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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Reflecting on last year's favorite paintings and goals for 2012

Reviewing  posts from last year and my goals, it was gratifying to see some progress has been made.
I perpetually want to paint more water, trees and clouds because they are a part of the landscape I love and panoramas aren't always accessible.

Water paintings were mostly of the Pacific Ocean near Point Lobos.
The contrast of water and rocks is what excited me about these paintings.

Point Lobos Arche

Painting smaller was something I worked hard at last year. Painting large is comfortable for me and I usually have trouble caring enough about small paintings. Small complete paintings vs studies or sketches are the goal here. Thanks to two small painting exhibits, I got lots of practice and came up with two of my favorite paintings of the year.

Dark Curl One 6x 6

Windbreak at Dusk 6 x 6
I loved the subtle and limited colors on this piece.

Not a Mount Diablo in the bunch this year!
I still love the ridges in California.
" Flag Hill Sunol" was a favorite because of the camaraderie of the group I was painting with and the kinship I felt with whoever had the imagination to stand where I was and see a flag when they looked up at this ridge.

Flag Hill Sunol

This fall I painted a series of oak trees here in the east bay.
Oak Trees are the trees I see most often which helps me find graceful ones to paint.

 Golden Oak

For this year, I would  like to try painting a nocturne. The quiet and limited palette of  "Windbeak at Dusk"
 is leaning in that direction.
And I want to do at least one sky/ cloud painting.
My habit is to go out and paint when the weather is nice so getting out during the shifting colors and patterns of a partly cloudy day should be interesting and challenging.
I want to continue the Oak trees series and have been out scouting.

Thank you for stopping by my blog during this past year,
I appreciate you comments and hope you enjoy seeing my new works this year. Best ,Robin

Friday, January 6, 2012

3rd Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, Fallbrook Art Center

Curve of the Earth 21 x 16

From the Fallbrook Art Center Web Site:

Presented in The Janice Griffiths Gallery

Opening Reception
Saturday, Feb 4 | 5-7pm

Open Daily
Feb 5 - Mar 18, 2012

We are very proud to be the only venue in the United States to have the honor of exhibiting both the American Watercolor Society's Travel Exhibition and the National Watercolor Society's Travel Exhibition at the same time. We also present the 3rd annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, a unique show created by FAC featuring works by Signature Members of U.S. watercolor societies, juried by noted Arizona watercolorist Ted Nuttall, AWS, NWS.

Here is a link to the online catalog of paintings in the 3rd Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition .
It looks like a tremendous exhibit.


Thanks to the Fallbrook Art Center for this nice mention in the North County Times

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Watercolors showcased in triple exhibition in Fallbrook

vPhoto Uploader "Curve of the Earth" by Danville artist Robin Purcell, featured in the Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, one of three watercolor shows opening Feb. 5 at the Fallbrook Art Center.
  • Watercolors showcased in triple exhibition in Fallbrook
  • Watercolors showcased in triple exhibition in Fallbrook
  • Watercolors showcased in triple exhibition in Fallbrook

Read more: http://www.nctimes.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/visual/watercolors-showcased-in-triple-exhibition-in-fallbrook/article_512042b8-4723-5ca0-8126-82aa20cf6bf2.html#ixzz1odbrCW8p

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reprinted from Art of the Landscape Blog

Katherine says it better than I can ,Thank you all who voted!
Katherine's post is reproduced below:

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The MAM Award for Best Picture (Place) on an Art Blog 2011

Pacific Passage
© Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell - Watercolours in the Plein Air Tradition)
14" x 14", watercolour
I'm pleased to announce that Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell - Watercolours in the Plein Air Traditionwon The Making A Mark Award for Best Picture of a Place - on an Art Blog in 2011.  This prize aims to celebrate and highlight excellence in creating pictures about places in our environment

I nominated her for the award as part of my Annual Making A Mark Awards - and was very pleased to see that she won.  I think her watercolour paintings are fantastic.   Do take a look at her blog post about her Point Lobos series