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Roberta Murray
Works at being an artist (painting & photography), weather watching, dreaming, romantic, goof
Attended Olds College
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Thanks for the invite Randall. 
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Is G+ dyeing? I've been trying to be more active lately, but it's really hard to get back into G+ and the reason is pretty simple. The engagement seems to be gone. I go look at my circles and it's mostly people just posting images; sometimes beautiful images they've created. But there's very little conversation happening. There might be a few likes, but there are usually very few (if any) comments. 

When I post, I might get a few likes (very few) and rarely any comments. I use social media for the social aspect. I don't care if people like my paintings, but I care about the connection and conversations; and that's just not happening anymore. 

What happened here? Where has everyone gone - or are we simply done with social media (other than the giant that everyone loves to hate) and interacting online?
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Facebook is worse. Much worse. If you want to talk, Reddit is the best. It just is. Talking goes much better when the platform is designed around keyboards instead of small screens.
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You're invited to A Maker's Emporium at The Frame-It Store (5102 47 Ave Red Deer) for the grand opening celebration on June 25th from 4 - 7 pm.
I will have several pieces that will be available for sale for the first time that night, but if you want to know what they are you'll have to go to the opening to see them in person. And be first in line to purchase at the opening night only price!
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I got a new Strada easel (thanks to my photography royalties) and had to take it out for a test drive Friday night. Only problem was we had stormy weather. There was a break in the storms and the sun was casting some beautiful shadows across the driveway, so I set up and went to work. 

No sooner did I start then more clouds rolled in obscuring the light. Then the wind picked up and the rain was right behind it. I tried to finish up inside but I had done a bad job. The next night the weather was exactly the same, so I took another stab at it. 

I changed my composition a bit from the first night. I didn't like the angle of the driveway. Much happier with the results now. 

The Driveway - 8x10" - Oil

#art   #allaprima    #canadianart   #fineart   #impressionism  #landscape #oilpainting 
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Thank you @Mary Schiros and @Maria Egilsson. It is a nice little easel.

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I Am The Silence - 14x18" - Acrylic I Am The Silence is from my Vision Quest series of paintings. These paintings are meant to represent the spirit and stories of the Native American people. They started (and the series got ...
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Thanks +C.J. Shane .
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Hey Calgary people..... I'll be at the Beacon Original Art on Saturday. 
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I have spent the past couple of weeks getting paintings varnished, framed and ready to go to the Beacon Original Art sale in Calgary. Sale day is just 2 sleeps away. I am excited to show off some of my newer work. This is jus...
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Against The Wind - 9x6" - Oil on canvas What would artist's paint if they knew no one would ever see their paintings? This question has been pondering me lately. I think I am at a kind of crossroads, where I'm questi...
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Thanks +C.J. Shane. There can be some interesting finds if you go down that road. I highly recommend watching The Impressionists. It was free on YouTube.
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I spent Saturday out painting with a friends at the botanical gardens of Olds College. My first attempt was a grouping of alliums, but I didn't like where I was going with it. I was being too literal in composition, light, and colour. I was going to scrape it out when I got home, but instead decided to change the composition and colours. 

My second painting was of the peonies - one of my favourite flowers. This time I wasn't so literal in trying to paint what was there and rearranged the flowers to make a more pleasing composition. I stayed pretty true to colours and values though. 

It was a good lesson in learning how to balance being true to the scene and creating a pleasing painting. Always so much more to learn, but I am loving this journey!

#art   #floral   #fineart   #painting   #oilpainting   #pleinair  
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My Driveway - 8x10" - Oil on panel

Ended up having to do this over 2 nights because we were only getting about 15 minutes in-between storm cells; and my first nights attempt just wasn't good enough! 
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Thanks you @Val H and @Gus Lopez
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"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."
 - Swami Vivekananda
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Thanks Roberta
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Learning To Fly - 8x10" - Oil on panel I have been painting up a storm this past month. With good weather I'm trying to get outside often for plein air sessions, and painting in the studio in-between. My brain does not allo...
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Daylight Dance - 11x14" - Oil on board In the past couple of weeks I've seen a few different artists mentioning frustrations with photographing their art. If you type in "How To Photograph Artwork" in Google you will come up...
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+Amy Rothstein Not sure why the link didn't work for you. It worked fine for me and is accurate. Try just going to the blog http://robertamurray.blogspot.ca
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Introduction

Short Version:

I make pictures. Sometimes they are drawn, sometimes painted, sometimes photographed. The method is less important than the message.

 

Long Version:

I am a full time visual artists from Alberta, Canada. Although I was raised in the city, I spent as many of my weekends and holidays as possible with relatives in the ranching areas of the province where a deep love for western cultures and nature developed. Art was a major part of my life then. It was rare to see me without a sketchbook or camera.

 

I studied photography in the late 1980’s but then spent 14 years working in the fibre arts. It is the drawings and photography I did then that gave me the most pleasure and ultimately lead me to devote my practice to those mediums. My textile work helped shape my ideas on the use of colour, shape, and design in more abstract and symbolic terms.

 

Visual art is my journey where I explore the many aspects of life. There is the beauty of people represented with spirit, grace, strength, freedom and our connection to the land. The land filled with wonderment and magnificence, shows us our own insignificance. Sometimes, it’s just about the subtleness or simplicity of a beautiful thing, which we don’t acknowledge often enough.

 

I try not to copy nature exactly, but a sentiment that will allow you to connect with the represented spirit and create your own interpretations. It is my hopes these works will create an emotional response in you that goes beyond what is readily understood.

 

I find inspiration in the work of the impressionist’s, especially those of Dutch and Russian heritage. In 2009 I was juried in as a full member of the Alberta Society of Artists, which was an organization my great, great uncle Frederick G. Cross was a founding member of. In 2014 I was juried in as an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and in late 2014 as an active member of the Oil Painters of America. My work hangs in private and public collections around the world.

 

You can view my paintings at RobertaMurray.ca and my photography at Pictorialist Photo.


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All images are copyright protected. They are not to be downloaded, used, abused, mistreated, claimed as your own, printed, painted, parasited. If you share them credit me and link back to http://www.robertamurray.ca; and do so from my original post not by downloading and reposting without my written permission.

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I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 2 and here I am doing it.
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  • New York Institute of Photography
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