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Thursday, August 16, 2012

New work from 2012

"The Back Door to Heathers Cottage"
  24"x 18"
This is a painting of an old Antique door up at my cousins cottage. I chose to concentrate mainly on the handle, as I wondered just how many times this door has opened and family and friends have been invited in.
Available for Purchase.
"Autumn Reverie"
20" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas.
This is another version of the view from my Sisters bathroom window, I have painted this vista 5 times!
This painting has been SOLD, but I recently just finished another version!
"Waiting to See Inside"
20"x 16" Acrylic on Canvas
I have passed this store front many times over the years, but the gift shop business that was there has been long gone.  I always wondered though what kind of treasures may have been waiting inside.
This painting has been SOLD, Private collection.
"Opening Up to A New Day"
24"x 18" Acrylic on Canvas
Once again my favourite Red door theme has been used for this painting! 
This painting has been SOLD, Private Collection
"Looking Through Great Grammy Byrne's Window"
20"x 16" Acrylic on Canvas
This painting was inspired by some old windows that I have that belonged to My Great Grandmother. They were actually the doors from a china cabinet, that is long gone. I have one hanging in front of my kitchen, and look out through it everyday, several times. I changed the design a bit, but the inspiration from the view is wonderful.
This Painting is available for purchase.
"Yellow Velvet Chair"
20' x 16" Acrylic on Canvas
Lot's of colour!
This painting has been SOLD, Private collection.
"The Stairs from the Front Hall"
24"x18" Acrylic on Canvas.
Continuing my stairways and doorway theme.
This painting has been SOLD, Private Collection.
"Red Geraniums"
20" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas
One of my favourite colours, RED!
This painting has been SOLD, Private Collection.
"Green Doors"
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
Currently on display  until November 2013, in the McMaster
Innovation Park Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
"The Stairs to the Third Floor"
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas
I love the way the light comes in through the window in this painting.
It is available for purchase.
"Stained Glass"
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas
This is a painting for a window from St.George Church, out on one of the country roads close to my home. I have since re-worked it a bit and added some vines climbing up and around the one side of the window. After living with it for a few months on my wall, I decided it needed something....I will post the new photo of it shortly.
It is available for purchase.

Paintings inspired by Bon Echo Park

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These paintings have all been SOLD.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Northern Lights series

Pelham, Bon Echo, and Oakville, oh my!

    Over the course of the last three weeks, I have been an exhibitor in 3 big shows. The first was The Pelham Summerfest, a four day show in the picturesque town of Fonthill. It was the first year that they have done this show, and it was wonderful.The volunteers and artists involved with the organizing and running of this event went above and beyond to ensure that this show was a huge success, and it was! There was great entertainment, wonderful food and wine available, and of course some very spectacular artwork being showcased.
    The next show was in Bon Echo Provincial Park. This is my fourth year participating in this event, and it was a great show. I couldn't go last year due to some scheduling conflicts, and I forgot how stunningly beautiful this park is. Towering pine trees, beautiful beaches, warm water, and incredible blue skies that turn to a dark indigo full of a million stars. This park does wonders for the soul. It was so great to see old artist friends and meet new ones too, and to have past customers come by and welcome me back to the park. Especially one in particular (and she knows who she is!)and made a point of stopping by with kind words and encouragement. Mother Nature was clearly on our side and gave us an amazing weekend, and I am so thankful for being able to go and be part of it again!
    The last show was on the holiday Monday, in Oakville. Traditionally this show always seems to fall on the HOTTEST day of the summer (last year was like being in a blast furnace it was so hot) but this year was really quite pleasant. It was a beautiful day with great music, amazing artists showing their work and it was so nice to be back down by the lake.
  I would just like to say a quick thank you to all the volunteers at all the shows. They worked so hard and gave of their time some generously to make sure that we had everything we needed and kept these shows running smoothly and without all their efforts and hard work, none of these shows would be possible.I am truly grateful to you all. A thank you also has to be offered to all the patrons that took time out of their busy summers to come and visit these shows, purchase artwork, and/or took a moment to stop and chat and offer such kind words of encouragement and best wishes. I am so very grateful to you all.
 I now have a few weeks to catch my breath, and play catch-up around here a bit before I am off and running again! I have so many ideas that I want to develop and turn into paintings, that I am getting excited about already.I am looking forward to an exciting fall season!
Thank you!

*****Information on Upcoming shows is listed just a little further down the blog.... :) If they are not visible when you scroll down, if you hit the "older Posts" prompt, the list will come up for viewing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22nd 2012
    The Pelham Art Show was a huge success, and well worth all the time and effort of getting ready!
The venue was beautifully decorated, the entertainment was fabulous, and the artwork showcased was spectacular. I felt very honoured to be included with such talented artists.The organizers and volunteers went above and beyond to present a wonderful show.
  I would like to thank all the people who took the time out of their busy weekends to come and visit the show, and thank you to all who purchased my work!
   Now I have to get ready for the Pelham First Sunday Stroll in the Park, Sunday June 3rd 2012. I'm sure it will be lovely. :>

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Three weeks.......

This is just a quick note! I realized that it has been a few months since my last post, and I wanted to just add an update to my blog. There are only 3 weeks left until my first official show of the year, the Pelham Art Festival. It's coming up fast! I have two new paintings completed, and I'm working on 6 more!! I would love to have ten ready, but realistically I think it will be more like five!. No matter though, because the events will be coming now with at least one a month until November, so I will need fresh work on an on-going basis from this point on. 
  It is so exciting to start new work, and watch it evolve into a finished piece. Sometimes what I envision in my mind, and what actually ends up on the canvas are light years apart! At other times, there is very little variation at all from mind and imagination to finished work. Either way, the creative journey is exciting, frustrating at times, and always offers me a creative outlet for all the images in my imagination.
  I have also held 2 Encaustic workshops here in my home that were great fun. The students that came for the day were creative and funny and it was a joy to have them in my home and teach them this exciting art form. I look forward to holding more workshops in the near future.
  And now I think  I should get back to work on my paintings. I wish everyone a lovely spring, and hope that our paths cross someday soon.
  If you would like information about upcoming events, there is a list of current shows/exhibits posted on this blog if you scroll down just a bit! There are a few more events that I am waiting confirmation on and then they will be added to the list as well. And please don't hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Thank you,
Enjoy,  Robbin

Monday, March 5, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Shows/Events & Exhibits 2012

It is shaping up to be another exciting year, and I am so looking forward to once again showcasing and selling my artwork at the many different shows, events, and exhibits that are listed below. This list will be added too and updated as more venues present themselves, so please check back from time to time! And Please scroll down to see upcoming workshops that I am offering again this year at my home studio.If you need to contact me for further information or assistance, please do so at, and I will be happy to assist in any way possible.
Thank you.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton
Women's Art Association of Hamilton, 116th Annual Members Exhibit
February 1st 2012 to May 13th 2012
Opening Reception February 5th 2012 from 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm

Pelham Art Show
Friday May 11th 2012 7:00pm ~ 10:00pm, Saturday May12 & Sunday May13th 2012 from 11:00am~5:00pm both days
210 Haist Street, Pelham Arena
Fonthill, Ontario

Sunday Art Stroll in the Park
Sunday June 3rd 2012, 10:00am~4:00pm
Harold Black Park
953 Haist Street,
Fonthill, Ontario

Pelham Summerfest
Thursday July 18th 2012~Sunday July 22nd 2012
Peace Park, Downtown Fonthill

Bon Echo Provincial Park Annual Art Show
July 27th ~ 28th ~ 29th 2012
Bon Echo Provincial Park, Cloyne, Ontario

Oakville Art in the Park
MONDAY, (civic holiday) August 6th 2012
Bronte Harbour Park 10:00am ~ 5:00pm
Oakville, Ontario

Art Among Friends
September 29th and 30th 2012
Laurentian Lodge, Elliot Lake, Ontario

Vineland Thanksgiving Weekend Art show
October 6th ~ 7th~8th 2012
Vineland Public School
4057 Victoria Avenue
Vineland, Ontario

Monday, January 9, 2012


The word Encaustic literally means “to burn in”. It is the application of molten medium made from waxes and resin that have been pigmented with oil colours, and then applied and fused to a rigid surface. The end result is a beautiful piece of art that has a wonderful luminous translucency to it that will last forever. Encaustic painting techniques have been around for thousands of years.
I am offering some encaustic workshops in my home/studio. This medium is incredibly dynamic and exciting, and the possibilities are endless! In these workshops, we cover basic introduction and history about Encaustic painting. Safety issues and concerns are discussed, basic fusing techniques, and the choice and use of collage materials. 
        ALL supplies and materials are provided, and all 5 hour workshops are $65.00 per person

Please bring an apron (if you have one, if not, I have extras) and wear older clothes.  Also, for ventilation purposes the exhaust fans will be going, and windows are open, so it can be a little chilly at first, so bring something warm to wear if it's a cooler day.

Workshop Dates.***NEW dates Saturday, September 15th and Sunday September 16th, 2012
All workshops run from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 

For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact me at 905~ 746 ~1364, or at:

Looking forward to seeing you, Robbin