Expressive Brush of Robin Baratta

Friday, August 27, 2021

August 2021

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It's A Big One!

This is the underpainting for my large sized commission, It's actually quite a bit further along then this and by next update, barring catastrophe it should be done.
We are exactly a year after the tornado that damaged our sunroom etc, so I don't use the word catastrophe lightly!  After several false starts they SAY we should finally be getting the sunroom fixed starting this week, the gazebo only just finally went up. Some of that is Covid delays, but mostly it's just misadventure, AKA bad luck.
Usually I do these big paintings in the sunroom so having to move it now is causing a bit of muddling, but no fear, I've used the dinning room on more that one occasion. My friend Sue Garrington calls her dinning room table her axillary studio, so the precedent is set lol. 

My exhibition at Stepac at 301 Talbot in St Thomas is in it's final week.
I'd like to thank everyone who's come out to see my long anticipated show, especially everyone who posted such rave reviews, and to those wonderful supporters who purchased work a million thanks! Putting our work out into the world is always a bit nerve racking, seeing it bring joy to peoples lives makes it all so worth while.


Last update I was experimenting with mediums, one was immediately trashed but the other two survived, we had some fun on my instagram  @robinbarattaartist, and facebook Robin L Baratta Artist with suggestions for painting names. and they are:

Swirls

Swirls

Across undulating hills the tractors dance, in their wake the soil swirls, lines and rhythms to catch the artists eye, patterns in the earth, visual music. 
6x6, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang

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Treeline

Treeline

A gentle separation, of field and field, crop and crop, properties, a treeline waves. Far friendlier than a fence, and a place for the wildlings to travel to, from and along, poplars, maple, sometimes evergreen. Green punctuation marks upon the landscape.  

6x6, glazed acrylic, cradled wooden board, ready to hang
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Until next month
Robin

















proud mama 
congratulations to my son and daughter in heart

 

Monday, July 26, 2021

July 21

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Experimenting With Mediums  


As some of you know, the manufacturer  significantly changed the medium I use most.
I have a stash of it ( I went around the city buying up all I could find of the 'old' version) but as I'm about to start a large commission I don't want to run the risk of running out and not knowing what my alternative might be....
so, I'm experimenting. 
These littles are about half done, and I seem to have a clear winner, Whew THAT's  relief. 
The crazy thing is this is the second time this has happened, It makes you wonder what the heck manufactures are thinking!

The rest of the sketches  I had ready to go are on hold as I do the prep steps for the 60"x24" commission I'm working up.

So, what are the steps?

1, mine in situ sketches and photo references for something that speaks to me
2, do thumbnails to work up the bones (design)
3, do a full size pastel sketch to further tweak and work out any 'bugs'
4, cut the terraskin, and mount it on plascore
5, do background colour AKA sky 
6, transfer sketch
7, underpaint with rich colour
8, outline with black
9, build first texture
10. do first glaze
repeat 9 & 10 until satisfied, there are at lest 3 layers of texture, and dozens of layers of glaze
11, prep cradled board, and mount almost finished painting
12, finish layers
13, top coat
14, wire for hanging
15, deliver!!

Speaking of delivery... 
Gibbons Gate, 6x6
  Elgin Spring, 6x6
Summer Days 6x6
Have all been delivered to Art With Panache  140 Fullerton St, London, they're having a 'small art' show and sale July 30-August 27, there's going to be some stunning work by area artists in this show!

AND

I delivered my work to STEPAC for my solo in Gallery Three on Thursday. After 3 postponements, it's finally happening, crossed fingers toes and everything else!!!!!
STEPAC has put a lovely bit on their website,

301 Talbot St. St Thomas,ON, CA, N5P1B5
Phone: 519-631-4040
Hours of Operation

Monday-Closed
Tuesday-12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday-12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday-12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Friday-12:00pm - 04:00 pm
Saturday-12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday-Closed
for a map go here

and a big thank you to my friends at Learners for their support and shout out

Also you'll be happy to know that. Artist's Whimsy, Beach Breeze and Van Gough Sky all found forever homes this month, thank you Art Emporium!


Until next month
Robin

June 21

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Exhibition Announcements!

Ok so this is not what's on my easel...but how exciting is this, they're here!
Thank you to Laura Woermke for hand delivering them to me, now we just have to get to stage three, so that the STEP Art Centre can be open to the public! click on the link to see my show announcement on their page :)  
August 7-September 4, 201, Gallery Three St Thomas Elgin Public art Centre, baring a miracle we won't be able to have an opening, but maybe an artist talk, fingers crossed. 

So what's REALLY on my easel?  a bunch of skies at the moment...already to have the sketches I have ready transferred, so I can start painting.


My favourite texture building medium has been changed radically by the manufacturer, (again) so I've been experimenting with different  mediums, trying to figure out what's going to work best for me, and where. Lets just say that I'm a tad frustrated with the manufactures... Ok so artists are supposed to be creative, and able to rise to new challenges, but really this is twice they've done this, in just over a year grrrr.

Just finished...with different mediums.

Tor
Tor, Celtic hill fort, an ancient place of safety, now a place of peace and dreams, surrounded by fields of wild daffodils, and grazing sheep.  If only all battle grounds could be this way. 

16x12, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang, 

$255.00 do you have the perfect spot for this, if so you can  buy now

Thank you to my amazing Welsh cousin Deb Tilley for the reference photo see more of her art and  photography here


Where The Sidewalk Ends
This quite literally is where the sidewalk ends on our morning walk. The end of the street is still a field with a view, but not for long, subdivisions are fast gobbling up the surrounding lands.
12x12, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang.
$225.00. If it's still here, this will go to the Westland Square Foot Show in November, but why wait when you can buy now ?

Have  GREAT MONTH, and see you at my show! 

Until next month
Robin

Saturday, May 29, 2021

May 2021

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Tools And Potions 


Which are way more interesting to look at then the two first stage sky backgrounds that actually are on my easel lol.

I like to keep my sky's quite, to help balance the power of the textured and painted areas of my work. Not that I don't work at them, but they are muted, and a teeny bit unexciting at the first stage of life. 

My garden is a passion a short few months of each year. If you follow my Facebook and Instagram (both are @robinbarattaartist) you've seen some pictures, studio dog stars in a few too lol.

I've got to  be honest, it's hard to be adult when the sun is shining and the garden is calling, and do the less interesting bit's of being a professional artist, like posting work on social media, and updating websites.

Thankfully, the studio never loses it's draw, and as a result the 'proofing wall' is full. I've probably mentioned before, how I hang paintings up and look at them for a week or two before I put the final protective top coat on. Like a baker proofing bread dough, the results are better if the work rests before the final step. 



The three 12x12"s are potentially for the Westland Squarefoot show, how ever, as of yet there is no sign of this year's show on their website, so I'm not sure if it's going the happen.

 The first is Row On Row, I'm not 100% sure it's done yet, so no web link yet, Going Around The Bend is in the middle the web page is all set for you to look at.

 The last needs a name....any ideas? You come up with the best names!!

Just reply to this email if you have a suggestion :) 


Across The Field
Distant silos beckon the weary farmer home, not just  storage, but a beacon too, tall amongst the trees and crops a guide at the end on a long hard day. 
12x6 is a new size for me, I like the horizontal format in a smaller size.
Glazed Acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang.
$160.00. If this one is calling your name, you can buy now


Bruce's Bluff,  a weather worn cabin sit's on the edge of the bluff, overlooking a fallow field, a place for quite reflection.12x16 glazed acrylic on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang
$255.00 If you have the perfect home in your home for this one buy now
 Road To The Lake was in last months newsletter, and I just didn't take it down lol

Countdown to Solo Show

10 WEEKS
 
 
God and Covid willing, fingers crossed, no more postponements please.....

St Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre 

Until next month
Robin


April 2021

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Who's Messy Studio???

Mine...oops


I usually try to keep the chaos to a minimum, but I've got six pieces on the go and  things have gotten a tad out of hand lol.  The two upright 12x12's on my tilt table are under-painted, awaiting texture, the flat two are at the background and line stage, Square Foot Shows will be coming soon and I need to be ready!

To the right on the big bench is   
 
an almost complete, as yet unnamed 12x16, suggestions??? along a country back road (between Dorchester and 401) a ditch bisected a field, the contrast between the uncultivated green and ready to plant soil caught my eye. I love these green highways, safe havens once the crops grow, for the wildlings that use them to traverse a dangerous world.


Working Title: Road To The Lake, 12x36.
Taking the back roads to catch the Chi-cheemaun in Tobermory all roads lead to the lake, for many Ontarians the memories of these road trips are intrinsically entwined with summer.

These two, will be completed soon, and then I'll get them up on my website 
 
The current lockdown, (3rd) is playing havoc with schedules everywhere, so the Art With Panache 6x6 show is rescheduled to May 31st-June 30-fingers crossed! I plan to have work in that.

The Lambeth Art Association has launched a website in lieu of our annual show which would usually run this weekend. My work will be up on that site, however after everything that was going on last month I submitted late, so it's not up there yet. 
 
Also my solo show at STEPAC has been postponed again. I'm still up, but now I open August 7th.
Good news/bad news that gives me two extra weeks to have my very best work ready, but the show is two weeks shorter, sigh.

I'm also looking at other venues for shows, there are a few I'm applying to and I'll hopefully have news soon, but it's a process that takes time. 
Meanwhile, I've been working at posting more regularly on my Facebook professional page Robin L Baratta Artist, and my Instagram @robinbarattaartist feed's there too, so if you're interested give it a follow.

As always I love feedback, so drop me a line, I promise to respond in a timely manner
 
 

Until next month
Robin

Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 2021

 

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and

One in the studio, and one on the dinning room table....


I'm working a bit bigger again, as I once again start to count down, 17 weeks to my solo at STEPAC. The curator Laura Wormke contacted me at the beginning of the month to talk about the invitations so God and Covid willing I should have them for you very soon! 

Finished this month is...

Roads Edge
8x8, glazed acrylic, on cradled board, ready to hang
$140.00
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 As you stop where the back roads intersect with the old highway, the vista of rolling land is punctuated with road signs becoming  one with the landscape. 

also
Purple haze was one of the many wonderful pieces featured in the St Thomas Art Guild's first online show, and found a new home as a result!
The show may be over, but there is still lots of beautiful art to see on the website, and artist contact info if you see something you would like to own. 




















I will forever cherish the time I was able to spend with my father as his care giver, it was a gift.
My heart  hurts, but he is free,

Rest Daddy
Robin

February 2021

 

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Another Sketch On The Dinning Room Table


More art then meals are made on my dinning room table, especially this year, when family dinners have been just hubby, studio dog and I.
I am hopeful though that it won't be long until the dinning room easel will once again be at lest occasionally put away!!
I hope lock down #2 was good to you, speaking for myself, it seems like a less terrifying, and dare I say it, almost familiar place to be this (and hopefully last) time.
I've certainly made a lot more art this time through, and a part of me is going to miss the slower more reflective pace of the past year. 

I'd like to remind you, that the St Thomas Art Guild is having our very first online Art Show. 

Starting March 1st, go to our website stthomasartguild.com, you'll see two works by each of our participating artists, click on the picture for information on  the work, A bit further down the page, there is a list of the artists. When you click on a name, it will take you to that artist's page with MORE ART, and information on how you can make the show art and other works by that artist your very own!!!

Make sure you check the show out, after all how often can you go to an art show in your jammies!
The work is over the top amazing, with art of every style, and of course, I have my work in the show too.

The Art Emporium has opened (post lockdown) again, Yay! We're in winter hours, which means Saturday and Sunday 11-4 only, but that's still OPEN!

As you know I've been working on several smaller pieces for the gift shop.  
Last month I asked for help with names for the 6, 6x6's I had  just completed, and the suggestions were wonderful, some I used, some I used as a spring board, and other names I'm keeping in my metaphorical hip pocket for use in the future.
One of the works 'Purple Haze' is in the St Thomas show. It and the rest are of course all available off my website RobinBaratta.com  which I've been hard at work gussying up, as the St Thomas show simply points you to each artist's web presence.
I still have a few buy now buttons to add, plus a few other tweaks, fingers crossed I only have a few days left to get it all ready!!


New work this month:



Posted, 8x8, glazed acrylic.
$140.00 buy now

There was a time, when life moved at a slower pace, in rhythm with the seasons. Posts were for stringing fence lines, not online. Was life better then? or is that just a romantic notion.  I'll leave it to you to decide.  

Plus  almost done are these two, as yet unnamed, maybe I'll use some of the names you gifted me with last month!!

My Solo Show Opening at STEPAC is just 5 months away, It's almost time to start a count down!!
I do still want to do a couple more larger works, but I have lots to chose from already, so the sense of urgency AKA panic I was experiencing last year at this time is non-existent, I'm not sure if that's a good thing...or bad lol. 

Until next month
Robin

January 2021

 

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8x8 Pastel Sketch #1


Happy Lock down to you!

The numbers are going down, we're below 2,000 this morning, a vaccine is on its way, (my dad got his a week ago YAY) and things are starting to look more hopeful. My pallet has changed too, maybe it's my optimism peeking through. 
The first lockdown I had a hard time focusing on art, which is not apparently an uncommon complaint, but this time around, all I want to do is paint!  Which is good, not only is my STEPAC solo fast approaching (July 24-Spt 4) but the St Thomas Art Guild is having it's very first online art show March 1st to 15th. 
https://www.stthomasartguild.com/    opening night in your living room, dress code-comfy. 


And that my friends is where I need your help!
I can only put two pieces up for the show, help me choose from my latest 6 works, I also need help naming them so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
The unselected 4 will be going onto my website  http://www.robinbaratta.com/  once they have names of course!


6x6 #1 Sketched at Mossley Drive and Brady Road


6x6 #2 Sketched at Ron McNeil and Yarmouth Centre


6x6 #3 Sketched at Gibbons Park


6x6 #4 Sketched on Crompton Drive


6x6 #5 Sketched at Venture Gate and Hamilton Rd


6x6 #6 Sketched at Commissioners Rd at Victoria Flats

My default naming technique is to just name the location, but that's a bit boring and predictable, so help!

Speaking of sketches, I've accumulated a LOT of sketches, I'm planning on matting some of the small ones up and having them for sale at the Art Emporium once the lockdown is over and we open back up, I've thrown many out, but it always feels like such a waste, so they may as well see if they can find homes.  

You'll be happy to hear that one of the mini's I had at the STEPAC mini show found a home, I'm not sure which one, with the lockdown I haven't been able to pick the remaining two up, but I got the cheque, and promptly went to the art supply store!

Also I'm still developing new Art Project Packs each week, if you know someone who'd like a creative activity during lock down check out my teaching page Expressive Brush
I've also  started a Instagram and FaceBook page @expressivebrushart for that side of my business, of course my art Instagram and FaceBook @robinbarattaart are long established if you haven't already followed me there you might consider it.

A year ago we had no clue what was in store for us, and as difficult as this has been, there are silver linings too.

I stole this off FaceBook, but it seems relevant, and a nice way to leave things for now 

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Until next month, stay healthy, 
Robin

Sunday, January 24, 2021

December 2020 Newsletter

 

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Problem Child

 

Some births are easy...
Some just don't wanna...

Pastoral  has been taking waaay too much time and brain power. I think maybe I finally have it, it's sitting in a quite corner thinking about it's behaviour, then we'll see if we agree that it's ready to go out into the world.  The cow's started out as Holsteins, but I just couldn't get mostly white cattle to work in a high Chroma  painting, so now they're Angus. They 'fit' much better, but that change brings it's own challenges, I didn't want black holes, they had to still be cows.  

Fortunately all of the other 'births' this month have been easy.

 
Kettle Valley 12x16, glazed acrylic, $240.00 Buy now

We walk with our extra large pup, along the Kettle Creek almost daily, unless there's a monsoon and the valley becomes a lake. This is the view from the crest of the hill, just before the trail head. It's our happy place.



You may remember me saying that I was planning on doing several smaller works, potentially for both the STEPAC gift shop, and the Art Emporium?  Here are a few that are finished, and there are more on my easel!


Stalking the Marsh, 4x4, glazed acrylic, $60.00 buy now

The  coastal salt marsh of the South Carolina Low Country, is the birth place of much of the ocean's life. It's also home to many who feed on the creatures that are born, and live there. The magnificent herons, and their kin, are a constant presence-stalking the marsh.




Junction, 6x6, glazed acrylic, $75.00 buy now

Junction: A place of meeting or joining. Once, all was forest, then came the colonizers, who took down much of the forest. Pockets remain, and as it is the will of nature to grow and also to colonize, the junctions where field and forest meet are the site of a subtle battle.




Donnybrook Island, 6x6, glazed acrylic, $75.00 buy now

Pockets of life, islands of diversity, home to many, safe haven.


Happy Almost 2021

I've heard this week between Christmas and New Years called the limbo week, the week when the year is over, but it's not. I prefer to think of it as the week of anticipation, a time to rest, and plan, and even dream of what the new year will look like, and how we'll live in it.
I think many of us this year in particular, are anxious to move forward. Living through a historical event has been interesting to say the lest, and something most of us have no desire to repeat. It gives us greater perspective though, on what previous generations have endured, much of it far far worse than this. So here's to a better year, lets kick 2020 to the curb and move forward into 2021 with a smile in our hearts.

I would like to thank all of you for your kind words, and purchases this year.

Spring Tree, posted in last months newsletter found a new home, and my covid pivot with my business Expressive Brush has been slowly but surely building momentum, Project Packs are available for creatives of all ages, on my teaching website www.Expressivebrush.com  

I truly appreciate you all, and wish you the best for the New Year, HERE'S TO 2021

and yes this is a Project Pack  (shameless self advertisement)  



Until next month
Robin

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