“Family” Sold at the Opening in Norway!

Good news came today from Norway via @DavidSandumArt:

“@Sptzllama Your wonderful painting/card sold at the opening of the #twitterartexhibit Thanks for sharing your talent for a good cause! :)”

I am delighted and grateful. David’s brilliant work to raise support for worthy causes with his #TwitterArtExhibits creates joy around the world. As I carried my painting to the Post Office, I thought of my little painted world traveler, and wondered about the different hands that would carry it. I hoped it would be treated well. After I had said good bye to my painting, I posted the following comments on David’s blog to let him know it had begun its journey to his capable hands.

“My painting for the #twitterartexhibit is on its way. It’s also on my blog: http://aspenshimmers.com/blog/2012/02/20/family/ Considering the shelter in Moss brought to mind how uncomfortable a family can feel sometimes, so I painted a fruit family made of some very different individuals. I am glad we are working together as artists to help bring hope and healing. Bravo David, for putting this exhibit together!”

Robyn Church Hatton, @Sptzllama

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Oil Painters of America

I am happy to see that the Oil Painters of America have started a blog. I hope you enjoy their first post on the topic of style versus technique.

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Post Party Colored Pencil

My first Audioboo. I hope you enjoy!

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Duck’s Adventure

I painted this retro-duck model with a black background initially, and it looked stunning. Stunning wasn’t enough. Every time I looked at it I loved the smooth technicality of the painting, but my imaginative inner voice kept asking what the duck was looking at, and where he was going.

I had been studying the paintings and method of Odd Nerdrum during that time, so it wasn’t long before the duck found himself and his environs sanded, scraped and repainted with layer upon layer over many months. This was a slowly evolving painting as each layer added depth and color to what had been a beautiful silky black with a lovely depth of color of its own.

Do I like it this way more? Yes, because I adore the complex and mysterious creatures and the depth of their swimming area. I get excited every time I look at them, and want to dive in and paint more. No, because I miss the stunning black.

The solution, as always, is to paint more. I’m very happy that I went on this painting adventure. I always try to push myself beyond what I know, as I enjoy the adventure of discovery.  With that, I leave you to wondering about why the pomegranate and turnip are with the duck. I’d love to know what you think.

This painting was juried into the 43rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition of the Laurel Art Guild. The exhibit opens to the public on March 4, at Montpelier Arts Center, in Laurel, Maryland. The reception and awards ceremony will be from 2-4 PM.

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I’ve donated a painting to the #twitterartexhibit. This exhibit was created to help women and children in The Women’s Crisis Center in Moss, Norway. I’m glad to have this opportunity to help David Sandum in his effort to encourage and aid this charity.

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This Christmas Season

Peppermint in Snow, Oil, 2008

This Christmas season is a rich one for me. My grandmother’s story of “Shoes for the Santo Niño” premiered in New Mexico as an opera for children.

A historic legend of the Santo Niño from Atocha, Spain told of men imprisoned because of their faith, who were permitted to eat only the food brought by their families. When a caliph ordered that only children twelve years old and younger were allowed to deliver the food, these children noticed that the prisoners were being fed by a young boy they did not know. Those who had asked the Virgin de Atocha for a miracle began to suspect the identity of the little boy. The touching story of the Santo Niño depicts the mysterious love that intervenes to save individuals trapped in need and suffering.

When I was a child, I was shocked to find a peppermint abandoned and lying in the snow. A peppermint was a rare gift I would not have thought of dropping. So too did the Santo Niño de Atocha represent an extraordinary treasure. My painting of the peppermint reminds me of treasures we pass by in our rush to get on with life, and the legend of the Santa Niño reminds me to take time to care.

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Woodlawn Show

The Magic Flute, by Robyn Church Hatton




Daily,  Nov 5th – 13th.  12 Noon – 4 pm.
Juror – J. Jordon Bruns

Reception Sunday November 6th

12 Noon – 4 pm

Awards at 2 pm

Woodlawn Manor Museum

16501 Norwood Road

Sandy Spring  Maryland

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Steve Jobs

iMourn the loss of a brilliant innovator.

iRejoice in his continued influence in my life.

iDream of being a tiny bit as creative and useful to the world as he.

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Hurricane Art

Hurricane Art

 Beauty is all around, even in preparations for a hurricane.

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A Serious Occasion

Door war in MICA elevator.

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