Another painting created while listening to Rene Olstead. It was a rainy day and time for a full day in the studio. My habit is to play my favorite (or recently discovered) musicians with headphones to get the full effect, have a bottle of water near by and begin to paint with no idea where it will go or what the end results will be. This particular painting was created while listening to her album “Skylark” and this song in particular, “Nothing but the blame”.
I’ve been in the studio quite a bit. With Crate and Barrel requesting more work, more commission work than ever, Ugallery asking for more…plus getting ready for the Chicago One of a Kind Show, December 7-10. I will posting some of my newest work throughout the next few weeks. This painting is titled “Chills and Fever” first published in 1964 and sung by Tom Jones. A recent song titled “Chills and Fever” has been released by Samantha Fish. A DEFINITE check it out. S
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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“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.”
When someone contacted my about creating an original painting to give his wife for their wedding anniversary I was excited about the project. This was a secret so trying to create something for their home without her input was a challenge. I asked the husband to send along photos of their home and spot he thought about hanging it. This gave me a good idea of their color scheme, design style and room layout.
He said he wanted a pop of color in the room and something his wife would be reminded of their love.
This was the end result. She loved it!
These modern abstracts were created while listening to the album “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. It is a piece of jazz perfection with many great jazz musicians.
You might see the influence of the early 60’s jazz scene in these paintings. They will be shipped to the Martin Wood Showroom (interior design) in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. If you are interested in purchasing one or both of them please contact me. Or you can see them at my booth at the Spring One of a Kind Show in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Oliver Nelson Septet – Stolen Moments (1961)
Musicians: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), Oliver Nelson (tenor sax, arrange), George Barrow (baritone saxophone), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
from the album ‘THE BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH’ (Impulse! Records)
Painting title: Big Joe Henderson
This painting was inspired by the music of Big Joe Henderson. His bebop jazz brings movement and joy into this creative process. He co-led the Jazz Communicators with Freddie Hubbard from 1967 to 1968…another great jazz leader.
Joe Henderson (April 24, 1937 – June 30, 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. In a career spanning more than 40 years Henderson played with many of the leading American players of his day and recorded for several prominent labels, including Blue Note.
Make 2017 the year you make a creative play date with your friends!
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.
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 athttp://www.JaneRobinsonAbstractArt.com 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.