Sunday, September 24, 2017



Absolutely Abstract
Livermore Library
September 1 - 30
Three of my large paintings are part of this abstract-themed exhibit hosted by the Livermore Art Assocation. Livermore Public Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore CA. Learn more at

Stockton Art League
5th Fall Regional Show
September 5 - 28 
Goodwin Gallery, Stockton
I have two figure paintings in this juried exhibit. Goodwin Gallery, 1902 Pacific Ave., Stockton CA 95204. Learn more at

 En Plein Air:
Livermore Paint-Out Exhibition
September 5 - October 31
Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Three of my plein air paintings are part of this exhibit inspired by historic sites in Livermore. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore CA. For more information visit


Suburban Sketchers
Plein Air Exhibit
Sept 7 - Oct 13
Delta Gallery, Brentwood
Two of my local landscapes are part of this exhibit. Delta Gallery, 2485 Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood CA 94513. Learn more at
I love working from life, but I find that reality is just a jumping-off point for me. The subject's essence inspires my framework, and then I love taking the design into exciting new directions with energized color, dancing shapes and rhythmic patterns. Unfolding with a life of its own, each new painting is a joyful journey!
Nancy Roberts is a professional artist, art instructor and retired architect. Painting in acrylic, oil and pastel she enjoys seeing the world through slightly quirky eyes. Her work has garnered many awards and is included in collections across the country. She is represented by Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, California, and online at Daily Paintworks.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shipyard Special

"Shipyard Special", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Started this at the Western Railway Museum near Rio Vista, and finished it in my studio today. Built in the late 1800's, this classic streetcar started life as an elevated train in New York City. It was brought to the San Francisco Bay Area during WWII to transport workers to the shipyards. I was attracted to its jaunty stripes and intricate railings, and the design of the electrical wires in the sky above. So fun to paint!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Desert Tapestry

"Desert Tapestry", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I started this at the U.C. Botanical Garden in Berkeley, CA and finished it in my studio today. This spectacular garden has plants from all over the world growing in zones landscaped to re-create their native environments. I fell in love with the "Deserts of the Americas" area, with its stony, terraced terrain and glorious collection of cacti. I can't wait to go back and explore the rest of the world!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Carnegie Library, Livermore

"Carnegie Library, Livermore", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's the historic Carnegie Library in Livermore, California. This beautiful building is now the home of the Livermore Art Association Gallery and the Livermore Historical Museum. Well worth a visit if you haven't been there yet!

Third and J, Livermore

"Third and J, Livermore", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I've really been enjoying exploring and painting the older neighborhoods in Livermore, in Northern California. Here's a pretty pair of vintage homes just down the street from the historic Carnegie Library building.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hagemann Homestead

"Hagemann Homestead", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
This lovely farmhouse and garden are part of the historic Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, California. In the midst of a bustling suburban neighborhood this peaceful oasis feels like a step back in time.

Hagemann Ranch Corn

"Hagemann Ranch Corn", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted this at the historic Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, California. This beautiful sunflower and vegetable garden is lovingly tended by a local group of young adults.