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

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:

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:

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!