Rene Olstead inspiration

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I’ve been in the studio today and this is one of my finished paintings to take to Chicago.    While painting this I was listening to a fantastic jazz singer, Rene Olstead.  I far I can see she only has released two albums.  I NEED more.  She is fantastic.  However she is best known as an actress, often on T.V. sitcoms. 

This recent work remains untitled.  Any suggestions?


Crate and Barrel partnership

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It’s been a busy summer in the studio.  I was notified in May that I was selected as one of twenty-eight artists to begin selling original art through Crate and Barrel.  Yay!  But…they wanted 12 paintings by June 1st.  Wow.  Well I got busy painting.  But painting the work is only a small part of the project.  I then had to photograph each painting in high resolution and five shots of each painting…one main and four quadrants.  This is not an easy task.  Once you get the details correct in each photo you then have to upload to the site and answer about 10  questions for each painting.  This was done for each of the twelve paintings. Whew!

Then in June they asked for another twelve.  Repeat the process.

Now they have asked for another six by today’s date.  Mission accomplished.

The best part is…my work is selling regularly.  Pleased.  Humb

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Press Release:   UGallery (, the premier curated online art marketplace, and Crate and Barrel, the industry-leading home furnishings retailer, today announced a partnership to exhibit and sell UGallery original artwork at The exclusive collection presents one-of-a-kind artworks by 28 top emerging artists from around the country.

“Our goal is to elevate home life for our customers into an emotional and aesthetic experience,” said Crate and Barrel President and Chief Merchant Steve “Woody” Woodward. “We are excited to add the energy of original art to our assortment for customers, and we are proud to support emerging artists across the country through our new partnership with UGallery and this exclusively curated collection.”

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Al Jarreau Inspired Work

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Jane Robinson, abstract art, modern art, large painting, canvas, abstract paintingWith the recent death of jazz great, Al Jarreau, it prompted me to paint to his wonderful music.  This painting was inspired by his song, So long girl.  It measures 60″ X 36″ on stretched canvas – and no need to custom frame.

Make Your New Years Resolution to Discover Your Creative Soul

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Make 2017 the year you make a creative play date with your friends!

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Have you spent your adulthood climbing the career ladder, finishing college, raising a family, serving your church, your community?   Does it seem like life is passing you by while you finish all of your shoulda’s, coulda’s and woulda’s?   You might remember the creative spark you had when you were a child, teen or young adult.  Before all the obligations of “adulthood” took all of you time… and your confidence in creating.

Just like any new decision, such as starting a walking program, healthier eating or learning yoga, your creativity needs to begin with the first step.  Does this sound like you?

  • You feel that you give to others all the time and there’s nothing left for yourself
  • You admire others who live more passionately but think that is not for you
  • You are afraid to fail
  • You believe that either you are born creative or not
  • You feel drained by the end of the week and have no energy to experience new activities
  • You find yourself zoned out watching television

If you can identify with any of the statements above it IS time to explore your creative nature.  Creativity is a natural trait and we are born with the impulse to express ourself.  This is often beat out of us by criticism, the fear of peer disapproval, intimidation or our own fears somewhere along your journey into adulthood.

By discovering your creative voice you will discover a portal to your inner soul that speaks soothingly and encouraging.  It will allow you take risks and accept yourself fully.  Yes, 2017  is the year to step out of your comfort zone and dive into a creative pursuit.

My next workshop is designed for the non-artist and the artist.  It explores the painting process with focus on the “process” rather than the end product.  It allows you to play. Even if you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since grade school, your desire to express yourself creatively is expressed daily, throughout your home and garden, even in the choices you make when you get dressed.

In my workshops we practice communicating visually while expanding our definition of art, which in turn helps us explore our own creativity. The environment nurtures a safe haven for this process, so my classes are encouraging, free from judgment, and punctuated with Chardonnay breaks. Tapping into our inner resources, we can begin to explore and discover.artist Jane Robinson, abstract artist, modern art, painting workshop, Jane Robinson studio

Our day begins with a discussion over coffee about living your authentic life and practical steps to incorporate steps into your daily life.

We then head to the studio and paint while listening to great music.  We break for lunch and wine and share with each other.   Then it’s back to the studio where we finish our work.  At the end of the day we return to the living space, show off our masterpieces and continue our creative discussion.

If you would like to join us, the next workshop date is March 3rd and/or March 4th from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.  You can register securely online at  Additional workshops, painting parties and retreats are scheduled for 2017 so if you can’t make this one, grab a friend and plan to attend an upcoming event.

Come play. Come create. Come connect.  Come and discover your creative voice.

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