Friday, September 14, 2012

NEW CLASSES- Painting From Life

Weekly Classes . Painting in Oil

Make Great ArtRobin Hall


All classes are held at the Laguna Canyon Studios, Studio F 3251 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA (free parking)
This 6 week course will focus on FUNDAMENTALS OF PAINTING FROM LIFE.  

 Each class will focus on breaking down shapes and values to learn to really “see” what you are painting, versus painting what you "think" you see.  

We will be performing exercises to analyze how light moves across surfaces and edges, and will also explore painting draped fabric, transparent objects and shadow massing, as well as reflective surfaces and solid forms. Color mixing, with an exploration of color temperature, will also be an important theme.

Classes are 6 weeks
Classes are available on either:
Thursdays, from May 7 to June 11  
Fridays, from May 8 to to June 12     Full/ Waiting list        

Both classes run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and cost is $350.

Signups will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and space is limited, so early enrollment is advised. A $100 deposit is required for confirmation of enrollment.
Please email me to arrange for your enrollment in either of these classes, or if you need any further information:

Class is limited to 8 students.  If you wish to enroll or have any questions, please email me at: 

The following Classes are over


October 1-4  (4 days)-   Wednesday-Saturday   10-3:00pm     Cost:   400.     OPEN

Knowing how to mix a color as well as keeping your colors clean are issues all painters are challenged with. Here is your chance to have a real understanding of chroma, value and hue… wrapped up in a concentrated program of study. This 4-day course will help train your eye to determine steps in value, understand temperature changes in color and how to make high key chroma as well as low key of chroma. You will also learn WHY you should choose certain colors over others to achieve the desired color … all while avoiding creating chalky or muddy colors.  Knowledge is powerful.
This class will be working on a 3-tiered color wheel. We will not be creating paintings. You will have a strong understanding of color mixing at the end of this workshop. This class is beneficial for all levels, from the beginner to the professional.  Class held at the Laguna Canyon Studios, Laguna Beach.
10-Student limit.          $100. Deposit requested upon sign-up.  Please call to ensure space availability  (949) 496-2993 
Supply list and info packet mailed upon receiving deposit.

**If you need to cancel a class, your deposit will be refunded, provided you notify me 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the class. After this date refunds will only be granted if there is a waiting list. Deposits may apply toward another class in the future. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Announcing my redesigned Website

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

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. 

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 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


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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A new challenge

Creating in another medium.

I have been distracted for the last 3 months with a project that utilized some creativity along with endurance and muscle. It was spent remodeling a rental property that my husband and I own, which had been neglected for the past 12+years. Luckily our last tenant stayed for that duration, but on the other hand the deferred maintenance took a huge toll on the poor dwelling. It required a total gut job from the floor up.

Since this is “income property”, there was no time to dally around and put it off… like we have done with so many other things in our life (tenting for termites, constructing a trust… and deferred upgrades in our own home). It put me on a timeline to go from start to finish. Something we can’t always do with painting.

So… this quick little post is to let you know, I’ll be back into posting again… but more importantly to say that sometimes there are situations out of our control that keep us from getting to the finish line when we expect to. I know for me, this can happen with painting.

Don’t let the pressure of deadlines dictate a finished painting. Be your best judge to let things go out when you “know” they are ready.
Let the canvas sit in the studio longer, look at it in different rooms, under different light. Then set it into the frame and look at it more. The time you spend “vetting” your work, will ensure that you have given it the time needed to bring it to the finish line.

In closing… remember to make time to take care of yourself and the things in your life that matter.

With much gratitude,