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.