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A new arrival!

Luscious and up close!  My very first limited edition print of “Ice” arrived in the studio, and I just had to share this little video.  Both the original painting and the print measure a whopping 36”x 36”! 

For those of you who are interested in the way I work, the story of how “Ice” was born gives you a little peek into my process.  I was photographing some oysters because…well…I’m obsessed with everything about them – the taste, the reflection of light, the way these complex and humble creatures exist in their environments.

Anyway, I made a little Photoshop mistake (which happens all the time) and I accidentally cropped a photo in a way that inspired me.  It was really a breakthrough for me – a moment that pushed me to find a new sweet spot, a new understanding of the fine line between a recognizable oyster and an abstract piece of art. 

What I love most about exploring that line – the way in which we experience the act of looking at life up close – is that it is different for every viewer.  You may look at my oyster pictures and see dinner.  Another person may look at my art prints and see environmental outreach.  Another person may see line, color, and a composition that has no anchor in an actual object.  Pushing myself to expand my understanding of oysters – both as art objects and as living organisms – has opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know before.

The full-size print of “Ice” is numbered, signed, and printed on heavy, museum-quality paper.  It’s available on my website, along with all of my other mouthwatering oyster paintings and prints. Take a look at juicyoysters.com

Delicious things happen when you combine Instagram, oyster lovers, and a box of bivalves.

I met Brian Kingzett on Instagram, on my JuicyOysters page.  Brian is the Vice President of Nisbet Oyster Company in Washington State, purveyors of Goose Point Oysters from Willapa Bay.  Brian, oyster expert that he is, poked fun at my shucking technique that’s apparent in some of my photos and paintings.  He also didn’t understand what he called the “East Coast obsession with cocktail sauce.”  It was all in good fun, and he even ordered some oyster pictures of my paintings from my website, http://www.nadinerobbinsart.com/juicy-oysters

And then I found a box on my doorstep.  I opened it to find four-dozen gorgeous Goose Points.  I opened one up right away, and it was profound, but it was a little too much for me.  Huge, savory, creamy, and marshy.  I needed some help eating the other forty-seven oysters, and I needed some recipes.

Back to social media I went, looking for my friend Jason Burnett, who’s created a wildly popular page called Oyster Obsession.  He suggested I try a dozen raw with a dipping sauce of Sriracha and Ponzu.  Heaven.

For the rest of the amazing gift Brian had sent, I fried a few, and I sent some to my brother and nephew to be steamed up to perfection.

People say social media gets in the way of real life.  Maybe they’re right sometimes, but Instagram and Facebook can also unite people from one coast to the other.  Oysters.  Maybe they’re the answer to all life’s troubles.