Category Travel

Urban sketching in Gatlinburg

My first trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, were when I was young. My parents would take our family to the mountains for camping and hiking.  Eventually we would end up visiting Gatlinburg and stroll down the main drag of Gatlinburg, inhaling the fudge fumes and eventually succumbing to a purchase or a free sample. Sometimes we […]

Acrylic Painting Montserrat

Hiking, Painting, Plein Air

Recently, the Gainesville Fine Arts Association call for artwork for an “Earth” theme encouraged me to paint three inspirational mountain views with acrylics and two using a palette knife. Mt. Hood view from Palmer Glacier I admired and painted the view of Mt. Hood both from downtown Portland and from lavender fields during the Willamette […]

Oregon Lavender Garden

Artist-in-Residence: Painting and social distancing

This week I was scheduled to be one of the invited artists for the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout.  Like so many other events, the Paintout was canceled. And so I have decided that I am not just social distancing, as has been ordered by the Governor of Florida, but I am now an […]

Mo Royal, Singles in the Naples Winter Classic, 2020

East Naples Winter Classic Pickleball Tournament – Women’s singles

The day before I played in the mixed doubles at the East Naples Winter Classic Pickleball Tournament, I watched the women’s singles competition at this same Pickleball Capital of the World. As I watched the matches, I admired both the agility and strategy of the players. For most of the games, the women played at […]

Urban Sketch - Watching a game at the Pickleball Capitol of the World

Pickleball Capital of the World

Playing pickleball at the East Naples Community Park was amazing. The park calls itself the Pickleball Capital of the World because it has more pickleball courts (54 courts – with 10 more to be added) than anywhere in the world. I had watched on YouTube the 2019 US Open Pickleball Championships, held at the East […]

Lighthouse under the Bluewater Bridge

Great Lakes – painting water and sky

Water and sky present interesting challenges when painting with watercolors. A recent trip put me on the shores of two Great Lakes – Lake Huron and Lake Erie — and gave me the opportunity to paint water and sky. I painted the Gratiot Lighthouse, at the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. […]

Raven in Watercolor by Judy Robinson

Grand Canyon raven watercolor

A watercolor portrait of a raven was created during my recent hiking and painting trip to the Grand Canyon. As I took photos of a raven sitting on a fence rail, I talked to the bird, telling it I admired its glistening feathers. I think its response indicated that it wasn’t interested in conversing unless […]

Acrylic Grand Canyon Sunset

Grand Canyon art in watercolor and acrylics

A wonderful art challenge for me has been painting the Grand Canyon. Recently I hiked and painted at the Grand Canyon and had many opportunities to paint en plein air (on location) at the Canyon’s edge and on trails in the Canyon. Sitting on the edge of the Canyon with my paints, I could see […]

Portland Trolley

4T Trail – exploring and painting Portland

The 4T Trail was one of my ventures during a visit to Portland, providing a different way to see Portland. From attending conventions in Portland, I’d already come to admire the city’s progressive transportation system. Using the train (MAX light rail), I traveled from the airport to my hotel and was able to travel by […]

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 […]