September 13, 2016

Study of Clouds with Mowed Field - Daily Painting

"Cloud Study with Mowed Field"
Daily Painting
Oil on panel, 9"x12"

Here is another study of clouds, this time a little bigger (9"x12").
I kept the same palette of colors as the previous one, I figured if they came out well they'd look good next to each other. :)

I made this a few days ago, then fell behind with the postings.
I am also falling behind with the daily paintings, but I have this grand plan of catching up at some point this month.

September 12, 2016

Walks in Nature" Solo Show at Inniswood Gardens

I am very thrilled that I got accepted to show at Inniswood gardens!
It's an exhibit of my landscapes, 24 works in total, representing natural scenes and parks.

Yesterday there was the Meet the artist event, and I went there afraid that I would be taking home all the cookies because no one was coming, instead I came home with mostly empty trays and a huge smle on my face.

Friends, fellow artists, and park visitors came to the reception, and raised a wave of love, good vibes and wonderfully kind comments on my paintings.

What can I say?
In three words: I am grateful.


Here is a photo with just some of the artists friends that came to the opening
From left: Mary Nordstrom, Kathy Howard, Robie Benve, Kathy Moon, and Richard Clem.
To see a few more photos see the post on my fb page

The show will be up until 30 September, 2016, at the Innis House

"Unplanned Beauty"
Oil on panel

September 5, 2016

Study of Clouds - Daily Painting

"Study of Clouds"
Oil on panel

It has been a busy week and I am behind already on my 30 in 30 challenge, but I couldn't help it.
Sometimes a girl needs to sleep at least 7 hours a day! :)

Today I made it to the easel and painted this Study of Clouds. I also made a time lapse video of the painting session. I haven't rendered it yet, but I'll post on my facebook page soon.

September 2, 2016

"Sunset at Silver Lake" Oil Painting

"Sunset at Silver Lake"
Oil on Canvas

This painting reminds me of a wonderful mother and daughter weekend at a local camp site. The sunset was stunning.

My daughter made fun of me when I" had to" leave the dinner table and go out to take photos of the amazing natural show.

I enjoyed painting it as well as seeing it.  : )

September 1, 2016

Daily Painting - First Of the Month

Oil painting
Still untitled

Today was the first day of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge!

Luckily enough I had a great plein air class scheduled for today, so I got to get out with a group of talented and like-minded artists and enjoy a great day of painting outdoors. 
Our teacher is the amazing Joe Lombardo. Here is a photo of the group watching Joe's demo at Three Creeks Metro Park in Groveport, OH.

August 31, 2016

Solo Show at Inniswood Metro Gardens "Walks in Nature"

I have quite a bit of  landscape paintings by now, and I am very excited that I got accepted to exhibit several of them at the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, in Westerville, Ohio.

The show is in the Innis House, a nice space, open to the public and used to host various events.

Innis House Hours:
Tuesday through Friday 8am-4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm and is closed Monday and holidays.

There will be a "Meet the artist" reception in the afternoon of Sunday 11 September, from 2-4 pm.
I'll be there with cookies to meet with both friends and park visitors, coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be served alongside cookies and other sweets.

I hung the show today, and I think it looks pretty good. : )
I have 20 paintings up, all landscapes.

Here are a couple of pics showing some of them.

30 Pantings in 30 Days Challenge - Once Again in September 2016

Well, here we are again!
Following the lead of the amazingly energetic artist Leslie Saeta, thousands of artists from around the globe are embracing the 30 in 30 challenge, and how could I not be one of them?
: )

You should have see my husband's face when I announced the coming up challenge. Priceless! I could envision images of undone laundry, poorly cooked dinners, and late bedtimes going through his mind.

Completing one painting a day, taking photos, and posting online every day is not an easy task.
Especially when I have lots of other commitments already.

But there are no buts, I am going to do it! Well, I am going to try, anyway. :)
If I don't paint 30 the world will still turn. Any number of paintings that I can accomplish to complete will be awesome.

For more info on the challenge, here is the link to the sign-up page: LINK
If you go to the map and zoom in to Columbus, Ohio you can see a red pin with my name.
If you zoom way out, you can see how there are people from all over the world that signed up. How cool is that?

Well, what else should I say? Wish me luck! 

 : )

August 27, 2016

Painting Accepted at the Springfield Museum of Art

I'm very happy and excited that one of my paintings has been accepted into
The Ohio Plein Air Society Members Show: Parks en Plein Air
At The Springfield Museum of Art, A Juried, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition

On view: Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Saturday, February 4, 2017

This is my first year as Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS) member, and my first time submitting to this show. I'm thrilled that my painting will be hanging next to those of extremely talented artists

"Sunny Flowers at Jeffrey Mansion"
Oil on Board

When I painted "Sunny Flowers at Jeffrey Mansion" I knew something good must have been happening on my easel, for total strangers passing by had lots of good comments.

Well, when you paint en plein air you kind of get used to strangers commenting on what you are doing, but on that day they were way more enthusiastic than usual, so I figured if I had to pick one painting to submit for the OPAS show, it should be this one.

The Ohio Plein Air Society Members Show: Parks en Plein Air
At The Springfield Museum of Art, A Juried, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition
Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Saturday, February 4, 2017

July 5, 2016

Summer Skies Opening Reception

My second solo exhibit of sky paintings is currently up at the Northwood Artspace in Columbus, OH, it will be on show until August 15th.
Last weekend I had the opening reception.

That's me with my husband Enzo at the Summer Skies show.

It was the Friday before the 4th of July, and I was afraid that with people out of town or attending events, I was going to be there only with my close family, but thankfully we had a good turnout.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to show my work and for the friends and supporters that came to the opening.
Robie Benve with Diane Efsic, artists and coordinator of Northwood Artspace exhibits.

Most of them did not know it, but the day after was my birthday, and their presence has been a wonderful birthday gift.

There are 20 oil paintings in the show, all representing skies, sunsets, or dawns of assorted sizes. The collection has been created in the last two years from my own photos and some from friends' vacation photos.

I love to paint landscapes on location, en plein air, but for skies it is very challenging to capture the light and the colors "live". Everything changes so quickly that by the time you mix a color and look up, the sunset is a different color and the clouds are different shapes.
It's a shame not painting from life but, especially for the bigger paintings, it would be impossible to paint while looking at a real sunset.

I already have a few new skyscapes on the works in my studio. I love this subject so much, I don't think I am going to give it up any time soon.

Thank You All!

June 20, 2016

Summer Skies - An Exhibit of Paintings by Robie Benve (aka Me! lol)

I have said it already and I am saying it again, this last year has been amazing for me.
I had several opportunities coming up unexpected, and I am very glad that my mind was open to accept the surprises and last minute change of plans.

The last great thing that happened: they invited me to show my sky paintings at the Nothwood ARTSpace here in Columbus. Of course I said yes right away, and now I'm busy getting ready to hang in less than two weeks.

SUMMER SKIES will be on show from July 1st to August 15th 3016.

We are having a reception on Friday July 1st, 6-8 pm.
The address is
2231 N High St.
Columbus, OH
... just in case you were thinking of coming. :)

This painting passion of mine has brought me into a wonderful and interesting journey. I am determined to enjoy the ride, feeling thankful for all the blessings, without letting panic and anxiety take over my heart and mind.

Rejoice and be glad, it'll be all right!

Thanks a lot for stopping by!

”Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; 
but make it hot by striking.” 
~ William Butler Yeats