Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Great Gates- Elizabethan Gardens

WOW, am I waaaay behind!  I didn't realize how long it's been since I posted any of my new work!!!
So, I'll be catching up over the next few days.  I was really busy this summer getting ready for my featured show, so I have a lot of new work.  I've also been experimenting a little with some abstract, or "expressionistic", work.  I can't wait to share!  (If you want o keep up to date on my work in process, I post a lot of it on instagram:  @christyrobinsonpillow)

The above scene was for the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC.  It's a beautiful garden and I love how the dappled light fell in this picture.

14" x 11"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Show- Opening Reception this Friday!

Please join me this Friday, June 27th, from 6-9 pm for my opening Final Friday reception at the 
Cary Gallery of Artists in downtown Cary! 
16 paintings of scenes in North Carolina are in my show, "Across the Old North State", with 9 of them brand new and have never been exhibited!  The show will be on display until July 22nd.

I will also be demonstrating on Saturday, June 28th, from 11-noon during our monthly 
"Coffee with the Artists"~ all are welcome to attend!

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Birthday Commission

My sister-in-law Nancy had me paint this as a special birthday present for one of her friends.  Such a thoughtful gift- I hope she enjoys it!

8" x 10"
acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beltie Bottoms

Here's the other one!  I just loved the composition of this!  They are so stinkin' cute~  

24" x 24"
acrylic on deep canvas

Monday, May 5, 2014

Beltie Facetime

More belties!  (Calloway cows, oreo cows, etc!)  I had actually started this painting about 2 years ago as a set of 3 the same size.  I finished the "Brown Beltie" a while back, and got on a roll recently with the other 2.  Here's the first one.  Of course, all the photos were taken at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC.  

24" x 24"
acrylic on deep canvas

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Looking Up

I love my chickadees!  Talk about stalking~ they don't even fly away now when I refill the bird feeder because they're so used to me... I snapped a shot of this little fellow in late winter/early spring of this year, before our cherry tree had bloomed.  Maybe I'll get some baby pics again this year???

6" x 6"
acrylic on deep canvas

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Red Coneflower

So, while I was painting my step-mom's flowers, I decided to paint a single blossom too!  I love the contrast of the turquoise and red!

10" x 10"
acrylic on canvas

Friday, May 2, 2014

Red Coneflowers

I painted this as a gift for my step-mom's 60th birthday a few months ago!  I haven't painted any new coneflowers in a few years, and I always painted pink ones, so this was fun painting a red variety!
Happy Birthday Debbie!

10" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shell Seeker

The "stalk-a-razzi" strikes again!  This little girl was playing in front of us last summer and I knew I just HAD to paint that tutu!

8" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Prisoner

I REALLY have a lot of catching up to do!  This was a recent commissioned piece for a favorite bottle of wine.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out, plus I got to keep the wine!  ;o)

11" x 14"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catching Up and Fused Glass!

Second Project- playing with reactive glass
Sushi Plate and Bowl

I realized this past week that I haven't been keeping my website updated.  This has been one LOOOONNNGGG winter!  I haven't painted as much as usual, or as much as I'd like to, but I have been taking some glass fusing classes, which I LOVE!!!  I'm so obsessed and totally ready to buy a kiln; however, my husband thinks we need to clean out the garage first, or something silly like that...whatever!

During my first class at Carolina Stained Glass in Durham, NC, we learned some basics.  Cutting, kiln temps, different ways to paint on fused glass, etc.  Below are some projects from the class.


First project- full fused (flower) and tack fused

I had seen some similar colors used with silver foil that created a cool reaction.
 We're not allowed to use silver because it contaminates the kiln,
so I played with some dicrotic glass (the silvery blue) to create a similar look

Jimmy Fallon's late night show set background was the inspiration for this pattern!

Loved doing this basketweave!  It was a little more advanced than what
 we were doing in class, but they let me do it anyway!  :o)

Playing with some leftover glass

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Painted for the Girls!

I painted these bottle lamps and glass block lamps for 4 of my nieces for Christmas this year.  I love how fun and colorful they came out!  I hadn't painted on the glass block before, but really enjoyed it- a little easier than the curved surface of the bottles!  :o)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Reflections Gallery at Wake Med Cary Hospital

Happy New Year!  

Thank you to my friends, family, fans, and clients for all your continued support over the past year!  I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2014 and wish everyone a year full of blessings and hope!

2 of my paintings, "Chief" and "Tropical Cottage"were recently juried in to the Reflections Gallery at Wake Med Cary Hospital.  Made possible through a partnership with Cary Visual Art and a donation by the friends and family of Sandy Lappin, the Reflections Gallery features approximately 10 artists that rotate on a quarterly basis.

My showing will run from January 3rd through April 1st.  The gallery is open to visitors and patients. 

                                  "Chief"                                             "Tropical Cottage"

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Anniversary Commission

Here's my other commission that was really for a late December anniversary~  This was for my step sister as a first anniversary gift for her son and wife.  They were married in Napa Valley last year overlooking a beautiful vineyard.  I loved how this picture captured a sweet moment in this picturesque setting!  
Happy anniversary Jacob and Elona!

16" x 12"
acrylic on canvas

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Commission

What a crazy last few months it's been!  Swim Team, holidays, new church launch...NOT much painting!  I did have a few commissions and worked on some wine bottle lamps and other "craftsy" things.  This is the first commission for Christmas for a returning client/friend.  She had it painted for her brother.  I thought this was so sweet how his cat and dog sit watch from the deck!  

8" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Western Wake Artists Studio Tour

I've been "feverishly" getting ready for the Western Wake Artists Studio Tour this coming weekend!  This is the tour's 5th year and I'm so excited to be a part of it this year!  This year November 8th through 10th, professional artists in Western Wake County will open their studios to the public for a self guided tour.
Times are:
Friday, November 8th  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 9th   10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 10th  1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Download a pdf of our brochure and/or map at:  http://wwast.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013brochure-for-web.pdf

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halle (Wedding Gift Commission)

Here's another lovely commission I finished recently.  It's the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC.  A friend (and returning customer) had this painted as a wedding gift- it's where the couple was married.  I love how it turned out- I hope they do too! 

10" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Beach Cottage (Commission)

You'd never know that I've actually been back to painting because I've been so slack about posting!  Too many irons in the fire of late~  This is a cottage in the Outer Banks that I painted for a customer.  I'd actually painted a picture of HER before I knew who she was!  Their house is on the street we stay on during vacation, and she'd been one of my "stalk-a-razzi" victims~  :o)  A mutual friend ended up buying that painting and giving it to her for her birthday.  How funny is that???  Small world- I hope thy love it!

12" x 16"
acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gearing Up!

I finally finished painting my downstairs (including ALL the trim- ugh!)...yay!  (No, I haven't painted my cabinets yet and I believe that won't happen until next year, maybe!)   I feel like I've been living in chaos all summer long with everything out of place!  It's almost all put away and now I'll start back painting and gearing up for the Western Wake Artists Studio Tour in November.  Cary Living Magazine published a nice article on our upcoming tour.  Here's the link to the article:  http://issuu.com/midtown/docs/clm_so13/43?e=0

Save the date!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Wedding Commission

I've been taking the summer "off" while I work on some projects around the house and realized the other day that I never posted my last painting before the break! This was a commissioned piece for a friend who's son got married this past spring~ It was a wedding gift. I hope they enjoy it!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Afternoon Surf

One more done! I think the photo I used was from the same vacation trip to the Outer Banks as "Best Friends" and "Oh Happiness!"~ I started the painting some time last year. He had some goggles in his hand and was actually going out to look at a shipwreck, not going out to surf, but I took artistic license and removed them~ :o)

16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Handsome Bear

So here's a little re-cap:  In January, I posted about a bunch of unfinished paintings around my studio and my goal to finish them...Well, I am WELL on my way!  I started this painting 2 1/2 years ago and has been in the corner ever since.  The photo I used was from a friend in high school that I reconnected with on Facebook.  This is her horse, and yes, he has a brown and a blue eye!  I just loved how the light was hitting his face~

16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Best Friends

I finally finished another "unfinished" painting that I started last summer (I think?).  We took this photo while on vacation in the OBX.  I know, hard to believe right???  "Stalk-a-razzi" strikes again- lol!  It was a gorgeous day and they were so cute playing together.

14" x 11"
acrylic on canvas

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Garden Path

This was from a photo I took at Fearrington Village last summer.  It's the walkway that goes alongside the building where Dovecote and the cafe are.  The lighting was so pretty!

8" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tropical Cottage

I worked off and on for a few months on this painting, but started getting frustrated when I felt my style was getting a little "tight'.  I got a little help from above and now I can't stop painting!  :o)

20" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Porch Time

I painted this yesterday afternoon after finishing another piece~ I wanted to just keep painting!!!  This will be heading to the Cary Gallery of Artists when I change out my work tomorrow.

10" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Buoys "re-do"

I actually painted this 2 years ago, but it's always bothered me because it seemed too dark...  Well, I was inspired to do something about it today!  I lightened up the background and brightened the buoys.  I don't even have the original photo anymore, so I was just "winging it".  I am MUCH happier with it now!  (scroll down to see the original)

8" x 10"


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Gannon and Colton II

This past weekend we headed home for a surprise 40th birthday party for my sister-in-law.  (Today's her actual birthday!)  She was sooo surprised!  It was a quick trip, but well worth it- her Mom and best friend from High School did an AMAZING job with the party and keeping it a secret.  

I decided a few weeks ago to paint this for her of her 2 boys from a couple of summers ago.  I'd had it in my "to paint" file for a while, and the time seemed just right~  ;o)

Happy Birthday Nancy Pillow Moore!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Little White Cottage

I've been wanting to paint some more houses lately, and the "beachier" the better.  We've been having some amazing spring weather and having the windows open in my studio just gets me going.  (I also found a cool "beach waves" app for my i-pad, so when I can't be at the beach, I can bring the beach to me! )

16" x 12"
acrylic on canvas

Friday, March 22, 2013

Abstract Ikat

I started playing with patterns back in December of last year.  I really like the Ikat pattern and worked on this for quite a while (there must be like 20 layers of paint!).  I thought it was finished for a while, but it seemed like it was missing something.  I figured it out and here's the finished product!  It's always a refreshing challenge to paint outside my "creative comfort zone"~