Category: figurative paintings

John Robertson painting large scale painting on canvas at Santa Paula Art Museum

John Robertson Painting Demonstration

Cassandra Tondro posted on her blog a nice piece about my painting ( John Robertson ) demonstration at the Santa Paula Art Museum.  Here is a link to Cassandra’s website “about” page.  I have known Cassandra For a number of years when I lived in the Los Angeles area.  We attended the same art salon in Santa Monica that met once s month.  Her work is beautiful, using bright colors and in unusual ways.  Go to her website to see them.   The work I like of hers are the Botanical Ecoprints she makes.

Here is a short description from her website explaining what the Botanical Ecoprints are:

“Using fallen leaves collected on neighborhood walks, I create one-of-a-kind ecoprints made by steaming leaves against paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used — just the colors from the plants themselves.

On the way to the trash, the plant material takes a detour through my studio to leave its imprint as art before being tossed onto the compost heap.

The ecoprints have an ethereal feel. They beckon us to slow down, quiet our minds, take a closer look, and appreciate the spirit of the trees. The colors of the prints are a whisper of reality, their patterns a pale and delicate gift at the end of the leaves’ brief lives.”

John Robertson Painting Demonstration

What a treat! I got to see one of my favorite painters, artist John Robertson, do a painting demonstration at the Santa Paula Art Museum today. John starts with a black outline of his portrait, and fills in with his very loose style of painting. He’s also very funny and entertaining to watch. John uses house paints for his work, and he’s the person who first got me interested in house paint for my art many years ago.

Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson Ventura, CA

Artist John Robertson

Three of artist  John Robertson’s finished paintings were on display on the museum floor. These are very large paintings — like 8 feet x 4  feet or so.

Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson

I’m a big fan of John’s work! He does portraits of sports stars for stadiums as well as portraits of regular folks. Very fun and creative!

John Robertson Large scale painting of a tattooist painted on canvas used in a painting demonstration

Gallery Talk Santa Paula Art Museum

Gallery Talk Painting Demonstration John Robertson

The Santa Paula Art Museum has invited John Robertson to speak and and give a painting demonstration and gallery talk about  large-scale figurative painting. 3:00 PM, Thursday, March 10. Please join me at:

John Robertson Large scale painting of a tattooist painted on canvas used in a painting demonstration
Figurative Painting of Luis by Artist John Robertson is 40″ x 84″ ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas

Santa Paula Art Museum,117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, Ca.

$4 Adults, $3 Seniors, Students and museum members free

The painting you see in the photograph is of Luis, a tattoo artist who works in a tattoo shop in the same complex where my studio is located. As you can see, he is covered in tattoos including his face. He has plenty of piercings also. Luis has been tattooing for about twenty years and is quite an accomplished artist. He paints in oils and not surprisingly his subject matter tends towards the dark side. This painting is 40″ by 84″ ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.

The Santa Paula Art Museum has gallery talks every second Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm for talk and tour through the Museum’s galleries led by guest curators, artists, and experts.