ARTmonday: Heather Robinson

San Francisco-based artist Heather Robinson wrote to me this fall after seeing my blog and Instagram posts about the Truro Art + Cocktails pop up event I held this summer. She was particularly drawn to Sarah Lutz’s abstract paintings, which has a similar feel to her own.

She says: [My] painting practice is fundamentally an exploration of surface through pattern, color, and texture. I have a magpie-like attraction to bright, colorful, decorated objects, but an orderly mind, a love for the grid and a strong schooling (from my architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in my paintings. I work in many layers of acrylic media, starting with a repeating fabric design at the base and adding elements both rigid and planned (geometric stencil repeats) and loose and unplanned (drips, washes, crackled layers).

Abstract Painting by Heather Robinson

Antique Sentiments, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by Heather Robinson

Counting Myself Lucky, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Cross Dot Chrysanthemum Dream, 30″ x 30″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Dot Underwater Wildflowers, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Dots (Vibrant), 18″x 18″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Violet-Eared Waxbill, 24″ x 48″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Life Is Good, 12″ x 16″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Overload, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

All artwork courtesy of the artist. 


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ARTmonday: Art + Cocktails Truro (Paintings, Collage, Mixed Media)

Last weekend I held a pop-up art gallery event on the Cape. My husband hung 96 works of art on our very bare white walls. It was so much work, but it looked fantastic, and ultimately everyone had fun. We even sold some pieces.

We hung oil paintings, acrylic on board, ink and pastels on rice paper, collage, acrylic on canvas, encaustic, and others. Styles included graphic abstracts, abstracted landscapes, portraits, marine-inspired abstracts, and more. We also had a lot of photography, which I will post next Monday.

Here is a sampling of work we displayed from 18 different artists. You can check out some installation photos on my StyleCarrot and StyleCarrotCurates Instagram accounts, as well as some artist’s feeds; we used #artandcocktailstruro. If you’re interested in learning more about or purchasing any of these pieces, email me at

Kristi Kohut Striped Rice Paper Painting

Kristi Kohut, Chromatic Harmony #12
Acrylic, ink and pastels on Mulberry rice paper, 11.5×16.5 inches, $840

Abstract Painting By Maine Artist Jenny Prinn

Jenny Prinn, Sun on the Shore
Acrylic on canvas, 24×24 inches, $1,100

Abstract Landscape By Boston Artist Carolyn T Burns

Carolyn T. Burns, Can We Get a Puppy? 
Acrylic on canvas on panel, 10×8 inches, $400

Kishore Kumar Abstract Forest Contemporary Indian Art

Kishore Kumar, Exuberance 1
Acrylic on canvas, 12×12 inches, $250

Venetian Lantern Paintings By Boston Artist Lee Essex Doyle

Lee Essex DoylePrada I Palazzo Papadopoli Turquoise, Venice
Mixed media, 12×12 inches, $2,000

Portland Maine Artist Amanda Hawkins Abstract Landscape Painting

Amanda Hawkins, Untitled 2015
Acrylic on canvas, 14×14 inches, $375

Striped Abstract Painting Taffy By Boston Artist Maureen Holub

Maureen Holub, Taffy
Acrylic and mixed media, 24×18 inches, $850

Collage By Portland Maine Artist Darek Bittner

Darek Bittner, Leaky Boots
Collage, 10×8 inches, $400

Marine Inspired Mixed Media Artwork By Providence Artist Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown, Sea Fairy
Pen, ink, & collage material on card paper, 11×8.5, $275

Abstract Art Affordable Art Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer#140821-1
Acrylic, marker, and pencil on paper, 12×9 inches, $350

Landscape Painting By Cape Cod Artist Judyth Katz

Judyth KatzCottonwood, Abiquiu Inn
Acrylic on Arches paper, 30×22 inches, $3,500

Marine Inspired Abstract Painting By NYC Artist Sarah Lutz

Sarah Lutz, Rapture
Oil, resin, spray paint and paper on linen, 48×36 inches, $7,500

Marine Inspired Abstract Painting By Patricia Spergler

Patricia Spergel, Enthralled
Oil on canvas, 20×20 inches, $1,500

Abstract On Wood Panel By Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod

Hilary Tait NorodOn the Horizon
Oil and mixed media on panel, 40×30 inches, $2,000

Small Portrait on Wood By Boston Artist Stephanie Todhunter

Stephanie Todhunter, Pamela
Photo transfer, metal leaf, oil marker, 6×4 inches, $40 (sold)

Abstract Painting By SF Artist Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, Within Grasp
Mixed media on canvas, 60×48, $4,800

Small Abstract Painting By Portland Maine Artist MP Landis

MP Landis, 16.20
Mixed media on canvas, 10×10 inches, $700

Abstract Encaustic By Boston Artist Linda Cordnor

Linda Cordner, Ocean Morning
Encaustic on board, 12×12 inches, $600

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ARTmonday: Pablo Manga at Farm Project Space + Gallery

Summer is often the time my husband and I purchase art.  This summer we got an amazing piece at Farm Project Space + Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Wellfleet that is quite unlike the other galleries in town. Susie, the owner, has a great eye and appreciation for emerging talents.

Pablo Manga is a Boston-born, San Francisco Bay Area artist who is a former New York City public school teacher, art lawyer, and Academy of art instructor. While living in Mexico City in the late ’90s, Pablo stumbled upon street vendors selling rolls of brightly colored, translucent adhesive tape, which he quickly snapped up. He experimented with them in all sorts of ways, finally settling on the obvious application – horizontal stripes. The tape is layered to create the varying tones and depths.

Pablo Manga at his opening.


Our newest acquisition!

On the dining room sideboard in Cape Cod. It will come home to Boston for the winter.

Farm Project Space + Gallery, Wellfleet

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