Fresh Air

Fresh Air

Wednesday, March 16, 2016





   Soooo...a whole year has passed I'm embarrassed to admit, since I have written anything new, or updated my web//blog site !! I am always amazed at just how fast a year can go by, and what can happen and change over that time as well. 2105 was another year of big changes, new adventures with some exciting and some sad events in my life.
   In the Spring, my oldest son and I got to head out to Vancouver to spend a week with Family. I hadn't there in over 30 years, and it was incredible to go back and share this time with my son, and re-connect with some of my family. so many laughs, reminiscing, a few tears, and just a whole lot of fun. The week was over far to fast.. 
      Another amazing highlight was my residency in Italy in June. I was Artist in Residence in the breathtaking village of Noepoli, high up in the Polino Mountains, in Southern Italy. Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The hosts of Palazzo Rinaldi,  Raphaelle & Pina, were so kind and  gracious, and it was a pleasure to stay in their ancient stone home with them. The residents of this medieval village were very welcoming, and loved to welcome us into their homes, and offer us coffee ( along with chocolate almond liqueur !) and cookies. Even with my extremely limited Italian, and their extremely  limited English , we managed to communicate quite well, and our visits always ended with big smiles and photographs taken together, and warm hugs and kisses . Being in Italy was a magical time that allowed me to see so much of this beautiful country. We started in Florence for a few days, off to Venice, then Rome. Then down to southern Italy for my residency, and then off to Naples and the Amalfi coast to end the month off. The residency also offered me some much needed quiet time. Wandering through the village, sketching , painting on the terrace, taking it all in, gave me time to just sit and reflect a bit about my life, and choices, and offered me some clarity about a few decisions that I had been struggling with for quite some time. I hope  to be able to return there someday very soon, as it will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am so truly grateful that I was given this amazing opportunity to spend so much time in such a wonderful country.
  It seems as soon as I returned to Canada, I hit the ground running and didn't really stop till Christmas.  Family events & obligations, exhibits I was participating in, and  part time work all seemed to contribute to the feeling of life suddenly moving at warp speed!
      Most importantly,  2015 also offered  myself and my husband of 29 years , the opportunity to come back to each other and reconcile , and work out our differences, and start over so to speak to end up in a much better place together. We are working very hard together to keep moving forward....... something a year ago, neither one of us ever thought possible or that we would ever be able to do.
  So, now I am finally painting again, mostly of Italy right now!! My first show is in May, and I am looking forward to exhibiting my new pieces.
  I find it a little bit ( actually a lot!) hard to keep up with social media at the best of times , but I will try a little harder this year. I will also post a list of upcoming shows for 2016 after this post is completed. But  I would also really like to add my Instagram account to this post, as I find it infinitely easier to post photos on, and it will be much easier for me to keep up with form of social media and much easier for people to see new artwork that I am producing.
Thank you very much,
Robbin
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015


2014 will forever be remembered as one of the toughest years of my life, full of heartbreak, broken promises, broken dreams, and the realization that there are questions that I will probably never have answers for.
Maya Angelou once said" people may forget what you said, may forget what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel"
And I am forever grateful for my wonderful sons, they are the loves of my life, my incredible family, and for for the handful of my generous and kind, amazing friends. You all went above and beyond to hug me, love me, and make me smile. I will always remember just how you made me feel.
Happy 2015 everyone, don't forget to wish upon a star. May peace, light, love and laughter fill the whole year to come.

I have posted some of my upcoming shows for 2015 below. I hope you can stop by one of them, and say hello. I will update this as more shows become available.
thanks very much for looking at my blog!


Upcoming Shows for 2015

The following is a list of upcoming shows that I will be participating in for 2013. They are all juried art shows. The list will be updated and added to as more events become available. These are all wonderful art exhibits/shows and well worth visiting.


28th ANNUAL PELHAM ART FESTIVAL
Friday May 8th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday May  9th and Sunday May 10th 2015 11:00am to 5:00pm
Pelham Arena 210 Haist Street,
Fonthill, Ontario

I have been accepted into an Artist in Residence-Retreat  program in Noepoli, Italy.
I will be spending 20 days in this lovely country in June 2015

BON ECHO PROVINCIAL PARK<  FRIENDS of BON ECHO SUMMER ART SHOW
July 23rd 24th and 25th 2015
Cloyne Ontario

 
OAKVILLE ART SOCIETY   ART IN THE PARK
Monday August 3rd 2015 10:oo am to 5:00pm
Bronte Harbour Park, Lakeshore Road
Oakville Ontario

ART AMONG FRIENDS,
September 26th and 27th 2015
Elliot Lake Ontario

Encaustic workshops will once again be offered this year in my studio and at The Burlington Art Gallery, Burlington Ontario.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

An new year

Welcome 2014! I get the feeling this is going to be a big year. One of changes , realized dreams, and of course some failures too.
Failure at times can be tough, but also inspiring if looked at from a different angle, and learned from.
For some reason, January h as a history of always being a tough month for me....and this January was no different! Record breaking cold that caused a pipe to burst in my 120 year old home, vehicle issues, and a ride in an ambulance and short hospital stay started my year off! I did, however hold two very successful Encaustic Workshops at the Burlington Art Centre. As always I had some very enthusiastic and creative students, and it was a pleasure to spend time with them.

  Now that it is February, I am hoping for a little smoother ride! I have so  many painting ideas that I want to get started on, and hope that I can find the balance of time and family to create them. I am trying desperately to get some aspects of my life in order, because they have de-railed , and as a result  have caused me to question some things and have made it quite difficult to concentrate on my art like I would like too. However, I do have faith that I can do this, and failure is not an option now.

     "Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark". Rabindranath Tagore

So on that thought, I wish everyone a wonderful year to come and I am looking forward to a creative and challenging new year.
Best wishes, Robbin

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

This painting is a new one from this summer and was inspired by an old gate I saw while in Elora, Ontario. It is called "Gateway to a Secret Garden"

A few new pieces that I have completed.
The boots were done for a family member and his new bride! They are actually his old cowboy boots, and I have wanted to paint them forever. The old leather, the creases, the worn toes, all very interesting and challenging to paint.
  The brick wall was inspired by an artists home, and I called it "Beyond these Walls". I have been struggling with a few things in my life right now, and this seemed like a fitting title, and I loved the view through the archway.


Well it's almost the end of the year, it's coming up fast! I've had a good year so far, and so much fun exhibiting and selling my work. It was great fun to see old friends at some the exhibits and to meet new ones along the way.
  The encaustic workshops that I have taught over this past year have been fabulous, and I have met some very creative and enthusiastic people. The Burlington Art Centre has already booked me again for next year with talks of expanding the classes!!
  I have been lucky enough to have some of my showcased in two new venues, The Country Christmas Store down in Fonthill, Ontario, and also in the new ARTrageous Gallery down on James Street here in Hamilton. And in an hour, I am dropping off two paintings to the McMaster Innovation Park Gallery, and they will be on display there until March.
  I guess I should get packed up and start heading downtown.
Thanks for checking in to my site,
Warm Regards, Robbin