Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Giveaway! Celebrating the date is almost here!

Today September 1st when I flipped the calendar I saw there's just 18 days until the official opening of my solo museum exhibit!
  Let's celebrate with a giveaway! 

I created this piece "Zinnias Garden" for my upcoming exhibit.

Here's the very first printed image, called the Artist's Proof.

I've titled , marked it with the abbreviation A/P for artist's proof
 and hand signed it. 

This one of a kind piece is the give away. 
Winner will be selected from comments here
 and on facebook so you can have 2 chances!
Facebook page is Robin Maria Pedrero

I'll announce the randomly selected winner Saturday September 5th.

I truly appreciate my fans and collectors.

My exhibit opens September 18th
Lake Eustis Museum of Art, Florida

Thanks for sharing in my excitement!!
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fragile Line of Life and Death

 Perhaps it was the emotive full moon, or remembering loved ones passed, and more likely a combination of all of this with my own scare of a bad case of cellulitis in my face spurred by a hideous mysterious spot, that I came to a place of pondering that fragile line of life and death. Did you know it's possible to get the chicken pox every 20 years? Well sort of.. it's called shingles. I didn't have chicken pox as a child. I got them with my 4 year old when I was in my 30's. My recent ordeal was an unusual case. Only one spot, but lots of nervous system issues, tingling, numbness, frightful things when the diagnosis is unknown. Hence I feared cancer and then all those crazy thoughts come tumbling about not being able to be here in my family's lives. My doctor has me on a healing path, yet the fragile line of health and sickness and life and death filled my thoughts spurred by headlines and social media. My internal non verbal response comes out in art, specifically this work of art.
A photo posted by Robin Maria Pedrero (@robinpedrero) on

I'd been itching to do a pastel (not just due to shingles..itching..get it..) I so enjoy working in pastel. The immediacy and ability to keep working without drying time is so appealing to me. I also love the pure color!  I posted some in progress videos on facebook.
Here is the full version however I will be making some adjustments.

I study my work. This piece is not done. There are adjustments to be made to the use of green in the foreground. I also need to solidify the movement in the work. My inspiration for this piece was from our travels to the region of the Shenandoah Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I began to work on the horizon line and I pulled up my files like this one here  from that trip. As I often do, I work from a series of images.  I pulled this concept from 7 photos, various scenes and close ups, so this is similar to aspects yet not a photographic copy.

As one creates our senses and thoughts go into the work.
 I saw a bad accident earlier in the news, where people lost their lives. I had a handyman project that I sure could have used my Dad's advice on yet he's no longer here to give it. I read countless posts on needs of prayer for healing. Empathy poured out as I have just a few weeks of this sickness and some people have years with theirs. Empathy over all the medicine some have to endure. The side effects. That fragile line of sickness and health. My dear friend lived her life with a disease then cancer came and stole her, and I read the cries of her daughter's who miss her so. There's that fragile line of life and death. My cousin recently crossed it. He could no longer function with Alzheimer's and chose to stop eating. I began to work but needed some references, as I scrolled my images there was one with a few trees and instantly I knew I needed to express this clinging life and death, the broken sickness and the colorful health. That is the trees in this piece.

That lingering feeling about life and death expands towards new life as I am focused on new life coming as a grandma to be with my pinterest stream full of new life and babies. Everywhere I go I see babies now.

The thunder busting through the cloudy sky and rain storms flooding through remind me of the natural life force of the earth. I think about energy. I think about spirit. I get lost in the colors and the memories of the beautiful land I visited. I relish in the details of the plant life, thorny yet beautiful.

Now all this has been part of the story of this landscape. Does it make the piece  sad, scary or empowering for you to know the backstory? If the title is the Fragile Line of Life and Death is that too strong? It's a pretty piece for such a strong title, perhaps not....

Thanks for spending time with me and my art and taking part in my process. Forgive my imperfect grammar.
I always appreciate your comments and shares.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Zinnias Garden with Monarch Butterfly

This painting Zinnias Garden is inspired by the zinnias I planted which are growing in my garden. I walk to my mailbox everyday and can't help but snap pics with my iphone, yes it's a little much, but they always seem to be growing in a new way way or have some little joy to share. There are parts of this painting which are derived from life experiences and other parts which are created from my imagination. 

Zinnias Garden by Robin Maria Pedrero

I enjoy these colors, the various shades of greens going from yellow green to deep evergreen and minty greens. There is a bird nesting, hiding in the foliage. 
One of the aspects I so enjoy about painting is being able to mix real and imagined things, sometimes lending towards design or whimsy. So there are flowers that a specific to living species and some which I just paint thinking of a flower.  I also play with the negative spaces as well, as I build the layers of the paint. 

Zinnias come in 20 species of flowers. Zinnias bloom from summer until frost comes. I love that zinnias come in an array of colors, they can be multi-colors too. Zinnias are yellow, orange, white, red, rose, pink, purple, lilac and multi-colored blooms. Zinnia varieties include both miniatures and giants that range from about a foot to over three feet tall. 
Butterflies adore zinnias. My garden is alive with buzzing bees and many varieties of butterflies. 

The original will be first seen at my opening reception at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art Sept 18th.  I do have reproductions of this garden painting here

If you are tempted to make some decorating changes there's some great options with this image.

Huggable Zinnias!

Wishing you the best day!

Thank you for visiting with me here in my blog.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Getting Comfy with Art Pillows

I enjoy to use pillows on sofas, chairs, beds, and window seats.
Pillows are a great way to accent your room.

Or Change things up for the new season

or go with a theme

Coastal, Nautical, Ocean

or use color

There are many sizes to select from for your perfect pop of color

I have pillow designs on Fine Art America

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Regatta Winds Sale

Sail...... Sailing....

Regatta Winds I and II are on sale while supply lasts!

and I'm singing....

Sailing by Christopher Cross
Well, it's not far down to paradise, at least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

It's not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

It's a Good Morning

The time crunch is on, it's now August and just a few more weeks before the installation of my solo museum exhibit at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art.
I had to push myself this morning to stay disciplined and on task, and doing so proved to be spot on. I resolved issues with 3 paintings! You can't imagine how good that feels. I just signed this one.

"Fireflies and Shooting Stars" 20 x 20 acrylic on canvas

Here is "Fireflies and Shooting Stars" I'm quite excited about this piece as one of a series of three with pink skies and solo trees. Dwelling places where my spirit soars, my mind wanders seeing what is and what could possibly be.

Save the date....

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Aqua Border Sea Creatures Silk Scarf

Presenting my newest design Sea Creatures!
This time the thanks goes to Kris a long time collector who saw my series and suggested this great idea!

Aqua Border Sea Creature Silk Scarf

Interested in adding this silk scarf to your accessories click here

Prefer larger sea creatures? Yes ? That could be fun!

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

New 2016 Calendar

Again I must express how much I am grateful to my art collectors. 
Diana mentioned she was looking for my 2016 calendar, so I obliged happily and created this one this week on zazzle
The convenient aspect about zazzle is that they have customization tools for customers, so you can choose any of my calendar designs and adapt the year, time schedule, holidays, and sizes to your preferences. 

Or  bookmark my zazzle shop 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Defining the best title together

There are some stationary items in my studio, however the center tables and work on the walls are frequently moved as I create. I'm sharing a moment here, where I was working directly on the wall for the large crow and cup painting. Then as that dries I keep going and work on a trio of solitary trees in pink skies. 

What's that quote? 

That actually happens to me. 
I paint spurred by emotion. 
I paint my thoughts and responses to life, dreams and experiences.
So how did this large 48 x 48 inch painting of the CUP of Coffee with a crow holding an olive branch come to be? And as you read think title and share your responses. 

quick snap shot in studio of work in progress

To start with I awaken frequently during the night, sometimes with complete visions, or ideas, I can't completely say that these are dreams as I'm usually awake or just coming out of sleep.  In developing my solo exhibit I did not start with a theme, I just began painting. Newsletter subscribers saw details of the process,  and blog followers may recall  (pinterest page images of studio) I began with a blank studio room. I painted wanting the work to pour out and to then build more works as the theme developed. I also knew I wanted to incorporate my symbolic subjects and or themes. I noted on my art sites I have subject matter that falls into categories; cups, crows, landscapes, flowers, gardens, trees and more. I studied some of the works in progress and some pieces that stood out in my mind that people had used to communicate via gifting. I awakened thinking of connectivity being one of my personal main objectives and making sure I'd have a cohesive solo exhibit at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. The filled cup symbolizes comfort, nourishment, energizing, relaxing, tasty, aromatic, and a "place" where people dwell with their thoughts, or share together making memories, connecting, or taking care of business, or meeting for a variety of reasons. 
Let me back up a bit. I painted the landscape. Then watched it. Yup, for a few weeks. Then I kept seeing the cup in my minds eye, so I bravely drew a giant cup over the landscape. I live working around the piece in my studio for a period of time and then I awaken in the middle of the night envisioning the crow in front of the cup. I follow through and paint it, knowing it's blackness will forever change the painting and there's no turning back. I keep thinking there's more to this story than just a large cup of coffee, that is clear but full and not sure why because it is clear but my mind references , 

1 Corinthians 13:12King James Version (KJV)

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now 
I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

and what's up with the crow, he looks good, but he is a messenger so what say he? Then I recall the gifting of my work and how often people have purchased my olive pieces to give to another as a token of peace, good intent and home and hearth cooking.
That was it an olive branch!
As I began to build sculptures for my exhibit I used gold on the rim of the pieces, so to give more cohesiveness to the exhibit in progress I placed a metallic gold rim, just like the italian cups in my mother's hutch, on the cup in this painting.

SO I'm mulling over titles playing with alliteration, but also thinking search friendly, interesting, or can I do simple? "Corvus Coffee with Peace Offering" ...hmm so I share my thoughts with my student as I pull up the thesaurus, explaining my take on the piece that I've painted, how people meet and connect, sometimes it's a way to begin again, sometimes just a warm rekindling, over cups of coffee.. I look at the piece, at the solid cup, shown by the drip on the side,  that is also transparent, the steamy aromatic cup, the crow, the messenger with the peace offering, I think on forgiveness, secrets and openness coming forth, I think on moving on from the past, the sun shining pushing the darker sky away. That messenger is undeterred by the shiny items, a ring and tiny living creatures in the grass. There's a marble in the corner of the grass.. found items always have a story. I reflected on relating the marble to losing one's marbles, in the way one might in a disruptive time in a relationship, and how here, the messenger has put it aside and chosen a peace offering.  So back to the student who responded, why not just call it Peace Meeting? And loose my alliteration and the cool Corvus word.. hmm
Ok the possibilities of stories here are so interesting and I look forward to your response. I often like the title to be vague enough or perhaps mutable is a better word, so that other stories can be told.
Forgive my writing, it's posted like speaking to you and I'm primarily a visual artist, who likes to share by blogging. What say you?