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Harvest Haul: Have You Been to a Farmer’s Market?

Harvest Haul: A watercolor of pumpkins found at the Farmer’s Market

Do you love pumpkins? In the past decade pumpkins have become a trend. I personally, have always loved pumpkins. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin lattes. And pumpkin soup. But I also love the look of the pumpkin itself. 

One year when our kids were young, we came to the end of the fall and threw a decorative  pumpkin into a remote area of our backyard. The following summer, one of my boys came running into the house, “We have pumpkins growing!” And boy, did we. The pumpkin had produced a vine that was loaded with the orange gourdes. Needless to say, our visit to the Farmer’s Market that fall did not include purchasing pumpkins. 

My painting, Harvest Haul, pays homage to both our trips to the Farmer’s Market as well as that fateful summer when a discarded pumpkin proved to have extended it’s life, yielding a plethora of pumpkins the following year. The original painting was a small 4×6 piece, but it translated so well into larger prints that I actually prefer the latter. In fact, I have an 11×14 that graces my dining area as shown below.

Harvest Haul

As you can see in the picture, woodland critters have joined the display. This is for my granddaughter’s benefit. She loves these stuffed animals.

Harvest Haul may be exactly what your kitchen or dining room has been needing. And it comes in a variety of sizes all printed on high quality watercolor paper. And there are framed options as well that come with a simple black gallery frame. You can check it out HERE.

If you’re ever in the Asheville, NC area, check out our wonderful Asheville Farmer’s Market. 


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It’s All In The Details, Or Is It?

Details are important in so many areas of life. Where you go, what you say, what you do. When I’m not painting or writing, I’m usually watching a movie. It’s a necessity at times because my day job involves screenwriting, and you can learn a lot about how to create a story by watching and reading good stories. 
I learn a lot about painting by watching other people work, and by analyzing their paintings. It’s the details that set each painter and their style apart from each other. My son, Ethan, is a watercolor artist as well. His style is very different from my own. It’s recognizable. And yet…
My paintings wouldn’t be what they are without the under painting.  Here is the under painting of a recent painting. You have an idea of what it is, and it doesn’t look terrible.

The under painting (as I like to call it) has the foundational shapes and colors. It also adds substance to the soon to be added details. It sort of serves as a road map to the final destination of this piece of artwork. The following picture is the finished painting with the details in place that bring clarity to the composition.

The foundation of a painting is what gives it depth.

Robin Liner

When you look at a finished painting your eye goes more to the detailed areas, but without that foundation those details would feel a bit empty and lifeless.  

This is like my life.

Christ Jesus is the under painting, the foundation that allows the details that set me apart to have depth. Without Him there may be some attributes in my life that seem admirable or interesting, but they are dead works. With Him I’m alive with detailed purpose.   

It’s Like ‘Knight and Day’

Yes I spelled the word ‘Knight’ correctly.

I’m referring to a line in one of my favorite movies, Knight and Day. One of the little details that catches your attention early on in the movie (and then comes back around beautifully in the end).

Tom Cruise’ character raises and lowers his hand to emphasize a challenge he makes to Cameron Diaz’ character as he says the line, ” With me, without me; with me without me?” Jesus is asking this to each of us as well.  He’s asking, “With me, without me; with me without me? “My answer? ” With You!”

If you are interested in this painting you can check out print options HERE. Or you can email for information about the original HERE.