Thursday, November 29, 2007


6" x 6", Oil on Masonite

I know, I know...yet another pear. I don't know why I love to paint them, but I do. And I think this is my favorite one yet. One thing I am trying to do is to paint more quickly. I feel that when I try too hard to make a painting technically accurate that I lose some emotion; it almost feels mechanical. I finished this entire painting in 30 minutes! I love when a painting is loose and impressionistic with soft edges; I think I accomplished that with this one.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"Morning Fix"

6" x 6", Oil on Masonite

I start just about every morning ordering a medium hazelnut iced coffee at Dunkin' Donuts, and if I'm not there, I'm at Starbuck's. I think I'd better change my diet; between my iced coffees and my Dunkin' Donuts bowties, I probably don't have much time left!

Monday, November 26, 2007

"Open Bar"


I spotted these two gentlemen at a retirement party recently, and instantly saw a painting in the making. I just couldn't resist!!

The party was for the owner of a company that my best friend works for. I hadn't realized how long I had known him also; it has been about 21 years! My, I am dating myself, and my friend (also named Robin) too, although I will add that I was quite young when I first met him. ;) Anyway, here's a toast to you John - double fisted, might I add - Best of wishes to you wherever life takes you; you will be greatly missed.

There's one more thing I'd like to share with you...the plein air group I belong to entered some pieces into the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm Holiday Fine Art Sale this past weekend. I've had so much going on, I forgot to post the information. I was thrilled to find out that myself and two other members sold pieces. Congratulations, Grace & Cindy - you go, girls!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

I just wanted to post a little something to let you know I'm still here! I have been painting everyday, but I have been working on other for the upcoming holidays, commission work (some looong overdue) and of course, pieces for upcoming shows. Bear with me - I promise I will be back posting on Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends and good food!! --Robin

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"The Practice"

9" x 12", Pastel

I entered this piece into the 'Sleigh of Gifts Holiday Show' yesterday. I delivered it late, so I was able to get a sneek peek at the entries. The works look great! My entry is the first pastel painting of figures that I have ever done. I really enjoyed doing this piece; it was such a change from the landscapes I normally do. If you are in the area, and can stop in to see the show, it is located at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Newburyport, MA, 978.465.8769, and runs from 11.16.07 - 12.27.07. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2007


6" x 6", Oil on Masonite

You already know that I LOVE pears. But I also LOVE pineapples - their history, actually. They are original to the Western Hemisphere, and it took over 2 centuries to develop a hothouse method to grow the plant, and therefore was not plentiful in Europe. Due to its rarity, it was the treat of kings during the 1600's, and was considered a symbol of stature. Traditionally, though, the pineapple is America's symbol of commitment to hospitality, family and friends. Here's to you!!

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

"Juicy, Too"

6" x 6", Oil on Masonite

I received many emails about my first orange painting, "Juicy", and so here it is: "Juicy, too". What I really like about these paintings is the simple, geometric shapes paired with complementary colors. The blue background really makes the orange jump out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


8" x 6", Oil on Mounted Linen

I'm back! And by popular demand, (drumroll, please!) another pear! This one is for you, Uncle Carlos!!

I just want to take a moment to explain to everyone my motives behind this blog and my auctions on ebay. Kevin MacPherson talks in his book 'Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color' about '100 starts'. Its a way of training yourself to be disciplined to paint EVERYDAY. I tried to do that, but with no one watching it seems I always needed to do something else: laundry, errands, etc. So when I came across other artists' blogs, doing a small painting everyday, I figured it was just the push I needed. I love to paint, and just knowing that someone somewhere is waiting for their daily painting by email or a new ebay auction gives me the motivation I need to get it done. So, that being said, besides working on larger paintings for shows, I try to do a small painting each weekday in less than an hour. It is great practice, I am slowly broadening my horizons, I am trying out new products and techniques and I can even watch my own progress. What more could I ask for??

Thursday, November 1, 2007

"Flying High"

8" x 8", Oil on Gessoed Masonite

There was nothing but air between this little guy and his trampoline. Good exercise and lots of fun, too!!