Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Painting from Life Class Fall 2015








All classes are held at the Laguna Canyon Studios, Studio F 3251 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA (free parking)

As you may know, I am a big proponent of working from life; but the practical reality is – not everything we want to paint can be done that way. Often photo reference is necessary, and many times it’s all that is available for our desired subject.
This class will focus on constructing, making editing choices, color shifts, edge control...all the way to the completion of (at least) one painting.  We will address not only the act of creating the painting, but also the thought process involved in making a better painting, from concept to completion.


Painting from Photographs:

This set of 6 classes will be a series of exercises that illustrate strategies when creating a painting from photographs.  Rather than only working start to finish on a single painting, these new classes will in addition have lesson plans and exercises to help prepare for a larger painting.  Topics will include, How do you choose the best photos for a painting, editing from the photo, improving composition, color mixing (color temperature and color movement) , edge control, to tone or not-tone your panel,  and the use of mediums and glazes.  A photograph should be the inspiration for a painting.

The classes will be held at Laguna Canyon Studios, Studio F , 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA.

There is a limited number of spaces available, so please email me at  robin@robinhall.com to check availability.  A $100. deposit is requested to hold your position.  The check can be mailed to Robin Hall Studio, P.O. Box 2952, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

Dates:  Fall  2015

Thursday’s: October 1 to November 5, 2015  9am to 1:00pm  Limit 8 students    Cost $350

Friday’s: October 2 to November 6, 2015   9am to 1:00pm      Limit 8 students    Cost $350



All classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and each class is limited to 8 students. If you wish to enroll, please email me at: robin@robinhall.com 
or call (949) 496-2993

Deposit of $100 required at sign up.  Deposit is refundable if student cancels 30 days before the start date, or if there is a replacement student to fill the space being cancelled.  Cancellations made less than 30 days are non refundable

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Painting from Photographs 2015








All classes are held at the Laguna Canyon Studios, Studio F 3251 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA (free parking)

As you may know, I am a big proponent of working from life; but the practical reality is – not everything we want to paint can be done that way. Often photo reference is necessary, and many times it’s all that is available for our desired subject.
This class will focus on constructing, making editing choices, color shifts, edge control...all the way to the completion of (at least) one painting.  We will address not only the act of creating the painting, but also the thought process involved in making a better painting, from concept to completion.


Painting from Photographs:

This set of 6 classes will be a series of exercises that illustrate strategies when creating a painting from photographs.  Rather than only working start to finish on a single painting, these new classes will in addition have lesson plans and exercises to help prepare for a larger painting.  Topics will include, How do you choose the best photos for a painting, editing from the photo, improving composition, color mixing (color temperature and color movement) , edge control, to tone or not-tone your panel,  and the use of mediums and glazes.  A photograph should be the inspiration for a painting.

The classes will be held at Laguna Canyon Studios, Studio F , 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA.

There is a limited number of spaces available, so please email me at  robin@robinhall.com to check availability.  A $100. deposit is requested to hold your position.  The check can be mailed to Robin Hall Studio, P.O. Box 2952, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

Dates:  Fall  2015

Thursday’s: October 1 to November 5, 2015  9am to 1:00pm  Limit 8 students    Cost $350

Friday’s: October 2 to November 6, 2015   9am to 1:00pm      Limit 8 students    Cost $350





All classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and each class is limited to 8 students. If you wish to enroll, please email me at: robin@robinhall.com 
or call (949) 496-2993

Deposit of $100 required at sign up.  Deposit is refundable if student cancels 30 days before the start date, or if there is a replacement student to fill the space being cancelled.  Cancellations made less than 30 days are non refundable

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Announcing my redesigned Website




Robin Hall is proud to announce the release of her newly redesigned website.

http://robinhall.com  

All current and available works will be updated regularly under PAINTINGS, 
so you can always see whats new and available. 
Hope you like the new format, and as always 
I  thank you for your continued interest

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Artists of the New Century



Artists of the New Century   opens today at the Bennington Center for the Arts.  The exhibit will run through till July 14.  Southwest Art, American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur have each nominated artists to be included in the show.  I am very grateful to be one of the artists recommended for this fine exhibit and to be included among a wonderful cluster of artists.   http://www.thebennington.org/index.php/artists-of-the-new-century 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Art Talk • Demo at Roger's Gardens


Robin Hall   •   oil   10x16


Clark Mitchell   •   pastel  8x18


Thank you all who came to listen and watch Clark Mitchell and myself do a demo and art talk at Roger's Gardens, in Corona del Mar, yesterday.  A little more of a talk than a demo, but I loved the 2 artist presentation of us each using a different medium (Mitchell in soft pastel and I painted in oil) yet, working from the same image.   These are our 1-hour paintings.  It's always so interesting how artists interpret the same scene.

I am very appreciative to those that trekked a long distance to watch us, especially the couple that drove a total of 268 miles.  That's dedication!

It is my hope everyone went away with some added knowledge and a little inspiration to pull the brushes out and go for it.   In addition I want to thank Theresa Marino and Roger's Gardens for hosting the event and Rolf's Wine  http://rolfswine.com/ for serving such a delicious selection of wine.

Please send me an email if you wish to be put on my email blast for workshop and class notices.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Painting Demonstration @ Roger's Gardens



Art Discussion & Demonstration at Roger's Gardens


TWO ARTISTS, TWO MEDIUMS, TWO MINDS, MANY INFLUENCES, ONE OBJECTIVE

On Saturday May 26 from 3-4:30pm in the Amphitheater at Roger's Gardens, Robin Hall will be painting in oil and Clark Mitchell will be working in Pastel; each tackling the same image, each with a different approach and each sharing their process as they approach the same goal of creating a work of art.
Following the demonstration there will be an Artist Reception and Wine Tasting.
Hope to see you there.

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
949  640-5800

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Making Plein Air Panels

Fall is here! Hard to believe how quickly the year is going by. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to get out and paint. The weather is perfect – not too hot and not too cold. The trees are dropping their foliage, which gives them a more interesting personality and the grasses are turning russet. The skies are free from smog, yet moody in character. I recently gave a painting demonstration and had several of the artists interested in the panels I use as my supports for outdoor painting. Since this is such a great time of year to “get out there”, I thought I would share how I make my homemade panels. These are the most affordable, lightweight panels of the highest quality I have found. I hope you find this post informative and something you will want to explore. MATERIALS: I use a 3/8” gator board. You can find these at your art supply store in varying sizes. Find a size that fits your budget and size you can comfortably work with. For this demo, I am using a small size panel and Claussen #66 oil primed linen. You can use any linen or canvas for this technique I am about to explain. You will also need a brayer, iron, newspaper (or something to protect your table/ floor from excess glue), mat knife.
First step is to cut your gator-board to a size you want to paint. I suggest trying a smaller panel to start out. Cut your linen or canvas to a size about ¾” to 1” larger than the gator board, so you have a ¼ to ½” overlay of canvas on all sides.
Use a foam roller to apply a thin layer of water based archival ph neutral glue -such as Elmer’s, Miracle Muck, lineco, to one side of the gator board and also a thin layer to the back-side (non gesso-ed side of the canvas or linen).
Next, carefully adhere the glue side of linen to the glue side of the gator board and using a brayer or rolling pin, roll from the center of the board out to the edges, pushing out any of the air gaps.
Now it’s time to iron… (Do not use the iron you use on your clothes, instead look for one at your local thrift store and keep it for craft use). Put the setting to low/ synthetic. It should be fairly warm but not hot as for cotton or linen (remember you are ironing over gesso). Make a quick pass over all the fabric. The heat will suck the fabric to the board. Be sure to pay special attention to the ends and corners, to prevent puckering.
The next step is to weigh down your panel(s) and let it dry overnight. I make sure I wipe off the panels with a damp cloth to ensure there is no glue on the linen or backside of the panel. You can also put a sheet of wax paper under and between panels to protect all your surfaces. Here you can see I am weighing the panel down with some heavy art books… and yes, I have used wax paper to protect them. I will leave this overnight before trimming.
Trim the panel. In this view the gator-board is the correct size and all I need to do is simply trim off the excess canvas.
Once you get the hang of this, you can make larger panels and cut them to smaller size panels. If you are cutting multiple panels from one large board, you will need a sharp mat blade and a metal straight edge. Here I am cutting through the gator board from the linen side to make a smaller panel or crop the panel to a smaller size. Note: This is also handy if you wish to crop a finished piece. Make sure you have cut through the fabric and at least half way through the gator board. Then you simply snap the board for a straight edge.
TA-DA! Finished smaller panel.
I find that figuring my sizes and cuts ahead of time, makes for very little waste. Hope this has been a useful post and it makes for some great lightweight panels that you can transport out to the field and create gorgeous plein air studies of the fall landscape around you.