Friday, September 13, 2019

Intro to Oil Painting Workshop @ the Atelier at Arlene's




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, Sept. 28th 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.

Arlene's Artist Materials
 57 Fuller Road 
 Albany, NY 12205


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019

Stockade Villagers' Outdoor Art Show 2019


It's that time of year again for my favorite outdoor art show. 
I've been doing this for about a dozen years and the weather looks to be perfect. 
There'll be lots of wonderful art and friendly people.
If you stop by this Saturday don't forget to say hello.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Meditation in Motion



I'm always working to improve my drawing skills, but also to pick something that inspires a painting.  It's hard to choose. Sometimes I draw just to be creative, when I can't paint and when life gets either too busy or crazy. When I draw I can focus on the lines and it feels like meditation in motion.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Green Vaseline Glass Cup and Saucer Drawing.

Now that I'm not teaching for a while, it's time to get back to drawing and painting. I bought a small Moleskin Sketchpad at Grand Central Terminal on my way through NYC, but it's been sitting in my desk drawer. I didn't realize what a nice surface it has. Easy to draw and erase on. I hope to make drawing a daily habit again.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Cantaloupe Wedges


This painting Cantaloupe Wedges was painted after doing a demo for my color theory workshop on analogous lightening and darkening and complementary colors.  It was a fun class and I was rewarded with dedicated and engaged students. To see their work view my Instagram page.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Color Theory Workshop @ Arlene's Artist Materials


Learn how to use analogous and complementary colors to create eye-catching oil paintings. You'll learn how to compose a painting, learn paint mixing using the color wheel and how to simplify your brushwork to give your work a sculptural, painterly quality.  Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. Students will be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in their chosen subject matter, all while having fun.

Monday, August 5, 2019

A nice way to see my work

I received the email below with these photos of my paintings on the wall mounted sconce shelves. I was surprised and delighted to see how they were displayed in this couple's recently renovated kitchen. 

"Robin,
We finally hung your fourth painting on our series wall. We are so excited! It now finishes our wall in our newly renovated kitchen. It was so nice meeting you. Thanks for this purchase of your “Asparagus”. We love your work.
Here some photos for your portfolio.
Paul "






Tuesday, July 30, 2019

High Key Apple


This month I took Peggi Kroll Robert's High Value Key online workshop. It gave me insight into a style of painting I've always wanted to learn. She did several demonstrations and critiques which were very helpful. This painting I put into practice what I've learned and I'm happy with the results. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Tea with Lemon


The colors of the tea in this painting were the leftover colors from my Color Theory class at Saratoga Arts. These colors were the analogous and complementary colors of cadmium red medium. The difference in lightening with white and analogous lighter colors can be seen in the difference between the pink bowl in the background and some of the light tea colors inside the glass. I'll be teaching a similar class on Color Theory at Arlene's Artist Workshop in Albany NY on  8/17.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Art in Public Places - The Brookside Museum


Colorful Still Lifes in Oil

Sponsored by Saratoga Arts, Art in Public Places 

I am showing 15 paintings along with another artist in this charming setting.

Dates:  July 3 - 27th
Location: Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
                 Brookside Museum


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Color Theory Workshop


My Color Theory workshop at Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ten talented students (some works not shown here, unfortunately!). All worked on analogous color charts and complementary color exercises and then painted a still life. A fun and hard-working group of artists.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lettuce and Lemon

   

I drew the shape of a color wheel and instead of placing colors in the segments I wrote down the names of items I had around the house - kitchenwares and foods. I started with secondary colors of green, violet and orange. I had a head of lettuce and it looked like it could stand up to being painted for a couple of days, the other items followed. Now when I say "What should I paint?", I can look at my chart and think about color combinations with actual objects in mind.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

My Color Wheel


When I haven't painted in a while I like to create color charts. I do this to get back into the painting mindset. Today I created this color wheel based on a warm and cool of the three primary colors.  The colors used were a mix of Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow Medium, then Cadmium Red Medium, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue and White. The outside ring is the primaries, then tints of those colors and then complements of the tints.  Generally, color wheels are created with the three primaries that tend not to lean, but I wanted to demonstrate how these colors work together. I like how they work and even their grayed-down complements are beautiful.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Fence Show Select Exhibition 2019


I'm proud that my painting Bag on Paper has been chosen as one of 50 works of art for this year's Fence Show Select Exhibition at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

The show will run from June 17th to July 7th.
The reception is June 28th from 5-9 during Troy Night Out 
All are welcome.

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