2010 Abstract Paintings/Stories

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I was photographed by the Herald Sun (Andrew Tauber) at TAC’s ‘Picture This’ Exhibition in 2010 at Federation Square, Melbourne – Australia. The photo features: Painting No. 45A – ‘The Life of Our Son Ben‘ in the foreground; Painting No. 45B – “The Death of Our Son Ben” in the background to the left with Painting No. 45C – “The Loss of Our Son Ben” in the background to the right. This was the very first time I had shown my paintings to the public. It was a very emotional experience shared by family, friends and other artists who had experienced road trauma. NB: These paintings can be viewed with each of their painting stories, under the tab ‘Abstract Painting Portfolio’ in 2010. Also further information on TAC’s Picture This Exhibition 2010 can be found under the tab ‘Artist Exhibitions’ in 2010.

I was photographed by the Herald Sun (Andrew Tauber) at TAC’s ‘Picture This’ Exhibition in 2010 at Federation Square, Melbourne – Australia. The photo features: Painting No. 45A – ‘The Life of Our Son Ben‘ in the foreground; Painting No. 45B – “The Death of Our Son Ben” in the background to the left with Painting No. 45C – “The Loss of Our Son Ben” in the background to the right. This was the very first time I had shown my paintings to the public. It was a very emotional experience shared by family, friends and other artists who had experienced road trauma. NB: These paintings can be viewed with each of their painting stories, under the tab ‘Abstract Painting Portfolio’ in 2010. Also further information on TAC’s Picture This Exhibition 2010 can be found under the tab ‘Artist Exhibitions’ in 2010.

 

About Painting Abstract Portfolio 2010 – Paintings Nos. 39 to 45C & Nos. 46, 47A/47B, 48 and 49:-

2010, I was consumed with grief and despair at the loss of my son Ben who had been killed in a single vehicle crash 9th November 2009.  Painting became an important part of my daily routine.  It gave me a way of being able to express emotions and thoughts, that of which I found too hard to say out loud.  Paintings for my daughter gave me an opportunity to paint and story tell about something positive in my life.  Something hope full…

Painting No. 39 - Title "Kelly's Soul" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 39 – Title “Kelly’s Soul” Feb 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
30cms Length x 30cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by the love of a mother/wife (me) of my husband and grown up children. A portrait of their wonderful souls and how they have enriched my life. How I treasure them…This one of three paintings is Kelly’s Soul.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 40 - Title "Mark's Soul" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 40 – Title “Mark’s Soul” Feb 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
30cms Length x 30cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by the love of a mother/wife (me) of my husband and grown up children. A portrait of their wonderful souls and how they have enriched my life. How I treasure them… This one of three paintings is Mark’s Soul.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 41 - Title "Ben's Soul" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 41 – Title “Ben’s Soul” Feb 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
30cms Length x 30cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by the love of a mother/wife (me) of my husband and grown up children. A portrait of their wonderful souls and how they have enriched my life. How I treasure them… This one of three paintings is Ben’s Soul.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright law!

Painting No." by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 42 – Title “Small Pain” Jan 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
91cms Length x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by seeing my daughter in pain after having all her four wisdom teeth removed. On the morning after the operation she woke up in excruciating pain. All the painkillers had worn off and as she swallowed pain-killer tablets, tears where running down her face. As a mother it pained me to see her like this and it made me think of how much more pain was ahead for Kelly in her life to come. Especially the pain she would experience during giving birth to children she may have. As a mum a felt a strong emotion towards my daughter at that moment, wanting to be able to protect her from future painful experiences but knowing that this would not be possible. I knew my role as her mum was just to be there for her as she needs me… NB: What we didn’t know at the time of me starting this painting was that our son, Kelly’s bother would be killed in a motor vehicle crash on Nov 5th 2009. Our family pain was almost greater than we could all bare. This painting started at the very beginning of November 2009 before his death and I finished it in Jan 2010.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 43 - Title "Life's a Washing Machine' by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 43 – Title “Life’s a Washing Machine” Feb 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
122cms Length x 122cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by how life at times feels like loads of washing tumbling around in a washing machine. Getting pulled this way and that way! Contorted, reshaped, dirty-up and washed out and then ‘hang out to dry’ – only to start all over again the next day. A whole mixture of life experiences tumbling into a single life which is shared with family, friends, work colleagues and the wider community at times…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 44 - Title "My Melbourne" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 44 – Title “My Melbourne” by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Oct 2009/June 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
122cms length x 122cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This Painting was inspired by a series of photos I had taken in June 2009 consisting of different buildings/locations within the city of Melbourne (Australia). I was so inspired by the colour and architectural contrasts Melbourne shows off! After living in Melbourne for over 40 years, the development of Melbourne has been amazing. Melbourne has so much to offer and very easy to get around to see. Each time I go into the city it has something new to share!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

NB:  For a detailed back story on the above Abstract Painting No. 44 – please click here!

Painting No. 45A - Title "The Life of Our Son Ben" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 45A – Title “The Life of Our Son Ben” Jan/Jun 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
91cms Length x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Our only son Ben was born on the 16/11/83 and died in a car crash 5/11/09 at the age of just 25, a number of days before his 26th Birthday. I had to do a painting to celebrate his life. To know that the time Ben was here with us – was a treasure shared with so many. Ben was loved and cherished and will be missed so much by all but mostly by us his mum (me), his dad and his sister. In memory of Ben and his life with us – we love you Ben…
Each band of colour represents a year of Ben’s life from a baby, to toddler, small child, teenager through to becoming a fully grown young man. Each colour represents the different emotions, feelings, experiences, growth Ben achieved in his 25 years with us. The spheres represent the worlds of people he had in his life from his own family of us (mum, dad and sister and his sister’s partner – now husband), extended family of nana, pa (deceased), aunties, uncles and cousins, work colleagues, first love, last love, other girlfriends and his best of mates. In loving memory of our Ben...
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 45B - Title "The Death of Our Son Ben" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 45B – Title “The Death of Our Son Ben” Jan/June 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
91cms Length x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Our son Ben was killed on the 5/11/09 in a single vehicle crash. Ben had just finished a 7 day shift at the Fosterville Gold Mines in Bendigo (Victoria, Australia) and was out with his Crew 3 work colleagues at their local drinking haunt. At approximately 1pm Thursday morning they headed off from the bar to home. Ben was able to get a Taxi but his boss was not able to get one. His boss said for Ben to take the Taxi and he would start walking home. Ben reached home and being concerned about his boss walking home decided to get into his car and go and pick up his boss and drive him home. This was a fatal decision Ben made. After picking up his boss, and getting him home safely, Ben headed back home via the road back to his work. This road was out through bush and farm land and kangaroo territory. At approximately 1.30am Ben traveling at approximately 140 kilometres and over 0.08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration), hit a kangaroo. Ben lost control of his car and at high-speed collided into two trees set on the side of the road. Ben was killed instantly. It was not until approximately 5am that Ben was discovered dead by one of Fosterville Gold Mine People. Ben made a terrible decision to get into his car that night but for a good reason to ensure his boss got home safely. When we went up to see where Ben had his crash it was incredibly emotional, distressing and heart breaking. The decision to do a painting of Ben’s crash was all about trying to communicate to all young people about drinking and driving and how in just one split second, a life can be taken. That a young life taken is such a tragedy and that so many other people’s lives are deeply affected and changed forever as well for this loss…
This painting shows the split second of our son Ben’s death. The impact of his car of silver and crimson into the trees, the shattering of his car and his life. The road though what is very beautiful county Victoria (Australia), a strange contrast to the tragedy we were all facing! The blue in the crash is our boy’s soul, the gold is our treasured son and the blue triangles are his sole reaching for the night heavens. There is the road stretching into the distance and the gum trees in the bush fields.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 45C - Title "The Loss of Our Son Ben" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 45C – Title “The Loss of Our Son Ben” Jan/June 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
91cms Length x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was all about the loss of our son. The deep grief of this loss and the terrible emptiness felt by us. How we felt that without Ben we were left with nothing of his future. No hope, no marriage, no children of his, no heritage of our son forthcoming. As parents the loss of our only son is unrecoverable. There is only the past we have of him which we will cherish forever but no present and no future…
I was only hoping by painting this that young people could understand more fully about the issues of “drinking and driving”. Our son was just like any other young man who was trying to make a life for himself. But tragically Ben was not able to continue on with his. Hopefully we may be able to save a young person’s life by sharing our son’s tragedy.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 46 - Title "Beveridge Estate" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 46 – Title “Beveridge Estate” May/June 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
180cms Length x 50cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was for my daughter and her partner (now husband). They are in the process of organising to build their first home on a very new estate called Beveridge. Beveridge Estate is being built on and around an Australian historical area of Ned Kelly – a famous Australian outlaw! Ned Kelly would be very surprised to see what is going to be done with his old stamping ground.
I developed all new colours for this painting so as to be unique for my daughter – colours that had not been used in previous paintings done. The colours represent man-made construction and un-established blocks. Their new house will be built on the edge of a man-made lake with a central golf course. It will take a long while before this estate is fully established – approximately 20 years or so. But both my daughter and partner (now husband) are looking forward to building their family life to come within this estate. We as parents look forward to them building their own family and look forward to many family gatherings at their home. Looking forward to seeing their future!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 47A - Title "Road to a New Life" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 47A – Title “Road to a New Life” Apr/June 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
90cms Length x 50cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting is about the new Beveridge Estate roads leading up and into where our daughter and her partner (now husband) will be beginning a new life together as soon as their house has been built. They have worked hard at their jobs/careers, worked hard at saving money and worked through very difficult times within our family. Our daughter had to deal with the knowledge her father had cancer and would need to have chemotherapy, her brother’s sudden and tragic death, training/studying away from home whilst still keeping on track herself during the past two years. This painting is for her…from me her mum with love.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 47B - Title "Road to a New Life" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 47B – Title “Road to a New Life” Apr/June 2010
Arcylic on Canvas
90cms Length x 50cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting is about the new Beveridge Estate roads leading up and into where our daughter and her partner (now husband) will be beginning a new life together as soon as their house has been built. They have worked hard at their jobs/careers, worked hard at saving money and worked through very difficult times within our family. Our daughter had to deal with the knowledge her father had cancer and would need to have chemotherapy, her brother’s sudden and tragic death, training/studying away from home whilst still keeping on track herself during the past two years. This painting is for her…from me her mum with love.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 48 - Title "A Quietness & Strength of Life" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 48 – Title “A Quietness & Strength of Life” June 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
180cms Length x 50cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting is for my daughter. The colours used are her favourite colours and really reflect her soul and personality. There ia a quietness and strength about her, hidden behind a delightful and playful nature. I loved the peacefulness, quietness of the colours, but then using purple and ocean blue to contrast against the gun-metal grey and beige. I choose the shapes to be clean and sharp, a preciseness. My daughter and her partner (now husband) like a clean and orderly home. I could see that this painting, to me, reflected how they were thinking about how their new home and life would be together as a young couple.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 49 - Title "Salvage Code Red" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2010

Painting No. 49 – Title “Salvage Code Red” July 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
137cms Length x 81cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by the man-made disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It was the largest Deep Horizon Oil Rig crude oil spill in US History. There were 126 people on board the floating oil rig when the explosion occurred. This disaster cost the lives of 11 men on the burning rig. The disaster griped the entire world as the crude oil was spewing out from the ocean floor sea bed. The loss of life, along with the terrible impact on the oceans resources, beach fronts within the Gulf of Mexico’s shore lines and the lively hoods of thousands of people, was a message to us all about what we are doing with our planet earth! The final report of this man-made disaster showed that poor management was the cause of this dreadful environmental disaster.
The red and yellow in the painting represents the fire and destruction. The brown and charcoal grey is the oil as it carved its way through the ocean heading towards the shore. And the blue is the portions of oceans struggling to regain its majesty and dominance.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

NB:  For a detailed back story on the above Abstract Paining No. 49 – please click here!

 

CONCLUSION

The process of painting, painting story writing and digital photo painting has offered me a way of expressing thoughts and emotions which can be difficult to say out loud.  I also came to understanding that art can be a very powerful way of communicating with others.  Therapy via art gave me a voice and my art therapy journey has become an important part of recent years and still will be an important part of my life in years to come.  I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey, will inspire others, to take up art therapy to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times.  Art Therapy has brought me now to a much better place where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day.  As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being.  I hope you will join me!

 


© Karen Robinson – March 2014

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!



					

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