Robin King, Artist — Wednesday Worthy
May 16, 2012
I am delighted to welcome my dear friend Robin King to the Wednesday Worthy Interview chair today. Robin and I became friends on the same now-defunct blogging platform where I met Stephanissima (interviewed in April) and Aubrey (interviewed in February). We recognized each other as kindred spirits immediately. My apologies to Robin that due to a typo in my scheduling time, this wasn’t up at the usual time this morning.
Robin is multi-faceted and multi-talented, a writer, a musician, an incredibly funny person, and an artist in many different media. It is her art we’ll focus on today. I have some of her art hanging on my walls, and as I look through the art she has available for sale, I realize I may have to add to my Robin King collection. (Note: The image to the left is a licensed stock image from Fotolia, as are nearly all the images I post on my site, it isn’t one of Robin’s paintings.)
Me: Could you tell us something of the way your life’s journey has brought you to using art as an expression of your creativity?
Robin: I’ve always drawn…cartoons, illustrations. It’s joy to do that even when the outcome is less than “perfect.” I like the act of drawing. And colors! LOVE colors! When they sing together it’s wonderful. For a long time I was fortunate enough to have a job that allowed me to use photography, drawing, and videography on a daily basis; when that job ended a few years ago I decided to expand my art-horizons.
Me: I’m always so impressed by the variety of things you do in your art. Would you tell us about the various media you use?
Robin: You’re so kind!! Thank you!! I routinely use pencils, charcoal, pastels, computer software, and cut paper. I also enjoy photography. And over the past few months I’ve been teaching myself how to paint (acrylics on canvas).
Me: Because I follow your blog, I know that lately you’ve been doing a lot of painting and experimentation with that medium. Could you talk a bit about how that has informed your art as a whole? Has it changed your approach to other media, and if so, how?
Robin: Well, it’s been terrifying and incredibly rewarding. There’s such POWER in physically pushing colors around! I suppose that the work I’ve been doing has allowed me to be more brave in other areas. The confidence that comes from learning will do that.
Me: What sort of subjects attract you? Do you look for patterns, shapes, colors? How do you decide what medium to use for each project?
Robin: Subjects? Life, love, death, pain, confusion…emotions. I like to create things that appear to be pretty or funny and light-hearted but actually have a more sinister meaning. And I often find myself working on images that are ambiguous. I like presenting mysteries to people, especially when the images don’t look like mysteries at first. As far as choosing goes, right now I’m painting everything. It feels good.
Me: This may sound like a silly question, but when you’re painting, or working digitally with an image, how do you decide when that piece of art is “finished” or are you always seeing ways of tweaking things?
Robin: Ha! Not silly! It’s a big deal. Doing “too much” is very easy. I try to stop when I think I MIGHT be done, when the image looks “almost there,” and then I let it sit for a few days. Sometimes I discover later that it really was “done” and I wasn’t immediately certain because I was still fired up about making it and couldn’t let go. When I find that the image isn’t finished, it’s easier to do the last few things to complete it, when it’s “cooled off” and so have I.
Me: I am very concerned about copyright online, and I know that you have had some problems in this area. I wonder if you could say a few words about how copyright issues impact your work?
Robin: I’ve discovered my images in horrible places on line and had partial success in having them removed. What worries me is what I CAN’T see. In spite of all the searching tools available, it’s still VERY EASY for people to post images they don’t own and to sell them — and not be caught. I took the extreme measure of hiding all of my work and closing accounts a couple of months ago. But that was untenable and now I’m back online. I wish people wouldn’t think it’s OK to “take” whatever they see online. But many do.
Me: If someone is interested in your work, is it available for purchase anywhere?
Robin: My work is available on RedBubble, a dandy site where I’ve been a member since August of 2008. The art community there is friendly, supportive, and amazingly creative.
Here’s a link to my portfolio:
I’m always happy to create custom images and design work to order. the originals of my paintings are also available for purchase.
Me: Thanks so much, Robin, for participating in this interview. I so enjoy “talking” with you and seeing your creativity move in so many exciting directions!