Link Geisterhaus

Two more out for exhibition. Geisterhaus is another one of the “dogwalk” landscapes – scenes that are within walking distance of my house.

The second painting, “Points of Interest” is a part of the pavement series of paintings that I have slowly been working on.

I’m pleased that they were accepted into the Irving Art Association’s membership show.

Link For the Love of Art

This show at the TVAA gallery recently concluded. The work came from members of my sketch group. We showed some of the work we have done on location during our weekly get-togethers, but primarily our studio work.

Here’s a portion of the statement I wrote for this show:

For this exhibition, Robyn has chosen paintings that depict the landscape and details of infrastructure in the East Dallas neighborhood where she lives. The sources of these paintings are all located within three miles of her home.

By purposely focusing on views that are insignificant in themselves, she avoids appeals to emotion and
sentimentality. Instead, in this mundane subject matter she finds poetry of light and geometry that elicits a meditative sense of timelessness and calm.

These paintings were all created in her studio, but Robyn is also active as a plein air painter, enjoying the exercise of her observational skills by working directly from life. It was this interest in working on location that led her to the Urban Sketching movement and the friends that form her weekly sketch group.

 

 

 

Link more on Das Beschneiden

I am very honored that Das Beschneiden was juried into the Texas National by Jed Perl. This is distinguished company indeed!

Link Invito

In the month of February I will be in a group show with many of my sketching buddies. It’s being held at the TVAA gallery, 700 N. Pearl, in Dallas. If you happen to be in the area, I would love to see you at the reception on Feb. 3, 2-4.

 

All of the pieces I will be showing are scenes or details from my neighborhood. Nothing is more than three miles from my house, and most of the subjects were found when I was walking the dog…so they are very close to home.

This watercolor is one of them. I loved the way the prickly pear on this house’s front step melted into the shadows, and the way the shadows of the corner, overhang, and hedge all merged to form one shape.

Invito – 8×8 inch watercolor – NFS

Link from the mundane to the specific

Thanks to curator Henry Biber for including three of my paintings in the current exhibit at the TVAA gallery, From the Mundane to the Specific. From his prospectus:

” Make the revisioning of commonplace objects worthy of display on a wall or a pedestal. A broken pot, worn old boots, antique dinnerware, the frayed arm of a chair, or a rusty part of a disassembled yard tool for example, can transform into something at home in a sphere beyond the ordinary. “

A show right down my alley, literally. The featured image above is called Le Printemps, and the subject is my alley on trash day. Wait is the graphic painting of parking lot pavement and striping. Fontaine Rose is the suburban landscape with the pink hose.
The show runs through the 28th of September,  at

TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas – Suite G-207
700 N Pearl,
Dallas, Texas 75201

On to the navel-gazing portion of the post. A friend recently remarked that she thought I took ordinary things and made them beautiful. I’m pleased that she thinks that my paintings are beautiful, but I am not consciously trying to prettify the mundane. What I am doing is paying attention to my surroundings and finding the classical and harmonious qualities that exist in them. This might be a subtle distinction, but it is an important one to me.

Link 54th annual southwestern watercolor society show

Keiko Tanabe is our juror this year, and I am so pleased that she selected New Moon to be part of the show. View all the work at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, August 30 – September 30. The reception is September 24th from 4 – 6, and I would be happy to see you there.

Link Second Thoughts

This is a recently completed acrylic piece. It was significantly reworked from its initial state, which gave it its name. I’m pleased that this one has been juried into the TVAA’s upcoming show, Abstracted Redacted, which will run from May 1 – 31 at their Plaza of the Americas gallery in Dallas. Thanks to juror Jenny Keller.

Second Thoughts – 12×9 inches, acrylic on panel

Link Snow White

I was honored to be invited to participate in the exhibition “View from the Art Village 50-Year Retrospective” at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery. The show was curated by Nancy Cohen Israel  and celebrates 50 years of the Braniff Graduate School at the University of Dallas. I received my graduate degrees at UD and am thankful for the program as well as the opportunity to exhibit there again after all these years.

I’ll be showing this little acrylic piece.

Snow White – 4.5 x 7 inches, acrylic on paper

Link Greening

There might have been a post about this piece previously, before I added the background. It began as a botanical study of a dried branch from my jimpsonweed that echoed the shape of a calla lily, and remained in that state for a few months as I debated whether to keep it as a botanical or turn it into something else. I began thinking of the branch as not just resembling the calla lily, but as actually changing into the lily form through the process of death. The lily also put me in mind of brides and nuns.

The background was added to associate my subject with the 12th century abbess, artist, and composer Hildegard of Bingen. In Hildegard’s thought viriditas, or greening, shows the power of the divine in creation. I decided to have my withered branch levitating in front of a background pattern of acanthus leaves.

This piece was juried into the 53rd Southwestern Watercolor Society Membership Exhibition, where it won the Watercolor Artist/Creative Catalyst 2 award.

Link Texas and Neighbors 2016

I’m happy that my watercolor Acrobat has been juried into this year’s Texas and Neighbors regional show by Soon Warren. The exhibit will hang at the Irving Art Center in Irving, Texas from April 16 to May 14.

Irises form such interesting twisted shapes once they are past their prime. Acrobat is a study of one of these withering blossoms.