Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Story Behind the Art-Robin Davis

Welcome to the second installation of "The Story Behind the Art".

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This months featured artist is Robin Davis and I am very happy to share her work with you. Robin and I were both licensed artists for The Lang Companies many, many moons ago. I was always in awe of her amazing work and was, therefore, a little intimidated to actually meet her. 
She and Dan DiPaolo were coming to town for the Atlanta Gift Show several years ago and I decided to have an artist meet and greet at my studio, which is just a couple of blocks from the Gift Mart. 
As luck would have it, an ice storm hit, Dan didn't make it in and Robin was coming over early. All I kept thinking was "What if we don't hit it off? and I hope this isn't one of those awkward meetings". Well it wasn't, and she has been sleeping on my sofa when it's gift show time ever since.

So, without further adieu, here is my friend, singing partner and fellow lover of wine night Robin Davis......................

The Story Behind the Art - Robin Davis

My son was born in year 2000. His arrival changed the trajectory of my career in the most amazing and creative way. Most of my life, I loved doodling, sketching and painting, gravitating towards characters. As my son grew, so did my love for drawing silly
yet sweet and kind little Monsters and Robots.

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When Connor was into Dinosaurs, that’s what I drew, but I have to say, when he got into Robots, I was in CREATIVE HEAVEN! I think seeing me in the studio all day, also made him want to draw and paint. We sure did a lot of that together, and I have boxes of his art to prove it. I just couldn’t part with any of it. I know Mom’s out there are nodding & giggling with me on that one, LOL!

One of my favorite doodles from Connor still hangs in my studio, it’s a little robot he drew at age 3. If you look at my sketches and paintings of Robots, you can see Connor’s influence on me. Life really does show us the way…my artwork is a reflection of the wonderful world that surrounds me.

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Anyone that knows me, would probably say "I’m just a big kid with a big heart”. I think having my son, made me feel like it was ok to be “silly” and boy can I be silly, especially around kids! So I’ve always tried to put that sweet silliness quality into my characters as I create them.

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Over the years as my son grew, so has my career and art. At times, during my Licensing career I was working on assignments very different from my Children’s Art. I branched into Home Decor & Gift design but my heart continues to bring me back to my characters and ROBOTS. These days, I can’t stop creating them. I’m just having so much fun playing with paper and rusty metal bits and bobs, whatever I can find. Even my friends and family bring me rusty things they discover in their garages or on their travels. Who would have thought someone would get so excited to see a bucket of rusty tin and metal, but I DO, I REALLY DO! I see, eyes and noses, arms and legs when I look at the parts. I start creating the Robot in my head! 

Once I create a Robot, I photograph them. Using my computer I can then add backgrounds and text. The words I choose are always about encouragement for my son.  Words of promise, hope, support and reassurance that everything is going to be ok. That being UNIQUE and ONE of a KIND like every one of my robots is INCREDIBLE! Most importantly that “The Sky’s the limit” there’s an entire UNIVERSE out there to EXPLORE and my hopes and dreams for him, is that he explores IT ALL!

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Children really do make my heart BIG! But maybe my Robots aren’t just for kids, maybe they are for THE KID IN ALL OF US!

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Hugs Robin

Want to know more about Robin? Just follow the links.

Website-Robin Davis Studio

Follow her on Instagram

Check out her Blog

She has a Facebook page
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  1. Nice story artist friends. I'll be watching for your future features, second Wednesdays. Thanks for sharing these artful journeys.

    1. It's the first Wednesday, I goofed up in the post but have corrected it.

  2. Love! Love these robots! Thanks for sharing the story behind the scenes <3