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Painting Cats

  Painting with acrylics and developing an approach to different subjects has been one way to stay actively learning while spending time in social isolation. While I have painted with watercolors for two years, acrylic paint behaves so very differently. And painting with the palette knife requires the development of a certain dexterity. Subject-wise, I’ve […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thornebrook Poster 2019

Art Festival 2019 at Thornebrook

Come to the Art Festival at Thornebrook to see my latest artwork. The festival is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. My work includes pieces I created at the Lavender Festival in Oregon, views from hiking in the Grand Canyon, and new scenes from Barcelona. I will be selling original […]

Selecting paints for my new watercolor palette

My new watercolor palette arrived in the mail. Now it’s time to decide which colors to include. My new palette includes 12 small pans (the containers for the paint). I have dozens of tubes of wonderful watercolor paint, but I can only choose 12 to include. A big factor for me is that I do […]

The art of business cards

I just had new business cards printed. The process of designing the new cards made we think about the evolution of my business cards and my art endeavors. When I first began my own business, my focus was on making Native American-style flutes. (I still make those flutes!) One of my goals was to make […]

Abstract Watercolor by Judy Robinson

Creativity and Purple Elephants

In making and selling both musical instruments and watercolors, I have conversations with many adults who tell me that they couldn’t play the flute or try watercolors themselves because they aren’t creative or artistic. Recently when I suggested to a friend that we could paint watercolors together on my upcoming visit with her, she emailed […]

Jingle Dress Dancer

Jingle Dress Dancers

Google Doodle’s Celebrating the Jingle Dress Dance is a reminder of the Jingle Dress Dancers I’ve seen at Native American powwows. The Jingle Dress Dancers were one of many dancers celebrating at the Chambers Powwows I’ve attended. All the powwow dancers convey different elements of Native American life and culture with costumes showcasing a connection […]