Dear painters, art aficionados, and art explorers everywhere. This blog has been going since 2008 as my art adventures journal. I would love it if you would join me to learn about the processes of painting, drawing and at times, the history of art.

8.05.2021

Blogger Day

 Well, that's a new one. I have had this blog for 13 years
but had not heard of Blogger Day.


Hi everyone who reads this blog.
I have been painting outside mostly this summer, 
on nice days usually. This painting, though, is from a photo
I snapped while walking back from painting in the wetlands near the Juneau airport.   
The beautiful orange color of the airport doo-dads
against the blue of the big garage for airport vehicles got my attention. 

I did take a few progress shots: 





Airport Doo-dads (with Background)     oil on canvas    12 x 16 inches
(I will be adhering this to a board at some point, when finished. And framing it.)

My studio is going to be getting some TLC 
as soon as I get it emptied out so it can have a new floor, ceiling and walls!
So I have moved up to our "office" room.

I know people clean out their studios from time-to-time
but I have NEVER done it ...
so you can just imagine the STUFF I have to go through.
I have been throwing stuff away, I have! And I have a large box of paintings 
that I have deemed weak, so they will be sanded down. I have already sanded a couple and it is actually quite fun! Cathartic?

So this painting is going to sit a bit. I may thicken the paint and think of a new title. Any suggestions for a title off the top of your head?

Anyway, Happy Blogger Day!
and
Happy Painting

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Thank you for reading all the way to here!

5.24.2021

Bouquet painting ... again!

Drawing and/or painting flowers and bouquets is a love of mine. 
This is a still life, from real life, that was a fun project. 

charcoal sketch

from

 this bouquet 👇


I felt like doing another bouquet painting
and i just happened to have this little
Mother's Day one. (Thank you Matt! 💓)


I had a board already made with gesso 
and some acrylic iridescent gold
splashed on it ... I think the gold was leftover from
painting a frame ... ?


Anyway, it looked like the size i wanted,
so I began to sketch (with charcoal first). Again I didn't think to take
more progress photos ... 

This one progress shot while painting indicates where 
those funny little buds are in the bouquet. 
I don't know what they are, do you?

I love the background iridescence in certain light.


These flowers, from Mother's Day ... are still holding strong, 
with a bit of trimming. 
So, when was that? Over 2 weeks ago! 
Amazing!
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Dusk Was Falling      11 9/16 x 9 inches    oil on prepared panel


Thanks for checking this blogpost out! I really do appreciate it!

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ps I have heard that the entity that transfers this blog to you via email (feedburner) will no longer be supporting my emails.
I am not sure what to do. I have heard of another service called "follow.it" that will send these blogposts out. I am very technically challenged so I hope I can figure it out.



5.14.2021

Wedding Bouquet Painting (belated)

Our daughter and son-in-law 
got married a few years ago (well ... 7).

I had asked for a photo 
of their wedding bouquet and was sent it. 
I put it in my "to paint" album
and thought about it and how to do it from time to time
 ...
until I made a decision in March of this year. 

We were going to visit in April
 and I thought it would be nice 
to give the painting to them when we were there.

So here are the photos 
(none with progress with the paint ... i forgot)
 about this little sweet bouquet
 painted in acrylic!
I painted with acrylic so it would dry fast
to be able to pack it.

original photo


my set-up

my palette

Pi Day Wedding Bouquet
4 x 6 ? acrylic on prepared panel using micaceous iron oxide ground

Here is a link from Golden brand acrylics about Micaceous Iron Oxide.
I tried it out on this small panel and then put some gray gesso over;
and you can see it peeking out and in a good light
it might show some sparkle.
It is great for dry media, pastels or colored pencils
but can also be used with acrylic or oil paint.


Have you used it?

Found this vintage frame for the painting!







Thanks for looking!
I really appreciate your time.
I hope you are all well and looking forward 
to normalizing a bit as we all get vaccinated.

Get your vax! 

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4.02.2021

The House Next Door

the house next door (b&w)

Hello!
I have been working on various things; 
a portrait commission, and my DOR paintings 
and just wanted a warm-up to start the day earlier this week.

This little painting was the result. 
I didn't take too many progress photos, but here are a couple.


This is the photo of my view of the house next door 
(from the sofa) ... good neighbors!

I found a nice panel already prepared and sketched the main
areas with charcoal and fixed it with the Spectrafix fixative 
for charcoal, and pastel.




This was my challenge, to see if I could do
a painting of this view, and actually
like the result.

I must say, that I think it turned out pretty well.
One happy happening, was that my plant on the sill,
a lipstick plant Aeschynanthus,
 had just popped out a quad of lipstick tube blooms!


 Here is the result of my efforts ... as you may have
noticed from the photo, 
there are many more alder branches
than what I painted in. 
Who wants to go crazy? I think it gave
the idea of alder branches with snow on them, so - 
no going batty trying to put them all (or even many) in!

The House Next Door   13.5 x 12 inches oil on prepared Masonite

Just want to mention, if you are still here, that my virtual gallery
show has a couple more days left for viewing.
Happy First Friday!
Go HERE 
to take a look at my Strong Women paintings. Please note that if you are on a cell phone or tablet, you must download the Exhibbit App but if you are on your laptop or desktop,
that link will take you right to my gallery.
Four have sold, and I am so grateful for the
people giving those paintings good homes!

Thank you so much for viewing this blogpost
and the show! 
Let me know if you have trouble with it by just responding
 to this email if you are subscribed.
Or, my email is teri.robus@gmail.com.

Happy Painting!
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Oh and Happy Easter!
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3.07.2021

Teri's Virtual Art Gallery

 


Greetings dear blog readers!
It's March! Spring will be here soon!

I have decided to finally have a show of my 
Strong Women 
series of paintings, 
which I began sharing as blogposts in May 2020.

However, it will be a virtual show 
rather than a live, in-person exhibit. 😔
To enter & view, and read no more, just click here.

This body of work was begun without a series in mind, 
until I painted Ann, the companion to Nan . . .
That is when I began to think of other paintings with women featured. 
Thus began Strong Women. I feel it is fitting to share this series
in conjunction with International Women's Day,
 Monday 8 March 2021, running through April 7, 2021.

With each painting I tried to think of the woman and how this portrayal showed her strength. I worked mostly in oils (one has a bit of pastel) on a prepared ground on Masonite panel. 

I learned so much doing this series, 
and very much appreciate your attention!


Oh by the way! I just opened my March/April 2021 Artists Magazine
and saw that Jerry Weiss wrote about 
the Artemisia Gentileschi exhibit at London's National Gallery. 

His article was a concise compilation of Artemisia's life and work; 
in conclusion he writes, 
"Artemisia formulated a new vision of woman as a heroic presence in art, both as creator and subject. In order for the artist to forge a transformative career, it was necessary for her to confront misogyny on both mundane and terrifying levels. Four hundred years later, she's an inspiration to women, who often face many of the same obstacles."

My final painting in this series addresses
this strong woman, plus another of our own time. 

See you in the (virtual) gallery!

And when you are there, be sure to click 
on the "media link" to view my blogpost
about each painting's process.


2.27.2021

Paint like you train

This post is probably mostly for the art/painter nerds out there, like me, 
who want to know anything and everything about art, and how to do it. 
But I hope anyone with a little interest in color will enjoy it too.
 


Since I have been taking several online painting workshops
during this pandemic, my husband asked me the other day,
"So how are you going to put the things you are learning into practice
when you are painting?"
(To tell you the truth, I was wondering the same thing!)

Yer Za Vue, who taught the Exploring Color workshop that just ended yesterday, 
was asked that question from a workshop attendee, 
a question probably many of us were wondering. 
She said, (paraphrased) 
"you learn all about color theory and the different ways to apply it, then you go out to paint and all of that flies out of your head and you just paint".

I mentioned this to my husband and he said, "Oh it is kind of like the military or fight saying "_ train like you fight, fight like you train _"
So I shortened the saying and replaced "fight" with "paint" and it goes:
"Paint like you train" 
... and voila! . . . the learning
comes out as you paint! (you hope)

One the many takeaways from the class with Za for me was
the idea - Temperature Shift. 
For areas of a painting that you want to keep the color without changing the value (without muddy-ing), you can shift it's temperature by adding a bit of the color next to your chosen color on a color wheel,
to either warm it up or cool it down, depending on 
what your painting needs (or what you want to make up ... i.e. artistic license).
 
Here is my exercise chart with Temperature Shift,
using a blue and a red, along with the b&w to show
the attempt to mix high key, middle key and low key value examples.



It was amazing to do the exercise and try to keep the value as close to the original as possible. And the colors on the palette were gorgeous!

Here now is the little painting I made from a source photo Za shared.



Please note this is much redder in this photo than in real life. 
Please also note the sky - where I attempted to shift the temperature 
from warm near the setting sun, to cooler as you go up.

The other really neat exercise we did was desaturation of color,
also without changing the value.



I used Green and Yellow for these. Yellow is so high in value,
it is very hard to match that, so it doesn't look quite right.

Thanks so much for sticking with this post. Do you already do these
color techniques? Do you use the color wheel? 

Happy painting and be healthy and safe.

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2.19.2021

Strolling on an Eaglecrest Boardwalk

Detail from Strolling on an Eaglecrest Boardwalk

Hi all. Here is a bit of color for these gray February days!
 
A few September days in 2020 were glorious in Juneau
and we (Plein Rein Painters) met up at Eaglecrest to paint.



This boardwalk runs through the bushes and bogs 
of the muskeg and connects to trails in the area. 
I painted, not this, but another view that day, but I cannot find it, 
so maybe I painted over it or something.
Anyway ... I wanted to show you the way THIS (studio) painting developed.

Made a grid over my blue ground, for some reason I had this blue ground ...


I liked the way the boardwalk came in on the lower right
and the tree headed off the panel on the upper left.






After letting the painting sit for awhile, I asked my hubby
if he saw anything that might help the painting.
He mentioned that the trees were a little bare except for
the very tops, so I added some limbs here and there
along the trunk. They still look like Eaglecrest trees to me, too!

This month I am taking an online class learning about color. It is making me think about color more seriously than I have in the past.
For this painting, I realize it is mostly a complementary color scheme; blue & orange, with some green in there which borders on being a triadic color scheme. 
Color is so varied and amazing and each person sees color a teensy bit differently.

Strolling on an Eaglecrest Boardwalk    oil on prepared Masonite   14 3/4  x 12 1/4 inches

This painting still needs to have varnish for the darks to get some luster.


Thank you for checking in to this blog!

Stay healthy
&
Happy painting!

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2.15.2021

Art Podcasts, are you a listener?

 

detail of a cold wax + oil painting in-progress

Podcasts are great to listen to while painting or walking, or vacuuming! 
(Which is what I did for awhile today.) 
And today I listened to one that fit right in to my thoughts about painting in series.

It was "The Messy Studio"

https://messystudio.fireside.fm/165

hosted by Rebecca Crowell and her son Ross Ticknor.

I listen to this podcast because: 
1 - it's about art (duh) and 
2 - Rebecca is the co-author of the book Cold Wax Medium (CWM)
and is an artist creating interesting works in CWM and oil paint ...
at least I think they are interesting. 
Plus she always has cool subjects
 to discuss.

So, this isn't a huge post but I am giving "public" notice
that I am
continuing on with my series
DOR (Dead on Road) ...
(my blogpost on Oct 1, 2020
talked about it)
 ... and the podcast was reminding me that even though
there may be a halt or a hiccup here and there,
I am still very interested in completing
at least 5 paintings for the series. 

(Each one takes quite a bit of time, because I like to layer the oil & CWM  
so it will be a slowly developing series ...
and I am ok with that.)



detail from wip CWM painting (second in series)

If you have any questions about painting in series, check out that podcast
or shoot me a question in the comments box below.

See you next time! Take good care of yourselves!

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