What I like best about watercolor is also what is most challenging about watercolor. It's unruly. The truth is, a lot of my life is that way. Our forty rural acres are big and messy and vulnerable to the caprices of nature. I spent years photographing and blogging about our life out here but I could never quite express the feeling of all that sky meeting all those trees meeting all the rest of rural Indiana until I started painting it. In my work, I put the beauty of rural life in its natural context. Kids ride the bus to a home surrounded by cornfields under a sunny sky. Haybales sit in a field shrouded in golden mist, autumn trees and a pale morning sky. Fields of goldenrod bloom between thickets of trees under a cloud studded sky. Everything that happens in this world happens under that sky. We ought to look at it more often. I love it when folks look at one of my landscapes and say, 'Oh, that reminds me of home!' I try to put as much home as possible in every painting. Things may not be tidy out here, but they sure are interesting. That's what I paint.
People are often curious about where I got the ideas for my logos. It's a good story. Three good stories, actually.
The logo for my yarn business came from my studio. When we built it, the four doors/windows in the front were supposed to be identical all the way across. The builders didn't do it that way for...reasons. I was really bummed, but my step-dad point out that the front of the studio was a lot more interesting this way. He was right. I painted the doors dark red and not long after, when I was searching for a new logo idea, I realized the studio doors would be perfect.
The logo for the blog came from a site that was harvesting antique typeface from old books under the public domain. The scans were messy and it took hours on photoshop to clean up and finesse the image, but I love the way it turned out. I've always been fond of Rs.
The signature logo for my art site is a direct scan of my own signature, cleaned up a bit on photoshop.
I have to say, I'm pretty proud of this signature. When I was in grade school, I was often told how horrible my handwriting was. I took a typing class as soon as I could and avoided writing things by hand. Decades later I took an online lettering class from Joanne Sharpe and one of the things she says is, 'Your handwriting is beautiful and you can make beautiful letters with it'. I decided to believe her and in retrospect that one idea was a real turning point for me artistically. I stopped hating my writing and started loving what I could do with it. It wasn't as beautiful as my great grandmother's, or mom's or sister's, but it was quirky and fun and all mine. Thank you, Joanne! Once I embraced that idea, I started trusting my drawing and painting. I decided I was going to just Do the art, not Judge the art.
Robin Edmundson was born in Michigan and went to college in Utah, but has spent the vast majority of her life in Indiana, where she grew up and which she loves. Her home is in Greene County, Indiana. Robin is a rural landscape artist whose goal is to record the regular, everyday places and happenings of rural life in a way to celebrate the people and places involved. She paints the farms, woods, fields, marshes and especially the clouds in the sky. Everything that happens in this world happens under that sky. We ought to look at it more.
After earning a Ph.D. in linguistics and teaching at Indiana University for 26 years, Robin first turned her full attention to weaving and dyeing. She won several awards for her work in fiber arts and still owns a business in hand-dyed yarns. In 2014, she began to work with watercolor, first as a way to stay sane during Hoosier winters, and then as a personal challenge, to master this tricky medium. Her work was quickly accepted into juried exhibitions. Over the years, Robin did an intensive study of color theory on her own, using that knowledge to inform her work as a dyer and fiber artist and later as a painter. She spends a lot of time working out how to use color to best effect. She has been teaching color theory and creativity since 2003.
Shows, Exhibits & Awards
- 2018 'Winter White', Hoosier Women Artists: Works selected for the statehouse. Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Lafayette, Indiana.
- 2017 October 8 - December 3. 'White Roofs, December', Watercolor Society of Indiana, Juried Member Exhibit, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Indianapolis, Indiana.
- 2017 August 4 - September 29. Solo show. The Vault at Gallery Mortgage. Bloomington, Indiana.
- 2017-18 'Winter White', Hoosier Women Artists: Works selected for the statehouse. Indiana Statehouse. Indianapolis, Indiana.
- 2017 'Last Dance of the Night', Bloomington Watercolor Society Member Exhibit, The Vault at Gallery Mortgage. Bloomington, Indiana.
- 2016 'Clouds over May Pasture', Watercolor Society of Indiana, Juried Member Exhibit, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Indianapolis, Indiana.
- 2016 'T C Steele's Studio', Award: Honorable Mention, September Plein Air Event, T C Steele State Memorial. Brown County, Indiana.
- 2016 'Storing the Jars', Bloomington Watercolor Society Member Exhibit, Monroe County History Center. Bloomington, Indiana.
- Bloomington Watercolor Society. Bloomington, Indiana
- Watercolor Society of Indiana, Signature Member
- Transparent Watercolor Society of America
- Hoosier Salon