Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year! 2011 in Review

Onions     Watercolor     Donated to Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser

 It is that time of year when I take stock of my 2011 accomplishments and work on goals for 2012.

In 2011:
I completed five paintings with one still on my easel.
I taught a private watercolor class. So FUN!

Troublesome Pebble     Watercolor

I posted 42 times to this blog. These posts also go to my FB page and I have over 580 "friends" that I share tweets with on Twitter. This is my way of getting out there and meet other artists for support and ideas.
I began listening to Dreama Tolle Perry and Leslie Saeta on Artist's Helping Artists on Blog Talk Radio. These ladies give great tips and have very helpful guests on their weekly show.
I updated my resume'.
I renewed my membership to Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Here I learn from the wonderful speakers the club brings in each month.

Locked Out     Watercolor     SOLD
I entered 5 paintings into 4 juried shows. They made it into 3 shows; Miamisburg Art Guilds Annual Exhibit, GCWS Fall Members Show at Evergreen and the 43rd Annual Viewpoint at The Wessel Gallery, Cincinnati Art Club.
I received a 2nd place ribbon for my painting Waiting on the Rain  (see Gallery above) at the Evergreen Show.
I traveled to Nashville, TN to the Frist Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame. I went to several exhibits at the Taft Museum. 
I attended Summerfair at Coney Island Park. This is a National Outdoor Art Show. It brings in many artists from all over the USA. This show begins my summer each year and is my favorite event at Coney.

I have to state that if it was not for my art community, I would not have made some of these accomplishments. I am grateful for All the help I received from Rhonda Carpenter and her husband. The mentoring I get from Rhonda, Deb Ward and the many blogs that I read and comment on.

Flower Market     Watercolor    SOLD

Now for my 2012 goals. This is very much what I wrote last year. I only reached 4 out the 25 so I am going to try again.

I want to stay organized. I can do this by:
Keep books up to date.
Keep files of my paintings up to date.
Keep my studio less cluttered.
Keep my portfolio/bio/artist statement/scrapbook up to date.

I want to become a better painter. I can do this by:
Improving my studio habits.
Painting 9 or more paintings for the year.
Keep teaching
Picking an artist to study their techniques/style.
Seeing exhibits at museums, galleries, art events, and art fairs. (4 or more local/far away)
Keep donating my art to the Boys and Girls Clubs Annual Fund-raiser.
Take a workshop/class.

Mugs with Oranges     Oil
I want to step up my game. I can do this by:           
Enter 4 or more juried exhibitions.
Take better quality photos of my work.
Participate in 2 group shows.
Obtain commissions.
Make 3 or more sales.
Meet more artists in my area.
Renew my membership to those I belong.
Join another are organization and become involved.

I want to work on my marketing skills. I can do this by:
Ordering new business cards and postcards.
Work on mailing list and strive for 200+ names.
Research the costs of prints/cards of my artwork.
Blogging once a week.
Creating a website.

Now to print this out and hang it in the studio!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

 Wishing everyone a joyous weekend. May it be filled with lots of family, friends and memories.

Safe travels

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Different Views of Viewpoint

Viewpoint ended on Sunday. I saw it all three weekends. I went to the opening with my friend, Cindy. We took in the ambiance and excitement of the evening. I took pictures of the show. We talked to other artists and attendees of the show. We discussed what we liked and which ones we thought would take a prize. After the prizes were handed out we then talked about our choices and how we stacked up to the judges choices.

Then I took my friend Tina with the intent to take more and/or better pictures then I was able to do on opening night. Once there I decided to just absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the artwork. Again, I discussed with her our likes, but this time with the knowledge of who the winners were.

On the closing day of the show, I took my student so that we could critique the show together. It was nice to see the paintings through her eyes. I knew how I felt and the opinions of my friends. However, my student slowly looked around the show and come away surprised with herself about what she liked. She confided in me that she normally leans to works that are cool in color, realistic or modern in style. Then she found herself looking closely at the brush strokes, the detail and then the subject matter.

She told me that she thought she liked the paintings that were more realistic and had a finished look. However, after viewing the show she learned about color placement, texture and what she perceived as a "realistic" painting could be abstract in design. She pointed out two paintings where the subject was prominent and the background faded. She said that her first thought was that they bothered her that they were not "finished". She thought she wanted the tight detail. Yet, after looking around and seeing the paintings from across the room she could see how they worked.

Mary Helen Wallace     Racing With the Moon     Pastel
She stated that she saw color used in a way that she would not have thought to use it. Using Mary Helen Wallace's pastel painting of a timber wolf as an example, she was surprised how Mary Helen had used purple, blues and pinks on the wolf's coat and how it still read as fur.

Carol MacConnel     Hyde Park     Oil
Then I gave her the million dollar question...."If money was no object, which painting would you buy and why?"

 With careful thought she choose Hyde Park (oil) by Carol MacConnel. She said that she felt she could look at this painting everyday and enjoy it. She liked the colors, the texture created by the brush strokes and the sunshine coming through the trees. She liked how it looked different from afar then it did close up.

She said that her decorating palette was neutral and she felt that this painting would be the showcase of any room she would place it.

I enjoyed each person that I viewed the show with and their perspective. Some of us liked the same paintings while some of us had a different take on a few of the paintings. We all agreed that the judge took his time and stayed true to his statement that he looked at the technical first when he chose each painting for the show and then the winners.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

43rd Annual Viewpoint

Gaylynn M. Robinson   Locked Out   Watercolor
Last night was the opening of the 43rd Annual Viewpoint. An international show produced by the Cincinnati Art Club. It was a beautiful fall evening in Mt. Adams/Cincinnati, OH. The Wessel Gallery held a large crowd eager to see the prized paintings of this show.

Deb Ward was the Viewpoint Chairperson that organized the show and handed out the awards. Deb did a fantastic job all around. This was her third and final year for being chairperson. Check out her thoughts about the show on her blog.

Greg Albert speaking at a GCWS Meeting
The Judge was Greg Albert. He is a teacher at the Cincinnati Art Academy's Community Classes, has written for the Artist's Magazine and is an author published through North Light Books.
Greg's criteria when he judges is concept and execution. In his words, "Concept is the idea the artist is conveying. The execution is how well the artist translated his concept in the chosen medium." - excerpt from his book The Secret to Better Painting.
Ken L. Buck   Free Spirit   Pastel
I am honored to have a painting selected to be in this show with a group of such accomplished artists. I am especially thrilled to have my painting hang in the same room as two of my former teachers. Both teachers won an award.

Ken won the Great American Art Works Award for his pastel painting Free Spirit.

Mary Helen Wallace   Racing with the Moon   Pastel

Mary Helen won The Bowman's Framing Award with her pastel painting Racing with the Moon.

Carolyn Ross Hibbard   Bloomin' Beauties II   Watercolor
A member of the GCWS, Carolyn Ross Hibbard, won the Ray Loos Watercolor Award for her Bloomin' Beauties II.

Rhonda Carpenter   A Difference of Opinion  Watercolor

 There were three more GCWS members that had paintings in the show, Rhonda Carpenter, Lorri Davis and Joan Rothel.

Rhonda also commented on her blog about the event.


Lorri Davis   Afternoon Davis   Watercolor

Joan Rothel   Ready to Fish   Watercolor

Wilfred Loring   May Clothesline, II  Oil

There were 15 awards plus the top three.

May Clothesline, II by Wilfred Loring of  Lindsborg, Kansas won 3rd place.

Gail Morrison   Hidden History   Oil
2nd place was awarded to Gail Morrison of Cincinnati, OH for her oil painting Hidden History.

Andy Curran   Gypsy   Oil
The top prize of 1st Place went to Gypsy painted by Andy Curran of Cincinnati, OH.

The different mediums exhibited were:

  • 27 Oil 
  • 3   Acrylic
  • 12 Watercolor
  • 1   Alkyd
  • 10 Pastel
  • 1  Oil Pastel
  • 3  Colored Pencil
  • 1  Pen & Ink
  • 2  Charcoal
  • 1  Mixed Media
  • 4  Sculptures

My photos are not the best. It is hard to take pictures in a crowd of people. I highly suggest that you go to the Wessel Gallery at the Cincinnati Art Club the next two weekends to see these beautiful paintings in person. The gallery is open 1-4pm November 12-13, 19-20.

Happy Viewing

Sidebar: A BIG Thank you to Rhonda and her Sweetie for their help with my paintings at the GCWS Show at Evergreen. My 2nd place ribbon is dedicated to them because if they had not helped me I would not have achieved that honor.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paintings from the Evergreen Show

I went to view the GCWS show at Evergreen Retirement Community. Because I was painting with chalk at Streetscapes I was unavailable to attend the opening. This show is Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's Fall members show. It was Judged by Bruce Erikson, Asst. Professor, Art Dept., Xavier University. Below are quotes of what Professor Erikson thought of the members paintings that he awarded ribbons to.

Evergreen Retirement Community, what a neat place. There was such a buzz coming from the hallway where the show began. The hallway took you to the entrance for their dinning room. More specifically a dining room that you had to have reservations to! Families coming to visit their loved ones dressed in their Sunday best waiting to be called to lunch by the host and hostess that seated them.

I waded through the families to look at the many paintings hanging in this hallway. My painting Waiting on the Rain was right next to the entrance of the dining room. Sadly, I could not get a good picture of the painting sporting its red ribbon due to the glare from the windows across from the painting.

Glare from the lighting also impeded good photos of other paintings in the show.

"Robinson's sensitivity to color really captures the look, smell and sound of the surf." -Bruce Erikson, Xavier University

First place was awarded to Joan Ammerman's painting titled Walnut Creek Canyon.

"Filled with dramatic space and beautiful handling of texture through light and color, Ammerman's painting is stunning." - Bruce Erikson, Xavier University

Third place went to Sue Grogan's painting Springtime.

"Grogan creates a beautiful composition of  flowers and statuary through painterly mark-making and an abundance of luminous washes." -Bruce Erikson, Xavier University
Hot Pink Flamingo by Rhonda Carpenter was awarded and Honorable Mention.

"The saturation of Carpenter's flamingo is extremely eye-catching." - Bruce Erikson, Xavier University

 Honorable Mention went to Lake Como by Ritzie Junker

"I really enjoyed both of Junker's pieces, but felt the mood captured in the vertical landscape was terrific." - Bruce Erikson, Xavier University

And Yuriko Kudo recieved the last Honorable Mention for Woman at Shaker Village.

"The strength of drawing and difficulty of subject matter of Kudo was also quite strong." - Bruce Erikson, Xavier University
I really liked Race Talk by Sandy Maudlin. I felt it was a well executed collage style painting.

Deb Ward's Red Roses on Grandma's Quilt was stunning. I feel this painting speaks volumes of Deb's love for her grandmother's keepsakes.

There were lots of other fabulous paintings by the members of GCWS. You can view the show noon to 4pm daily until October 31st.



Gaylynn M. Robinson     Locked Out     Waterrcolor

Locked Out was chosen to show at the Cincinnati Art Clubs National Show called Viewpoint. This was the second time (and three paintings) that I had tried to enter this show in its 43rd year. There were 355 entries from 184 artists and 70 were awarded the privilege to hang in the show.

I can not even begin to convey my enthusiasm for this honor!!!!!!

The opening is November 4, 2011 at the Cincinnati Art Club from 6-9pm. The show is open to the public on weekends only from 1-4pm beginning November 5 through November 20, 2011.

Gsylynn M. Robinson     Waiting On the Rain     Watercolor

On top of getting into Viewpoint, Waiting on the Rain received 2nd place at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's Fall Member Show! This show can be seen at the Evergreen Retirement Community, 230 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH. The show is available to see daily noon -4pm daily until October31st.  If you live in the Cincinnati area I hope you come to see these two shows.

I have to thank Rhonda Carpenter for her help in getting my paintings to the GCWS show and Deb Ward for her encouragement and to both ladies for their friendship and support.

I have had a wonderful week!!!!   :-)
Most honored and thrilled,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Streetscapes September 24 & 25, 2011

Yesterday, I spent the day in Clifton with my friend Tina Clyburn painting with chalk on the street at a yearly event called Streetscapes in Clifton. The day began with clouds and rain. The rain did not last long and by 1pm were were in sunshine.

Streetscape is where artists transform a street into a virtual museum. The street is the canvas where the artist reproduce a famous work of art using custom made chalk. The artist made the chalk at an workshop several weeks prior to the event.

Spectators watch the artwork evolve during the the two day festivities. In addition to the artwork, there were musicians and entertainment for all ages. There was a kids area where they could draw their own masterpiece with sidewalk chalk.
In this first picture we had to walk on the duct tape to make sure it stuck to the asphalt.

The next step was to put brown craft paper around the perimeter of the "canvas" area .
Tina then placed the drawing of the painting we were going to paint on the "canvas". Tina chose Madame Matisse: madras rouge as our masterpiece to recreate.

This painting has lots of bold colors and will translate well with the chalk.

In the drawing are tiny holes that we pounced baby powder over. This process will transfer the drawing onto the "canvas".

After we pounced, the drawing was pulled off and vol la our drawing is ready to paint.

We then used white chalk to make our baby powder lines show up better.

Tina began placing the red print on the dress as I began the print on the hat.

I moved from the hat to the face. It is really hard to make lines especially fine lines on the asphalt. I got the shape of the eyes (somewhat), but could not add the lashes. The same on the hat. I made the squiggle lines, but could not  get the dot and dashes that Matiesse used to represent shadow on the lines. However, when you stand back to see how things are looking it works.

Tina worked on the dress. The beautiful dark blue chalk that she made at the workshop filled the dress nicely.

After I finished the hat and face I moved onto the hands. I really had a hard time with them. Mostly because Matisse painted them limply. That bothered me. Also, as I stated earlier, it is hard to translate small lines on the asphalt. So the fingers were very hard to shape.

8 hours later our 5'x7' painting was done on the first day!

I can not thank the city of Clifton, who planned the event, for the kindness they treated the artists. We began the day in rain and they planned ahead by putting us under a tent. They provided us with the space, brown craft paper, feed us and kept us watered. This is an awesome event and I look forward to next year.

If you live in the Cincinnati area and would like to join us or create your own masterpiece let Tina or I know and we will keep you informed.

Happy Painting

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cincinnati Art Club Members Fall Exhibit

I went to see the Cincinnati Art Clubs Fall Exhibit for members with Rhonda Carpenter. There were 38 paintings displayed in their Wessel Gallery.

Rhonda and I went to see Deb Ward's entry Industrial Revolution. Her painting was in the vestibule on the right when you walked into the door.

As you can see this is a spectacular painting of an old piece of farm equipment. This snapshot does not begin to show the vibrant colors and detail that Deb has in this painting.

Front and center as you entered the building was Natasha Kinnari's oil painting called Appalachian View.
I always enjoy seeing Natasha's new paintings.
I met her several years ago at one of the Miamisburg
Art Shows. I even remember  she took home a ribbon. The next time I saw her was at a holiday craft show at a local high school. Her work was heads above the different crafts around her. Last May she won first place at the Womens Art Club's Annual Show. I feel Natsha is an area artist to watch.

This watercolor was painted by Joan Ammerman. It is titled Summer on Cape Cod. I really like her painting. I want to walk up those steps and have a sit in the rocking chair. A very inviting scene and well executed.

I apologize for the light glare on this and the next watercolor.

Daffodils by Wynne Lynch Bittlinger is a stunning watercolor.
The strips lead you around the painting and makes the flowers sing. The material rolls around the vase and in the shine of the vase.

Irene Paian's Hyde Park Square is an acrylic painting that really captures this local park.

 This acrylic painting called Sonata in Blue by Joanne Honschopp shows off a lovely view of the Ohio river.

The following Signature Members also had works on display. 
Alice Allison,  Judy Barton,   Julie Beers,  Mary Lewis Bertke,Tom Bluemlein, Jan Boone, Tim Boone, Linda Crank, John Dalzell, Mark Downey, Nariko Fields, P.D. Grosser, George Hageman, Sara Hamel, Steve Hart, Ray Hassard, Ursula Jones, Dave Klocke, Barbara Kuntz, Cynthia Matyi, Joan Miley, Velma J. Morris,  Mildred Null, Jan Polk, Tom Powers, Barbara Pryor, Partick Romelli,   Amy Roy, Margaret Schrimpf,  Clark A. Stevens,  Barbara W. Trauth, Kay K. Worz. .

After Rhonda and I took in the exhibit I gave her my paintings that I was entering in the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's members show at Evergreen Senior Life Community. This Show opens on September 25th noon -4pm until October 31st.
images by D.Ward, J. Vance, R Junker, J. Ammerman, S. Grogan & R. Carpenter

I appreciate Rhonda delivering my paintings since I am unable to do so on my own. Darn day job always gets in the way, :-)
Have a great week,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

 I am a follower of Carol Marine and he fabulous artwork. Sadly Carol and her family have lost their home to the fires near Bastrop, Texas. Clicking on the link above will give you the story.

I have an artist friend, Sharon Leonard,  that lives in the Steiner Ranch area. After a long Labor Day weekend Sharon writes...
"We are now back in our home in Steiner Ranch and everything is in tact. As we were driving out of the community on Sunday, we could see the flames shooting so high at the rim of the canyon, and the air was heavy with black smoke from the burning homes.........extremely surreal. Fire trucks were lined up on the side of the road for a couple of miles with the fire fighters waiting their turns to help. And, of course, we knew from all reports the damage was severe. As we drove back into the community today, the sky was bright blue, booths were set up at the Welcome Center offering free food to all of the returning residents and there was very little smoke coming from the burned area. We could see streams of water being sprayed into the canyon to control the hot spots, and yet there was so much green space (much of it brown space because of the drought) that was untouched by the fire; it further emphasized the amazing job these fire fighters accomplished when they contained this fire. If they hadn't been so quick to respond and their efforts hadn't been so relentless, the fire would have swallowed up so much more of our community..........keep in mind, there was a shortage of fire fighters at that time. The law enforcement department was incredible, too, for evacuating this community in time and in an organized manner. Again, I thank all of my FB family and friends for so many prayers offered for our safety and the safety of all of the residents here. There is still much work remaining for the fire fighters in Bastrop and throughout the state of TX. My prayer is for God to bless each and every one of you always."

Please keep the families of this devastated area in Texas in your thoughts and prayers.  You can call your local Red Cross to make donations.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

School started

I have been busy the last two weeks with the beginning of school. The program (18-22 yr.old Special Need Young Adults) was moved to another building and we have been tirelessly unpacking and setting up the classroom. We still have not been able to find all our furniture and boxes.

Last week was our first week for our interns. The new faces has meant that we have to reevaluate how we have done things in the past. Each intern brings a new set of challenges. Our first challenge is to get to know this new town and find volunteer jobs for the interns to learn so they get practical job experience.

I have several shows that I am looking to be able to get my paintings into. The next is Middletown Arts Center Area Art Show September 23-October 2. I will take the paintings that I put in the Miamisburg Art Show. These locations are near each other and the pick up and delivery are within days of each other. I will get it done (hopefully) with the help of my parents. It also makes a good excuse to have dinner.

The next show is with the Cincinnati Watercolor Society September 25-October 30. I am putting Rosemary's Orchid and Waiting on the Rain (both in My Gallery) in this show. Again, I will need help from a friend to get my paintings delivered. The Club only takes paintings during their meeting time. Alas, I will be with my interns so I will not make the meeting.

The last one I am trying to get into is Viewpoint at the Cincinnati Art Club November 4-20. This one you have to make a CD of your entry and mail it in. Logistics is not a problem, but making sure the picture of my painting is the right size, labeled correctly on the picture and on the CD (for me) is a little daunting. I really feel that is why I did not get in last year. This year "I think" I got everything labeled right this time. Anyway, it is in the judges hands now.

Wish me luck,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

2011 9th Annual Miamisbug Juried Art Exhibition

Yesterday was the opening of the 9th Annual Art Exhibit at the Miamisburg Art Gallery in Miamisburg, Ohio. If you have followed me over the years you know I enter this juried show each year because it is my roots. I learned to paint in the Art Guilds classroom.

This year the show had 119 entries from 57 artist and 96 were juried into the show. I was lucky to have both of mine make it in. I was not lucky enough to receive an award. There were 4 categories (Drawing, Oil/Acrylic, Watermedia and Miscellaneous) with 4 winners in each and a Best of Show.

As I walked into the gallery, my first reaction was that it felt sparse. In the past when I walked into the gallery the space felt full and the paintings were numerous or the paintings were huge and took up lots of space. That was not the case this year. Although there were some large pieces, they were not weighty paintings. It was a light an airy feel to the gallery this year.  The last two years colored pencil had taken front and center, but this year there were more pastels. As always the Art Guild was very gracious with their hospitality and hanging of the show.

My entries were:

Locked Out

The Flower Market

I painted The Flower Market for my mother. It is she who is looking at the flowers in the painting and is standing next to the painting at the exhibit.

Drawing Winner

The Barrel Racer
Paul Fox

2nd place went to this stunning pastel painting by Donna Brinkman.
It was my favorite painting in the show.

Oils/Acrylic Winner

Reflections of September
Jim Eberhart

2nd place went to The Oyster Bar by Donna Brinkman. Again, a stunning painting by this artist.


Model #1
Misuk Goltz

Leonard Williams took 2nd for his painting                        Warming Sun done in casein.             

Best of Show

Mad River Pool
Chuck Bergert

I did not take any pictures of the Miscellaneous Catergory which consisted of mixed media painting, mixed media pottery and a wood, glass and iron wall hanging. All very wonderful pieces. I apologize for the poor photography, as you can see, the lighting maked it very hard to take pictures without having my reflection or the lights or other objects/people in the picture.

I enjoy going back each year and seeing family, catching up with mentors past and present (missed you Deb Ward), meeting new artist (Theresa Houston), but mostly know that I am home.

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