Monday, 3 June 2019

Another day, another rejection

The not unsurprising news arrived today that "Greta" was not selected for the Ruskin Prize.

Monday, 27 May 2019

The Slough of Despond

Really am struggling to produce anything worthwhile lately.
Looking back over the past year, with all its trials and tribulations, I've realised that an awful lot of my work has been absolute tosh. With one or two notable exceptions, I've managed to churn out some real stinkers. Part of this is the regularity of Tuesdays at the studio - being there, having to work, regardless of inspiration - the rest is down to serious self-doubt, bereavement, mild depression, caring responsibilities, excuse-making, general ennui, serious self-doubt...

I have sold a few works though, nothing very major but enough to keep the spreadsheet ticking over.

I made, I think, a pretty good self-portrait 
(The Ruth Borchard prize judges didn't think it was good enough though)

And then, I made this:

(which I'm rather pleased with)
(and which the Ruskin prize judges haven't rejected yet)

It's called "Greta" and is rather large (1500x1000mm).
So, perhaps all is not lost.
Perhaps I'm not completely shit

Sometimes feels like it though.

Sunday, 17 February 2019


Not knowing what or where you're going with your art is a bitch.
Lately it's been difficult to find any inspiration, never mind any direction of travel for my work. You keep going, often churning out rubbish or worse, when you have an idea not being able to realise it in the way you'd envisaged. 
Stick at it and it will come. This time, hopefully, the idea I have will be the start of something meaningful again at last.

(this is not it)

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Once upon a time

Once upon a time I started an Art Blog; it seemed the thing to do and it was going quite well. Then time passes, things happen, other things get forgotten and here we are, well over a year since last posting, kick-starting "A Starry Night Again".
In the little over three years since the inception of Fire Monkey Arts, my work has improved in quantity and quality of output and I make regular, if not massively lucrative, sales. Working as part of a collective is excellent discipline, both in terms of working regularly in a supportive environment, and also as a result of the inevitable extra exposure working in a public studio affords the artist.
It's been an interesting journey with the Fire Monkeys; at the start we were over-subscribed so to speak, had little real direction or idea of what we were about other than a mechanism for local artists to get together to access the Hotwalls Studios we could otherwise not afford. Too many members and too much diversity of product meant clashes were inevitable and, although mostly polite, these disagreements hampered any real progress as a collective. It was only when the circumstance of declining membership forced a dramatic rethink that the Collective finally got its shit together and 2018 has been a year of tremendous growth artistically and in wider exposure.
Anyway, if you want to see more of my work please follow any of the links below. If you want to know what I think about arty things, I'll try and keep this blog up to date 😕

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Facebook: @RicRobinsonArtist

Friday, 13 January 2017

Oops, long time no post

Back in May in fact.
Since then the  Fire Monkeys have had a successful start and are now looking at ways to kick on and make a real success of the enterprise. We have over twenty active members sharing a studio both for working and as an outlet for our wares. Having a set time in a studio, while I have none of my own, has been a blessing even on those days when inspiration has been low, and it has been so interesting working alongside other artists, watching the way they work and observing what goes into their individual styles and techniques. 
All this positivity has led to perhaps my best work for a while:

Inspired by the continuing plight of the African elephant, and completed mostly with a palette knife in acrylics, it's called "Tusk" and I'm pleased to say has attracted and excellent reaction so far. So much so that I'm getting it properly photographed from which I'll have giclée prints made (available from and will be donating a percentage of all sales to elephant charities.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Fire monkeys

I've joined a fledgling artists cooperative - Fire Monkey Arts - who are going to take one of the new studio spaces at the hotwalls in Old Portsmouth. It's an exciting venture and everyone is very keen to make it work,
Yesterday was a site visit and it all looks very promising.

The site should open at the end of June.

Charcoal nude study