Hippie Mama

My kids have referred to me as a “Hippie Mama” and I like that. I hope that they’re describing an attitude of embracing life to the fullest. A life full of creative expression, love and kindness. More importantly, I am a child of God. I’m married to my best friend. I’m a Mama to five and Marmee to three. A knowledge seeker, lover of life, gardener, teacher, artist, photographer. A creator of beautiful things and a someday traveler. This blog is a glimpse into my world through words and pictures. Enjoy.

Colorado Painting of Noël

My beautiful daughter Noël, sitting on a stone wall near the Garden of the Gods. Painting by Robin Tillman

Colorado Painting of Noël

I took a series of photos of my oldest daughter a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to paint these images for a long time. This painting is oil on masonite.

 602994_10200122739606732_1864534071_n

The initial sketch. Masonite board 30″x24″.

148307_10200122790087994_2029287979_n

I used a color palette inspired by artist Larisa Aukon.

521605_10200122795008117_478643385_n

Beginning to block in color of the stone wall.

556482_10200122797008167_962743645_n

Blocking in receding dark colors.

555376_10200122797968191_624206546_n

Detail of dark colors.

295394_10200123460664758_1167102478_n

Blocking in flesh tones.

480120_10200123463384826_897904177_n

Colors and flesh tones.

644294_10200123482545305_1555809185_n

Experimenting with colors.

482085_10200123493705584_1320892642_n

Detail of background colors.

397423_10200123497225672_962092137_n

Building layers of colors for stone wall.

533740_10200123501625782_1364635786_n

Nearly finished.

295367_10200130118431198_1959361455_n

Detail of Noël’s dress.

295367_10200130118311195_1329964973_n

Detail of figure.

555331_10200130118391197_728951128_n

Close up.

521758_10200130118351196_1985472305_n

Finished.