June 13, 2017

Schiller Park Bridge - En Plein Air Painting

"Schiller Park Bridge"
9"x12"
Oil on board
$200

Plein air painting is all about immersing yourself in the landscape during the painting process, and fully enjoying the experience .

After many spring outings with awful weather, this day was really beautiful. Sunny and breezy. I finally truly enjoyed every second of it.

Sometimes I add a few final touches to the plain air paintings in the studio, after I get home. That's because:
1. Two hours are usually not enough (at least for me) to complete a painting and also add final details.
2. Back in my studio I can look at the painting with fresh eyes, and notice right away some things or changes that are needed.

But this time I did not touch it any more. This is true 100% done on location, with no come-backs.
Some areas are a little unresolved, but I like that.

In my learning curve of painting skills and techniques, I am at the point where I try to stop while I am ahead. Too often I end up over-working a painting, So I try to stop sooner, leaving more details out, and some areas showing the under-painting. It's fun.

I also love using limited color palette. This one is a tetrad palette, using colors of four hues only - One of my favorite ways to pick colors, looking at the color wheel, the tetradic scheme.

Thanks to my plain air teacher Joe Lombardo for sharing all his amazing knowledge and pushing me to embrace painting challenges. :)



May 19, 2017

Triad at Three Creeks Metro Park - Plein Air Painting

 
"Triad at Three Creeks Metro Park"
12"x12"
Oil on masonite panel




On Thursday we had another thunder-stormy and very wet day on our Plein Air outing. (At this point we look at each other and laugh "It must be Thursday!" lol) 
The challenge of the day was to create a painting with a specific color scheme, and here is my painting using of a triadic color scheme: red orange, blue-violet, and yellow-green. Great exercise! Thanks Joe Lombardo for the inspiration! 

To lift our spirits up, we were joined by a lively and excited group of graduates that were celebrating their academic successes under the same shelter that was keeping us dry. 

The sun came out, and I made it out of there before a football hit my easel, and without getting soaked by water weapons.
Another success story! wewwww!

May 9, 2017

Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow - Oil Painting of Italian Coast

"Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow"
24"x30" Oil on canvas
$650






Ah, this place!
Every time we go to Pompei I ask to take a walk here, on the promenade of Castellammare di Stabia. The views are always amazing, especially when the sun is setting.

The place is full of life, history, nature, and the beach. The food and the ice cream are to-die-for.

This is where my husband grew up (lucky him), a lot of his friends and family still live there.
His high school was a few blocks from this view.

I love walking there.
I love when his yesterday meets our tomorrow.



May 5, 2017

Painting Outside Is Always a Challenge, but So Much Fun! - Yield to Pedestrian, Oil Painting


"Yield to Pedestrian"
Oil on Panel, 12"x16", framed
$230

Every week I go on a plein air outing with a group led by the talented Joe Lombardo. Last weeek we did a few 10-minute studies of different views of the same park, then it started pouring and we had to flee.

The 10-minute studies were fun and non-committal, I just had to get the main ideas down, no need to make a finished painting. And they were small. Easy peasy.

This week, the task was to make a big painting en plein air, and finish it. What???
The weather was crappy again, and I really dislike painting rainy landscapes.
I was really intimidated, so I picked a board that was big, but not huge. A 12"x16" would do. Much bigger than the usual 6"x6" I get out on rainy days. : )

But I was determined to do it. I had a strategy. :)
I talked to my self in the car, on the way there. I told myself:
I am fearless.
I am talented.
I am courageous.
I am creative.
I fear nothing.

Yes, you got it, my new motto shall be: "Fake it until you make it".  lol
But hey, it worked.

I threw all fears to the side, and tackled the board as if it was the easiest thing on earth.
The painting came out pretty good, I think, and most importantly, I had lots of fun figuring out how to render the various elements.

This is me painting under the shelter, out of the rain.

Maybe I should also mention that, just to make it a little more challenging, I worked from a tetrad limited palette*, making only four family colors available. To mix certain colors I had to get really creative, like for the bright orange of the cones, impossible to mix from my tetrad, but I got as close as I could to the bright effect.

When I got there Julianne took this photo of me and my umbrella:

"Maybe if I keep smiling the rain will go away"



* A tetrad limited palette is when you use two couples of complementary colors from the color wheel. If you connect them with imaginary lines on the wheel, they form a square or a rectangle.
I used: blue violet, yellow orange, red violet, and yellow green.

Here is an example of tetrad color scheme that I did for one of my articles on hubpages.

February 7, 2017

Free Spirit - Inspirational Oil Painting

"Free Spirit"
30"x48"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD


I love skies paintings. After I started adding birds to the skies, I love them even more.
This painting in particular has a lot of significance to me; I liked it so much that used it on my business cards and artist statement. Something about the many layers of meaning of a white dove flying with spread wings just captures me completely.

I had it hanging at the opening reception at the High Road Gallery and Studios on Sunday, and I got a lot of great feedback about this painting in particular.
To add to the happiness, I sold it!
Free Spirit is going to a nice condo in Florida, home of a wonderful gentleman that I had the pleasure to meet last week.

Now I am even more inspired to paint skies and birds!

Feeling thankful.

:) 


February 2, 2017

Heading South - Oil Painting of Sunset with Bird Flock Flying at the Horizon

"Heading South"
18"x24"
oil on canvas, framed
$650


Several months ago my friend Rene Nitsche posted a beautiful sunset photo on facebook and I was immediately inspired to paint it. It took me a while, but here is the finished piece, with small changes to the shape of the clouds and a flock of birds added.

I love the warmth and the sense of serenity that comes out of this scene. : )


Blessings,
Robie

January 28, 2017

Still Covered - Still life oil painting


"Still Covered"
8"x10"
Oil on panel
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On my Thursday class at the Cultural Arts Center the instructor, Brent Payne, set-up a still life for those that wanted to accept the challenge and give it a try.
I loved the idea, and I painted it in a couple of hours. The relative speed kept it painterly and impressionistic, and I like that.

January 27, 2017

Three Apples - Still Life Oil Painting

"Three Apples"
6"x6"
oil on panel
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Painted from life in about a couple of hours during my Thursday morning class at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. The instructor, Brent Payne, challenges us with still life set-ups or live models every week.

I kind of need that extra encouragement to paint from observation. Very different than painting from photo. A great exercise, somehow similar to painting a landscape en plein air.




January 26, 2017

Evening Snow at Thompson Park - oil painting

"Evening Snow at Thompson Park"
8"x10"
Oil on panel
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Another winter scene, this time painted very quickly on top of an old start of a landscape painting that I have never finished.
The previous colors served well as under-painting.


January 25, 2017

Snow and Trees- Oil painting

"Snow and Trees"
9"x12"
Oil on panel
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I've had  this reference photo for a while, and always wanted to paint it, but I was always afraid of the challenging subject.
Snow is not easy to paint, and all those trees can surely risk to look naive once painted.
I've been pulling up the photo to paint it, only to postpone it for a while, each time. I finally found the courage, and here is is. For better or for worse: Snow and Trees.

And I have to admit, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I tried to use no pure white to represent the snow, and made the trees impressionistic. I like it. : )  (Phewww)



January 24, 2017

First Oil Painting of the Year - Painting Daily, Painting Small

"Path in the Golden Field"
5"x7"
Oil on panel
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This small painting is based on a quick study that I did at Pickerington Park back in October.
I painted this not looking at a photo of the actual park, but looking at the photo of the painting I did at the park. (hope this makes sense)
That was fun! And, since the painting work had already been done, and decision about composition, color, value, and temperature already been made, it made the problem solving involved with each brushstroke much faster.

Curious fact: the study was actually bigger than this painting.
I realize now that I have not posted most of my fall plein air paintings.
I'll try to do better in the next days.

In the meanwhile January is almost over and I have only partially caught up with my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Still working on it, though. : )

Thanks for reading.
Blessings to you and your loved ones!



January 17, 2017

Hearts, Love, and Peace - Small Acrylic Paintings

"Love and Peace"
3"x3" acrylic on canvas, with mini easel
Available at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center gift shop

 A couple of small paintings that I did thinking of the celebration of love for Valentine's Day.

All we need is love. : )

"My Heart Is Your Prisoner"
2"x2" acrylic on canvas, with mini easel
Available at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center gift shop



   

January 16, 2017

Daily Paintings Are Fun to Make! Two Small Ones Done. :)

I have been trying to get painterly productive and catch up with the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
So far I have skipped painting on many days in January, but on the days that I was able to do it, I worked on more than one painting.

Below are a couple of colorful little paintings that I did at the Cultural Arts Center last Thursday, with the goal of submitting them to the Gift Shop. One sold as soon as I had completed it, thanks to Jean, a fellow artist that saw me painting it and really liked it.

"Joyful"
3"x3" acrylic on canvas, with mini easel
SOLD

"Love You to the Poppies and Beyond"
3"x3" acrylic on canvas, with mini easel
Available at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center Gift Shop

January 15, 2017

Exciting News: Robie Benve Joins the High Road Gallery and Studios!


The year has started with great excitement for me!

I have been offered a studio space at the High Road Gallery and Studios in Worthington, OH, and last week I moved in!
My studio space at High Road Gallery and Studios

The High Road Gallery is in a charming 1818's house, owned and administered by artist Carol Hershey. Carol ran it as a non-profit art gallery for many years, and in 2014 she changed it to artist studios and gallery. 



I am very happy to be sharing the building with several very talented artists.


High Road Gallery Artists:

Dianne Bauman
Robie Benve
Rachel and Ken Conner
Michael Crapser
Dede Dufresne
Joyce Fisher
Jim Glover
Deb Haller
Carol Hershey
Marty Husted  
Ruth Ann Mitchell
Jeri Ellis Platt
Cynthia Tinapple

I am looking forward to working in the new space and interacting with the other artists.


The gallery and studios are located at 12 E Stafford Ave, Worthington, OH and it's open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays 1-4 pm, or by appointment.
 

January 14, 2017

What Happened to My Daily Painting Challenge??

One sunny and happy day in December I pledged to take the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge in January.
I knew it was going to be hard to find the time, so I announced my decision on social media, knowing that publicly accepting the challenge would keep me accountable for actually working on it.

Shortly after, I packed and went to Italy to visit family, wishfully bringing paints, brushes, and small canvases with me. I was going to start the year there, so I needed to start painting too.

Well, can you believe that I did not paint one single square inch while on vacation? (Nor on the first days back!)
Now I am back home, trying to catch up with life and with painting.
I keep telling myself: the challenge says 30 paintings in 30 days, it does not necessarily mean one a day. I'm allowed to paint several in a week and catch up. I CAN DO IT!

With these positive and hopeful thoughts I am looking toward the second half of January and getting mentally ready to paint several small paintings.

Let's see what I can do!

In my studio