I’ve never met New England artist Debra Bretton Robinson or seen her paintings in person, but I stumbled upon images of her work several years back online and really liked them. Each time a new one is posted, it perks me up. The colors in her landscape paintings are boldly paired and fauvist-inspired (not unlike my own way of working with color). A native of Plaistow, NH, Debra was raised on land surrounded by forests. She says trees have a living, breathing presence for her. She accompanies her husband, a fisherman, on his fishing excursions on the Nashua River, Massapoag Pond and Merrimack river on their boat that has become her floating studio. While he fishes, she paints the scenes. How perfect an arrangement is that! She’s got a keen way of expressing the graphic shapes of the New England natural landscape, homes and city scenes. Her striking house and cityscape images evoke for me a feeling of warmth beckoning from inside their walls. You can see many of her paintings at Debra’s blog. Now a resident of Chelmsford, MA, Debra participates in the vibrant art scene in Lowell, MA. She currently has her work …
I continue to play with placing my artworks in virtual settings. I think some pieces can work really well when paired together. Here’s an example with two abstract graphics, “Celestial” and “August Moon.” The designs even share a few elements with each other. These two WOOF images look like mirror images of each other, even though upon closer look they have their own distinctive markings. The “WOOF” letters are intended more as a whisper, like that muffled woof you sometimes hear dogs make under their breath. I purchased the room photos through Shutterstock. You can buy a package of photos from them, and then do searches for the type of photo you’re looking for. For example, “modern interiors” or “purple bedroom.” From there, I moved the photos into Photoshop, and then dragged the art images in to create these in situ photos. I think this could really help people to visualize what a piece of art can do for a home. What do you think? Paula
What’s today, Tuesday? That means I haven’t left home in at least 4 full days. I was down for the count with a cold-cough-fluey condition. But from my windows I can see the big chunks of white on the cityscape growing smaller every day. I see people walking by in less heavy clothing, looking a lot less hunched over. It’s happening, folks. Spring is inching closer. I went excavating in some of my less-recent artwork files and found this lovely beast. This began with a photograph I took, somewhere in the city, which I pulled into Photoshop to paint. I’ve got a small print run scheduled for this week, and I’ve decided to have this giclée printed in 18″ x 24″. When I saw it today, it spoke to me. It is the spring bouquet that is beginning to blossom in my head, a few steps ahead of the real thing. Cheers, Paula More Paula Ogier Artworks.
The never-ending snowstorms here in Boston were good for my productivity. It was difficult to get around—as a result, I didn’t go out much and longer stretches of my time went into art making. Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to.