Robyn Jackson – Local Artist

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Robyn Jackson is back at Gallery 126 by popular demand. Her latest exhibit is called ‘One Day At A Time’.

The more you scratch, the more you itch”. This saying always reminds me of the process of creating art. Satisfaction is short lived, so the journey never ends. As I searched for a theme for this exhibition, I paused to ponder on just how fortunate I am, as an artist, to live in a district as changeable as the New England area.

So I decided, in this exhibition, I should reflect these feelings and try to capture the moment. This is a complete change from my last two exhibitions at Gallery 126, which both have been figurative; though you could say the land takes on a figurative form also.

There is a big difference though; my subject for this exhibition is always there, never complains no matter when I decide to work and I have the benefit of being outside at a beautiful time of the day. I hope you will enjoy my works as much as I have in the process.

I strive to convey the colour, strength and mystery of places that have caught my eye over the past six months. Examples of this are on early morning walks with dog, ’Buddy Beautiful’ and eldest daughter, I may notice the beauty of Mt Duval with its majestic blues and purples simply towering over the landscape and begging to be noticed.

I am always amazed at how the same scene takes on so many different hues and looks completely different each day.

Other times, just the shape of a small hill around Guyra may capture my attention, like little ‘pop ups’ sprinkled with gums and white, speckled, freshly shorn sheep.

The texture of the grasses and shapes around the lagoon outside Uralla, or again, the harshness of the Yarrowyck area during our winter months all take on a beauty of their own. Once a subject gets my attention, I will go back with camera and pad to collect all the information.

Sometimes I’m going back many times, just to capture that mood I am looking for. By working in plein air you have the ambience of the light and atmosphere to help you. For this reason, I try to work very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, near sunset. These are small pockets of time, but are very beautiful. I do small sketches with pastel, or whatever is handy, to get all the basic information I need and take a photo. Often, when a painting is not working, it means I need to go back to work on more small sketches.

Artists such as Monet and Renoir both worked outside almost exclusively and have been an inspiration to many since the 1840s. Nature is a dynamic, ever-changing thing. The bush is moving and growing and if you really take a good look ‘One day At A Time’, the subject takes on a life of its own. Add that to four very different seasons, and you can be inspired in the New England area for life.

I am not looking for an exact likeness … more important to me is a connection. Therefore, my emotions will also dictate the colours I will be looking for and how they are applied.

I like to work with Acrylic, as it is quick to dry and easily pushed around. Also, with the new Acrylics, they can be easily worked back into if they dry too quickly, or you change your mind on your last application. I feel most comfortable using as large a brush as I can find and spatulas to apply the paint as quickly as possible, so as to get a ‘feel’ rather than just detail.

Opening at Gallery 126 Friday on 15 October from 5pm to 7pm, closing Saturday 20 November.

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