Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Happy New Painting Year!

It seems like people's attention is more attuned 
these days to Instagram and Facebook (those links go to my pages at those sites).

So sometimes I post my painting snippets to those social media sites.

But since this is a painting journal - of sorts - for me, 
I will continue putting my progressions with more detail here in this blog.

The story of Ann ...

On our trip to the East Coast last fall, 
I snapped a photo (in an airport)
of a lady with lots of personality. 

I made this sketch of her. 

Found a board for my substrate. (Matt cut it for me.)
I coated it with PVA.

Scratched in her basic form (bust) on a dark brown (oil) underpainting.

It dried quickly using my special medium*. 

 Nearly finished, with wet paint, I added my sig.

"Ann"   Oil on wood panel  18 x 12 inches

As you see here, Ann is a companion piece to Nan.
All I need now is a frame.

Thanks so very much for checking in.

Happy New Year everyone!
Happy painting!

*Let me know if you want the recipe.


Merry Christmas!

Block print anyone? 
I carved this one from a cork floor sample (approx 3.5 x 4.5 inches). 
It worked just fine! I found some very nice paper 
that took the block print ink so nicely. I used black ink only. 
Example below. These are our Christmas cards.

Dunlin - block print by TeriGardnerRobus, after carving by MatthewHRobus 
Dunlin - red cedar wood carving by MHRobus
I wanted to try a block print of one of Matt's carvings, so I sketched it first.

Dunlin sketch - 5 x 4 inches
Cork block with ink

Dunlin are amazing little shorebirds. They are highly gregarious in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches. Large numbers can often be seen swirling in synchronized flight on stop-overs during migration or on their winter habitat.

Here is a great photo of them.
Dunlin  (Calidris alpina)
Photo by: Jonn Leffmann
 [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], 
via Wikimedia Commons

Thank you to all who checked in during this past year. 

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!


Cubist Still Life

(Salon challenge #2 - part 2)

For our reveal, we met at Patrick's house, ate a lovely
Chanterelle pasta meal (so delicious....thanks P)
and then unveiled our challenge

My painting - I think I will call it Apex.



I think we were all surprised at how cool our paintings turned out, 
how colorful they were using that 8 color limited palette 
and how much fun it was!

Our methods were all just a little different. 
Patrick set his items on a platform 
and viewed them from there,
 and I think arranged them differently as he painted. 
Barbara had the items in her studio, 
not really arranged any certain way (she did that in her head) 
and painted them as she went. 
Timi sketched hers out, 
sometimes standing on a chair looking down at the items,
 then cut up the page and rearranged it to paint.

We understood that cubism is seeing objects from different perspectives and
we each made unique paintings in our own cubist style!

I learned that I would like to try more paintings in this way, 
using perhaps a more monotone palette like Braque and Picasso did, 
and breaking the objects and their parts up
more with lines and angles. 
I think I found it harder to do with all those round things we had on our list!

All lined up to see relative sizes

Apex       Oil on panel     24 x 24 inches

It was a great experience for all of us. 
I hope you learned something, too!

Thank you so much for taking time to stop in.

Happy painting!


Salon Challenge #2 (part 1)

Our 2nd salon challenge was decided 
by picking items out of a hat.
(I mean the written word of the item.)  
We just blurted out things that might
be interesting to paint in a 

Cubist Still Life

and picked 4 out of a hat. We chose:

1 - A gourd or pumpkin
2 - An old shoe
3 - A round glass "thing" or bottle
4 - A sea shell

 I sketched my items, from all different perspectives, 
onto brown paper with charcoal 
and cut them out.

I wanted to make my cubism still life as a tondo 
because I had seen some cubist paintings made that way.

Examples of tondo shapes (they can be oval too):

Picasso - Still Life With Chair Caning - 1912

Braque - Still Life With Violin - 1914

Picasso and Braque as you may know

invented cubism.

We chose an 8 color palette:

Alizarin Crimson Permanent    
Cerulean Blue
Ultramarine Blue    
Yellow Ochre
Dioxizine Purple    
Phthalo Green    

Sketchbook sketch (about 5 x 5 inches)

I thought I might use more dividing lines, but I didn't.

Here is my sketch onto a panel 24" square.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our challenge!

I will reveal all of our creations 
and any comments that might be helpful 
for anyone who might like to try this.

Thank you so much for checking in
and Happy December 1
Happy Painting!


I actually HAVE been painting ...

Salon Challenge #1

Most of the time our salons have been casual critiques 
of paintings we have been working on. 
This time we added a challenge, and a new painter!

Welcome Patrick!
Our other salon painters are:
Timi Johnson
(please click that link to see Timi's beautiful paintings on her website)
Barbara Shepherd

We decided to do a memory painting, and since we all have cats ...

Our method was:

1 minute observe cat
15 minutes paint without seeing cat

2 minutes observe cat
15 minutes paint without seeing cat

3 minutes observe cat
15 minutes paint without seeing cat
45 minute cat-from-memory painting!

This was my base. It is Multimedia Art Board, 8 x 10, black - I put a brushful of white markings with a large brush ages ago, just for the heck of it.

Here are all of our efforts in a line. There was also a guest artist from afar (a friend of Timi's). Hers was watercolor - right in the middle. Timi's on far left, Patrick's - in acrylic - next, then Beverly's; next is Barbara's with green. And mine on far right.

Haze Gray from Memory          oil on panel        8 x 10

I think she approves!

And I approve of all of us!
I think it was an important exercise
and one we probably should do every now and then,  

when we remember ... :)

Thank you so much for checking in to this blog, 

even though I have not been very faithful to it.

We are now planning our 3rd challenge, 

so my next post will be about our 2nd challenge.

It was a combined effort to choose the subject and we voted and then picked from a hat.

Challenge #2 is a Cubist Still Life!

Stay tuned for the results!


Grey Mountain Adventure

Grey Mtn Adventure       10 x 8 inches       oil on canvas panel

Yikes, where did the time go? It was just summer,
now it is autumn.

We headed north for some sun. 
That sounds funny
 but it is a true fact that SE Alaska 
has had a VERY rainy summer.

Our trip yielded lots of sun, 
tons of hiking
 (our friends mountain biked)
and very good adventures.

We ferried north to Skagway, Alaska 
and drove the Klondike Hwy 
to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada!

Eric and Julia - mtn bikers extraordinaire!


We got to the top of Grey Mtn! Whitehorse in the distance.

From the ferry LeConte on the way home from Skagway.

I even painted a picture.

My set-up and scene
Quick thumbnail  

Getting started with paint

Not too many bugs and no wind!

I struggled with this painting a bit. 
Could not get the road to look like a road.

It looked like a river!

anyhoo ... happy about the painting anyway.

Thanks to everyone who checks in to see what is going on in SE Alaska
or wherever I am ...

Happy painting 
happy autumn!