Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year's End


12x9 oil on carton board
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Today I painted my contribution for Different Strokes for Different Folks' final challenge - we submitted and then were sent random photo portraits. I waited until the last minute practically, as usual. But enjoyed it thoroughly.
And this is my last painting of 2009. What a year. Its been up and down certainly and I hope for a more stable 2010 for us all. I am excited to start a new body of work next week.
Happy New Year!!

25 comments:

Edward Burton said...

This is an absolutely wonderful portrait, Robin.

Sheila said...

I'm so glad I discovered you by you participating in this year's DSFDF challenge. I'm now following you into 2010 which I'm sure will continue to be a prosperous and fulfilling year for you.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Beautiful. Especially the sly smiling eyes.

Happy New Year!

L.Holm said...

Fantastic work! Fresh and lively.
Happy New Year!
Liz

Ruth said...

Robin, lovely painting. Love the colors used and your strokes. Great job. Ruth

Stephen Parker said...

Robin,

Such a beautiful entry for DSFDF challenge. Although I've heard your name among the PAA folks, this is the first time I've seen your work (other than just having visited your website). Your work is gorgeous throughout. Best of everything in 2010!

Linda said...

Love your work and blog. The portrait you painted was on carton board. I haven't heard of this surface in the art community. Could you explain what it is and why you chose it? Thank you and happy new year!
Linda

Barb Hillier said...

This portrait is so beautifully painted! I love your work and your approach to the oh so common creative block. Thanks for sharing and helping make it okay to take a break for whatever reasons make it necessary.

Quecuatsa said...

I like your paints so much!
I wish you a happy new year.

Carol Horzempa said...

Hi Robin - Wow, your portrait is one of my favorite! I love your strong loose brushstrokes...beautiful flesh tones and love how you handled her hair. Great job!

I have never painted on carton board. Do you get this at an art supply store?

dominique eichi said...

Great lively portrait for DSFDF.

Vicki Brevell said...

Great job Robin!! Love your portait of Mila. I participated in this year's portrait paintout for the very first time. It was so much fun. Hope to try more of Karin's challenges in 2010. Hope to see more of you this year too!
Vicki Brevell

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Very nicely done - you have captured personality here!

Linny D. Vine said...

Loose and lovely portrait!

Rishi Kapil said...

Wow , lovely portrait.Great job.
Wish you a Happy New Year.

Donna B said...

I too love your work! What is carton board? Is it the same as cardboard? What a natural expression and the hair is phenomenal! Wonderful interpretation of the skin on her face.

Nithya Swaminathan said...

I love this portrait, it is so cheerful and lovely. Love the loose style too!

Julie Bloch said...

Loved your portrait. The skin tone was great.

Delilah said...

Very Nice work

Ruth said...

Robin, your portrait is quite pleasing. You made for a happy persona. All the shapes are wonderful. I love the shadows you included on the face. Colors are perfect foil for each other. Great job. Ruth

Small Paintings by Catherine Gillespie said...

Happy New Year Robin,

You do beautiful work, and I like this portrait. Sometimes rushing is a good thing!

Catherine

Robin Cheers said...

Hi Linda -
I knew that the name carton board would throw people. Its like cardboard. Only archival. I buy it from Judson's - http://www.judsonsart.com/ProductCart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=29&idproduct=226.
Its thin tan cardstock mixed with resins. Its brittle so has to be mounted on something stiff so it won't break but can be framed like any other panel then. I like the surface because it has the effect of some of the old masters and looks a little like pastels. I like the tone of the paper too - its great to leave areas unpainted. Fun stuff!

Robin Cheers said...

Thank you all for these wonderful comments. I had a very happy photo to work from. I enjoyed painting her very much.

Celeste Bergin said...

could not love this more

LeAnn Whitacre said...

I love your style. (Hope you don't mind if I 'try' to copy it!) Love the portrait, and lots of your other work, too.

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