Monday, August 19, 2013

Fall Lineup...

I'm cleaning up the details to my fall line up!  Visit my website to see the new fall classes schedule and for information on how to reserve your spot.  The fall plein air workshop on the Cape is filling up; you can find information for that on my website, also.  I am working on a commissioned portrait which I will post for you when it is completed.  And I am getting ready for the Andover Art in the Park which is quickly approaching!
This painting just went to a new home:

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It's Been Awhile...

Wow - time passes so quickly!  I was surprised to see how long ago my last post was.
There is a lot going on...currently I have pieces in two exhibits at the Newburyport Art Association.  The first is my plein air group show, "A Brush with Beauty" which runs from August 7 through the 19th.  I am showing 11 pieces.  The reception is this Saturday, from 7-9 pm.  Stop by if you can!

I have two paintings in the Newburyport Art Association's 8 Cubed exhibit, a show of 200 - 8" x 8" unframed canvases!  It opens tomorrow and the reception coincides with my plein air reception - this Saturday from 7-9pm.

There's no time to waste - I am actively working on pieces for the Andover Art in the Park outdoor show coming up in September, and the NAA's Fall Juried Shows, Parts 1 & 2 along with a few others.  I will keep you up to date on what's happening!

I have been studying portrait and figure work and decided to copy a master painting to help. I settled on my favorite painting by John Singer Sargent - The Oyster Gatherers of Cancale.  Here is what I ended up with:

Next is a photo of a recent painting that never got shown - it sold from my website the day after I posted it and is being shipped to its new home in California:

That's about all for now!


Friday, May 31, 2013

Wet Paint Auction!

This is definitely short on notice, but...join me tomorrow for the Essex Art Center's 15th Annual Wet Paint Auction!  Artists will paint all day and then have their wet paintings auctioned off in the evening by auctioneer Matt Noyes.  Come join the fun, help support a great cause and maybe go home with an original piece of art from a local artist!

The piece below will also be available in the silent auction:

For details on this event, visit the art center's website:

Hope to see you there!


Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 Fall Workshop !!

Please call 603.339.1000 or email to find out details, secure your space and to get your supply list!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Newest Plein Air Painting...

I painted this small study in oils on linen this past Tuesday at the salt marsh in Newburyport.  I am excited that the warmer weather is finally here so that I can spend more time painting outdoors!

Please visit my Etsy shop for details about this piece.

Enjoy!  -robin

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Exciting News!

I am surprised and excited to tell you that my 2 pieces, 'Waiting' and 'The Shawl' were both accepted into the Newburyport Art Association's Regional Juried Show!! Visit for details and reception information. I have also started a new adventure on Etsy! This shop enables me to offer you original artworks at a lower cost - each piece is unframed and is either a study, a plein air piece or was done as a demonstration. I plan to add new pieces often so please visit often! Let me know what you think!! Happy Spring! robin

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I'm Now on Etsy!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Latest Drawing

I thought I would post my most recent drawing with a few progression photos so you could see my process. 
I am still learning how to draw and paint portraits and figures, and although I still have a long way to go, I was actually happy with this charcoal drawing because I feel it looks like the sitter.
Here is the initial stage:

After I got the placement and angle of the face (which was quite tricky!), I began to rough in the shoulders and body, which you can see in the next shot...

At this stage, I felt as though she was 'floating' or lost in the space of the paper, so I added some darks to the background...

Finally, I go in and finish any area I think needs work, still trying to maintain a sense of loosenss and softness.  

Here is the finished drawing.  Feel free to leave any questions or comments!!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New! One Day Workshop!

Please call or email for information regarding this one day accelerated workshop !!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Parker River, Newburyport

I have been in 'learning mode' lately, studying portraits, taking a portrait class and copying Old Masters' works in color and grayscale in oils.  It's more difficult than I had anticipated.  I painted this small painting when I needed a break in's painted on Kitty Wallis sanded paper using mostly Terry Ludwig pastels and some of my new fav's, Diane Townsends.  I did a quick watercolor underpainting and followed up with the pastels and contrary to my usual snail-pace, I finished this painting in one sitting!

On another note, I am happy to say that my two entries to the Newburyport Art Asc.'s Winter Juried Show, Part 2 were accepted into the show.  Visit for details about the show.  I will post pictures of my entries soon!

Lastly, in addition to adding a morning class to my schedule, I am in the process of adding a one-day workshop...check my site soon for details!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Just Added!!

In addition to my Monday and Friday evening classes, I am now offering Monday morning classes for all levels including beginners (some drawing skills needed).  These classes are lots of fun and offer loads of information including handouts, demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and more!  Morning classes start soon so call or email to reserve your space, ask about private lessons or to get a supply list.

On another note, I am honored to tell you that the above painting, 'Reflections', recently sold to someone I respect as an artist and person.  thanks!!

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming workshops!

- robin

ps.  'friend' me on Facebook to see paintings I occasionally post!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Looking ahead...

Happy New Year!  I have so much planned for the new year including classes, workshops & various shows and will update my website with details soon!  
I am continuing to focus my attention on figures and portraits, including the above piece that I am currently working on...."Waiting", a painting of a young expectant mother waiting for her husband to return from overseas...and for their new arrival.  I also have some exciting news to share with you in the near future...!