Friday, June 25, 2021

 Just letting everyone know that I have set up a new website which also includes my new blog set up.

You can come visit me over at and see what I have been up to. Lots more paintings of Brisbane, its trees, urban landscapes, plus new still life paintings done during Covid.

Robyn Bauer Fig Tree Drawing

One of my new drawings of the magnificent Fig trees found in the suburbs of Brisbane, particularly Paddington, Red Hill and Milton.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

More Thursdays and my final two workshops.

Robyn Bauer Workshop 

Some of the results

Working hard

Heads down

Deep concentration


More progress

In the succulent garden

The November workshop explored the use of opaque pens over paint. "Paint first, draw later". 

I thought the succulent area the most promising for varied subject matter, plus it had the covered area for shade. This approach is such a different one for many of the participants and a few commented that they were way out of their comfort zone. 
Using a new medium and approach can be really challenging. 
The results were quite remarkable.

The final workshop of the year was a professional development session for the Education staff. We explored the use of Posca pens on a coloured ground and spent the morning observing the waterlilies.

One of my favourite spots in the Australian Rainforest area

I have still been spending every Thursday drawing on location, sometimes joined by fellow artist friends or Urban Sketchers.

Fellow sketcher

Fellow sketcher

Robyn Bauer Ink Drawing

Robyn Bauer Ink Drawing

Sitting Ducks at 8am

Robyn Bauer Ink Drawings

Robyn Bauer Ink Drawings

Tools of the trade, on location

Monday, October 21, 2019

October Workshops, Nature Journaling with a Difference.

My October workshop in the Botanic Gardens was entitled "Nature Journaling with a Difference"

After discussing the nature of journaling and an approach incorporating close observation and sensitive mark-making, each participant was given a concertina sketchbook and various ink pens to record their observations and sense responses. 

We discussed different possible approaches and the use of contour or descriptive lines. We allowed for the use of colour and word descriptions and the honing of all the senses to enhance the experience. 

Each participant was given a handout with some word prompts.

Here are a few photos from the morning.

Robyn Bauer Workshop

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Workshops and progress photos

My monthly workshops in the Gardens are going swimmingly with no shortage of participants. The full complement of 12 has been reached and surpassed every time, with a few on the waiting list managing to sneak in also.

The topic for September was "Tips on Composition" and there were many practicing artists or sketchers who attended.

The outdoor component was held in the Aboriginal Trail area just off the main road. Plenty of shade in this spot.

It was quite a complicated lesson but putting it into practice outdoors consolidated the concepts.

Perfect weather for working outdoors. 

Not a great photo of the sketchbook throw-down due to the shadows but it just started to rain slightly so people were scurrying for cover.

The drawing above was done in the City Botanic Gardens as I do try to spend some time each month there also. The trees there are older and thus much more established. You can see distant vistas also through the different grouping of plants.

I just couldn't go past this tortured specimen of a Fig tree just up from City Hall. It's not actually in the Gardens of course but the drawing is certainly inspired by others I have been working on that are.

Robyn Bauer sketching on location

Here I am working on my very long concertina sketchbook, the results of which will be revealed shortly.

Every part of the book has been drawn on location in the gardens.

A studio shot of a small part of the book.

Above shows several of the pages collaged into one photo.

Still working on others like these!