2008 Abstract Paintings/Stories

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Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist standing alongside of Painting No. 23 Titled 'Related Families' at an Exhibition called 'Ways Out - Journeys through Recovery' at Synergy Gallery, Northcote, Melbourne Aust. 2009 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.jpg

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist standing alongside of Painting No. 23 Titled ‘Related Families’ at an Exhibition called ‘Ways Out – Journeys through Recovery’ at Synergy Gallery, Northcote, Melbourne Aust. 2009 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.jpg

 

Abstract Painting Portfolio 2008 – Paintings Nos. 1 to 30:-

2008 was the start of my art therapy journey.  I hadn’t picked up a paint brush since being a child.  At first I found the idea of painting daunting and my very first attempt was very much just about getting paint onto a canvas to see how it felt!  I started off with very inexpensive paint and canvases and worked from within the home garage.  During this year a graduated to using better quality paints, canvases and brushes.  I gradually began to develop a style and technique for myself.  I found my voice…

Painting No. 1 - Title "Growth" by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 2008

Painting No. 1 – Title “Growth” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
50cms Length x 60cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: First try at painting and experimenting with acrylic paint – Flowers blowing in the brisk wind, taking root in a green field below blue skies. Inspired by the field across from home.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 2 - Title "Inner City" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 2 – Title “Inner City” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: Busy tarmac roads and tram tracks heading in and out of the city, bridges of the Yarra River, a great hurry in our inner Melbourne City (Australia).
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 3 - Title "Piece of Mind" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson

Painting No. 3 – Title “Piece of Mind” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: A jigsaw of a mind in thought! During my time at Belgravia (former place of employment), much was going on in my mind. Many tasks to complete, many goals to achieve, many new experiences to survive/enjoy and stress over. Many budgets to reach, many meetings to attend, many flights to catch, many miles to travel. A very exciting and stressful but personally rewarding time in my life.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 4 - Title "Cats Eyes" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 4 – Title “Cats Eyes” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: Use of cats eye shapes and pinks/browns/black shadings. Looking at life in a calmer way, quieter colours, softer shapes and less complicated life!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 5 - Title "Fracture" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 5 – Title “Fracture” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
30cms Length x 30cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: A mood – dark… There’s been a split, a fracture of the mind-set. A disruption to what was and a prelude to a reformation of self.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 6 - Title "Lady in Purple" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 6 – Title “Lady in Purple” Mar 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: I was thinking of a better place, where there was less stress and more peace. A simplification of matter… Clearer and larger segmentation of thought with a symbol of myself as the central figure in purple.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 7 - Title "Pretty Place" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson 2008

Painting No. 7 – Title “Pretty Place” Mar 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story:  This was about going to a place of happiness – of the best of thoughts! My daughter always made me happy with her good nature. A calmness and joy about her inspired this painting.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 8 - Title "Plates" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 8 – Title “Plates” Mar 08
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: Plates overlapping in blue/black tones with eye like shapes peering over these circles of activity.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 9 - title "Space" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 9 – Title “Space” Mar 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: A starkness of space using textured bright colours. To show a simplification between the objects/shapes.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 10 - Title "Brain Wave" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 10 – Title “Brain Wave” Mar 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: Great waves in bright blood-red for passion and pale pink/white for clear thinking backed with deep, rich chocolate, the food of desire!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 11 - Title "Dirty Rain" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 11 – Title “Dirty Rain” May 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 50cms Wide x 1cm Deep
Painting Story: A mass of twisted colour, marred by dirty rain.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 12 - Title "Coloured DNA" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 12 – Title “Coloured DNA” Jan/Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
75cms Length x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Inspired by the thought of my family’s DNA being a colourful mixture of ancestry – the good, the bad and the ugly!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 13 - Title "My Garden" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 13 – Title “My Garden” Apr/May 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 122cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: On looking out at my garden there is a wonderful play of colour and texture throughout the year. With yearly showers of rain and the impact of the Australian sun, the garden goes about its seasonal re-birthing process. Being an observer of mother nature’s hand at work brings a calmness and peace into my life.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 14 - Title "Australia" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 14 – Title “My Australia” Apr/May 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 92cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: When traveling through Southern Queensland, coastal NSW and country Victoria whilst working for Belgravia in 2006/2007 – I saw much of eastern Australia. One of the most striking things I noticed was the lack of water. River beds baron of their natural flow of water! When I was a very young girl, I had traveled with my family, the same travel routes where water was in abundance. It was very saddening. But Australia still was/is a very beautiful country, even without an abundance of natural water.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

NB:  For a detailed back story on the above Abstract Painting No. 14 – please click here!

Painting No. 15 - Title "Blade Wheel" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 15 – Title “Blade Wheel” Apr/May 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 92cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Use of circles as central point with varying blade sizes coming from the central circle. Using metallic gold paint for varying effects.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 16 - Title "Uncontrolled Maze" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson 2008

Painting No. 16 – Title “Uncontrolled Maze” May/June 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 60cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Parts of our lives are loosely put together in uncontrolled maze like directions! We think at times we can control our outcome but will always will be restricted by major society constraints. At times life can be bleak and dull and too conforming.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 17 - Title "Alive" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 17 – Title “Alive”
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 60cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: The original drawing onto the canvas was of flame like shapes. The choice of colours used was to see how they would jump off the canvas. The colours and shapes are caressing whilst flames would suggest one should be aware!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 18 - Title "Watching You" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 18 – Title “Watching You” May/Jun 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
80cms Length x 80cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: A feeling of being watched! Warm earthy colours with sweeping swirling/curves/circles suggest it is a safe place of watchfulness. Other times in my life, a feeling of being watched were unsafe times in my childhood and early teen years.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 19 - Title "Polluted Olympics" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 19 – Title “Polluted Olympics” July/Aug 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 122cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: My first trip to China – Guangzhou 2006/2007 provided me with a major culture shock. One of the things that dismayed me was the dreadful pollution. No sun or moon shape could be seen within the sky – just a dull polluted sky! With the TV images of Beijing at the Olympics it took me back to my visit and hence this was the inspiration for this painting. The entangled “Birds Nest” for the Olympics over the grey of pollution! Surrounded by a yellow sunniest marketing ploy to portray all is well with the air at Beijing…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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NB:  For a detailed back story on the above abstract painting No. 19 – please click here!

Painting No. 20 - Title "Zero In" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 20 – Title “Zero In” May/Jun 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 90cms Wide x 3cms Wide
Painting Story: Points where all is zeroing into different areas/points. Use of contrasting but complimenting colour.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 1 - Title "Confines" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 21 – Title “Confines” Jun/Jul 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
102cms Length x 102cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Confines of shapes and colour that had to be worked within. Just like life at times…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 22 - Title "Busy Office" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 22 – Title “Busy Office” Aug/Sept 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 122cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: My office is not as organised as I would like and neither is my life…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 23 - Title "Related Families" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 23 – Title “Related Families” Jun/Jul/Aug 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
152cms Length x 102cms Wide x 3ms Deep
Painting Story: We had just come out of having a mid-year Xmas gathering. When thinking about our families I was inspired by the unity of our families. During my husband’s cancer treatment this was proven to be just as true! Comforted by the families support and with the knowledge that when it really counts, they will be there for us.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 24A - Title "Pa's Orchids" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 24A – Title “Pa’s Orchids” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
49cms Wide x 60cms Length x 4cms Deep
Painting Story: Pa died in August 2008. He was a wonderful father in-law and Grandfather to 25 grandchildren (at the time of his death). Pa had a beautiful orchid waiting to flower. It flowered days after his death. This was my inspiration for this painting…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 24B - Title "Pa's Orchids" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 24B – Title “Pa’s Orchids” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
49cms Wide x 60cms Length x 4cms Deep
Painting Story: Pa died in August 2008. He was a wonderful father in-law and Grandfather to 25 grandchildren (at the time of his death). Pa had a beautiful orchid waiting to flower. It flowered days after his death. This was my inspiration for this painting…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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Painting No. 24C - Title "Pa's Orchids" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 24C – Title “Pa’s Orchids” Feb 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
49cms Wide x 60cms Length x 4cms Deep
Painting Story: Pa died in August 2008. He was a wonderful father in-law and Grandfather to 25 grandchildren (at the time of his death). Pa had a beautiful orchid waiting to flower. It flowered days after his death. This was my inspiration for this painting…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 25 - Title "Belgravia Work Place" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 25 – Title “Belgravia Work Place” Aug/Sept 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 122cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Belgravia was my work place for 2 1/2 years. It was a large Corporation, leader in Men’s Formal Hire in the Southern Hemisphere. I joined the team starting up Ladies Bridal and Evening wear. They were interesting years; working with different departments and different people with all types of personalities. Some smart, some not so smart, some passionate, some dedicated, some hard-working, some not hard-working, some kind, some mean, some colourful, some dull, some very accomplished and some not….but all part of a team of people within the corporation all trying to earn a living.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 26A - Title "Green Peace & Human Nature" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 26A – Title “Green Peace & Human Nature” Sept/Oct 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
81cms Length x 151cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This two-part painting is about the impact we have on our earth. How the health of our planet is all in our control. How the choices we make on marking its surfaces; and using its resources holds an incredible responsibility. How there is many parts of our planet suffering from our human intervention. And how there are other parts which are sustaining great beauty. My mother said to me once “Life is like a path of snow, be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show”. My painting shows our human marks and the question…are our marks benefiting our earth or making it sick? Hope is expressed in these paintings via the use of bright colours…and in our youth of the future!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist standing alongside of Paintings No. 26A and 26B Titled 'Green Peace & Human Nature Exhibition called 'Ways Out - Journeys through Recovery' at Synergy Gallery, Northcote, Melbourne Aust. 2009 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist standing alongside of Paintings No. 26A and 26B Titled ‘Green Peace & Human Nature Exhibition called ‘Ways Out – Journeys through Recovery’ at Synergy Gallery, Northcote, Melbourne Aust. 2009 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Painting No. 26B - Title "Green Peace & Human Nature" by Abstract Artist - 2008

Painting No. 26B – Title “Green Peace & Human Nature” Sept/Oct 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
81cms Length x 151cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This two-part painting is about the impact we have on our earth. How the health of our planet is all in our control. How the choices we make on marking its surfaces; and using its resources holds an incredible responsibility. How there is many parts of our planet suffering from our human intervention. And how there are other parts which are sustaining great beauty. My mother said to me once “Life is like a path of snow, be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show”. My painting shows our human marks and the question…are our marks benefiting our earth or making it sick? Hope is expressed in these paintings via the use of bright colours…and in our youth of the future!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 27 - Title "Out of Control" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 27 – Title “Out of Control” Sept/Oct 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 92cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: It is an expression of being really out of control. When periods of my life are all emotions and full of stress. Just a mess…
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 28 - Title "America's Economy Crash 08" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 28 – Title “America’s Economy Crash 08” Sept/Oct 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
92cms Length x 92cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by the dramatic American Economy Crash in September 08 and how it shattered the lives, homes, shares and superannuation of its people and the rest of the world. The strong red jagged downward graph like shape, almost like a lighting strike, carves its way through the heart of our perceived security.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 29 - Title "Arctic Pole Flat Lining" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 29 – Title “Arctic Pole Flat Lining” Oct/Nov 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
120cms Length x 84cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This is a painting representing the drastic changes to glaciers, an ominous sign of global warming. Our ice shelves melting away and causing rises in our sea levels. Changing homes of our Arctic animals. Our Arctic is heading towards “flat lining” – leaving its animal and bird life an unknown future.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Paintng No. 30 - Title "Looming Darkness" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2008

Painting No. 30 – Title “Looming Darkness” Oct/Nov 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
122cms Wide x 81cms Long x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting was inspired by a period of time in my husband’s, my life and our two adult children’s lives, where we had just found out he had a lump on his neck. My husband was in the process of having tests to determine, if he had Lymphoma ?! It was a very emotional time in our lives. Life in previous months seemed to have been a sunny period in our lives. This news brought a looming shadow of doubt, as to what we may be facing, in the years to come. All the results of tests came in just before Xmas with the news that yes he did have Lymphoma. To me, in this painting it showed the warm sunny life being over shadowed with looming darkness, the good white blood cells struggling against the invasion of Lymphoma. At the time, this was all we could focus on but since then my husband has had his chemotherapy and is in remission. So good did triumph over evil…and we hope it will remain that way for him.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

 

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 GROWTHUsing Art, Creative Writing & Photography as Therapy – My Journey by Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!


					

4 thoughts on “2008 Abstract Paintings/Stories

    • Hi Anne,

      Thank you for your encouraging words. I have just gotten back to photography and am really enjoying getting out into the bush to use my lens to create once more. And photography abstraction can be interesting and rewarding…warm regards Karen

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  1. I really love what you are doing with art! I too have a traumatic background, and am an artist. I’m just now getting into abstract art. I also am high functioning autistic.

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    • Thank you for taking a look at what I do and how I use art as a form of therapy. Am glad to read that you have found art and now getting into abstract art…it’s a very creative form and one that I hope you will gain a lot of benefit from…all the best Karen

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