Wednesday, February 05, 2014



I don't know about you, but I like changes. It is a chance to weed out the old and find insight into things you might never have thought of before.

At the moment I am designing my new website. My old one was done on iWeb. Very easy, and easy to manage, however it had its limitations. I had my blog on blogger so those were not integrated, and there was no simple solution for me to offer online purchases. So now I have ventured into the world of Wordpress.org.
I have built other sites recently so my site sat for months waiting. Now is it's time to play.

It isn't hard once you put your mind into doing a chunk every day. I hope to have this done in a week.

One of the most difficult parts of designing any website is picking the theme. My made a list of my must-haves and they were: a responsive site (must look good on mobile and tablets), it must be a clean design (not a lot of bells and whistles), must be easy to navigate, and must ultimately help me to sell my work. If you find after you have built your site that you want to choose another, it isn't impossible, but there might be some major tweeks that need to be attended to.

So I picked a theme called Infinity. A responsive Wordpress portfolio theme. The clean look spoke to me after searching for days. Okay that out of the way. I then had to set it up with my host. I chose Blue Host as my provider, and received a sweet deal for a three year plan. I have been hosting a couple other sites on my account, so we will see how this works on for the next year.

Having learned Wordpress on the other sites I helped build NEU connection and Nancy Morris Real Estate and Valia's Jewelers, I felt confident to jump into mine. My old iWeb site was showing signs of stress and knowing they were no longer going to support the application it was past due time to move.

One of the keys for an artist is to have their artwork in organized folders and sizes that work for whatever platform you plan to post them on. I have multiple sizes, and in the event that I don't I have either re-sized them with my Photoshop software, or I will re-photograph art that I still have, or work that has been sold I will have to accept the fact that I will never have a great image. Sometimes we learn from our mistakes. In the rush of sending a work of art off to a new collector, ALWAYS get a the best image possible.

So here I am, about half way through uploading my images.... maybe two-thirds. Then again, I haven't gone though my files to see what is missing from website #1. It is a process. I am quite pleased with my progress so far.

I think I will post this over on my Blogger site: REDNEWS
It might help with the housewarming party to have some old friends WELCOME me into my new home.
Good things to come.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Renewed




I have renewed my commitment to myself and to my art.

My personal commitment has been in the form of taking care of ME for a change. No one to answer to but myself. I have been walking on average about 24 miles each week, and the results in two months have been encouraging to say the least. No need to buy a new wardrobe, it has been waiting in the back of my closet. A new accessory or two, have been my reward for a job well done.

Nutrition is also very much a part of my new life. I learned so much going through the health issues which my daughter had. I can say HAD,  as she has been seizure free for 1.5 yrs. Thank you all for your support during the difficult days. I couldn't have done it without some of you. What I learned is that if you heal the gut, you heal most (if not all) of what ails you. At this stage of my life, I am no longer on the decline, and there is so much more on the upswing.
Can't wait!

I have also been working with a business mentor and coach this past year. Ali Brown has allowed me to see the possibilities of my business, in ways that I never had considered before. For me, my visions are still in the idea and planning stages. Once again, I can't wait to see where it leads me. If you have a business idea percolating within... I highly recommend that you check out Ali's Elevate program by clicking on the link below.







Last night I took advantage of our spectacular Norton Simon Museum of Art, here in Pasadena, CA.
It was Free Friday, and I not only had the pleasure of taking my time with the work that inspires me, I also took time to draw some of the sculpture. My new Cachet sketchbook, and the Stumpy pencil I have had since my ACCD days, were perfect. Can't get much better than that.

I hope this finds you all well.

I won't make promises as to when I will post again, however I am promising to myself that I will create art each and every day.

xo

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Figure Drawing - April 2012




Layna
14x10" Charcoal

Spring finds me back to figure drawing.  A new venue was recommended and we had a lovely young model. She was a professional in every way. 

I realized after blocking out a full figure pose that I loved the shape of her mouth. Perhaps next time will be a portrait.


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Similarities and Differences

As artists we get images in our head that are sometimes a lot alike. I am not sure if we file away the images which we have seen. Or if it is in fact that we have similar sensitivities and compositional knowledge, and find our work comes very close to looking like another artist.

I did a short search and found the following images, similar to a still life that I completed a year ago. It was fun to see the different color sense, brush work, and compositions that are quite similar.

In my still life set up, I worked from life. I spread out multiple candies across a table. I attempted to do four, that could be hung horizontal in a line, or a group of the four. I wanted the story to move from one canvas to the next. I was successful with three, but the fourth, missed it's mark somewhere. I would like to try that again. But right now I am watching my sweets :D

I do wonder if the other artists, worked from life or a photo. If they created a story in any way, or prepped the product to fit the composition.

In searching for these images I even found reference to a prison inmate that uses the color from the candy as his palette. Hair from his head, aluminum foil, and plastic for his brush. Check this article out on Donny Johnson's art.

I hope you have fun seeing the similarities and the differences in the same subjects.
































BTW - this last image is a photograph. It appears to be a sign, perhaps where the candy is manufactured.... though I don't know.

1. Michael Naples
2. Justin Clayton
3. Darren Maurer
4. Angela Woods
5. Robin Neudorfer
6. Helen Z Chilton
7. em.y

Friday, September 30, 2011

Courage

“Promise me you’ll always remember that you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Starving to Successful by J. Jason Horejs

I have begun to read about the Fine Artist's guide to getting into galleries and selling more art, in Jason Horejs' book, "Starving" to Successful.

Reconfirming some of what I already knew, yet in Chapter 6... a revelation. Pricing for website, pricing for shows, pricing for galleries... all had me quite frustrated and confused. Jason cleared that all up in three paragraphs.

Suggestions for my website, and the possibility of a redesign to come.

You can check out the Xanadu Gallery here.


July UPDATE:

Two watercolors that just were taken off the walls at The Blinn House - Pasadena













May I Have This Dance - sold
14 x 21" watercolor














Spring Brunch
14 x 21" watercolor






 Montrose Art Walk - July 2011



















Two landscapes accepted into The Touch of Gold exhibition at the Women's Club of Pasadena
Artist's Reception August 11, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.















Pasadena's Bridge
8 x 10" oil



















Yellow Gold
12 x 16" oil


"A Touch of Gold"
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
October 15 - Art Collecting Workshop
Fridays 3:00 - 5:00 Margaret Danielak - curator is at the Club
Every third Saturday, the Club is open from 9:00 - 5:00 for Art Viewing
DanielakArt.com



A slow comeback after being knocked off of my feet, but I am moving on.
Putting one foot in front of the other.


















Talk to you again, sooner ...  rather than later.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

What Can Happen When Things Fall Apart?



You can learn what you like and what just will not do
You can pay attention in a whole new way
You can find reserves you did not know could be yours
You can discover who your real friends are
You can let the past go
You can let tears come up for old sorrows
You can give love a chance
You can say no without thinking or second-guessing
You can find yourself tender and new
You can learn what it means to know nothing
You can tune in to your kids and really be there
You can produce extraordinary results under less than ideal conditions
You can find out you are more resourceful than you think
You can be disappointed
You can find out that is not the end of the world
You can let yourself be needy
You can tell the truth
You can surprise yourself and be surprised
You can survive
You can learn
You can grow

Jen Lemen

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Spring Sale

Spring Sale @ http://RobinNeudorfer.com

I need to clear the decks, so to speak, in order to have room for the new work I intend to create.
I have reduced my prices dramatically, so don't hesitate. These prices won't last long.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jewel in the Crown



Jewel in the Crown
10x14" watercolor
©2010 by Robin Neudorfer

This painting was done as a thank you gift. 
Many hours of volunteer time, which needs to be acknowledged.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Pink Carnations

Pink Carnations
12x16" oil on linen
©2010 by Robin Neudorfer

Pepon by Robin Neudorfer

Pepon
12x16" oil on linen panel
©2010 by Robin Neudorfer




Saturday, January 01, 2011

Gathering by Robin Neudorfer

Gathering
20x28" watercolor
©2010 by Robin Neudorfer

I just signed this painting today. 
Working very hard to wrap up some loose ends here in my studio, 
so that I can begin a few new ideas that have been waiting to be explored.
I loved painting this watercolor with the variety of oranges, rusts, and golds.
The different shapes and colors of the pumpkins, reminds me of the unique characteristics of each family member that gathers round the table during the holidays.

Friday, December 03, 2010

6" Squared Show at The Randy Higbee Gallery



I have seen a collection of the work on Randy Higbee's facebook page, and this show is definitely worth a drive to Costa Mesa to see. Over 150 artists from around the globe have submitted work. There are over 300 paintings hung, with more waiting to take their places.
It is the perfect unique gift to give this year. Artwork lasts a lifetime.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fall Gathering

Fall Gathering
(work in progress)
22x28" watercolor

I love the warm colors of fall. 
Who knew how many colors of orange are in a pumpkin.
I was holding back on painting the gold silk, with it's embroidery and folds.  
However, I just jumped in one edge and it has been flowing ever since.
I hope to have an update very soon.



Monday, November 22, 2010

Starburst



This image finishes out the four paintings I have entered into a 6x6 competition at the Randy Higbee Gallery. This is going to be a great event. The opening reception will be December 4th, and I am told it will run through December. So if you are interested in picking up a small jewel as a Christmas present, I suggest you make your way down to Costa Mesa. Randy also might be posting the images online. I will check on that. Though I do suggest you have the pleasure of meeting Randy. He himself is a gem.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Max 4/09-11/10




It has been a sad an lonely weekend. Our little guy Max had to be put to rest. I found out he had feline leukemia. I am not sure this is what took us to the vet on Friday night. Yet the x-ray showed that some type of a mass was cutting off his air passage and lung capacity, so he was in a bit of respiratory distress.
I think he knew something was happening all day, because he remained very close to me. It was a hard decision, but one that I know was the right one.

He was a good little guy. Quite timid, but learned that I was his friend and was tolerant of my advances. He lost his sister a few months back. He let her out the sliding screen door, and she never returned. We live in coyote country, so... the end of the story is fairly clear to us.

Recently Max had stopped playing fetch, or if he did, he sauntered over to the item he was expected to chase. I thought he was just depressed, but now I know... he just didn't have the energy.

He was loved and will be greatly missed.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Little Paintings

I am preparing a few 6x6" paintings for a holiday show at
The Randy Higbee Gallery.
Here are two that are close to being finished. A tweak here, a tweak there,
and I can then submit them.

I planned out my composition prior to having purchased the sweets. Each mini painting is a part of a larger image. I hope that you can see the interconnections.

The first two are set aside, so that they can dry a bit. Then I can do a quick touch up here and there, on the details.
M&M's

  
DOTS
 






Friday, November 12, 2010

On the Easels

I sometimes catch myself with multiple projects going at any given time. Enjoyable madness.
I just thought I would share a few that are in the works at this time... at least the ones that have room on the easels.








I am also setting up a still life for some small 6x6" panels. Yet it is so beautiful outdoors I am tempted, to pack up my paints and .... So wonderful to have choices.

Grateful and truly blessed.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cup in a Bowl

Cup in a Bowl
12x16" oil on linen panel


I love the colorful fabric that surrounds the plain white dishware,
the little sequins on the deep red fabric, and the intricate design.
I chose white dishes years ago, because I knew that it would be easy to change the accessories.
A way to create a variety of different moods.

Fresh

Friday, October 22, 2010

Best of show

Unadorned
20x20" charcoal on Rives
©2009 Robin Neudorfer

I just received the news that this drawing was awarded 
BEST OF SHOW
Pasadena Society of Artists
ACE Exhibition

The Artist's Reception will be held at
Citibank Silverlake Branch
2450 Glendale Blvd.
Saturday
October 23
2-5 p.m.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Figure Drawing

    New Mother 20x15" charcoal on Rives
  

After many years of being fearful of figure drawing, and hesitating to add it to my skill sets, I believe I have overcome one of the obstacles that has challenged me. This morning... much to my surprise, I found myself listed on a figure drawing blog.


Today, I am not able to head off to a figure workshop. The check engine light is brightly lit on my car dash and I don't want to take the chance. So, I plan on working a bit more on this drawing, to see if I can pull her form through the  paper. It is a rainy day here in CA, so I see this as an inviting opportunity. What is so wonderful about Rives BFK paper is that if I go off course, I can always wipe it down, add more charcoal, and begin again.

This is a fun process for me. Working with kneaded eraser,  then a charcoal pencil, on a charcoal ground, I push and pull the darks and lights. If one area isn't going as planned, I can take the chamois that has charcoal dust on it, and I wipe the area back, and begin lifting the lights again.  It also helps to step away from the work from time to time in order to get some perspective on the subject. I tend to get lost in the texture of the paper, and need a break to see the form from a distance. 

This particular drawing began slightly different last week. I usually have a second sheet of paper under the piece I am working on, to add padding. Otherwise, I see the hard surface of the board come through to the paper surface. I also was working with smaller pieces of compressed charcoal than I normally do, to lay in my dark ground. So far, I think I am turning two negatives into a positive.

Now, if only I could get this little guy to pose for me.

    Max 1.5 yr old gray tabby on couch

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ice Cream and Coffee






















Pharmacy
14x10" watercolor






















Buster's
14x10" watercolor

Recent work I have completed for a local juried show. Unfortunately, I finished only one of them by the deadline. I am going to complete two more, to make a second card series. What is fun about these two shops is that they are places where my family frequented, when the kids were small, to have ice cream and coffee. I am going to finish the series with this in mind.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy
Buster's Ice Cream and Coffee Shop 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Opposite Ends

Working at opposite ends of my studio the last couple of days. When I get tired of brushwork, I can turn to pencil. When I am tired of black and white, I can turn to color.

Challenging myself with value issues. Working at creating depth on a two dimensional surface, certainly can be a workout.

The painting is signed. As for the charcoal... it will be a while longer.

Arrangements
9x12" oil on linen panel
©2010 Robin Neudorfer

(untitled Shadow Series #6)
:work in progress:
20x30" charcoal on Rives BFK
©2010 Robin Neudorfer