Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reaching Higher

I begin working on my art being inspired by nature and life.
I start with color. This artwork "Reaching Higher" was inspired
by wild flowers and butterflies in front of a pond.
I began to paint with layers of grays and blues. 
Here's the art transformed into functional decor!
I think you'll find this puffy pillow a great color for so many spaces. 

Reaching Higher puffy pillow by Robin Maria Pedrero

Now I am torn.. I think this might be my new favorite case!
As I was going to type there's just something about Red and Gray.. I laughed
Those were my high school colors! St Bernards!
Truly though a classic striking combo and I like the pop of the wild daisies.
This case can be ordered vertical or horizontal here  iphone and samsung
Fashion forward accessory!

The original Reaching Higher is sold but I have an array of reproductions.
Some offered directly from me on my website here 
and some on Fine Art America where there are  matting, and framing options.
This work of art can be printed on metal,
which is great for a patio or fun and contemporary,
as well as on acrylic another modern look. 

I hope you find encouragement in my image Reaching Higher.
I like the gentle tendrils of lighter gray... and the blooms reaching higher beyond the canvas.
Best of all is that rockin red butterfly!!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Creating Personalized Birth Paintings

How lucky am I that this fabulous idea of Birth Paintings, which wasn't my conception, but the desire of my art collector and grandmother Tonie to give very special gifts of personalized paintings to her brand new baby grandchildren! Special thanks to Tonie for collaborating with me on these pieces. 

Tonie says "Family comes from many places, but always rests in the heart."

Tonie and I discussed the subject matter via messaging and email.
In fact we've not yet met in person. She loves Pansies!
She asked for some specific colors and I added my little lady bugs and critters which she adored. 
Symbolism plays a role in these pieces.
She knew she wanted her grandchildren's names
and birth dates so I came up with the ribbon. 

Although there are similar themes of nature, flowers and birds
each piece is a unique work of art for each child.

These are very special paintings. 

Do you wish to have a Birth Painting created by me?
If interested in having something original created for your family contact me here. The ownership of the originals can stay with any family member, and those who wish to own a print can order an image from me on canvas or archival paper.
This is a perfect family keepsake! 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Piece by piece building works for museum solo exhibit; sandhill cranes

I've been painting large pieces for my upcoming solo exhibit at the
Lake Eustis Museum of Art in September 2015.

Here is the "Dance of Sandhill Cranes". 

The wildlife that wanders from yard to yard in our Florida neighborhood
 is very much a part of our lives. These birds in my painting also speak to me symbolically.

Dance of the Sandhill Cranes by Robin Maria Pedrero 48" acrylic on canvas
In my neighborhood and central Florida area the sandhill cranes wander from yard to yard in pairs, or in small groups of three or four, eating grubs, and digging for mole crickets. They have an elegant walk and flight. I especially like their beautiful trumpeting, bugling sounds. It's quite remarkable to hear as they fly over the house. You can listen to their sounds here.   On walks around the lake I have encountered them several times and watched them do courtship dances.  They pump their heads, they bow, and open and close their wings. The cranes mate for life.Their offspring hang out with them till they are about 10 months old.  

I've long admired oriental works of art depicting cranes. So full of grace and ornamentation.  My mother had once given  me a lovely book filled with works of art of just cranes. 

I began this painting with  a landscape scene. I then waited. I played in my mind with various scenes and scenarios. Stories upon stories came to mind. 

Robin Maria Pedrero studio shot of paintings in progress
 I saw myself in the distance on the horizon. I thought about the distance and difference in my size since I've embarked on healthier living, eating for my health requirements and exercising regularly. I drew me, the heavier less healthy person I used to be on the horizon in charcoal, creating a distance between me and that person. The drawing stood there for a week or so, in that spot on the canvas. I imagined me, the woman getting closer, drawing layers of figures in the fore ground leaner, as the woman and my body size got smaller. Then in my mind that vision of a the woman transformed into a bird with wings. I imagine I fly.  Suddenly before my mind's eye the cranes filled the canvas and that was it! That's where my visual journey took me. 

Next I developed some sketches right on my working table. Then right to the canvas I went with charcoal drawing the dance of the cranes. Day after day I would paint layers of feathers, wanting to keep the work loose and filled with movement. I really enjoy this painting. I also know I am here behind those cranes on the horizon watching them dance. 

I just  might do another painting of cranes as I keep envisioning flowers with them..

(all works of art are available for purchase,
collectors would need to loan the work to the museum though October 2015)

Follow me on this Pinterest board to see the blank canvases and journey of these painting

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hand signed print Give Away on Pocket Full of Colors Blog

Winner selected on April 1 2015, Congrats Diana!!! 
Robin Maria Pedrero Pocket Full of Colors Blog Give Away

Garden Harmonies by Robin Maria Pedrero
March is almost over and it's been some time since I've had a give away so let's do it! 
I have a selection of prints (reproductions) to choose from for this giveaway.
All are on archival paper, hand signed and sealed.
Once the winner has made contact with me they will be given their choices.
First let's make sure we have all our bases covered and are connected. 

Tourism Map of Orlando Florida

Do you know where to find me and my work ?
My work is in several galleries see here
I work out of my private home studio just north of Orlando Florida in the USA.
The best way to contact me is directly, email, phone, via my website
 or  facebook messenger and all of this info is on my website.
Once upon a time I was  however
a few years ago I built a new website with my own name domain

On my website look at the top banner and there are little icons like this

Click on the f for facebook, 
the bird takes you to my twitter page
the in is actually LINKEDIN
The envelope is mail
The P is Pinterest
the G is for Google+
I added You Tube as well
 but there is not an icon there for  instagram so click here this is the link 

Pink Poppies and Time Traveler by Robin Maria Pedrero
AS you can see I enjoy connecting with people via social media. I find it is extra special to me as an artist as I work pretty secluded in my studio, to use social media enabling me to bring my fans and collectors views of my studio, inspirations, art in progress, works for sale and events.  I do have a newsletter where I also give subscribers specials, it is via mail chimp I think you will enjoy it,  here's the link to subscribe 

In addition to my originals and hand signed prints I also utilize print on demand sites. It enables my collectors to have instant options and sizes,  like my work in print on various papers, canvas, metal, acrylic, pillows, totes, jewelry, shower curtains, scarves, leggings, tiles, cups, mugs, phone cases, calenders, .. the list goes on..

Here are my shops

(this site even has a print shop in the UK so shipping and service is fast there too!)

So what do you do to enter the give away?
Comment here on the blog with what you like about my art and where you usually see my art.
I'll Choose a winner from those who comment
so don't be a "fool".. leave your comment and let's have fun!
I'll announce the winner on Wednesday April 1st 2015
yes April Fool's Day!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

A couple of red cardinals painted

A Couple of Red Cardinals 

A Couple of Red Cardinals by Robin Maria Pedrero

I have several feeders in my yard and one just inches from one of the windows of my art studio.
As I type this there is a female cardinal on the sill  popping it's head up and peeking at me through the window. There are two very bright male cardinals and 2 more subdued in color females that regularly share their feedings here in my yard. I also see that they like my orange tree as well. They are here year round. When the robins landed here in their migratory flock the cardinals had to share their bird bath with a lot of friends. During the warmer weather when we are in the pool it's especially interesting to hear the males and females calling to one another and watching out for each other.  

A Couple of Red Cardinals was painted using acrylic paint. I first painted the canvas blue then I drew them in charcoal and proceeded layering color and details to achieve the finished work of art.

Many people look to the cardinal as a messenger. They have been a symbolic bird through time. Here is a site that shares Cardinal Signs and Symbols. I also enjoy the Native American Choctaw Legend of the Cardinal Matchmaker.  

Do you have any symbolic experiences with cardinals? 

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Fresh Lemons for your Fresh Decor

I often go into silly songs painting or posting pieces of art.
Do you remember the song "Who will buy" from the musical Oliver?
My mother sang parts in that song in our local theater in Norwich CT. She sang the soprano part, the line that says "Who will buy my sweet red roses two blooms for a penny". 

Lemons on Lemon Tree by Robin Maria Pedrero

I was 12, and a dancer and performer in the musical as well. Those songs often pop up in my mind after all of these years they are unforgettable. So as I posted this I'm singing another part from the song where someone is shouting out "fresh strawberries" and I'm inserting lemons. Yes a little nutz. So here you see an image of my painting "Lemons on Lemon Tree".  It's FRESH! and yellow and lemony! Might even bring you into song. Note the hint of pink? That is because my very own tree actually has pink lemons! The outside is yellow, but the citrus is pink! These are slightly sweeter. 

The pillow can be long or square.

Lemon Pillows

I thinks these will brighten your space and bring a smile to your face

Getting ready for spring!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Happy Welcome

When people come into your home what is the first thing they see? 

Happy Welcome by Robin Maria Pedrero
Is the view an entryway? A foyer? Or a vast open space?
I've lived in a few different homes and experienced several different scenarios.
My present home has a small wall perfect for a piece of art and a fountain. 
This painting is a type of painting I can envision in a spot like this, "Happy Welcome"

I also like this painting for one's own chic cocoon. An area where you write, read or work as it is cheery. Another spot could be a hallway to bring added color and smiles. 

Other areas can also have a pop of these poppies with an accent throw pillow.
Happy Welcome Throw Pillow by Robin Maria Pedrero
These pillows are high quality and come in different sizes 
with the option of with or without an insert.

Take a Happy Welcome everywhere you go!

Isn't this just the cutest?!

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Mild Day of March

It's March in Florida a bit rainy, yet mild weather but the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. Here's my most recent work of art "Little Birds and Poppies". Truly there are no poppies here in my vicinity, but they are oh so fun to paint.

Little Birds and Poppies by Robin Maria Pedrero

The painting was sold pretty quickly, in less than 24 hours, one of my collectors will be flying back from the Caribbean island she lives on to where we original grew up in Connecticut, so the art will ship out promptly to be there in perfect timing for her arrival. There are prints offered here.

Little Birds and Poppies Pillow

On this the First Day of March reading Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach she began the month with Wordsworth. A poet I've adored since Mr. Smith brought British Literature to an animated presence in my life during high school at St. Bernard's.

It is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door.

There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, and mountains bare,
And grass in the green field.

My sister! ('tis a wish of mine)
Now that our morning meal is done,
Make haste, your morning task resign;
Come forth and feel the sun.

Edward will come with you—and, pray,
Put on with speed your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We'll give to idleness.

No joyless forms shall regulate
Our living calendar:
We from to-day, my Friend, will date
The opening of the year.

Love, now a universal birth,
From heart to heart is stealing,
From earth to man, from man to earth:
—It is the hour of feeling.

One moment now may give us more
Than years of toiling reason:
Our minds shall drink at every pore
The spirit of the season.

Some silent laws our hearts will make,
Which they shall long obey:
We for the year to come may take
Our temper from to-day.

And from the blessed power that rolls
About, below, above,
We'll frame the measure of our souls:
They shall be tuned to love.

Then come, my Sister! come, I pray,
With speed put on your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We'll give to idleness.
— William Wordsworth, 1798

Eavan Boland has a lovely tribute to Wordsworth here.

This poem makes me want to paint even more.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Chic Cocoon Room

Some of you may have heard me reference my Chic Cocoon. That's a term I adopted, a fun name from an energetic person's book (who I met on twitter) Jen Duchene.  Le Chic Cocoon: 7 Steps to Creating Your Selfish Space 

Two walls of this room are painted in the color "rapture", that's the purple.
The painting in the right corner is often a different piece. Today that is the original Sun Deer

I'm sharing this picture because just yesterday the entire floor of the room was filled with my artwork which was being inventoried into my database. I've been fortunate to have a dear friend assist me, thank you Allison Constantino. She's just listed her first piece of Botswana on Fine Art America. 

The sun shines brightly through that window so I have deep purple curtains that I can draw closed. I do enjoy to peek out that window at my peach tree and and all the birds inhabiting my back yard here in Florida.   I'm think I need to look for an area rug next for me special room. 

I'll be sharing more on this room and the special art pieces
 that I've collected from artists around the world.

Do you have a special room?  Do you seek out art to join you in your space?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pillow Fight - Are you ready?

Saturday April 4th 2015, there will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world!
International Pillow Fight Day did you know that? 

Kinda fun! These are probably too pretty to use for that event.

Waking up to Sunshine Pillow
Great for a patio, sun room, or bedroom

Pink Poppy Design
 A nice accent to your decor
Patterns and colors to compliment your home 

 Perfectly hugable Love birds!

These pillows are available with or without the insert.
I have my designs in two shops one is Fine Art America 
tons of throw pillows in a variety of sizes and shapes ...
 that you might not want to take to the pillow fight lol
because you'll want to keep them and enjoy them! 

There are even some with my photography like this


I have a few different designs in my Society6 shop too.