November 25, 2016

Red Berries, Small Oil painting

"Red Berries"
Oil on Gessoboard

Small oil painting of red berries.
I painted it from life at one of the Metro Parks here in town.



November 22, 2016

A Stroke of Spring, En Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting

"A Stroke of Spring"
Oil on masonite board
Ready to pop into a 9"x12" frame

Spring seemed to come and go this year in Ohio

A few days of warmth, and nature was rejoicing, tender green leaves were sprouting everywhere. 
Then winter seemed to come back, and it got freezing cold again, like on this c-c-cold day when I painted at Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. 

But the signs of spring were there to cheer me up, and I enjoed every minute of it.

: )

October 25, 2016

A Great Day at the Columbus Open Studio and Stage Tour

A couple of weekends ago selected artists opened their studios to the public for the first Columbus Open Studio and Stage Tour, on 8 and 9 October, 2016.

What a great initiative!

As soon as I heard about it, I made sure I kept the Saturday open. I wanted to visit as many as I could in the hours that I had available.

My friend and fellow artist Dawn Petrill joined me in this adventure, and we toured several studios, talked to the artists, enjoyed their work, observed their storage solutions, and just had a great time driving around from place to place. So much fun to do the tour with a fellow artist!

We could not stop at all the places on our to-do list, but those that we were able to see were really great.

I took photos with most of the artists, but regrettably I am missing a few (my phone memory kept getting full, yikes!!)

Below are some pics to commemorate the great day.
Too bad that I don't have a photo for each studio we visited! Other artists we met on the tour and are not pictured: Katherine Crowley, Stephen Takacs, Joshua Stewar, Nikos Rutkowski, and Brooke Albrecht. 

Me with Laura Alexander in her Studio in Clintonville, OH

Carol Stewart Studio at Milo

Me and Dawn in Carol Stewart's Studio

Visiting Anita Dawson's studio, in Bexley, OH

With Katerina Harris in her studio.

From left: Donte Woods, Dawn Petrill, Richard Duarte Brown, Robie Benve

Me and dawn with George Leach in his studio.

October 10, 2016

Local Law Firm Supporting the Arts and Exhibiting My Paintings

One wall of the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP  - Legal Counsel
lobby with some of my sky paintings

A few months back I was contacted by a representative of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP  - Legal Counsel. She had seen my work online and asked if I could exhibit in their lobby.
I went to see the space and loved it. It's a beautiful and big lobby with a nice hanging system that can fit several big paintings.


13 of my paintings are now on view in that great space.I am really excited and proud that Dinsmore & Shohl has given me this great opportunity.
My work will be on view there until the end of the year.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP  - Legal Counsel

191 West Nationwide Blvd
Columbus, OH 43215

October 3, 2016

My 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge... How Did I do?

At the beginning of September I pledged to paint as much as I could during the next 30 days.
I joined the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and aimed to complete as many paintings as my super busy schedule would permit.

I fell behind almost immediately, but I knew it was going to happen.
Too many art shows, events, kids activities, back to school nights, and lots of stuff starting up again after the summer break.

I said I was aiming for 30 paintings, but in the back of my mind I thought I would be happy if I managed to paint 15.

And how did it go?

Well, not too shabby! I was able to paint 17 panels, of different sizes. they are all oil paintings, including two value studies that are divided into fourths (but counting then as four pieces would be cheating).

The 17 oil paintings that I completed during the month of September 2016

Now I look back and the month has gone in a blur!

With all that I had going on, without the incentive of the challenge I would have had postponed or canceled a lot of the painting sessions, instead I tried to paint as often as I could. I'm so glad that I did!
This is me on September 22nd while painting at Pickerington ponds Metro Park.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

"Cloud Study"
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 Cloud Study. 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.  : )

Oil Painting for Beginners Step by Step Oil Painting Tools and Materials for Beginners

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

June 6, 2016

Painting at the Dublin Paint Out - In the Rain Once More

Every year the Dublin Area Art League (DAAL) hosts a Paint Out in Historic Dublin, Ohio.
This year I was the Paint Out chair - I am also the current DAAL president, I guess I could not be less involved in the Paint Out. :)
I planned it, advertised it, worked hard to create community awareness and coordinate our wonderful volunteers and the day of the outdoor painting event we got pouring rain and cold. Bummer!

Thank Goodness several brave and talented plein air painter came down and participated in the event anyway.

Everyone did a wonderful job!
The judge for the competition was Michael McEwan, and he seemed surprised too of the great paintings entered in spite of the weather. : ) If you don't know Michael he is a nationally renown, award-winning artist, landscape and plein air painter.

I painted the cute store across the street from the booth "Chelsea Borough Home" and I tried to make it colorful, notwithstanding the gray day.

My efforts were rewarded because the painting received a Honorable Mention award.
Chance wanted that the day after the Paint Out was the store owner's birthday, and her sister decided to buy my painting as a gift for her.
How wonderful is that?

"54 S. High Street"
11"x14" Oil on board

Currently this painting is at Terra Art Gallery, 36 N. High St, Dublin, OH with all other award recipients, until the end of this month.

My prize for the Honorable Mention was a plein air umbrella sponsored by Dick Blick art materials. So useful when you paint outdoors, rain or shine!

In the photo at right is me with my new umbrella painting at the park of roses last week.

More about the Paint Out and the award recipients on the DAAL blog.

May 28, 2016

What a Blessing that My Paintings Are Getting Recognition and Awards! But how Stressful Entering Shows! lol

I am so happy, I can barely believe it!

In the last few months I entered my paintings in a few judged exhibitions, and I have brought home several ribbons - which stand for awards received.

It's amazing to me!

Every time that I am deciding what to enter in a show I get attacked by hundreds of self-doubting dilemmas, and usually I ponder not entering at all.

"54 S. High St." by Robie Benve. I was very nervous about this painting, done at the Dublin Paint Out, on a cold and rainy day, while I was very busy being the chair of the event. I was also intimidated by the caliber of the other artists that participated. Yet, I got an Honorable Mention award. :D So grateful!

What if my work is the worst of the show? What if it's hung next of a wonderfully executed piece and all the flaws are even more evident?

When it comes to expose my work to the public viewing, I become hyper sensitive.
I look at pieces that I enjoyed painting and see things that I could have done differently. Better.
I look at paintings that I thought were some of my best, and I suddenly see flaws and weaknesses.

Here is a painting from another show that is up right now. I entered this show as new member of an art league whose members have been painting for decades, and I was quite nervous about the first impression that they would get from this newbie (me). When I went to see the show hung, this painting had a ribbon for third place and three more of my paintings got a Honorable Mention Awards! What a wonderful surprise! :D - "Much Needed" by Robie Benve.

I loved making this painting, starting from the beautiful reference photo throughout the painting process. Then, when it was time to enter the DAAL fall show last November, I got cold feet and started doubting the composition and the execution. I could see many things that could be done differently. Was it a good idea to enter it?
Then it got Third Place award! Often it's all in my had. - "Glimpse" by Robie Benve.

It has been said millions of times, and I am going to repeat it here:
We are our own worst critics.

Painting is a personal experience. It's a process that brings us in touch with our inner self.
Having strangers evaluate the outcome of that process, without having been there, without having walked the walk and seen the inner view, suddenly makes me look at the painting differently.
How does it look to the outsider?
Certainly it can't be good.
Oh my gosh, would it be better if I did not enter this show?

Usually I try to embrace the "Fake it till you make it" mode, and submit my entry form despite the doubts.

Sometimes, when the planets align and the blessings fall from the sky, I get a ribbon.

And so I think:
"Oh, it wasn't that bad after all. Maybe my first impression was good, when I thought it was a decent painting."
"Maybe the love I put into those brushstrokes does show and speak to the viewer somehow."

And all is well again. Self-confidence is (temporarily) back.

Until it's time to enter the next show... ahah

"Shine Your Light" got an Honorable Mention at the DAAL Spring show, with a very nice comment from the judge.

May 20, 2016

One of My Paintings Picked as Backround for UCSF Brochure!

This is one of those serendipity events in my life that I can't keep from bragging about.
I am very proud of it.

I was contacted by Gabriella Moreno, LCSW director of the Path Program at UCSF, and she kindly asked me if they could use the image of one of my painting for they brochure. I was thrilled and honored.

I'm in amazement that they found my painting in the universe of images on the web!I'm very happy that they liked it and it fit so well the meaning of the Program.

The title I picked for the image is absolutely perfect, and that is where the true serendipity takes place. The original title of the painting was "Hope", as simple as that.

When I posted it on FAA, where I have my art available for prints, I changed the title to "Hope - Path to Tomorrow", to make it more searchable, and that made all the difference.

The effect of enriching the title with more keywords really made the magic of making it "searchable".

Note to self: pay more attention to how you pick the titles of your paintings from now on. It's not only about the image. :)

On a side note, I truly admire the ethics and professionalism of Gabriella Moreno and the Path Program team. They asked for permission to use the image and they gave me credit on the brochure and their web site. That's awesome.
All artists should receive that kind of respect for their work.

Thanks you, thank you!!!!

May 14, 2016

Bright Rainy Day - Oil Painting

"Bright Rainy Day"
Oil on board, unframed

What do you do when you get a gray, rainy day?

I try to make it colorful.

This was my intent with this painting.
It was such a dull day that I took it upon myself to put some color into it. I started by toning the board red, and that really gave a popping start to the composition.
I also kept the greens brighter than what I saw.
Overall I think that I succeeded making it look like there was no sun, but without the typical grayish colors of an overcast day.

Some days that's exactly what we need to do. 
Keep the smile on our lips and the love in our hearts, even if life is not smiling back at us.

I painted this at Scioto Park in Dublin, OH, which happens to be one of my favorite outdoors painting locations. It's right on the banks of the Scioto river, and that offers so many opportunities for painting inspirations.
I do prefer when it's sunny, though, when I can get out from under the shelter and paint by the water. :)

Bright Rainy Day - Oil Painting

"Bright Rainy Day"
Oil on board, unframed

What do you do when you get a gray, rainy day?
I try to make it colorful.
This was my intent with this painting.
It was such a dull day that I took it upon myself to put some color into it. I started by toning the board red, and that really gave a popping start to the composition.
I also kept the greens brighter than what I saw.
Overall I think that I succeeded making it look like there was no sun, but without the typical grayish colors of an overcast day.

Some days that's exactly what we need to do. 
Keep the smile on our lips and the love in our hearts, even if life is not smiling back at us.

I painted this at Scioto Park in Dublin, OH, which happens to be one of my favorite outdoors painting locations. It's right on the banks of the Scioto river, and that offers so many opportunities for painting inspirations.
I do prefer when it's sunny, though, when I can get out from under the shelter and paint by the water. :)

May 13, 2016

These Clouds Too Shall Pass - Oil Painting at Metro Park

"These Clouds Too Shall Pass"
Oil on board

Some days start as a nuisance from the beginning. You can just tell.
The only way to survive and keep good things coming your way is to realize that no matter what, things are deemed to get better.
The clouds are only temporary, the sun will shine again.

Have faith.
Think positive.
Expect only the best to happen.

Good times will come.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 
by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, 
present your requests to God. 
Philippians 4:6

I painted this picture at a local park, specifically Walnut Woods Metro park, in Groveport, OH.
It was a windy day, and the clouds kept coming and then moving out, just for more clouds to come. The light was changing quickly from sunny to cloudy, one of the typical challenges for plein air painters, you've got to learn to stick with the impression you want to render and avoid "chasing the light".
I'm learning. : )

April 24, 2016

Sticking Out For You - Plein Air Oil Painting

"Sticking Out For You"
9"x12" Oil on Board

All winter I waited for spring to get the opportunity to paint outside. I love to go to the local parks and challenge myself to paint despite the changing light, the wind, the bugs, and so on. Two things I could do without when I paint outdoors: cold and rain.
On the day I painted this painting it was sooo freezing! And it was raining too! Not the best conditions for the first outdoor painting of the year! lol

I've been tempted to give up and stop painting so many times during the session, but I liked that tree quite a bit, and that kept me going.

I have to say, considering the weather, the frozen limbs, and the rain wetting my palette, I made surprising progress on the painting, it was practically finished when I took it home.

So here it is: my first plein air painting of 2016. painted at Schiller's Park, in the heart of Columbus' German Village, in a freezing day of this crazy April 2016.

Holding Hands at Kamaoli Beach II - Oil Painting of Sunset with Colorful Clouds

I have two paintings in the 2016 Dublin Area Art League Spring Show, and this is one of them.
The other painting in the show is "Shine Your Light" (see previous post) which got an award.

When I gave a talk for the Conversation and Coffee event last September, at the Columbus Arts Center, in the audience there was Inga Smith, a talented photographer, that offered to share some of her sunset pictures with me. (How wonderful is that??)
She sent me some gorgeous shots of Hawaiian sunsets, and I picked one of Kamaoli Beach II as reference for this painting.

"Holding Hands at Kamaoli Beach II"
20"x24" Oil on canvas

I loved painting it, even with the challenges that I encountered; it has been fun figuring out how to render with paint the different effects in the clouds, foreground, and changes of light.

Thanks for stopping by!

April 22, 2016

"Shine Your Light" Oil Painting Receives Award

I entered two paintings in the Spring Solace art show by the Dublin Area Art League members.
Last night was the award ceremony and I was happily surprised to hear that I received an Honorable Mention award in the fine art category for my painting "Shine Your Light".

Me next to my awarded painting. Can you see the "happily surprised" expression? lol

The Judge of the competition was Vivian Ripley, artist. This is her comment on the award: 
"Shine Your Light" holds my attention with its excellent design depicting a specific time of day using complimentary colors."  
Thanks Vivian! 

"Shine Your Light"
Oil on Canvas
20"x24" (51 x 61 cm)

The Spring Solace show will be up at the Dublin Recreation Center until May 14th, 2016.
5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH. Free entrance.

The show includes a great variety of paintings, drawings, mixed media, digital art, and photography. If you are in the area, please stop by and enjoy.

April 10, 2016

Guarding - Landscape Oil Painting of Sunset with Young Tree in Winter

Sometimes not much is asked of us.
There are times when we just need to Be.

Be there and enjoy the moments.

5"x7" Oil on masonite

We all have a purpose in life, and that purpose is usually not obvious.
It may take stillness and inaction to be able to understand it.

Focusing on feelings helps. A lot.
Listening to my instincts and gut feelings has been helping me in my major decisions.
I learned that...

If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't.

Not seeing a better solution in sight is not a good reason for making wrong choices.

(Feeling inspired and pensive today :)

“Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. 
There are as many solutions as there are human beings.”     
~ George Tooker