Saturday, September 8, 2018

News
I'm proud to now be part of the Benicia Plein Air GalleryCome see my work, along with that of 12 other fine plein air painters, at this beautiful gallery in the heart of historic Benicia. 

Honored that my painting "Valero" has received the First Place Award for August in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest!

The Brentwood Art Society recently named me their Artist of the Year.  What a lovely honor!  I appreciate the nice articles about it in the Brentwood Press and the East Bay Times.

Galleries
Benicia Plein Air Gallery   Benicia CA
Valley Art Gallery   Walnut Creek CA
Delta Gallery   Brentwood CA
Daily Paintworks   online

Current Exhibits
Suburban Sketchers Plein Air ExhibitDelta Gallery, Brentwood CA, August 16 - September 29
Delta Gallery Summer Show, July 5 - September 29
Pittsburg Fall Art Exhibit, August 4 - September 30. Entrata Gallery981 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg CA 94565. Open Wed - Sun 1 - 5pm

On the Horizon
Paint Pleasanton 2018, September 22 & 23, 2018
Vallejo Waterfront Weekend Plein Air Paint-Out, October 6 & 7, 2018
Borrego Art Institute 13th Annual Plein Air Invitational, March 3 - April 1, 2019


I love working from life, but reality is just a jumping-off point for me. The essence of the scene inspires my initial drawing, and then I take the design in exciting new directions with energized color, dancing shapes and rhythmic patterns. Unfolding with a life of its own, each new painting is a joyful exploration!
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. You can see her work at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery in Benicia CA,  Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek CA, Delta Gallery in Brentwood CA and online at Daily Paintworks


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Monday, August 27, 2018

Valero

"Valero", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted this during the 3rd Annual Benicia Plein Air Paint-Out. While most of the artists chose to paint along Benicia's scenic shoreline, I travelled to the outskirts of town where the oil refinery's tanks, smokestacks and pipes create an eerie, sci-fi landscape. In a fit of whimsy I decided to give these massive spherical tanks tall, spindly legs, and one of them can be seen escaping into the sky in the distance. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Golden Gate

"Golden Gate", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Started this at Fort Baker painting with fellow artist Judith Kunzle.  Buffeted by gale-force winds, it was all we could do to keep our easels from tumbling into the bay. I confess to adding the lines of those thin, straight cables in the shelter of my cozy studio!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Orchard Country, Brentwood


"Orchard Country, Brentwood", acrylic on canvas 12" x 24", © Nancy Roberts
Mt. Diablo frames a peaceful day in Brentwood's beautiful orchard country.  This painting is part of the Suburban Sketchers Plein Air exhibit at Delta Gallery in Brentwood, CA through September 29. Learn more at Delta Gallery.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Smoky Day, North Slopes


"Smoky Day, North Slopes", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

Smoke from nearby wildfires draped Mt. Diablo in an eerie haze on this hot August day. Terrain and chaparral blended together in a mysterious, velveteen patchwork.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Blake Garden Bolero


"Blake Garden Bolero", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted with friends a few days ago at the lovely Blake Garden in Kensington, California. Joy!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Diablo North Slopes, Clayton

"Diablo North Slopes, Clayton", acrylic on linen 12" x 16", © Nancy Roberts

Painted at a trailhead in Clayton, California, with dramatic views up the northern slopes of Mt. Diablo.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Edna

"Edna", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted this sketch of the lovely model Edna at an open studio figure day hosted by Carolyn Lord at Las Positas College in Livermore.  This was a fantastic opportunity to work from professional models in a studio lit only by soft, natural skylight. What a pleasure!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Black Diamond Jitterbug


"Black Diamond Jitterbug", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I created this painting working from a sketch I did last Winter at Black Diamond Mines. In my imagination the trees are dancing up the hill atop mysterious, colorful undercurrents.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ridge Top Vista

"Ridge Top Vista", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

Painted with friends on the 4th of July. Hot, windy, difficult conditions -- but what a spectacular view! Mt. Diablo in all its glory.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Byer Road, Byron

"Byer Road Ranch", acrylic on canvas 24" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

I love the strong, sculptural forms of this old farm equipment in the small, agricultural town of Byron, California. It was fun interpreting the scene in hot Summer colors!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Diablo from Round Top

"Diablo from Round Top", acrylic on linen 16" x 12",  Nancy Roberts
I draw endless inspiration from Mt. Diablo in Northern California. Painted this view toward the summit from the Round Top area this week, alongside fellow painter Judith Kunzle. A beautiful day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Lake Del Valle

"Lake Del Valle", acrylic on canvas 12" x 16", © Nancy Roberts
Lake Del Valle is the centerpiece of Del Valle Regional Park, a beautiful nature preserve tucked into the East Bay hills just south of Livermore. It was a joy to paint there on a sparkling -- and very windy! -- early June day.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Amador Flower Farm

"Amador Flower Farm", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted at the beautiful Amador Flower Farm in Northern California. Abundant rows of colorful day lilies are set among heritage oaks in this gorgeous gold country setting.

Pageo Lavender Farm

"Pageo Lavender Farm", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
It was a joy to paint at the colorful -- and fragrant! -- Pageo Lavender Farm in Turlock, California.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mission Trails


"Mission Trails", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Mission Trails Regional Park is a wild and rugged nature preserve on the outskirts of San Diego, California. It was a joy painting in this serene desert environment.

Monday, May 14, 2018

China Camp


"China Camp", Acrylic on Linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
China Camp is a beautiful state park nestled along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a joy to paint with friends at this peaceful cove on a sparkling Bay Area day.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Silos

"Silos", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Massive concrete silos stand guard over Benicia's bustling port scene. On the day I was there two huge cargo ships were unloading a flock of shiny new cars. This painting will be part of the "Paint the Town" exhibit featured at Benicia City Hall through mid-July.

Bridge Vista


"Bridge Vista", acrylic on linen 12" x 16", © Nancy Roberts
I love the complex structures that weave through the Benicia Bridge, spanning the Carquinez Strait in the San Francisco Bay Area. This painting will be part of the "Paint the Town" exhibit opening April 24 at Benicia City Hall and running through mid-July.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Orbs

"Orbs", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
These huge, spherical tanks are part of the Valero oil refinery complex in Benicia, California. I was struck by their strange, sculptural beauty and the eerie, sci-fi quality of the setting.

This painting will be part of the "Paint the Town" exhibit that will be featured at Benicia City Hall April 24 through mid-July.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

California Art Club Exhibit


"Desert Tapestry", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I'm honored that my painting "Desert Tapestry" has been accepted into the California Art Club's "Art Between the Lines" exhibition coming up at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA. Exhibit dates are April 29 - July 8 with an artists' reception on Sunday, April 29, 2 - 4 pm. Learn more at http://www.peninsulamuseum.org/
 




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joyful Color

You are cordially invited!  The reception for my solo show is tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 5 - 7 pm at the Milinda Perry Gallery, 117 East F Street in Benicia, CA. The exhibit features 43 of my recent acrylic paintings. I'd love to see you there!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Acrylic Demo January 8 in Pleasanton



You're invited!
 
I'll be giving an acrylic painting demonstration this Monday, January 8, 7:30 - 9:15 pm at the Pleasanton Art League and Livermore Art Association's monthly meeting. We'll be at the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Building, 4477 Black Ave., Pleasanton CA 94566. The demo is free and open to the public -- I'd love to see you there! For more info visit http://www.pal-art.com/