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Saturday, February 21, 2009

UPCOMING SHOWS

THESE ARE 2009 SHOWS that I participated in throughout the year.

This is a list of comfirmed shows that I will be participating in this year. I have applied to a few others that I am just waiting on comfirmation from, and then I will add them to the list as I hear about them. I try to make sure that they are listed in the correct order by date, but I hope you'll take a moment to look at them all just in case I've printed one of them in the wrong order!
Thank you!

The Art Gallery of Hamilton
February 22nd to March 22nd 2009
Group Show, Women's Art Association Of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Ontario

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22nd Annual Artistry by the Lake
WEDNESDAY July 1st, & THURSDAY July 2nd 2009
10:00am to 5:00pm both days
Queens Royal Park
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

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7th Annual Art in the Yard
Saturday July 11th and Sunday July 12th 2009
10:00am to 5:00pm both days
Elora Centre for the Arts
75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario

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Friends of Bon Echo Park
July 24th 25th &26th 2009
10:00am to 5:00pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Bon Echo Provincial Park,
Cloyne, Ontario

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Oakville Art In the Park
MONDAY August 3rd 2009
10:00am to 5:00pm
Lakeside Park (Right at the bottom of Bronte Road beside the lake)
Oakville, Ontario

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Uxbridge Art in the Park
Saturday August 15th & Sunday August 16th 2009
10:00am to 5:00pm both days
Elgin Park
Uxbridge, Ontario

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Grimsby Art Festival
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
9:00am to 5:00pm
Over 200 Artists!
Nelles Blvd.
Grimsby, Ontario

Friday, February 20, 2009

Reproductions

This is to clearly state that any of my artwork that I post on this site, cannot be reproduced in any way, shape, or form without my express permission.
At this time and point in my art career, I do not make prints of my work. I do however keep a photo journal of all my paintings so that I have a record of what I have accomplished so far. I have mixed emotions about prints and reproductions. To me owning an original piece is very special and uniquely yours. No one else will have the same painting hanging in their collection. I do understand though, that sometimes the only way to own a particular piece of artwork, is through the purchase of a print. I also must say that I myself, have several prints by various artists that I have purchased over the years, and I love them!

There may come a time as my career moves forward, that I will consider having prints done of my work and offer them for purchase. But right now, I very strongly feel the need to promote the creating of and selling of original pieces. I think because I am just starting out, and I am having so much fun at being able to express myself through my artwork, that my wish is that when someone does purchase a painting of mine, that it is because it is so special to them and they know that they are the only one to have it. There is not a greater feeling in the world to me, than to have someone look at something that I have created and have it touch something inside them. When someone lingers a moment or two, and gazes at a painting of mine, and then they want to know about it, and then buy it and take it home, I know that I have done my job well. Art should touch a personal spot in you and intrigue you. I try extremely hard to convey feelings and emotions from my paintings because, for whatever reason, I have been touched by a feeling and inspiration from the many subjects I have chosen to paint.

I guess the bottom line is that if a person sees a beautiful painting, whether original or in print, and it touches them in some special way, then they should buy it. If it brings them great joy everytime they gaze at it in their home and it makes them feel special, then that's the best feeling of all!

REPRODUCTIONS

This is just a quick note to state that any of my work shown on this site cannot be reproduced in any way, shape, or form without my permission.

At this point in my art career I do not make any prints of my work. Once the original painting is sold, it's gone. I do keep a photo journal of all my work though so that I have a copy and record of what I have done so far. I have mixed feelings about prints of work, because I feel that owning an original piece of art is exciting and is uniquely yours. No one else has that painting but you. If there are a few hundred ( or more) prints of that piece out there in circulation, it doesn't feel as special to me (although I do own several prints by various artists myself!). I also know too, that sometimes the only way to acquire a beautiful piece of artwork is to buy the print because there is just no other way to own it. So, I go back and forth with my feelings about prints. Perhaps as my career goes forward I may consider having prints done of my work and offer them for purchase, but right now, I really believe in promoting original work.

I guess the bottom line is that if you really love a painting and it touches something in you, and you can't live without it, then you should buy it wether or not it is the original. That way every time you gaze at it hanging in you home, it makes you feel special, and that is the best feeling of all!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

This blog is a new adventure for me. I am not very computer savvy at all, and I am MORE than a little intimidated by them! But thanks to my wonderful sister, who got me started with this, I 'm ready to give it a go!! The main reason for this blog is to promote my artwork, but I also realize that it is a way to get feedback as well about what I'm painting. I don't try to paint something I see exactly as it is, but rather as HOW I see it and feel it. And then I like to offer it for viewing. It can be very scarey to do this at times because it's like offering a private piece of myself out to the public. I put a lot of time and energy and passion into my artwork, and sometimes letting go of that can be very hard.

It was always a lifelong dream of mine to be an artist, but it was never a possibility before. I had a busy family life with a husband and four children, a physically demanding job, and it was a busy time. It was hard to find the time to paint. But in 2006 a serious spinal injury, and subsequent surgery, made it impossible for me to return to work. So, even though it was very hard at first to accept this huge change in my life, it has given me the chance to actually turn this dream into a reality. My family has been behind me all the way, and I have been painting like mad for a little over a year now, and it has been absolutely wonderful! I hope anyone who visits my site enjoys my paintings as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Contact Us

To contact Robbin, please do so via
innerspiritartworks_byrobbin@yahoo.com