Tuesday, March 31, 2020

My Painting Process


I try to sketch every day or every other day. Here are a few of my recent ones. Some, not all, of my sketches become paintings. My painting process begins by setting up a still life and I make a sketch on paper. Next, I draw it onto a canvas usually scaling up to size and begin painting the following day. This process works for me because it gives me time to think and focus solely on painting: the mixing of colors and their application. The final step is to come back to it the next day and make any small corrections. If I'm happy with the painting, I take an image with my iPhone and post it on my sites. Here is a list of my sites InstagramFacebookPinterestDaily Paintworksrobinrosenthalart.com

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Blue Vase, Lemons and Pink Bowl


My focus with this painting was to make the colors flat and saturated and to have fun with my brushwork. I've achieved my goal, but what surprised me was that the colors are cool and the edges are hard. All that is going on in the world may be showing up in my painting. I'm going to have to put a sign on my studio door that reads, 
No Coronavirus allow!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Orange and Lemon on Yellow Plate



I make big decisions in my paintings not when I'm sitting in front of them, but when lying in bed problem solving. The problem is, sometimes I struggle when I paint. I get stuck when I start a new and different subject or use a new medium. Luckily, I remember when I get stuck to go back to basics, for me that's colorful fruits and dishes.
Here's an example:
I felt my paintings were getting tight so I packed up all my #2 brushes and put them away. I used #8's and #10's and at the very end, touched up a couple of little things with a #4. I made an effort to put my paints down in one stroke.


Friday, February 14, 2020

The Ice Cream Challenge


The Oakroom Artists' Winter Exhibit 
 will be on display for a short time more until February 25th.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
1221 Wendell Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12308 
 The gallery is open to the public Mon thru Fri from 9:30 to 3:30pm.




Monday, February 10, 2020

Clear Glass Mug and Orange


I'm trying to spend more time in my studio. To help, I've had a new studio floor installed and I've cut back on teaching until the spring. These things, including the snowy weather are giving me a reason to paint.  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Amber Glass and Spoon


I'm continuing to work on simple still lifes that are both quick to paint and satisfying. Hopefully this will help me get back into the rhythm of daily painting.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

New Studio Flooring

Older video of my studio with linoleum over carpet.
I moved my studio equipment out and I'm waiting for the new flooring.
New Vinyl Plank Flooring 
Here's my studio reorganized (the drafting table is off the screen to the right), with everything at my fingertips and I don't have to worry about dropping paint or spilled solvent.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Lemons and Spoon


Not my usual painting of just one lemon and a plate, but instead a bunch of lemons. It was just as easy. I painted all the lemons at the same time. In the meantime, I've contracted a company to replace the carpet in my studio (once the guest bedroom) with vinyl plank flooring. Now everything is out of my studio and I'm waiting for my new flooring. It's going to be great!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Oakroom Artists Annual Winter Exhibit


The Annual Oakroom Artists Winter Group Exhibition is up and will be open to visitors January 14th to February 25 at the Oakroom Gallery space within the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady building on Wendell Avenue.  
Gallery hours are Mon - Fri from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
 There is no reception, but it is open to the public. Hope you get a chance to see it.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Most Viewed 2019


Most viewed of 2019. 
Thank you for a wonderful year and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Lemons in Green Vaseline Bowl on Teal Plate


I'm again painting this interesting green vaseline glass. When the light is just right the glass fluoresces. The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, NY has a huge collection of bottles including green vaseline glass. I purchased mine at a flea market. I'm told the glass is considered to be harmless and only negligibly radioactive!
My previous post Green Vaseline Glass on Blue Plate has some information on this glass.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rubber Plant in Glass Vase


As usual, it's taken me a while to get back into painting. My husband reminded me of the quote, "I Spent All Morning Taking Out a Comma and All Afternoon Putting It Back"Yes, it's true for painters too, not just writers.  It seems every brush stroke and color choice is a decision, but when you are satisfied, it's all worth it.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

My last workshop this year

One more workshop this year and then no more for a while.

I had a busy year filled with group shows and lots of teaching. Teaching fulfilled several of my goals. A goal to pass on what I have learned to new painters, to dig deeper into my understanding the process of painting (my original goal) and to be able to communicate what I know effectively.  I am especially proud of my last teaching experience, a library talk on how I use the color wheel. While I love teaching and meeting so many great people,  it's time to spend more time on my own work, but I have one more workshop that I'm looking forward to.


Introduction to Oil Painting
Saturday, November 9th
11am - 4pm
Saratoga Arts in Saratoga, NY.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Art of Hunkering Down



It's time to think about hunkering down and concentrating on painting. After the flower beds are put to sleep, the window screens are put away, and the winter blankets are on the beds, I'll be in my studio again painting and taking the winter off from teaching.

I'm offering my last two “Introduction to Oil Painting” workshops this fall and they are:

October 12th@ Arlene's Artists Materials in Albany


November 9th@ Saratoga Arts in Saratoga

I've had a wonderful busy summer and achieved my art goals. I'm also proud of all the hardworking and successful students I had the privilege to teach.

Thanks everyone and let's plan on a productive end of the year!


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hey, those are my bagels!


What a nice surprise to see my art on the cover of this fall's 2019 
Saratoga Arts brochure. Saratoga Arts is a great organization that is all about promoting its members and their art.  
To see their fall lineup of classes, click the link below.

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.