Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SOLD    Gaylynn M. Robinson    "Come and Play"  9"x12" Watercolor     

"Come and Play" is a commission that I did for a patron.  It was a Christmas present to herself.  I had painted her two labs "Felix and Oscar" a few years back.  They have since passed and these are her new pups. I enjoyed the addition of the horses this time.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Commission finished: Deimling Homestead

I started this day working on the greens and enhancing the shadows and lines of the house.

I wanted the canopy of the trees to ring true, as well as, frame the home.
Deimling Homestead     11x14     Watercolor     GaylynnM. Robinson

I am pleased with the finished painting. I hope my client is too.


Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Commission WIP day2

Today I started working on the shadows and leaves. Greens are always tuff. I just kept playing with them until they were heading in the direction I wanted.

At days end I am enjoying the play of the leaves on the house. I used Daniel Smiths Shadow Violet that I had picked up for Carol Carter's workshop in April. I really liked it on the house shadows.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Commission WIP

I received a commission to paint a home that the customer grew up in. I had never painted a house before so I accepted the challenge. When I took pictures of the house there were not any leaves on the trees yet. This was good for placement and drawing purposes.

 However, I knew that it would be a cold and bland painting. So after I drew the house and was ready to begin, I went back and took a few more pictures with everything beautiful and green.

Now I had color and shadows which gave the house some personality.

I think it is headed in the right direction.


It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form. 
Hans Hofman

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Carol Carter @GCWS June Meeting

Today I was a guest of Rhonda Carpenter at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's June meeting to listen to Carol Carter talk about her body of work.

Carol generously showed us paintings from her swimming, self portraits,  floral, Florida, insect and France themes and gave wonderful marketing tips.

Carol had an opening called "Bubbles" recently in St. Louis where she is from. The one women show is at ARCH Framing & Design, Inc.   Check it out if you are in the area. Carol is having a 3 day workshop at her studio in St. Louis June 20-22, 2014. Click here for information.

Carol also showed us the Norwegian magazine that her insect series is featured in. They had the article in Norwegian and in English. Very cool to read. Carol is on Facebook and explained how social media helps artist to get their work out to a potential customer.

After Carol's informative talk, she provided a few items from her "Bubbles" show. I bought a scarf with her fishes on it as did a few of the GCWS members. I also received a charm with a blue fish and some bubbles from Carol. (Thank you so much Carol) 

If you have not seen Carol's colorful vibrant paintings, I invite you to check her work out by clicking the highlighted words in this post.

I have enjoyed getting to know Carol over the years on FB, her blog and in person. She is genuine, sweet and frank in what she has to say. I look forward to many talks with her in the future.

Happy Painting,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Carol Carter Workshop, Cincinnati

I was able to attend the Carol Carter Workshop that was sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society over the weekend.  Let me begin with I have followed Carol through her blog and Facebook for 5 or 6 years. I love her colors and how vibrant her watercolor paintings are. I enjoy following Carol's fun spirit as she teaches workshops all over the world and creates beautiful series/body of work.

When my friend Rhonda Carpenter posted that the Watercolor Society was bringing Carol to town, I jumped for joy when I saw that it was going to be a weekend! Taking off three days of work would not have been an option. I was thrilled when Rhonda let me know that there was an opening. Which all brought me to this weekend of fun.

This weekend was fun meeting Carol and it was fun meeting new people. There were 4 of us that were not members of the GCWS. Laura Starrett, from New Jersey, and all the ladies were so nice and fun to get to know. It was wonderful to catch up with Deb Ward and her friend Sharon.

Carol has a relaxed step by step approach. She gives us the tools and allows us to discover and make the techniques she taught us our own.
On day one we worked on the principal that less is more by using only the primary colors to create a painting. Carol showed us how wetting the paper was important. She then saturated her brush with color and applied it with fluid strokes. Carol showed us how to make the object glow.
To the right is my interpretation of that days exercise.

On day two Carol stepped her lesson up a notch by showing us how to use masking tape and liquid mask to cover a large area when we did a gradated wash for the background for our silhouette of flowers.

Carol talked about the importance of good brushes, such as, a 2 inch sable to create a gradated wash without streaks. Unfortunately, I do not have one. (*Note to self to get one)

After the wash dried we took off the the tape and mask. Carol showed us how to work from back to front to make the lighter areas stand out.
On the left is Carol's version of this exercise and the right is mine.  I obviously did not get the flow like her, but I did get some good wet-n-wet areas in the flower petals.

After class half of us met with Carol for dinner. It was a wonderful evening getting to know Carol and others in the class. Lots of good conversation.

Day three brought us to our final exercise of a bike and shadow. Today Carol showed us again to start with the background and move forward in the painting. She showed us, today and throughout the weekend, that it is a dance of back and forth to different areas of the painting to allow areas to dry before you worked on the spot next to it. At again, saturation of color on the brush is key when creating dark values. Carol stressed that value was the key even though color got all the credit.

I feel very blessed to have been able to have A) meet Carol personally after so many years of chatting on FB; B) learn some of her techniques and C) meet some interesting and fun ladies.

Thanks Rhonda for organizing this fun weekend!


Class Work from the Carol Carter Workshop

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Stillman & Birn Sketchbook

I entered a contest on Facebook that Stillman and Birn was having and I won!!! My prize came yesterday in the mail.

Stillman and Birn is a US company that specializes in sketchbooks/art journals and art paper. They pioneered the concept of art journals being black hardbound sketchbooks. Phillip Birn began the company in 1958 at a small plant in the SoHo area of Manhattan, NYC.

Stillman & Birn created their sketchbooks with the mixed media journalist in mind. Their sketchbooks and art paper come in six styles. These styles are 100 lb.-180 lb. paper in vellum, cold press and smooth surfaces. The hardbound or wirebound sketchbooks come in 4"x6" to 11"x14" depending on the series you choose. The paper comes in 22"x30"sheets also chosen through a series.

When I was selected in the drawing, Stillman & Birn gave me a choice from the Beta series or  the Zeta series. I chose Beta because it is 180lb. cold press which is good for watercolor. Along with the paper, I won Caran D'Arche Aquarelle Pencil Set. I am a lucky lady!!!

I sat down today and played with my prizes. I sketched the red toddler shoes with the Aquarelle pencils. I then used my Royal 3/8" synthetic slant brush and water to paint the shoes. I enjoyed the paper and pencils alot. I look forward to filling these pages!

If you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter look up and connect with @stillmanandbirn. They hold a drawing every three months. Who knows the next winner could be you! :)


The beginning is the most important part of the work.Plato

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