Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Ultimate result of all ambition

"Deer at Water in the Woods" Pedrero
Every once in awhile I take out my well loved copy of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach (a name I enjoy to repeat, some names are just fun like that) Her quote for today is by Samuel Johnson "To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition." My first inclination was to argue in that "result" might not be the best word, a hope, or a goal. I was curious as to what writing that thought came from and dear google brought up this " Essays from the "Rambler", "Adventurer" and "Idler"". What interesting titles, like movie or book characters, shoes we try on in life and daydreams. As kids that was often a game we played, "Explorer" and I was an adventurer, and went on many expeditions. Having just traveled to see some autumn landscapes and pick apples, after driving hours returning home is the reward. Traveling fills the well for my creative enterprises. I come back to my studio tired, but refreshed with new visions. There's a cycle there. As I reflect I'll agree with Samuel and Sarah, "To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition." How about you?

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Interview and Review of Dwelling Places at LEMA by D.Renee Wilson

Thank you Renee for the wonderful interview and review of
"Dwelling Places" at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. 
Robin Maria Pedrero and D. Renee Wilson at "Dwelling Places" 
I do hope you will pop over to Renee's blog and read 

A closer look into Dwelling Places; Interview with artist Robin Maria Pedrero

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Principle 8 Try to Honestly See Things From The Other Person's Point of View

Dale Carnegie shared this principle
Principle 8 "Try to Honestly See Things From The Other Person's Point of View"
This is helpful in so many aspects, yet I especially like to utilize this concept with my art. Yes in the making and creative process but even more so in the viewing and sharing of my art with others.

Here's a couple of my adored collectors at the opening of my first solo museum exhibit reception at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. I value Lee and John so much, as friends and collectors. I appreciate all that they share in response to my work. I listen. Part of seeing things from another person's point of view is to listen.

Lee is an excellent wordsmith and often comes up with the most perfect titles for works of my art. She shares stories of my art that are completely from her point of view, learning about her perceptions and experiences often gives me insight.  I was pretty delighted to have John share some more creative ideas in response to my sculptures. 
It's important to have a clear vision as an artist yet also still be open enough to interacting and possibly implementing suggestions. Some of my best creations have been developed in this way.

Imagination can be a wonderful thing. Mentors, and those who walked the paths before us, influencers from wordsmiths, to musicians, and other great minds spur us beyond our own singular capabilities. I encourage you to be aware, and open to the possibilities through listening and seeing things from another person's perspective. The final part of this equation for me is gratitude. I am completely grateful for these connections with my collectors and fans.
This image I shared is one of my favs from the evening because not only are Lee and John here but I see all the other people engaged in my work. It was such a whirlwind of a night that very few images were captured of the crowd. Expect to see more photos of the exhibit after it closes, which is October 31st. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Giveaway! Celebrating the date is almost here!

Winner announced
Congrats Jo Anne Neely Gomez
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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