Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Paint Party Friday June 1st and WOYWW May 30th, 2012

Welcome to my friends from both WOYWW What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday !  Happy 3rd Anniversary and my friends from Paint Party Friday!

It's been a crazy, busy, whirlwind world lately and the ups and downs have been a bit of a roller coaster ride!  I'm one of those people who emotionally stay on a very even plane but I have to admit May has thrown me some dips and mountains.  It seems like all news is either really exciting or very devastating.

Here's one example of the good, the bad and the ugly this May: I lost a dear Aunt this week to Lung Cancer.  She fought a good fight and she will be greatly missed. (That's the bad and the ugly.)

The good:  Remember that Torn Paper Pet Portrait I did of the adorable Pomeranian Samson.  Well I didn't recognize her name at the time of the order but it turns out the woman that ordered it was a Hollywood Actress, Dreama Walker and she gave me rave reviews, how cool is that!!

"Robin is an exceptionally talented, collaborative artist. So happy to have found her. Love her work and the way she did my Samson."

This is Dreama and Samson:

And of course what you're here for; What's on my workdesk today?  It's a bit of a crazy angle standing on my chair looking down and to the right.  I've been working on another painting in my Primitive/Folk Art Wild Horses Series.

WOYWW May 30th

Wild Horses Series on Display

Finished Work "Colt" 4th in Series

First I drew the colt and cut him out of paper.  Then I traced him on the stencil and re-drew him to simplify
his form and lend to the more primitive/folky style of the series.

This was a Vintage Wooden Kitchen Sign I picked up at a garage sale.

Partly painted with Gesso with a paper towel pressed down while wet to give textures.

Next the stenciled colt I created was laid down and painted over with Mars Black Acrylic.

No pictures for the final steps which were sanding and brushing with gold and copper infused fluid acrylics by Golden

Here are a couple of pictures of the other paintings in this series:

Sunset Wild Horses

Sunset Wild Horses

The Colts
Well I've inundated you with pictures and art today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  One last picture, this is Tootsie Roll, a torn paper pet portrait commission that I finished this week.

Tootsie Roll Torn Paper Portrait - Allen Commission
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my art and crazy May!  Want to take a peek and some of the most wonderful, inspiring art and craft desks around?  Then check out WOYWW hosted by the most wonderful Julia Dunnit at Stamping Ground. 

Here for Paint Party Friday?  Well a special thank you to the wonderful host Kristen and Eva!  I'm sharing the two events this week since what I have to share applies nicely to both of my favorite parties.


Anonymous said...

I am not a horse lover, but I know they are very beautiful creatures.Love your art work.I raise money for Animal Welfare(stray dogs and cats).
Judy #51

Claire said...

i love to see how a piece comes together! gorgeous work! and what a buzz to know a hollywood actor bought your work :)
and so sorry to hear about your aunt...
with love x
no. 59

Helen said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt, much sympathy! Your art though is amazing, so Happy WOYWW, from Helen, 8

JoZart said...

Happy 3rd WOYWW Birthday! Great to be part of this wonderful fun group!
Praise well deserved for your art. I love the horses.
JoZarty x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Those are some gorgeous horses and a wonderful display. I'm just thrilled I was given the chance to "meet" you through this wild and fun blog hop we take each week. Happy 3rd WOYWW Anniversary from #2.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Wow that's some super art! Sorry about your aunt too. Take care & enjoy this special WOYWW. Zo xx 37

Katie said...

SO sorry about your aunt. I love your work :) Congrats on the good review from a star! How fun!

Katie (38)

Pointy Pix said...

Sorry about your aunt. That's fantastic news about the actress commissioning you and singing your praises (as she rightly should!)

May said...

So sorry to hear of your dear aunt.. good news on the actress praising your fabulous work... Have a good week, Hugs May x x x#4

Darla said...

My heartfelt sympathies for your loss...way cool about the actress...your work is very original! #125

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Your wild horses are awesome, awesome, awesome!! Just gorgeous work. Thanks for showing us the wonderful display. *smiles* Norma

Kathryn said...

Wow! My first time to visit and am truly amazed! You are soooo talented!! Bless you for your animal rescue efforts!! A woman after my own heart!
My sympathies about your dear aunt. It was a tough month for you.

Elizabeth said...

So sorry to read about your aunt ... you have my sympathy for your loss. I love your portraits and I do, indeed, remember the torn pet portrait and I'm not at all surprised that you received such a great review, you deserve it. Hope you have had a good WOYWW and have a lovely week. Elizabeth x #96

Redanne said...

Well done on the wonderful review. So sorry to hear about your dear Aunt. Love your artwork of the horses, quite beautiful. Thanks for your visit earlier. Anne x #33

Angie said...

Love the colt on your desk ..and the other creations too.Happy 3rd Woyww Birthday

Sue from Oregon said...

Sorry to read of your Auntie's passing Robin. Cancer sucks doesn't it?
I am so jazzed to read about your wonderful portrait sale...very very cool! Happy 3rd anniversary!

Sue Kment

Minxy said...

Really cool art, love the horse pic from your desk that you finished
happy woyww anniversary fellow desk hopper
Minxy #3

VonnyK said...

What a month you have had. So sorry about your aunt, but how cool are you, getting a great write up from an actress. You will be famous now.
Love those horses.
Happy 3rd anniversary and have a great week.
Hope June is a better month for you.
Von #20

Bridget Larsen said...

I love your craft its very unique.
Bridget #25

RosA said...

WOW, your pet portraits are great, but I really love the Sunset Horses pic!
Happy 3rd Birthday WOYWW!

Netty said...

Sorry to hear of your loss but that is fab news about your collage, am sure you will get lots of orders now. Happy PPF, Annette x

Neet said...

Wow - fame for you! Good you deserve it your work is fab!
Sorry to hear about your aunt.
Love the way you display your horses - and that board you transfored is super.
Happy Blogaversary - Hugs, Neet #15 xx (late because she had a shed load of visitors yesterday)

La Abela said...

That's great! encanan me your horses pintra, some are super originles and they all have a special charm. Saludos

Susan said...

Oh, the Sunset Horses reminds me of the beautiful wild horses we have seen in New Mexico. Sorry to hear of your loss. Happy PPF and blog birthday.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Robin can see you are super keen on horses and when you do them so nicely no wonder - thanks for sharing happy 3rd WOYWW and thanks for popping over! Shaz in oz.x #30

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I'm sorry about your aunt- losing a loved one is always so hard. But congrats on your wonderful (well deserved) review! And I love, love, LOVE your horse series, so very cool! I may have to borrow that stencil idea for my classes- I could see so many projects from that....
Happy PPF,

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

So sorry to hear about your aunt. How cool is that about Samson and his owner giving rave reviews! I am loving your appaloosa baby on that old wooden kitchen sign. Great work. Happy PPF

Carolyn Dube said...

You really have had the extremes. So sorry to hear about your aunt. That is an ugly disease. How cool that you are now moving into the Hollywood circles! Happy PPF.

carlarey said...

I am really loving your wild horse series, the paintings are fabulous. Congrats on the rave review of Samson, it's totally deserved.

Sorry to hear about your Aunt. It sounds like you have good memories of her to cherish.

Mary C. Nasser said...

So sorry to hear about your aunt.

Loving your portraits of Samson and Tootsie!!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful portraits ~ and sending healing energy for your loss of your aunt ~ Great work you do! ~ thanks, ^_^

Lynn said...

Hugs for the passing of your dear aunt. so so sorry.

I do enjoy watching the evolution of your horses...how they come to be on the page or board!


Debbie said...

I love seeing how you re-used the kitchen "art" to make something new and beautiful. What a great idea. I used to have a dog named Samson, so I'm very partial to your lovely dog portrait and how exciting that it was for someone famous!!

kristin maynes said...

How exciting to have such a great review of your work by an actress. Congrats! So sorry to hear about your sweet Aunt. :(
Love your desk pics! I'm a nosy blogger, I love to see others workplaces. Thanks for sharing. :) Happy PPF!

JKW said...

I love to see how you did what you did. The horses are amazing. Prayers for family. . aunts are special. Blessings, Janet PPF

Gloria said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. ::hugs:: to you. Prayers for you and your family as well. I love how paint these creatures of God. Great job. Happy PPF!

Carol said...

Sorry for your loss! I am so in love with your horses ...the soothe my heart.

Giggles said...

Sorry about your aunt!! Congratulations on your review, and commission!! Wonderful unique work!!

Hugs Giggles

Queen Of Toys said...

My condolences with regard to your Aunt. Also congrats on your work hitting Hollywood.

Happy 3rd Anniversary WOYWW
Eliza #140

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

sorry to hear about your aunt. congrats on the review!!! and I love seeing your process!
cheers, dana

Anne said...

You really have had ups and downs this week, my symphaties about your aunt! Thank you for showing the process shots, so interesting. Great pieces, love your work!

EVA said...

I am sorry to hear about your aunt :(

You sure had a creative May despite the sorrow. Love your horses!

Kristin said...

Oh WOW! So cool to have that review and happy actress / customer!
Your work is beautiful - I'm sorry about the loss of your Aunt. xoxo

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Happy belated WOYWW 3rd anniversary Robin. Thanks for the visit to my desk. Definitely sounds like a crazy month for you. Hopefully June is full of only the good things. I love your horses, thanks so much for sharing some of your process with us. xx

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

sorry about your aunt and hope that you are coping okay... what a week of ups and downs for you... the great rap from the actress is totally appropriate as your work is AMAZING and the colt series is looking so wonderful... sending thoughts your way...xx

Shauna said...

Wow, I really love your horse paintings. So lovely and creative. Glad I stumbled onto your blog!

KatzElbows said...

What a time you've had. So sorry about your aunt. I hope your art has been some comfort.

I love your desk; all those paint splatters speak of a lot of creativity.

Thank you so much for sharing.
rachel #7

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I´m so sorry for your family´s loss.
Very cool review of your work, she´s spot on. :)
Thanks for showing the process for Colt. The series is turning out awesome.

Morti said...

Hi Robin

Sorry to hear about your Aunt - my deepest sympathy.

Great news about your commission! This could open a whole new world of customers for you - imagine being the torn paper artist to the stars! WTG you....

Sorry to be so late getting round this week - the Queen's Jubilee got in the way!

Happy WOYWW!

Ali said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt, but congratulations on the celebrity commission and review! :)

Love your new folk art horse piece.

Happy WOYWW anniversary!

Ali #86