Link Dallas Arts Month

It’s nice to be included in the art scene in your home town. I’m really pleased to be included at exhibitions at two venues celebrating the arts in Dallas. The Dallas Forest will be hanging at the Bath House Cultural Center, and The Garland Plaza will be at Moody Performance Hall. Thank you, jurors!

Link Everyday Poetry

I have a solo show coming soon! 20 pieces, all itty bitty paintings of things I see every day. From the promotional material:

In this series of paintings Robyn Jorde has lavished attention on her neighborhood, an unremarkable one that is typical of the DFW area. The small and intimate paintings reveal the mysterious poetry, timelessness, and significance that can be found in familiar everyday surroundings.

The exhibition runs from April 5 – April 24 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

One of the Everyday Poetry images

In other show news, two of the theater paintings were accepted into Art214, part of Dallas Arts Month. One will be hanging at the Bath House March 23 – April 20. The other will be at the Moody Performance Hall .

It’s a busy month!

Link The Gainesville State

The Southwestern Watercolor Society’s fall paintout was held in Gainesville this year. I did a few small plein air paintings and also did an on site sketch of their restored movie theater. This painting was done in the studio, using the sketch and some photographs for reference.

The making of this painting was documented as a tip on the Society’s website. If you’re interested in my painting process for these, you can read about it here.

The Gainesville State, 14×11, watercolor and gouache on gessoed paper

Link The Kilgore Texan

It seems like half of the old theaters in Texas are named “Texas” or “Texan”. There are two wonderful old theaters in Kilgore. One of them, of course, is called the Texan. I wanted to choose an angle that also showed the downtown oil rigs…and questioned that decision every time I had to repaint them.T

The Kilgore Texan – 10 x 20 inches, watercolor and gouache on paper

Link The Dallas Forest

I especially enjoy painting the theaters when there is a contrast between their original slick high style and their current neglected state. That’s the case with the Forest, which is pretty close to home.

The Dallas Forest – watercolor and gouache, 21 x 13 inches

Link Little Shrine

This is another in a series of dogwalk landscapes. You can see a nine patch quilt pattern from underlying layers in some areas.

Little Shrine – 10 x 10 inches, acrylic on panel.

Link Southwestern Watercolor Society – Best of Show

Jorde_Faded_Star_webI’m very grateful to Juror Bob Burridge for selecting my painting for the Naomi Brotherton Award out of an exhibition that included many outstanding and respected artists. Being recognized as Best of Show is a real honor. I found out about a week ago and still haven’t stopped smiling!

The painting is based on an old oil station in Jefferson, Texas, where the watercolor group had a paint out in the spring. My plein air effort was a failure, but the light and shadow shapes were so compelling that I tried it again in the studio. This painting was the result.

Faded Star, 21 x 14 inches, watercolor and gouache on gessoed paper.

Link The Fort Worth Azle

So far my theater paintings have been at least partly gouache. This one, however, was done with watercolor only, using a wipe out technique. I really like working in a reductive way, so that the paint I take off is just as important as the paint I leave on.

This theater had a Zumba poster on the marquee. I’m not sure whether it is out of use or if they really hold Zumba classes inside.

Link The Garland Plaza

The Garland Plaza – 18 1/2 x 11 inches, watercolor and gouache on gessoed archival paper

Another of the theater paintings. In this one I concentrated the saturated color in a small area of the sign, and let the rest dissolve into neutrals. This theater is still in use in Garland, Texas.

Link Shoo Fly

Shoo Fly – 9×12 inch acrylic on panel

This piece continues the series of houses in my neighborhood, ones I see every day walking the dog. This one happens to be right across the street from my front door. I embedded a patchwork quilt pattern in the early layers of this one, a reference to the kind of home life that might have been anticipated by any of the people that have ever lived in the house. Shoo Fly is the name of the patchwork pattern.