Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Keeping Busy!

Thanks for stopping by!!

One day....I'll update my website to be more "website" and less "blog"!  For now, the best way to see what's new is to follow me on Facebook www.facebook.com/frontporchstudio and Instagram www.instagram.com/christyrobinsonpillow/!

My Etsy Shop:  Front Porch Studio Etsy Shop

There are a few places to see my work in person:

Painted Tree Boutiques

Booth #G28

230 Crossroads Blvd.

Cary, NC

301 S Salem St Suite 100 

Downtown Apex, NC 27502

Monday, August 10, 2020

Where to find me!

For current work and happenings, please visit (and LIKE) my Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/frontporchstudio/

I'm much better at posting there! :o)  Hoping to "revamp" this website soon so it's less "bloggy".

Thanks for stopping by!


(the pic below is my vendor spot at Yellow Door Decor in Apex, NC!)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Here I am!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since I posted anything to this website!  To be totally honest, I haven't really painted much either. (PSI- I post more frequently on my Facebook page, but it's still been lacking for a while!)   I've been in a challenging season that made it difficult to put any attention towards painting- the joy just wasn't there and it seemed like so much effort to try.  After some inspiring and encouraging words from a "chance" ("quotes" because I completely believe God puts people in your path for a reason!) meeting with a friend, I realized I needed to get back to it.  We've come full circle out of the difficult time, but it's always hard to get started again.  A dear friend and mentor once told me, "once begun is half done"- meaning, when you doubt yourself, fear failure, or are dreading doing something, the hardest part is just starting.  Once you take that first step, you've already pushed through the most difficult part.  That's my nugget of inspiration for the day! 😉

I'm excited to be back in my studio with a renewed joy!  I've been working on some "unfinished" paintings and some new abstract ones.  I look forward to the days when I have time to work on something!

Here are a few paintings that were never posted~ enjoy!

Abstract Bouquet
10" x 20"

Pet Portrait- Commission

House Portrait- Commission

Peonies I
12 x 12

Peonies II
12 x 12

Pet Portrait- Commission

Pet Portrait- Commission

Saturday, March 5, 2016


"Murphy", an Akita,  was a little surprise for my friend- I took a little too long to complete a commission for her, so she got an "extra"!  :o)


Friday, March 4, 2016

"Bernie"- Pet Commission

This was commissioned by a friend who's dog passed away last year.  Bernie was such a sweetie- I love her floppy ear and her eyes!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pet Portrait

I've had several pet portrait commissions lately, and I'm really enjoying painting them!  This for someone to give as a special gift.  I hope they enjoyed it!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Chevron Bottle Light

This wasn't a Christmas commission, but a Birthday Commission!  A friend and loyal client had me paint this bottle light for her friend who was turning 40.  She loves UNC, so we did the chevron initial in "Carolina Blue"!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas Commission II (Maggie)

This pet portrait was for a dear friend who wanted to surprise her husband for Christmas- She is so stinkin' cute, isn't she?!?  I hope he was delighted with the gift!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Christmas Commission

Happy New Year!!!

I don't really know where 2015 went- it seems as though the older I get, the faster time goes...sigh...
I haven't made the time this past year to paint as much.  I think this is the "slowest" year I've had in the six I've been painting.  I resolve this year to NOT make any promises to paint "more"!  It only makes me feel bad when I don't, and that squashes the creative spark!!!

I did have a few commissions over Christmas.  This first one was for a client who wanted a special present for a very special friend.  I love the red background!  I hope he enjoyed it!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greatest of All

Seems similar to the last painting, but very different.  

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13

The Greatest of All
10" x 8" deep canvas

Monday, August 24, 2015


Fun, thick, layered painting inspired by a worship song!  So many layers...

36" x 18" deep canvas

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pattern Study- Squares

Another shape, texture, value study!  Thick thick buttery paint- love!

Pattern Study- Squares
24" x 24" deep canvas

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Peony Dream

I was painting this was at the same time as the previous painting. I thought I'd finished it, but after looking at it for several days, decided I was NOT happy with it at all!  I tried to go really simple, but it just was too blank.  I started to add layers to this one as well, with finishes in between the layers, and it came out with this awesome depth!  The flowers are almost floating on the canvas- a must see in person!

Peony Dream
30" x 15"

Friday, August 21, 2015


Here's another example of a photo not doing the painting justice!  The was a multi-layered painting where I experimented with some different finishing techniques.  The outcome was a "floating" layer effect with a "glass like" finish.

24" x 12" deep beveled canvas

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A New Day

This was based on a photo from a sunrise at Second Street in Kill Devil Hills.  It started out to be a painting in my usual impressionistic style, but morphed into something totally different!

A New Day
36" x 18" deep canvas


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pattern Study- Ikat

I loved layering this painting with thick, buttery paint!  
There's a slight shimmer paint stroke in each section~ 

Pattern Study- Ikat
24" x 24" deep canvas

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Glorious Unfolding

Expressionistic???  Abstract???  I'm not really sure how to classify the works that I'm going to be posting over the next few days!  Some of them were driven by texture and color, while others seem to come from a place within that just "had to come out"!

This piece was a little bit of both~ A photo doesn't quite give you the full effect of viewing it in person.  It changes depending on where you stand to look at it.  I absolutely loved painting this and enjoyed the process!

Glorious Unfolding
40" x 30"
acrylic mediums

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cochran's Corner

This painting was commissioned by my mother-in-law for my father-in-law's birthday.  This is the beach house they stay at every summer in the Outer Banks for at least a month for the past 20 years or so!  The house is always filled with family, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors- so many memories! This was a very special gift!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Second Street Sunrise

My husband loves to watch the sunrise every morning when we're on vacation at the beach.  This was a view from a walkway through the dunes.  I decided to paint this for him as a birthday present since it has so much meaning to it.  He loved it!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Memories of St John I & II

My sister-in-law and her husband love going to St. John with a group of their friends.  These paintings were from some photo's they'd taken during their last trip.  She wanted to see the memories everyday!  I would sure love to be there right now...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Commissioned Painting

This was a commissioned piece from a lovely woman who saw some of my work at someone's home.  Her family would vacation at the beach during the summers and this was reminiscent of their time there.   


Monday, May 11, 2015

American Gold Finch

This painting was from another photo taken from my front porch.  The cherry tree is a big attraction for the birds because I keep a bird feeder on it! 

6" x 6"
acrylic on canvas

Sunday, May 10, 2015


I can get some of the best pictures of our wildlife just sitting on my porch!  We have chickadee's in abundance, and I must say, they are my favorites!!! Here's one perched in our cherry tree.

6" x 6"
acrylic on canvas

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wedding Present- Hawaii

One of my best customers commissioned me to paint this as a wedding gift!  It was a photo the couple took while on their honeymoon in Hawaii.  Ahhh, to be there right now....


Friday, May 8, 2015

First Beach Trip

As usual, when we are on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC, we must take lots of photos!!!  Don't know who she was, but she had a really cute pink hat on!  :o)

6" x 8"
acrylic on canvas board

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Duke Gardens Historic Terrace

Here's another painting from our trip to the Sarah P. Duke gardens last year.  The flowers were just beautiful!!!

10" x 20"
acrylic on deep canvas

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Duke Gardens Terrace House

It's been a loooooong time....since I posted ANYTHING!  I'm fairly diligent about updating my Facebook page, but not so good here.  I'm contemplating converting to a regular website and will let you know if I do!

So since my last post in October 2014 (yikes!), I've painted a lot!  I'm going to try my best to get everything posted over the next few days.

Last summer we spent a gorgeous day out at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC.  We took a ton of photos, and I decided to paint a few.  This was a building on the historic terrace section.  I loved the big purple pom pom flowers!

14" x 11"
acrylic on canvas

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