Author Archives: J R

Watercolor journal: Capturing the Moment

I had a different experience in capturing my recent hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Usually I take dozens (actually, hundreds) of digital photos. A typical vacation travel habit. This time I captured my views as watercolor paintings. Now I have all the images in one spot – in my Moleskine art journal. […]

Abstract Watercolor by Judy Robinson

Abstract Watercolor Painting

A Watercolor A Day I’m painting a watercolor a day for The 100 Day Project, and doing art daily has encouraged me to try different painting techniques, including abstracts. If you follow me on Instagram @JudyRobinsonArt, you may have seen some of my abstracts. More than anything else, painting abstracts lures me into thinking of […]

Window Dressing at Raima Art Store

Exploring Barcelona’s art stores

For me, visiting art stores in Barcelona is like visiting jewelry stores with rare and unique offerings. During my stay in Barcelona I was able to visit six different art stores, each with a range of exciting art supplies and especially watercolor offerings. It was a great opportunity to check out the different types of […]

Gaudi house in Park Guell, Barcelona

Watercolors: The 100 Day Project

I’m not sure how I discovered The 100 Day Project, but I did and am now participating. In its sixth year, The 100 Day Project encourages you to commit to pursuing some personal project consistently for 100 days. The project starts on April 2 and will continue through July 11. Participants are encouraged to post […]

Vestibule in Barcelona

Barcelona Inspiration

  “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” Watercolor, pen and ink have become an unexpected addition to my ventures as an artist. I’m not completely surprised by this development. I have always enjoyed the artistic elements of being a luthier and a photographer. Exploring sound and aesthetics of art when creating flutes and […]

Carved Wood Spoons

I enjoy carving green wood into wooden spoons using an axe and knife. The first batch of spoons I carved were from  horse chestnut.  It was such an enjoyable experience and I really liked that the whole operation was portable.  I could take the axe and knife with me and carve “on the road,” so-to-speak.  When making flutes […]

WrenSong Kanteles

The kantele complements the Native American flute wonderfully. These are delightful instruments and easy to learn to play.  They may take some time like the ukulele and Native American style flute to learn to play well. The kanteles I primarily make are 5-string versions.   In 2018, I released a 6-string version but find that […]