Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy News and WIP Flamingo Boat

Here, school began on August 15th. It has been a good start. 
We have 5 interns (2 new) and they are very good workers so far.
Our building FINALY got wifi and computers in our classrooms. 
you have no idea how that helps me with making 
manipulatives and do my paperwork. :)
my happy news is that
                                        on September 6th my daughter gave birth to a boy!
All 9 lbs. 8 oz. !

We feel very blessed and could not be happier
for our daughter and son-in-law! 

Gaylynn M. Robinson   Watercolor   Flamingo Boat WIP

As for my painting, I have added some more to the background and the ladies hair/hat.
This painting's subject is near the Ohio River edge at the Coney Island Park boat ramp entrance.
The entrance is a beautiful rock wall and faux lighthouse gate.
I think it makes a nice back drop to these ladies.
I may not be working very diligently on this painting,
but I am enjoying it.

Gaylynn Robinson

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~E.B. White

Monday, August 5, 2013

Morris & Whiteside Gallery, Hilton Head

I just returned from a much needed and wonderful vacation. We (as in my hubby and me) lucked into a sweet condo on the marina of Shelter Cove, Hilton Head, South Carolina. I enjoyed watching the boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle board traffic daily. It was interesting watching the tide ebb and flow and how it affected the marshes in Broad Creek.

Morris & Whiteside Gallery Hilton Head, SC

One of the places I wanted to go to in HH was to see Karin Jurrick's paintings at Morris &Whiteside Gallery. I follow Karin Jurrick on her blog so I knew that this gallery carried her oil paintings. I enjoy reading her blog and wanted to see her fabulous paintings in person.

Karin Jurrick/Behind the News/oil/8X10 inches

Before coming to HH, I looked up the address for the Morris & Whiteside Gallery. When we went looking for the gallery, we were surprised that this prominent gallery was in a secluded spot off the beaten path. Once inside, I found that the owners were very friendly and proud of their stable of artists.

The gallery was in the process of collecting works from artists from all over the country for a charity auction. The charity auction is October 5, 2013 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Shelter Cove, HH. The auction will offer significant paintings, sculpture and vintage prints by deceased and contemporary masters of the south. They even showed me a Andrew Wyeth that will be in the auction. :)

I found Karin's group of paintings and I was enthralled with how bright her colors are. They were rich and glowing. I have always enjoyed seeing Karin's work on her blog, but to see her brush strokes in person was amazing. She paints with such precision and confidence in each stroke. Knowing that she puts brush to canvas with out drawing and completes the painting by seeing the shapes, makes each stroke yummy to look at.

Karin likes to paint people and landscapes. Her people are on the beach, looking at paintings in museums, dining or sipping coffee. She is always working on her mugshot series. This series is of people that have been arrested. This exercise has sharpened Karin's portrait skills. Karin's landscapes have been cityscapes of NYC and towns of places that she has given workshops. Presently she is doing a series of landscapes of Lincoln Highway. Karin read an article on how the highway, beginning at Lincoln Park in San Francisco across the country to NYC, Times Square, was turning 100 years old. So she set out to paint the architecture and landscapes along this route that she has seen.
Stephen Scott Young/Lefty/Dry Brush Watercolor/14 3/8X22

After checking out all of Karin's work, I began to look around the gallery. I was blown away that Karin was in the company of Stephen Scott Young and Dean Mitchell!! These two watercolor artist are (in my opinion) the best of the best. To be able to study Stephen Scott Young's dry brush strokes and try to figure out how he created the texture in his paintings at a close proximity was a pleasure. I then took in Dean Mitchell's style with relish. I love his Wyeth-esq style. Both Young and Mitchell  have a way with texture, light and shadow. Both gentleman reside in Florida and paint their surroundings, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Both touch my heart and peak my curiosity of the areas they explore in their paintings.
Dean Mitchell/One Way Out/Watercolor

Other artist on display were, Joe Bowler, Addison Palmer, Michael B. Kara's, Michael Harrell, Joseph Orr, Jim Palmer, Joesph Lorusso, Dan Gerhartz, and Jonathan Green. They have so many more listed on their website. Morris &Whiteside have galleries in Savannah and Arizona.

I thank Morris & Whiteside Gallery for their hospitality and letting me enjoy their collection.


If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”Edward Hopper 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WIP Flamingo Boat

With todays washes I began defining the skorts, life jacket, boats, legs and sandals. I moved from those areas to the stone wall, trees and grass.

As you can see I made the skorts darker and added the folds of the material. I then moved to the boats, grass, trees and stone wall with washes that show where everything will be. The red boat is beginning to take shape as is the shadows of the grass. I see a bloom has developed in the grass above the red boat. I will have to work with it for the shadows to work. 


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Flamingo Boat

I took a picture at Paddlefest, at Coney Island Park near Cincinnati, Ohio,  a few summers ago of these two women readying their kayak. I was amused with their effort to attach the flamingo to a kayak. 

This is the beginning washes to my drawing. 
I put lemon yellow down for the grass to give glow to the lighter areas.

The next washes were laid in for the kayaks, flamingo, stone walls, the ladies skorts.  I also began laying washes on the legs and giving them some definition.


Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”Stella Adler 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Saying Good Bye

Watercolor     Pop's Garden     Private Collection

Nine days ago my father-in-law passed. He fought cancer and a bad heart for 15 months.  
He was a man that always had a joke or story to tell, candy for kids and pop to share.
He worked for GM as a welder for 31 years.
I painted this portrait of him working in his garden. His garden was his pride and joy.
Pop, along with his sons and grandsons, got his garden in.
As we harvest it we will think of him and remember
his love of family, his  humor, his work ethic, and his big smile.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 3: Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Mary Helen Wallace

On day 3 I came with the goal to move on and try a different portrait then I had done the past 2 days. I choose to do an elderly gentleman with a sparkle in his eye. I felt I could learn skin tone, hair and glasses with this portrait.

Mary Helen's demo was on background and tips. She even gave us a hand out called Mary Helen's List. The list is random, but full of great advice.

  • Dark behind light brings light forward
  • When in doubt, bleed off
  • Neutrals bring out the best in brights
  • Cross the color wheel to get neutrals
  • Value is the most important part in composition
  • Paint what you know, or research
  • Your painting is only as good as your drawing
  • Balance your painting and counter balance it with color, value, shape, direction, volume and moxie (i.e. guts)
  • Use uneven numbers in subject matter
  • Layer as little as possible
  • Don't over stir your colors
  • Simplify!
  • Don't fear extremes. EXPLORE!
  • Try to paint EVERYDAY!
  • Have a private place (even if it is a closet) to always have your painting gear ready
  • Try wet on wet paper
  • Try new colors
  • Try large flat brushes
  • Never put your subject dead center
  • Use 2H pencil to draft your painting, but draw lightly
  • Use a sot eraser (white plastic) to take away all un-necessary lines
  • Explore - think outside of the box
  • Really look at your environment both near and far
  • Turn your painting upside down and look at your composition
So using my list I got to work and was amazed that I got the portrait almost finished. I have never worked so fast on any painting to date!

My gentleman does not look stylized. I feel that his face has the feel of curves and skin tone is appropriate. Hair look like hair. The glasses are a little wonky, but you can tell they are on his face. The background is interesting. I am very happy on how the painting has turned out.

Now to apply everything I learned and do them on my own :)


The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” 
Alberto Giacometti 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 2: Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Mary Helen Wallace

On day 2 of this workshop I decided to play a little. I told Mary Helen that I wanted to loosen up and she said, "Then do it." So I took the pre drawn child and lady with glasses and went to work. On both I put the original picture away and tried to paint their faces from memory. I felt by doing this it would keep me from being "stylized", as I was told on day 1. That worked about 5 minutes. The paintings were somewhat looser, but still had some hard lines. It was a good exercise for me.

Then Mary Helen gave a demo on how to do hair and background. She chose from memory a blond haired girl. While painting Mary Helen talked about:

  • How blond hair is not just yellow, but that blond hair is created with  greens and reds. 
  • How to utilize positive and negative shapes to create flowing and fly away hair which created movement. 
  • About the more you mix on the palette you will lose the sparkle of the paint and transparency. 
  • Too many layers can muddy or dull you colors. 
  • Let your colors mix on the painting, sometimes using a tender touch.
  • Dark behind light brings light forward.
  • Warm light into cool light makes interest.
  • Value puts together a balanced painting.
So back at my seat I took out a drawing of my first day model
and tried to re-do her.

This attempt, I feel, went much better. After playing in the morning and watching Mary Helen's demo, I think I loosened up and the colors blended better and softer on her face. The hands, not so much. I do feel I have taken away the techniques on working wetter and how to bleed off to keep areas lighter and softer. Mary Helen showed us on day 1 where to place light in the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth to create the illusion of 3D on the 2D painting. This shows on my models lips, nose and forehead.


“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day 1: Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Mary Helen Wallace

I recently went to a 3 day workshop by Mary Helen Wallace on portraiture in watercolor. Mary Helen is an inspiration and I learned many tips from her. 

On day 1, Mary Helen began the workshop going over the the importance of having a good drawing to begin any painting. She stressed the use of a 2H pencil to draft your painting and draw lightly and use a soft eraser (white plastic or kneeded) to take away any unnecessary lines.

Mary helen went over the facial features as she drew each one. She explained how the eye sits in the socket; the cartilage in your nose, the philtrum and nostrils; the flesh and angles of the cheekbones and jaw line; the upper and lower lip; the chin and the ear. As Mary Helen spoke of each part she touched them then drew them. Then Mary Helen sent us to our spots to create/finish our drawings we brought with us. 

At this point I will tell you that my motive for taking this workshop was to 1) learn to become a little looser in my technique 2) skin-tones 3) gender differences and 4) age differences when painting a portrait 5) and watercolor painting tips. By having an agenda I was not concerned to have a finished painting. All my "models" were pictures from magazines or my photo gallery. I had them pre drawn before the classes began. 

In the afternoon Mary Helen went over the color wheel using her palette. Her palette consists mostly of Winsor Newton watercolor paints (Perm Rose, Windsor Blue (Red), Cad Orange, Cad Red, Cad Lemon, Sap Green, Brown Madder, Cerulean Blue, New Gamboge) and Grumbacher (Thalo Yellow Green)

Mary Helen says that all the colors that you need can be made from this list. I choose the model of color to begin my first portrait. I soon learned that Mary Helen's palette worked well for this model. I used mostly Brown Madder, Permanent Rose, New Gamboge and Winsor Blue (Red Shade) to create the faces rich honey tones.                                                                                             
I admit that I was having a hard time blending the tones and keeping the flow soft.  Mary Helen said my style for this portrait was stylized. 
Stylized, which means:
Adj.1.stylized - using artistic forms and conventions to create effects; not natural or spontaneous; "a stylized mode of theater production"
artificialunreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"


"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile."


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