Trip to Southern California-La Jolla

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So we have been making our way down the coast south as we often do in the summer. We have family in North LA and some more further South. But this year is different because we are here for Hailey (my oldest daughter) orientation at SDSU. We are halfway through our trip and have met so many nice people. I have been walking on the beach every morning with my friend Denise to Black’s a local surf spot on the La Jolla cliffs. The other morning we stopped to try to find our teenagers and husbands in the surf lineup and there was a young photographer there filming some pro surfers. I asked if he happened to see my daughter since often there are not many girls in the water and he knew where she was. We thanked him and said if he had time to take some shots of her to text us. We didn’t really think he would have time to get any shots of her and left to go back to the hotel. Yesterday he texted me and said he had some shots 🙂 I think the most remarkable thing about this photo is the background of the shot. My daughter doesn’t think it’s a great shot because she is not doing any tricks or catching air. But I love this shot for the cliffs in the background and the color of the water. So I thought I would share a little of the beauty of Black’s beach with you today and thank Will for the photo. Today we are off to orientation so I will let you know how that goes. Happy Summer 🙂


Painting on Wood Doors

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You could say I have been having some fun this week 🙂  My two younger teens are at their Auntie and Uncles house in LA so I have had some time to paint.  Remember last week I tried this crackle glaze on the below peace painting well it did not work and I ended up power washing it and sanding it and starting over.  But the result I think is still good.  I am going to put the metal door hanger on it (at the bottom) OK so I am going to ask my fabulous husband to put the door handle back on it and see how it looks.

The second picture is a vintage door I painted with Annie Sloan chalkboard paint I talked about last week.  I did get a shipment of the Annie Sloan paint with crackle and love it!  The below door is a vintage pocket one and I painted it with florence color.  I am debating on selling this as a headboard or an art piece with some shelving.  Still need to seal it but wanted to show you all the fabulous color. There are loads of places that sell the Annie Sloan line online but I got mine from a gal in New York and her site is  My box came complete with a cute note from the packer and a free sanding bar…bonus!  Also some fun fourth of July artwork on the outside of the box.   Really nice and it had directions on how to use the crackle which was helpful.

I am coming up on my 100th post and wanted to ask all of you what I should do?  Is there some project you wish to learn about?  Or something you want me to expand on?  Let me know I want to have some fun with it.  Will be in San Diego this week doing college orientation with my oldest daughter.  Cannot believe she is going to college.  Hopefully will have some fun San Diego stuff to share with you guys.  Happy Thursday!

A Big Thank You to my 7th Grade Art Students

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Just wanted to take some time to thank all my seventh grade students and parents for their love and support this year.  Well I guess technically they are now 8th graders since we are in mid-summer 🙂  I started teaching these students when we moved here from Foster City and they were in first grade.  I have had so much fun and learned so many things from these students. They have taught me how to think out of the box and look at things with new eyes when it comes to completing art projects.

I was so excited to get my gift certificate to Warmth Company from the class.  The students  know how obsessed I am with the store.  It always inspires me with new ideas for class projects etc.  So I wanted to get something that would remind me of the class and how much fun we have together.  I ended up purchasing this Waxing Poetic heart charm.

waxing poetic heart charm from 7th graders

I love this brands philosophy that “Faith, Risk, Hope and Joy are Inextricably bound together.”  I can wear the heart charm on my bracelet or necklace and it makes me smile and think of all of you.  Cannot believe these kids are eighth graders this year.  I have had the awesome opportunity of watching them grow, change and support each other for the last seven years 🙂  Cannot wait to see what they all do this year, in high school and college.

Have fun with the rest of the summer and look forward to hearing about all your adventures in the August when we start back at school.

With lots of love,

Mrs. Robinett

Giving Back to the Community Where you Live

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This week my youngest son and I had time to go do some fun work for a local thrift shop that gives back directly to the community 🙂  It is called Caroline’s named after my friends daughter that passed away from several health problems at the young age of 16.  Christy opened the store a few years ago in her name and basically gives everything she sells and repurposes back to local non-profits.  To say the least she is an amazing woman.  Jesse and I went in to try and catch her up on some of the artsy/beachy stuff she sells in the shop.  Jesse also learned how to fold clothes 🙂  A good skill for an eighth grade boy.  Anyways my point here is that life makes us all busy and we all have a ton to do but it was so good for me to stop the list of summer chores I was doing and spend some time giving back.  Even if it was only a few hours.  Jesse and I had so much fun and I got to spend time with my friend Christy who is so busy I don’t get to see her as often.  So my advice to you is to find a place in your community and go give back.  Share your talents, skills etc and do some good.  It will come back to tenfold.

heart chalk board christy and jesse at carolines

I wish I was better at taking more pictures.  We did a lot of painting and a few driftwood peace signs.  Two brands of chalk paint that I highly recommend are Hudson (tons of colors and ships anywhere).  The other is Annie Sloan.  We put the Annie Sloan on old metal candlesticks in the florence color and it was amazing.  There are a few places that ship online for her brand and some local retailers.  The wood cutouts I get from a shop on Etsy called Mrwoodycrafts-  He makes some wonderful peace signs, hearts almost anything.

Acrylic Sunset Painting on Wood

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IMG_6686Got some awesome wood from my friend Marguerite at the winery.  She could not use the rustic wood inside her tasting room so I scored 🙂  It was so fun to paint on and yes I am still obsessed with the color blue and turquoise.  Still needs a little something but wanted to share with you all.  Give me some ideas on what to add to it.  Hope everyone is enjoying summer!



Peace Sign Pallet Art

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The owner of the market (Julie and Dan are awesome) where I display and sell art asked if I could do some of my art on a pallet.  So of course I said yes because I always want to try new things.  Have you ever painted on pallet wood?  Not like redwood at all 🙂  And my poor hubby he was trying to undo the pallet and put the wood together which was also challenging.  After many utube video viewings we found one that helped us get the pallet undone and put back together.  It’s not as good as the redwood but it’s definitely fun and challenging to paint on.  And at least I can say I did it.  I think pallets might be better for sign or great quotes like this one I found on pinterest.  Pallets are everywhere and they look much better painted on so give it a try!  Doing some more painting this week so hopefully will have some more art to share 🙂  Happy Tuesday!


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Third Grade Foil Aquarium Art Project


third grade foil fish art lessonthird grade foil fish art lessonthird grade foil fish art lessonthird grade foil fish art lessonThis is one of my favorite fun end of the year lessons for third graders.  The students always have a bunch of fun doing this and the colors are so vibrant 🙂

These are hung up at the local market in Aptos called Deluxe Foods.  My students get so excited to see their pieces displayed at the store.  Let me know if you use it and if you have questions.

Happy Memorial Day!

Internationally recognized, Paul Brent is considered a top coastal artist. Inspired by Florida’s sea and shoreline, the award-winning artist freely embarks on forays featuring musical instruments and edgy cityscapes as well. Brent is one of the few artist-designers licensed by Florida as an Interior Designer with many of his works have been transformed into home décor and apparel through 50 licensees.

Skills Learned: Working with foil and netting to add texture to art piece

Materials Needed:

  • Blue, violet and green watercolor mixed with water to make lighter
  • Blue, violet and green powder tempera
  • Salt
  • Large brushes
  • Heavy duty foil
  • Netting from potato and onion bags (to put under foil for pattern when they draw)
  • Sharpies in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue and popcorn to adhere fish and turtles
  • Purple and green tissue strips for kelp

Have students start by painting the background with green and blue watercolor mixed with water to make lighter. While wet add salt and the powder tempera for added color. Set aside and work on fish and turtles. Teach the students the basic steps for drawing turtles and fish on board. Then have them decide which they are doing and how to layout. Use netting and shapies to color then cut out. Cut kelp and glue all pieces onto background.


New Art Up At Seascape Foods

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Peace sign in water art display at seascape foodsI have been selling quite a few of the large wood sunset pieces at Seascape Foods in Aptos.  Dan and Julie the owners are so wonderful and let me display and sell art on their walls 🙂  I put up some sea horses, crosses and peace signs.  Plus a new large wood sunset piece.

If you are ever in the area stop by the shopping center.  It is loaded with little sea treasures, flowers and good food.

One week left till my oldest daughter graduates high school.  Cannot believe how fast that went by.  They have awards today so we are going at 1PM to the ceremony.  Sorry my posts have been short but its been crazy with end of school and Hailey’s graduation.  Hopefully after next week it will calm down a bit and I can write more.  Have a wonderful Memorial weekend.

4th grade Redwood Trees Art Lesson

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4th grade redwood trees 4th grade redwood tree art 4th grade redwood tree art 4th grade redwood tree art


Wow time is just going by so fast the end of the year is quickly approaching 🙂  I had some fun this week with my fourth grade students. I taught a lesson by Alain Thomas who takes these amazing photographs of redwood trees.  We started out talking about what it feels like to stand in the middle of a forest of large redwoods how small it makes us feel.  Then we discussed the time of day and shadows, leaves in the background etc.  Then finally we talked about what the trees feel like.  The bark is uneven and rough.  Had a bunch of fun with these students.  Take a look and let me know if you use the project.  Happy Sunday!

French painter Alain Thomas, the founder of Primitive Naïve art, creates kaleidoscopic, ornate works populated by a magical menagerie of toucans, parrots, panthers, kangaroos, koalas and peacocks. Primitive Naïve art, which Thomas has been painting for 40 years, is a style in which untrained artists produce charmingly innocent works lacking technical constraints. He has created delightful illustrations for numerous publications, including art books, children’s stories and bestiaries as well as a 1,350 square foot mural fresco of a toucan in Nantes. His work has been featured in magazines, on television shows, and on enamels, porcelains, silks and tapestries.

Skills Learned:

How to create depth and perspective in a landscape piece using oil pastels, water-color and joint compound. Also creating shadows with black or dark colors.

Materials Needed:

  • Oil pastels
  • Lime and Green water-color
  • Joint compound
  • 2 tree cut outs one stump and one large
  • forks for making pattern in tree
  • Large brushes
  • Black glitter
  • Brown paint

Start by having students use oil pastels to draw brown and black trees as well as greenery and light (in background) with green and white pastels. Then have them paint the background shades of light and dark green water-color. Start with light on top and then build the black on the bottom. Then set aside and mix brown tempera in joint compound for three stumps. Paint tree stumps with brown tempera and then cover in joint compound. Finally sprinkle black glitter on top of joint compound and glue on two trees to background.


Art Wine Cheese and Chocolate-What more do you need?

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So after we got checked in at the Westin I noticed my favorite store down the street. My hubby was a trooper and brought a surf magazine and said he would meet me in the bar 🙂 After looking around for a few minutes I realized it wanted to be up in that bar with my hubby. The bar tender made me the largest best bucket of a Cosmo. I kid you not.