Robin Mead is an independent, self -representing artist whose works include digital and altered art, acrylic and mixed media paintings and watercolor landscapes and gardens. She also creates wonderful vibrant colored crochet afghans and handmade art journals that infuse her love of color into joyful creations that can be used in the home or given as gifts.
Robin combines her background in the Social Work profession with her love of expressing joy by creating colorful depictions of nature, preferably the ocean, landscapes, flowers and birds. She relies on her intuitive skills and insight to capture the ‘joy’ that she feels, and translate it onto paper, canvas and the digital screen. After attending art school on Long Island, New York in 2003, she began sharing her work in local shows and on the internet by way of websites, blogs and online shops. Robins work can be found in homes around the world as well as album covers, books, and in tutorials for creating art.
Robin also loves to spend time at the ocean or in nature looking for inspiration. She always has a bag of art supplies ready in hand and is usually creating something wherever she goes. Robin lives with her husband of 25 years and spends hours with him and her 2 daughters and her friends, sipping wine and laughing for hours.
1. What’s your medium of choice and what do you love about it?
So my medium of choice is definitely watercolor. I don’t really use it in the traditional sense, but more of a mixed media style. Sometimes I use it very diluted and other times with a very dense hand. I love the versatility of watercolor and I also combine it with many other suppliies, for example liquid acrylic, ink, cut paper, using it in a spray bottle..dripping it or just splashing it on. My go-to watercolor is Winsor and Newton… but I just recieved Dr Ph Martens liquid concentrated watercolors… and they are just amazing. My new Favs for sure.
2. What are you working on right now? What’s on your camera/desk/easel or in your studio?
Today I was working on some collage pieces… I’m not really a collage artist but try to be sometimes… lolol. I use collage technique to ponder different things I would like to try.
3. What practices/activities are most valuable to your creative process?
The practice most important to me is to create everyday… no matter what. There is no other practice more important than that… there is no magic or secret on how to get better at art… or how to improve your skill… there is no class or instructor that is better than experimenting, exploring and trying out new ideas, techniques or supplies.
4. What’s one thing you want to share with others about your art and/or process?
The one thing I’d like to share about my art or process is to do what you love. I love color and line and that is what I use to create. There are many ways to integrate those things and that is how I develop new creations… there are of course other things I love about art… but most important is to do what you love… the rest will follow.
5. What advice would you give to your young artist self?
I so wish I did not have stipulations in my mind when I was young… about what art was. I thought you had to be able to create or copy a face from a person, like a sketch… that turned out like a masterpiece. I thought you had to already be great at art to be an artist. Those beliefs are what I would contradict to my younger artist self..and any other as well.
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