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"!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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...
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!
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.
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.
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???