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.