Friday, May 17, 2019

Deep Blue Vase with Apple


A cool find at the flea market, this large, deep blue vase.  I thought, how will I paint this dark object? I saw it as a challenge and said "just have fun".  There's no point in worrying!  Paint shapes and not objects, paint colors while thinking about their values and saturation and make the composition interesting by moving the viewer's eye around the canvas and working those negative spaces into the composition.
If you're interested in learning about these painting concepts and more, you can join me on May 25th at Arlene's Artist Materials in Albany NY. Click on the link below to sign up.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Value Study and Simplify Brushwork Workshop


My oil painting workshop yesterday at Arlene’s Artist Materials in Albany, NY, was with several  talented students working on a value study followed by a "simplify brushwork" exercise.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Value Study and Simplify Brushwork

Did you ever overwork a painting and muddy it up?

 If yes, then this workshop is for you.




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You'll learn how to compose a painting, do a value study, learn paint mixing in order to produce beautiful colors, and how to simplify your brushwork. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. You'll be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in your chosen subject matter. 

Oil Painting with Robin Rosenthal 

on Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 4pm

$70 per student


Preregistration is required to attend all classes and workshops at Arlene’s. Space is limited so please register soon. Click the Arlene's link above to register online. Otherwise, please come into the store, at 57 Fuller Rd Albany NY, or call us, (518) 482-8881, to reserve your spA supply list will be provided upon registration and supplies are not included in the cost of the workshop.
Please note that our classes are typically held in the lower level of Arlene's. Because access to the lower level is available only by stair, please let us know if using the stairs presents any difficulty for you in advance of the class so we can make alternate arrangements. We want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy and participate in our classes.ace.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Luminous Paintings - Our Three Person Show


I have 16 paintings on display.
Part of being an Oakroom Artist member is to commit to a show every two to two and a half years.
These works have been put aside until now for this show.

Please join us for our reception this Sunday,
 April 7th from 1:30 to 3:30.
The show runs the month of April 
at the
Oakroom Artists Gallery
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
1221 Wendall Ave., Schenectady, NY




Thursday, March 28, 2019

Talented Students

I had nine very attentive and talented students in my workshop
 Colorful Still Lifes in Oils
at Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY
this past Sunday.

Here's a peek at some of their work.👍

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Stroke Economy

Want to learn how to oil paint simplified forms using limited brushstrokes, put down a color and leave it alone for a bold clean look to your paintings?

Learn to paint loose and somewhat abstractly using deliberate choices in your drawing, values, colors, and brushstrokes and learn to stop overworking your canvas. 
Joining me next month at Saratoga Arts for my workshop. 

Colorful Still Lifes in Oils
Sunday, March 24th, 2019 11:00 AM -  4:00 PM
Saratoga Arts The Arts Center
320 Broadway
Saratoga SpringsNY 12866


Monday, February 18, 2019

Focus on Stroke Economy - March Workshop


Winter 2019 - Colorful Still Lifes in Oil

with Robin Rosenthal 

Would you like to paint still lifes with clean, colorful brushstrokes and simplified forms? Learn how limited brushstrokes and the concepts of value, intensity and color temperature play a role in creating eye-catching paintings. This workshop will help you become familiar with oil painting whether you are a new painter or have previous experience. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. The goal is to help you become familiar with oil paints, create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter. A complete supply list can be found online.

Sunday, March 24: 11am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for not-yet members
March 24th, 2019 11:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
Saratoga Arts
The Arts Center
320 Broadway
Saratoga SpringsNY 12866
United States
Phone: 518-584-4132 ext 201  
Email: 
Member$ 75.00
Not-Yet-Member$ 85.00

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Oakroom Artists Winter Group Exhibition


The Annual Oakroom Artists Winter Group Exhibition is up and will be open to visitors beginning on January 14th at the Oakroom Gallery space within the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady building on Wendell Avenue. Gallery hours are Mon - Fri from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Our Opening Reception will be held next month on Sunday, February 3. Hope you can make it.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Babel of Boxes

In a place of learning and books, there is no clear path to communication or leadership, much like in our news and government.
I wanted to find a way to visually describe my feeling about what I hear and see in the news. I see people subdued and things chaotic.
I referenced the biblical story of the Tower of Babel. I used a limited value and intensity range, much more than usual and I stacked the boxes so they faced different directions.
This painting may not be successful, but it's my attempt to make a political statement.

This painting and many Oakroom Artists works can be seen in the
Annual Oakroom Artists Winter Group Show
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady UUSS
January 13 - February 25, 2019
Reception February 3rd 1:30 - 3:30

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Most Viewed of 2018


These are some of my most viewed images from 2018.
 Thanks to everyone for a great year.  

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Learn the Basics of Oil Painting


The Atelier at Arlene's in Albany, NY
On Saturday, December 8th, from 11am to 4pm
Learn the basics of how to compose, draw, create a value study and oil paint.


Would you like to learn the basics of oil painting and its application while having fun? In this class we'll cover materials, the concepts of value, intensity, temperature, and the use of complementary colors. You'll learn how to compose a painting, do a value study, learn paint mixing in order to produce beautiful colors, and how to simplify your brushwork. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. You'll be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in your chosen subject matter.


A supply list will be provided upon registration. Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. To find out more click 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Introduction to Oil Painting, my class at Arlene's Artist Materials

Here's a picture of the art room at Arlene's.


My demo of a 5-step value scale, painting of a white sphere and red delicious apple in the same gray values.


Students working on value studies.


Here are some examples of my students' work on a 5-step intensity scale using complementary colors red and green with tints.  Their task, paint the red/green intensity chart and using those mixed colors paint a red delicious apple. They got it. I'm so proud of them!





My next class is Saturday December 8th from 11 to 4. If you'd like to sign up go the 


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Trio of Fruit and Knife


This painting took several days to finish since I had to push the darker values in the knife. I made the knife a means to lead the viewer into the painting.
 I'll be showing this painting next month in the
The show runs November 10- January 4, 2019
with an opening Reception & Holiday Potluck on Saturday, December 1 6-8pm.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Introduction to Oil Painting

Learn the Basics of Oil Painting
On Saturday, Nov. 3rd, from 11am to 4pm
$60 per student



Would you like to learn the basics of oil painting and its application while having fun? In this class we'll cover materials, the concepts of value, intensity, temperature, and the use of complementary colors. You'll learn how to compose a painting, do a value study, learn paint mixing in order to produce beautiful colors, and how to simplify your brushwork. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. You'll be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in your chosen subject matter.


A supply list will be provided upon registration. Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. To find out more click 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Green Vaseline Glass on Blue Plate



This green vaseline glass has beautiful bright green fluorescences. The goal of this painting was to make them pop. I couldn't lighten these areas without losing the chroma, so I did it by darkening the surrounding areas.

Here's some interesting info on vaseline glass:
"The normal colour of uranium glass ranges from yellow to green depending on the oxidation state and concentration of the metal ions, although this may be altered by the addition of other elements as glass colorants. Uranium glass also fluoresces bright green under ultraviolet light and can register above background radiation on a sufficiently sensitive Geiger counter, although most pieces of uranium glass are considered to be harmless and only negligibly radioactive.[3]" Wikipedia.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Orange on Blue Plate and Lemon


This is a painting where I thought about why I paint. It's not the objects themselves, but their shapes and colors. My focus was on the process of painting and the enjoyment of the moment.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Babel of Boxes


A babel of boxes is a scene of confusion where every box is pointing in a different direction and nothing stacks up neatly. 
Original photo. Painted from life. The set up looked different. It was lighter and shadows more defined.

This past weekend was the 67th Annual Stockade Villagers' Art Show. I received 3rd place for a small painting titled "Oh Radishes". Had a great time!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Drawings


I've noticed that I haven't posted anything on my blog this month! It's because it all goes to either Instagram or Pinterest. I like my blog. The reason is, it's a platform for me to talk about my art, why I do it and what/who inspires me.
Above are drawings I've created recently and shared only on Instagram. They were done for the fun of drawing, to practice my skills and they weren't intended to develop into paintings. I have a small goal to create 100 drawings and the bottom left glass is #64.  You'll find these on Instagram. Others are private.
Drawing for me is important. I find it harder than mixing oil colors and even conceiving a painting. I'm inspired by artists with great drawing skills, like contemporary artists Sarah Sedwick and
Corey Pitkin. Of course, everyone has a different idea of great art, like my late friend Lorraine Roth who loved abstract paintings. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Huge Summer Sales Event


Starting today until the end of the summer I am holding an (up to) 50% sale on my 
"Summer Sales Event"
Daily Paintworks Gallery
Prices range from $35 to $100.
There are over 50 paintings to choose from! Sizes range from 6 x 6 in. to 8 x 8 in.
Some paintings are framed, but most are unframed.
Shipping charges are extra.

Just click on this link My Daily PaintWorks Gallery and if interested in purchasing a painting, you'll be directed to PayPal where you can pay by PayPal or credit card. 
I'll ship your painting nicely wrapped by Priority Mail.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Giclee Prints

I have two beautiful giclee reproduction prints for sale. This is a limited edition print. 
To understand the difference between an original oil painting and a giclee print, please watch the Youtube video by Karen Talbot below.



Repeating Apples
33 x 27 inches on heavy archival paper
$165



Jelly Bar Cookies
39 x 27 inches on heavy archival paper
$175

Prints are not framed. Prices include shipping and handling. You can contact me at
robin.rosenthal12@gmail.com with questions or comments.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Amber Vase and Two Oranges


It's fun to do a series. I've done four paintings of this amber vase. This is the current painting and is all about the reflection of the front orange in the glass. Surprisingly, each one is slightly different in color.  Below are my previous three.



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Amber Vase on White Plate


A second painting of the amber vase and lemon from a different angle and with a different set-up. The most challenging part of this painting was to simplify the vase's shadow and deciding on its color/value. This took me several days of musing.

Below is the drawing I did prior to the painting. I do lots of drawings of different setups. This is a way for me to choose my still life and help me really look closely at my objects.



Friday, June 15, 2018

Earthly Possessions


I've been invited to participate in The Smithy Gallery show "Earthly Possessions"
this month in Cooperstown, NY.
                         Show dates June 25 - July 27. Reception June 25th 5-7PM.
My work is in the lower left hand corner. These are the shoes I wore to my son's wedding this past December in Taiwan. I painted them in honor of his wedding and to celebrate the occasion. How appropriate that this and other object-related paintings of mine were selected for the show.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Amber Vase and Lemons


Lately, it's about directing the viewer's eye to the center of interest. It's the lemons and inside the vase! The tools used were de-emphasizing the cast shadow of the vase and increasing the value contrast of the lemons. I think it was successful.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

600th Blog Post

A friend gave me the book "The Elements of Color" by Johannes Itten.
I'd like to thank her and share two passages whose meaning I find true.

“ Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence.
It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

“Learning from books and teachers is like traveling by carriage, so we are told in the Veda. The thought goes on, “But the carriage will serve only while one is on the highroad. He who reaches the end of the highroad will leave the carriage and walk afoot.”

For me, painting is like walking up a mountainside.
The path is beautiful and full of wonders.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lemons in Pink Bowl


The focal point of this painting is the lemon on the left. It has the greatest value contrast. The shadows are anchored on three sides. I started this painting by thinking about color combinations and by laying out different objects. Once I decided on the setup, I worked on a drawing and then adjusted it to improve the composition. Seems like a lot of work, it was.  For the last three months, I've participated  in Sarah Sedwick's Online Mentorship Program to work on my drawing and painting skills. Tomorrow is my last day with her. I'll miss her. I strongly endorse Sarah because she is committed to her students and their success and she's a really nice person.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Art and Photography Festival at Lion's Park 2018




Join me and enjoy!
 The Art and Photography Festival In Lion's Park at the Niskayuna Train Station.
 this Saturday, May 26 (10-4pm)
A juried exhibit.
A promise of fine art and beautiful scenery.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Turnips


I've been working on my drawing skills. In the drawing below I followed the form with my hatch marks and kept it loose. In the painting above I kept the placement of my objects in the same location as in the drawing.