|"Benicia Tapestry," Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
|"Cottage Garden," Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
|"Peaceful Cove, Benicia," Acrylic on Canvas 8" x 24", © Nancy Roberts|
It was a joy to paint this glorious view from Matthew Turner Shipyard Park on a sparkling Benicia day, looking south toward Mt. Diablo. This painting is now available at Benicia Plein Air Gallery as part of their special 10th anniversary group show, "Celebrating Benicia." Learn more at www.BeniciaPleinAir.com.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
|"Indian Summer, Black Diamond," Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
I love painting the historic Rose Hill Cemetery at Black Diamond Mines, where tall pointy cypress trees rise like exclamation points. On this serene, sun-drenched October day the terrain was a glowing tapestry of gold and turquoise. It was a joy painting there with friends!
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
|"Stagecoach Lookout, Diablo," Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Painted this spectacular view from the old stagecoach route that used to take travelers to the summit of Mt. Diablo in Northern California. Imagined snow and poppies emerged as the design evolved.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
|"Castle Rock Spirit," acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
My friend Judith Kunzle helped me discover this special place tucked into the foothills of Mt. Diablo in Northern California. At the top of a rugged trail you come face-to-face with these magnificent stone cliffs -- overwhelmingly beautiful! I decided to carve out a design of strong shapes and brilliant color to convey the powerful spirit of this land, this sky, this day.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
|"Diablo Foothills", Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Saturday, September 7, 2019
|"Summer Haze, Lake Chabot," Acrylic on Linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
On a hot, spare-the-air day in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Chabot and its cradle of hills were draped in a soft, smoggy haze. Marshy circles created a beautiful pattern across the water's surface.
|"Across the Strait", Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
All along Benicia's waterfront you get these fantastic views across the Carquinez Strait to the northern rim of Contra Costa County. The hills are still wild territory with a patchwork of tawny grass and rugged oaks that cast beautiful shadow patterns and reflections. Endless inspiration for painters!
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
|"August Afternoon, Benicia", Acrylic on Canvas 8" x 10", © Nancy Roberts|
|Barbara Tapp (left) and Nancy Roberts at work. Photo by Judith Kunzle.|
Sunday, August 25, 2019
|"Del Valle Spring", Acrylic on Linen 12" x 16", © Nancy Roberts|
I started this one at the lake, but ran into some problems and decided to let it rest for awhile. After looking at it with fresh eyes this week I was finally able to pull it together. Each painting is a puzzle!
Monday, August 12, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
|"Firehouse Arts Center", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
It was fun painting with the California Art Club at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton yesterday! The paint-out was a kick-off for the CAC's "Bay Area Parks: Outdoor Treasures" exhibition at the Harrington Gallery inside the arts center. My painting "Above Ground: Black Diamond Mines" is part of that show, and my new painting of the arts center is being featured in the lobby. The exhibit runs through July 20. Learn more at https://www.californiaartclub.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/bay-area-parks-outdoor-treasures
|"Above Ground, Black Diamond Mines", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Sunday, June 9, 2019
|"Hide and Seek", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Friday, May 24, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
|"Orchard Fantasy", acrylic on vinyl banner, 48" x 24", © Nancy Roberts|
Finished my banner today! As part of the City of Brentwood's Banner Up! project, this will fly from a downtown lamp post during the summer, then be auctioned off to benefit the Brentwood Library in September. If you're interested in purchasing this banner, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you information about the auction. (We are Brentwood CA, 94513 in Northern California.)
Friday, May 17, 2019
|"Quiet Cove, Benicia", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Benicia Open Studios
Sat & Sun, May 4 & 5
Please drop by and see me at Benicia Plein Air Gallery this weekend during Benicia Open Studios! My show "Color Journeys" is still up and I'll be there both days doing an informal acrylic painting demo and chatting with visitors. I'm Artist Number 7 on the Open Studios map. Click here for the guide: Benicia Open Studios 2019 Catalog
Benicia Plein Air Gallery, 307 First St., is in the heart of historic downtown Benicia. Learn more at www.BeniciaPleinAir.com.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
|"Mitchell Canyon", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Monday, April 15, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
I'm happy with my new show "Color Journeys" at Benicia Plein Air Gallery! My opening reception is this Saturday, April 6 from 4 to 6 pm. If you're in the Bay Area this weekend I hope you'll drop by! "Color Journeys" runs through May 5 at Benicia Pleiln Air Gallery, 307 First St. in historic downtown Benicia, CA 94510, open Thursdays through Sundays noon to 6 pm. Learn more at www.BeniciaPleinAir.com
Monday, February 11, 2019
|"Diablo Between Storms", acrylic on canvas 4" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
A rare chilly day in East Contra Costa County, with storm clouds hovering around Mt. Diablo. Snow from the night before was melting before my eyes as I painted this view from my studio window!
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
|"Vaqueros Spring", Acrylic on Panel, 9" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Monday, January 7, 2019
|"Black Diamond Winter", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
|"Mitchell Canyon", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts|
Happy New Year!
Started this painting alongside Judith Kunzle and Samantha McNally, and finished in my studio today. Mitchell Canyon is a trailhead in Mt. Diablo State Park with beautiful views up the mountain's northern slopes. I love the gentle rhythm of the foothill ridges folding back and forth as they climb toward the summit.