Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jennifer Mennuti: Plants as Inspiration

Jennifer Mennuti, of Botanical Visions recently blogged about my art in a very inspiring post about the power plants have to inspire us and affect change for the good, in our world. You can read her entire post here.

I particularly enjoyed her description of an artist who renders flowers as one "who takes an event and turns it into a story which can be recorded and retold."  So true.  

Which reminds me of my father. About fifteen years ago, before his death, he came to visit with a small bag full of these weed-like plants.  "Plant these" , he said.  "They just sprouted all over my yard and are very pretty when they bloom".  And of course, I did. Every day when I see a buttercup in my garden, or see my little painting of a Buttercup, "Papi" speaks to me... 

I've subscribed and spent quite a while reading Jennifer's blog since she has so many interesting posts about plants and landscaping in South Florida.  Goodness knows, although I love plants, I don't have as green a thumb as I could have! And she offers quite an interesting way of attaching orchids and bromeliads to trees.  I am going to try that!  Please check out her very interesting blog here.

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Maria Soto Robbins

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Red Geranium in Shadow Oil Painting by Maria Soto Robbins

 I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. (Claude Monet, 1840-1926) 

The holidays have come and gone and I'm ready to get back to work  painting.  One of my favorite subjects, that I never tire off it seems, are flowers.  Lately it's been geraniums.  Here is the latest one. It has the textured petals in thick, rich buttery oil paints. Hope you like it and remind you that spring is right around the corner!

Copyright 2013 Maria Soto Robbins

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Dimension: 8x10x.75 inches gallery wrap canvas 
Media: Oils

Price:  $55.00 with Free Shipping

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Maria Soto Robbins

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!

My wish for you is that you have a joy filled holiday full of love and good cheer. 

Thank you for your encouragement. For purchasing my work. For reading this blog. And, for your warm and encouraging comments throughout the year. 

I sincerely wish you a very Merry Christmas, and may the New Year be full of peace, good health and lots of opportunities to be creative!  God bless!

Maria Soto Robbins

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cuban Coffee & Lime Red

Copyright 2012 by Maria Soto Robbins

This vibrant, impressionistic painting was done with brushes and palette knives and shows a demitasse full of Cuban coffee together,  with the typical Italian espresso coffee maker and cut lime. Thick, impasto foam on the coffee! A great brew to share with a friend! 

It has a gently textured impasto. Sold without a frame. 
Varnished to protect it from dust and ensure longevity. This painting also makes a great gift.

International Sales Welcomed: Please contact me for shipping costs. 

This piece is signed and dated on the back. 

Dimension: 8x10x.75 inches gallery wrap canvas 
Media: Oils

Price:  $55.00 with Free Shipping

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Maria Soto Robbins

Monday, December 17, 2012

Royal Poinciana Morning

Copyright 2012 Maria Soto Robbins

This impressionistic painting was done in thick oil paint and it shows a beautiful Royal Poinciana tree in full bloom. It doesn't need a frame although it would look even better in one!

The flowers on the tree are almost 3 dimensional--truly a unique piece of art. This painting also makes a great gift.

Dimension: 10x8x.75 wide gallery wrap canvas 
Media: Oils


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Sunny Spanish Red Geranium

Copyright 2012 Maria Soto Robbins

I love geraniums! This one is painted in an impressionistic style with palette knife and brushes and shows thick, rich, buttery impasto petals. It sits on a round table. I love the way the light and shadows came out. 

Dimension: 10x8 inches gallery wrapped canvas 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Amazing Geranium Artwork and ✿Waltz of Geraniums✿ by Rebecca Tripp

Her name is Rebecca Tripp, and she's a very talented composer and artist.  She recently contacted me and explained that she was working on a musical project called the "Flower Waltzes" for different types of flowers and could I let her use some of my images on her video project? After seeing what she was up to, and the way she showcased so many different pieces from a wide assortment of artists, I was enthralled. Of course she could use any of my art work.

She included my Buttercup oil painting and above is my favorite composition, Amazing Geraniums Artwork. 

Prepare to relax!

Thank you Becky, for including me in your wonderful creations!


Maria Soto Robbins

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ivonne's Art Tote and Sale

My friend, Ivonne, from Cuban in the Midwest blog happens to be a great cook and accomplished artist. On the subject of food, check out her Chicken Pot Pie with a Cuban twist. Delisioso! On the subject of art, check out her blog at IvonneBessArt. She does amazing portraits in colored pencils. Ahhh, the patience needed to do that. She has my admiration!

She recently bought one of my handmade totes to decorate. See what she bought below or click here. This week she sent me a photo of her lovely creation. She wrote:

Maria, I have to say, I was at a loss as to what to paint on my bag. Your flowers look so good on there, so I followed your example and painted...some poppies. I'm pretty rusty with the acrylics, but all in all, I think it worked out well. I'm going to start using it this weekend.

Well done, Ivonne...I love it!

I'm having a Sale of Totes & Aprons in my Etsy shop. Get 25% OFF and FREE SHIPPING, of course.
Use coupon code 25PERCENTOFFSALE. Hurry, this will last through December 15th!

Have a great week-end and thanks for stopping by today!

Maria Soto Robbins

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

May you enjoy good food, the company of your loved ones and the time to reflect and appreciate all our blessings. 

I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving from my house to yours!

Maria Soto Robbins

Friday, November 9, 2012

Red Hibiscus

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Copyright 2012-Red Hibiscus Oil painting by Maria Soto Robbins

Click here to see Red Hibiscus in prints and cards on FAA.

Have a great week-end and thanks for stopping by!

Maria Soto Robbins

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Etsy on Sale! 50% Off

It's been fun to create these totes.  Taking out the sewing machines that I hadn't used for several years and buying new gadgets like this Olfa Rotary cutter, (which is a must-have if you sew) and a neat cutting mat to go with it.  I learned how to punch holes in leather with a cool gadget that I didn't know existed.  And sew these on with suede cord. Yes, I've learned a few things but at a cost. Mostly in time, which I don't have that much, to begin with, with my "other" job. So, as much as I've enjoyed it, for now, I'm clearing out my shop of these items. The totes in my Etsy shop must go and I'm offering them at 50% off. Actually, the aprons and Art totes, too.  See below for more on this.

Click here to see these in my Etsy shop!

Etsy On Sale would not let me put more than one Category on Sale. It's either the whole store or only one grouping. So, if there is anything else like Aprons, or do-it-yourself Art Totes that you'd like, they're at 50% off as well.  I will only be able to credit you via PayPal, after check out. OK?  But hurry, this offer will expire soon and Christmas is around the corner!

Now, back to painting!
Thanks for stopping by~

Maria Soto Robbins

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New on FineArtAmerica

Here are a couple more paintings that have found happy homes but prints and cards can still be found in my FineArtAmerica store. If you haven't checked out this site, it is worth spending some time there.

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Bohio y Palmeras copyright by Maria Soto Robbins


Photography Prints
Cuban Coffee and Lime copyright by Maria Soto Robbins

Photography Prints
Tinajon and Purple Bougainvillea