Friday, June 24, 2016

New Website Packages

If you're wondering what I have been to lately in graphic/web design-  I'm continuing to work on  artist and small business websites. And I'm now pleased to be offering affordable WordPress design packages and individual website training sessions for artists and small businesses nationally! On a limited basis, I am also working with international clients.

Each project is unique, and I offer my clients much more than just design. Typically, I also assist with everything web-related: domain names, hosting, site security, mobile friendliness, search engine optimization, integrating social media, e-commerce and marketing/branding. At the end of each project, I train my clients on how to update their new site in WordPress so that they can easily manage it.

And... in addition to developing new sites, I commonly take on projects that are simply updates, enhancements or maintenance-related such as:

-moving websites and domain names to new hosts
-mobile-friendly site enhancements
-installing shops, blogs and forms
-changing design styles/themes
-professional advice/training sessions for DIYers
-updating or advising on sites, any platform  - not just WordPress

>>>If you are in need of a new website or advice on your existing website, I welcome you to contact me for a free consultation. And learn more about my design work here. :)

Without further ado, here are some of the latest new site launches/ web projects from the studio...

Mary Lou Dauray
environmental art

Site Features/Support:
For this site, I customized an existing WP theme (WP Basic Package expanded), and assisted her with a font design for her name, transferring her domain name, setting up new hosting, site security, optimizing her blog and advice on RSS and social media. We chose a design style that showcased the powerful nature of her work.

Esther Sternberg Art
impressionist-style painting

Site Features/Support:
For this WP Basic Package site, I helped Esther find a portfolio theme and colors that fit the more traditional style of her work. I also assisted her with a font design for her name, transferring a domain name, setting up new hosting, and site security. Finally, I created several custom living room images to showcase how her art would look in a home setting. 

Columbia River Tile & Stone
artistic tile and stone installation

Site Features:
For CRTS, our other family business, I recently updated the website's design/structure (Custom, non-WordPress site) to be fully responsive > mobile and large-screen friendly. Additionally, I added new galleries, a blog, and another sidebar with rotating reviews, helpful information and calls to action. In the future, the site will evolve with more dynamic content.

And finally... a new RPS site is coming! 
Last but not least.... Stay tuned for a new RPS website, currently in the works! Here's a sneak peek at some of the initial design snippets. It's very exciting, and long overdue! The new site will be a unique, custom design that is dynamic, responsive and ultra- mobile-friendly with lots of fun content like design tips, patterns, design ideas, studio/show pics, daily inspiration and more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Painted Dragons

The Grand Dragon Race © Robin Phillips Studio

I'm pleased to be participating once again in the local show, Fire on the Water: Dragon Boat Art , curated by the fabulous Alea Bone of Bonewerx. This show celebrates the art of Chinese dragon boat racing, a Portland Rose Festival tradition. The show runs through August 30, and if you're in Portland, you can see it at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway.

Join us for the 2nd opening reception on Thursday, July 14 from 6-9pm! 
Event details here:  Fire on the Water: Dragon Boat Art 

My painting (above) is available for sale in addition to many others by local artists.
Contact Jeannie Baker at 503-274-6556 for purchase information.

This year, Oregon Art Beat also covered the show. Watch the episode here!!

See opening night and more pictures on RPS Facebook and the Fire on the Water Facebook pages

First strokes on the canvas...  acrylic and wash

Building up thin layers of acrylic

Adding golden scales :)

Creating water texture...

Final touches... with lots of tiny brush strokes

Framed and hanging at the show!

Dragon Blessings!

:) Robin


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

30 days x 4+ Shows

It's a busy month of shows/openings for me, including some juried shows that I am pleased to be participating in. If you're in the Portland area, I hope you can make it to one or more of these events! I will also be posting details and pictures on RPS Facebook and Instagram. So follow me there, if you are not already. :)
April 7 - May 31, Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales show   
Closing Reception is Friday, May 27, 5-8pm  - Cash bar, hor d'oeuvres, and costumes
P5 Centers for the Arts- Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

This special show features paintings based on scenes from Grimm's fairy tale stories. 
Through the Enchanted Forest © Robin Phillips Studio - scene from Twelve Dancing Princesses

May 7- May 31, La Vida Veggie Art Gallery  
4925 SW Angel Ave., Beaverton, OR
For the month of May, I will have an assortment of six to eight larger paintings on display along with artist Kelly Powers at this locally owned, cozy cafe/gallery that has a super delicious veg menu! 
Ace of Wands © Robin Phillips Studio

May 19 - June 14, Siren Nation 2016 Paint Your Art Out
Opening Reception: May 19, 6-9pm, Salvage Works, 2024 N Argyle St, Portland, OR

Once again, I'm excited to be participating in the Siren Nation art shows. There are two events: Opening Night is a fundraising event, and there is also a month long show.  Follow me on FB or Instagram for a sneak preview of a group of small works that I will show... 
Deer Spirit © Robin Phillips Studio

June, July Shows- Stay Tuned! 

I'm also currently working on new pieces for Fire on the Water: Dragon Boat Art Show, in the Portland Rose Festival, and Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 

More details will be announced in a couple weeks on RPS Facebook!

XOXO, Robin

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Through the Enchanted Forest Painting

Through the Enchanted Forest, 16" x 12", Acrylic/Mixed Media © Robin Phillips Studio

I created this small piece for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Art Show curated by Kelly Williams, currently on display at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts through May 31. Each participating artist chose a scene from one of the Grimm's Brothers stories to illustrate. If you're in the Portland area and haven't seen it yet, do check out this magical show!

My piece is based on a scene from the story Twelve Dancing Princesses:

“Then down they all went, and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees; and the leaves were all of silver, and glittered and sparkled beautifully…. Then they came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds… On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle.”

To me, this is one of the most magical scenes in the story. The princesses escape through an enchanted forest of silver, gold and diamonds to meet their princes and dance all night long. I hoped to capture a sense of excitement and wonder in this painting.

Through the Enchanted Forest prints (photo or giclee) are now available in the RPS shop! Wouldn't this print be adorable in a little girl's room? Or it would add a whimsical touch to a feminine/antique room. :)

Behind the scenes, painting in the studio...

I approached this piece with a vision of an old German book cover opening to illuminate the scene. The princesses are descending down the cellar stairs and through a doorway into the magical forest. To create the figures, I referred to images of bridal and Victorian models. One of my favorite Victorian fashion sources is the classic Godey's Lady's Book. 

For the scrollwork, I traced design templates and then filled in the filigrees with a tiny brush. 

I hand-stitched metallic-foil glass beads through the canvas to create the effect of diamonds in the trees. 

On opening night...I became a princess myself :)

Framed and hanging at the show on the 'Wall of Maidens'...  

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale" - Hans Christen Anderson

♥ Robin

Monday, March 14, 2016

Yucatan, Mexico

Time has really flown by since my last post, but now I have Mexico pictures for you! Recently, I've been immersed in a busy stretch of new website projects and paintings- which I am excited to share soon. Anyway, without further ado...

We started off our trip in Cancun, then drove around the entire Yucatan Peninsula visiting small towns, ruins, cities and everything in between for two weeks.

Historical town of Valladolid

A beautiful church in Izamal, and the most wonderful lunch there...

Stunning Mayan ruins with many carvings still intact at the large site, Chitzen Itza....

Next we were on to the capital city of Merida...

Every neighborhood has a central plaza...

We stayed in the sweetest boutique hotel with homemade meals...

Came home with the teal blue one the left! Saw so many beautiful textiles....

Mayan displays and artifacts at Museo Cultural de Maya, the artistic detail is just astounding

Of course I found my way into a fabric/crafts store.... had a challenge testing my Spanish :)

But, left with a full bag!

Next we were off to see more ruins....

The grand site of Uxmal.... Can you imagine what a large city center this must have been?

At Sabah, a small remote site, we saw the most stunning relief sculpture still intact...

Along the way, we lunched at a beautiful hacienda in the country...

An exquisitely carved pineapple...

And stayed the night at another one....

The next morning we were off to Calakmul, a large jungle site who's first leader was the powerful  Jaguar Paw

At the top! We saw monkeys in the trees...

And then back to the coast/ Riveria Maya for several days on the beach....
We stayed in Akumal at the main beach, which is known for sea turtles. Got a chance to see several while snorkeling!

Agave and Ginger at the Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barerra Marin

More ruins on the coast at Tulum...

My favorite art galleries by the beach... :)

And finally  Artesanias Mexicanas   Some of the treasures we brought back :)

And a tiny sketch from the beach....

♥ Amo a Mexico!