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 Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Daily Paintworks, robinrosenthalart.com
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
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
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
Monday, February 10, 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020
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
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
My previous post Green Vaseline Glass on Blue Plate has some information on this glass.
Friday, November 1, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
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