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?!

iphone and samsung





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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.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Mother Daughter Valentines

There is a special bond between a mother and daughter.

"Follow Me" by Robin Maria Pedrero

We as mothers wish all things good and wonderful in our daughter's lives.
We hold hope for them when we know they are challenged and struggling. 
We are proud of them watching them grow into confident women,
However no matter how old she gets she is still your baby girl!

"What I wanted most for my daughter 
was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be." Helen Claes


Reflecting on mothers who are always there, listening, loving,
ready to go to the ends of the earth and back for their daughters, 
we know that special bond is like no other, mother and daughter.

Speaking of going to the depths it's interesting that 
A Mojave legend tells of a primordial time when people lived in an underground world of darkness. They send a hummingbird up to look for light. High above them the little bird found a twisted path to the sunlit upper world where people now live.   Hummingbirds in Native American Legends

Then it should come as no surprise, heart touching as this was
 to receive several commissions for gifts
from mother to daughter and daughter to mother. 
What surprised me is they all requested hummingbirds!

Hummingbird by Robin Maria Pedrero
It is also believed that hummingbirds are messengers,
which is sometimes exactly what mothers and daughters need.


I am so very proud of my daughters, in all their beauty,
in all their brilliance, adoring their quirks
and wishing them wings to soar surrounded in love everyday! -  Mom


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Robins in a bird bath

The cold weather as you know has gotten quite frosty in some parts recently. 
One of the wonderful advantages of living in Florida is the visitation of migratory birds.

Robins in bird bath

This week our yard was filled with a flock of robins. I've been spotting different birds lately in singles but this was a huge flock! They enjoyed our yard tremendously, joined in at the feeders and spent time at the bird bath. These Robins in bird bath had a great time. Perhaps we were their bed and breakfast stop? (giggles) 
I could not believe this great photo as if they posed for me. My first job as a teen was as a photographer. Way back when film was used and I developed the film into black and white photos as well for that job. I often utilized my photos as references for my artwork. This image is too cute as a photo but might seem a bit contrived as an artwork so I am not sure I will paint this one, but I have a few others from this same  scene to use as art references. 
I do offer my photography available for purchase only in my Fine Art America Shop there's travel images from Italy and wildlife like these turtles



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hummingbirds for special people

"Hummingbirds - Prayer Warriors"


Clearly this painting depicts hummingbirds and flowers.
It is a commission painting specifically created as a gift for two people
 who went above and beyond to provide and pray for someone in need
refusing any compensation, hence the title "Prayer Warriors". 

I am so pleased with the painting. 
Several people are also excited about the hummingbirds I've painted
 requesting additional commissions for more artwork.
Expect to see a hummingbird series on the way!



The colors and fanciful hummingbirds make a fantastic pillow.

AND



Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world but they are giant on this duvet!
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dreamy Day Flowers prints pillows and duvets

Dreamy Day Flowers


I enjoyed painting loose floral pieces using golden and liquitex acrylic paint
and some of my favorite brushes on to canvas. I wanted these to be light and airy and thought about how the work would look on fabric for pillows.

One of the features that I really enjoy about Fine Art America is that the art can be printed on so many substrates; paper, canvas metal, acrylic, and yes even fabric for pillows and duvet covers.


So one can have a really lovely set.




I also created a complimentary piece 



Another wonderful aspect of using my Fine Art America shop
is that you can play with framing.
You can select matting and framing and see it right on your screen.
And you can order it right there, so easy!

For instance this 

Perhaps this style or color  isn't your match, try it out for some fun. 
Play with the mat colors and the framing.






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Monday, January 12, 2015

Sweet Surprise from Santini

One of the delights of being an artist is that we are friends with other artists per the nature of our passion and careers. Years ago I met Kimberly Santini on twitter. We've met, painted together and become friends. 



I saw a series of mini paintings she was sharing online and told her how I loved this little salt water taffy. She remembered and during the holidays I received this sweet adorable gift. I just love it! Thank you Kim!!

I must share some very exciting news about my friend.
Kimberly Kelly Santini is the 2015 Kentucky Derby Artist!!! 






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