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Friday, December 13, 2019

"Topiary Twirl" Juried into 11th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibit at the Fallbrook Art Center

"Topiary Twirl" 16 x 21 watercolor on paper

From the acceptance letter:

Dear Robin: 
Mark Mehaffey, AWS(DF), NWS, WHS, TWSA, WW, RMWS, LWS, ISEA, ISAP, juror for the 11th Annual International Signature American Watermedia Exhibition, has selected your painting:  ‘Topiary Twirl’ for the 2020 show.

Exhibit Information:
 Opening and Awards Sat Feb 8 2020 5 to 7 pm
Feb 9 to April 19
Fallbrook Art Center
103 South Main
Fallbrook Ca 92028
760 728 1414

Thursday, December 12, 2019

"Laguna Inlet" Juried into "The Golden State" California Art Club Exhibit at the Old Mill

"Laguna Inlet" 12 x 16

Painted  en Plein Air in Heisler Park on a misty morning in Laguna Beach

Exhibit Information:

January 14 – May 17, 2020
CAC Gallery at The Old Mill
1120 Old Mill Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Sunday, November 17, 2019

October Golds of Newport back bay

October Golds
During the Laguna Plein Air Invitational I was able to go Newport Back Bay and paint in the early morning light A bucket list place on my list of places to paint!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

American Legacy Fine Arts "Fleeting Moments" 2nd Biennial Works en plein air

 Becalmed (Dog Beach) 11 x 14
Lupine of the Storm 14 x 18

I am very pleased to share that I have been invited to show in this exhibit with some of the plein air artists I admire.

These two paintings put me back  in the moment  they were painted so I chose to submit them.

"Becalmed" makes me hear the muted sounds the surf makes on an overcast day with no wind.

"Lupine of the Storm" was a wonderful moment of winter overlapping spring in the Coachella Desert. I met other painters while painting here and found out that once lupine has been pollinated it shifts from blue to lavender and purple.

Exhibit information:

Nov 22 to Dec 15
American Legacy Fine Arts
About the gallery
The gallery offers a gracious and elegant salon setting to showcase the work of exceptional contemporary American artists. Open by private appointment or invitation, ALFA is located just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in one of Pasadena’s most tranquil neighborhoods and is near the world-famous Rose Bowl Stadium, Norton Simon Museum and Gamble House.
To set up your personal appointment, and for gallery address, please call (626) 577-7733 or e-mail ALFA at info@americanlegacyfinearts.com
Link to web site to preview the exhibit

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

L A Arboretum exhibit with the California Art Club "Captured on Canvas"

This is what the sapphire tower really looks like. It's a bizarre succulent from the mountains of Peru and during last year's super bloom it put on a spectacular show. It looks alien with a palette of colors not seen very often in nature.

"Sapphire Tower" 20 x 16 is on exhibit now to January 16, 2020 in "Captured on Canvas" at the Arboretum Library with an opening reception on November 2 from 2 to 4 pm. A California Art Club exhibit.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Preview of what I have so far for the 21st Laguna Plein air painters invitational

heres what I have as of Wednesday night with Santa Ana gusts forecast for tomorrow

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

21st Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Artist!

Seven Layers of Spring, 16 x 20 Catalog Painting

Above the Shores 14 x 17 Showcase Painting

I am thrilled to announce I have been invited to paint with a wonderful group of artists in THE plein air event of southern California, the Laguna Plein Air Invitational!

It will be challenging since I am still very much learning and experimenting with coastal wave and rock scenes!

If you are in Southern California it is well worth the trip

The dates are Oct 5 to 13 and you can find a detailed event schedule at https://lpapa.org/laguna-plein-air-invitational/

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Above the Shores

Above the Shores 14 x17 plein air watercolor painted from the Torrey Pines Gliderport

Friday, August 2, 2019

Top of the World Lajolla

Top of the World La Jolla 9 x 12

This was a one hour study at the top of Mount Soledad in La Jolla. This was 12:30 to 1:30 as that's when the fog lifted.

I had such a wonderful time painting this mountain landscape looking down on the summer fog and the pacific! And to the north , where I live, maybe Carlsbad is in the distance.

Here's the scene and my set up:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Plein air of my backyard view over Batiquitos Lagoon

12 x 16 Plein Air "Backyard over Batiquitos" watercolor on paper some process and set up shots

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Video test wall of watercolors

This works best viewed at full screen
I hope to try some demo videos here!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Two spring plein air paintings from Carlsbad

Batiquitos Lagoon Trail 12 x 16

Spring Meadow 12 x 16

The lingering effects of the rains made spring in South Carlsbad a colorful place. "Batiquitos Lagoon Trail" was painted just off Batiquitos Drive and "Spring Meadow" was painted along 101 with drivers in their cars cheering me on.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sapphire Tower, star of the San Diego Botanical Garden

Sapphire Tower 20 x 16
Watercolor on Paper $2600
The San Diego Botanical garden is right near my new house and this spring the peruvian Sapphire Tower was the star of the garden. It was fun to paint this striking and bizarre flower!
We even bought a plant. It's tiny and may take 5 years to bloom.
Click on the photo for a larger view

Monday, May 20, 2019

Outdoorpainter.com article on advice for beginning plein air painters

Here are a few screen shots from the recent article from Outdoorpainter.com They asked previous plein air salon winners for their advice.

The other painters giving advice are: Kathleen Hudson, Joseph Gyurcsak, Michael Situ, Shelby Keefe, Dave Santillers, Carl Bretzke, Marilyn Wear, Ned Mueller and Eileene Basa

Saturday, May 11, 2019

CAC "Summer Impressions" includes "Lily Pond"

Lily Pond 9 x 12 Watercolor on paper $850

Summer Impressions
California Art Club Gallery at the Old Mill
San Marino CA

Reception May 23 5:30 to 7:30
5/21 to 9/28

Friday, May 3, 2019

3rd Annual Waterworks Exhibit at Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

Lupine of the Storm 14 x 18 plein air watercolor

"Lupine of the Storm" is part of  the 3rd Annual Waterworks exhibit in Laguna Beach at the Forest and Ocean Gallery.
May 6 to 20
Reception May 11 5 to 7
480 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach Ca

Friday, April 19, 2019

Annual Juried Exhibit Front Porch Gallery,Carlsbad Opens April 28th

Above Black's Beach 12 x 12 $1250

Exhibition Details:

Annual Juried Exhibit
Opening April 28th
12 to 2 pm

4/28 to 6/15

open W to F 12 - 6
S S 11 - 5

2903 Carlsbad Blvd

Juried by Nancy Hills

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Superbloom 2019: Series from the California desert and Walker Canyon

Desert Garden 16 x 21

Lupine of the Storm 14 x 18

Coachella Valley Verbena 11 x 14

The Hills Are Alive 16 x 20

March was a wonderful month for plein air painting in the desert.
 Incredible first spring here in Southern California.
The first three were all painted with a mile of each other in Coachella Valley. The fourth is Walker Canyon.

Monday, February 25, 2019

108th California Art Club Annual Gold Medal Exhibition includes two of my Paintings

Winter White 16 x 20

Above Batiquitos 9 x 12

The Gold Medal Exhibition takes place March 3 to March 29 at 490 E Union St Pasadena

This is my ninth consecutive time in the Gold Medal Exhibition!

The California Art Club’s signature exhibition of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights more than 300 sculptures and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes. The exhibiting artists include nationally renowned representational artists who have been active in expanding interest in the California Impressionist heritage associated with the organization’s founding in 1909. While the artists employ time-honored fine art techniques, their featured works in this un-themed exhibition seek to innovate with modern messages that address societal issues from diversity to the environment.
In presenting the 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the location of the former Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA), the California Art Club returns to the venue that previously presented eight installments of its signature event – including the historic 100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NWS /Oceanside Museum of Art Exhibition through April 21st

Santa Monica Mountains 14 x 21 is on exhibit now until April 21st at the Oceanside Museum of Art exhibit of the National Watercolor Society: Southern California Inspirations. Past and Present

This Exhibition will also include several curated works from past SoCal-based NWS members: Art Riley, Barse Miller, Emil Kosa Jr., Hardy Gramatky, Jade Fon, James Green, Jake Lee, James Patrick, Marion Wachtel, Milford Zornes, Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Phil Paradise, Ralph Hulett, Rex Brandt, Robert E. Wood.

The mountains in Southern California are younger and more angular than in Northern California where I  have painted in the past. 
The geometry of the rocks contrasts with the vegetation in a way that is very beautiful to me.
 I often think of fabric as I paint these patterned places. 

For More Information :


And for a wonderful preview of the exhibit (but it has to be seen in person!)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

San Diego Maritime Museum, Sea and Shore Exhibit

Dusk Point Loma 11 x 14

About the exhibits:

Arthur Beaumont “Art of the Sea” and “Sea & Shore” Plein Air Paintings On Display for a Limited Time at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Showing February 23 – September 30, 2019

Open concurrently with the Beaumont art exhibit, the Museum is proud to introduce “Sea and Shore” on display in the Compass Gallery located on the main level of the Berkeley. This art exhibit features submissions from members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN). The artists of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego have been on the plein air scene since 1999, painting the essence of San Diego, whose very identity is uniquely defined by the sea. PAPASAN members paint San Diego’s beautiful beaches, tidepools, estuaries, harbors and marinas. The art of painting en plein air, or painting outdoors, is an essential endeavor for an artist. Plein air painting is perhaps one of the most difficult genres to master. 
This group of professional fine artists are regionally and nationally known, have independently exhibited their works in museums and galleries throughout the country, and are members of national professional art organizations. Many of their works appear in national art publications, and some are included in recently published books such as California Light: Seascapes and Beach Towns. They continue to contribute to the artistic record of San Diego, especially documenting its vibrant maritime scene.
Book now! General Admission.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

"Blue Ridge" received Jean Shanahan Plein Air Award at the 10th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibit

Blue Ridge 21 x21

I am pleased to share that "Blue Ridge" has received the Plein Air Award the 10th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition. The exhibit was juried by Soon Y Warren. It is limited to artists who have achieved signature status in a select group of watercolor societies. I am fortunate enough to be a Signature Member of AWS,NWS and a Master Signature of the CWA (MCWA).

I am thrilled to be accepted this year as I am now living a few miles away instead of hundreds.

I will be at the reception this Saturday and hope to see Southern Californian friends there!


Opening Reception Saturday Feb 9

On exhibit Feb 10 to Apr 21st

Fallbrook Art Center
Fallbrook, Ca