the day for me.

If you ever find yourself in my shoes, this is what you can do: In Adobe Lightroom simply go to the original catalog and you will be able to see all the virtual images, even the ones that accidentally got deleted! You can take screenshots of those virtual images. They will be good enough to post them or even for smaller prints. Much better than entirely losing them.  Check out the AntiguaTravel Photo Album I have saved this way.

Check out the complete Guatemala trip albums! 

Antigua      Hotel Casa Santo Domingo        Lake Atitlan       Flores, Lake Peten     Tikal, Yaxha        Miscellaneous

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Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:00

The Exquisite Beauty of Garden Oil Paintings

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Four Seasons SummerEven though in the contemporary times, more and more people are flocking towards buying abstract art, garden oil paintings still hold its ground strong.

Whereas abstract expressionism can be explained as a fad, the timelessness of the beauty of garden oil paintings can’t be denied.

Let us take a look at the history of garden oil paintings and how they got to be one of the most powerful celebrations of nature, beauty, and expression.

The Advent of Garden Oil Paintings

The origins of garden paintings are yet unknown. However, examples of it are strewn across every culture, in every depiction.

Oriental art saw delicate paintings of gardens, cherry blossoms, and rivers purely as a decorative experience, with no deeper symbolic meaning attached to it. South Asian gardens dominantly express godly love, and are associated with the religion, Hinduism.

Lotus flower has immense importance in that culture. Coming towards western civilizations, French artists contributed heavily in the development of garden oil paintings after the gothic, baroque and rococo periods.

Notable Artist: Claude Monet

The discussion about garden oil paintings is incomplete without mentioning the legendary impressionist, Monet. His work is a rich collection of French gardens of Paris, Vetheuil, Poissy, and Giverny. He painted bridges of London and Japan as well.

He drew his inspiration from the likes of Manet and Renoir, and his stroke quality was delicate, yet pigmented with his depiction of nature. Monet’s work is not a naturalistic expression of what he saw. He deconstructed what was in front of him, and put in his own objective eye to create his masterpieces. Some of his masterpieces include Woman in a Garden, Springtime, and In the Garden.

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Contemporary Development

Contemporary development in the field of garden oil paintings has been steady. Though more artists are working in abstract art, artists such as Judith Barath understand the timelessness of garden oil paintings.

Her medium is usually oil on canvas when it comes to painting garden oil paintings. Her work is strongly influenced by abstract gardens as well. Her paintings are richly colored and bold in its impression. They can be easily hung in offices and home, increasing the sophistication of the ambiance.

Judith Barath is also skilled in photography and digital art. If you want to get your hands on one of the contemporary garden oil paintings, you can order your favorite piece from the website.

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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.

Scott3Beautiful art is aplenty. With artists providing her creations and oil paintings for sale to all who value the beauty of a good piece of art, many are taking advantage and using these works to make their homes more beautiful.

However, with so many beautiful choices, it can be difficult to choose just the right one when you can’t help but be so indecisive. But no worries, because we’re here to provide you with some nifty tips to help you choose the right artwork for your room.

Choosing Art for Your Home in 4 Easy Steps.

1. Select the Right Size

You’ve chosen your source of art and it indeed, looks promising. But before you go whipping out your checkbook, note down how big the artwork is in regards to your wall. The bolder the artwork is, the more room it will need to breathe. So try to make sure that the art isn’t too large that it would overwhelm its surroundings, but also make sure that it’s not too small that it would seem disproportionate. Measure the space where the art will hand and leave enough space around it.

2. Choose Artwork that Complements the Room

You cannot choose a modern work of art if your décor is Tuscan romantic. When choosing a painting, go for the color that dominates your room and look for a painting that will best balance the color out. You don’t need to have an exact match but it should at least be of the same color, if not the same hue so that the painting looks like it belongs with the room.

3. Match Art with Other Paintings

If you have other art in your room, or any works of art such as antiques or such, use that theme to match the style of your painting to that of the room. Or for example, if you have contemporary style furniture in your home with high ceilings, use large contemporary paintings that can be hung vertically to help elongate the look of the room.

4. Decorate Your Room According to the Painting

If you have your heart set on that garden oil painting, nothing should stop you from going ahead and buying it. But this might mean that you’d have to change the surroundings a bit to match that of the color scheme of the paintings.

Many a times, we end up choosing paintings that clash with their environment, so try making some changes around the room. You can go through our blogs to know how you can decorate your room to bring out the beauty of your art.

Judith Barath Artsoffers some of the most stunning photos and artwork from around the world. So if you want to buy these gorgeous photosand celebrated art like canvas oil paintings for sale, browse through our collection, and buy the perfect artwork for your home.

"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!

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