Thursday, February 23, 2012

The next chapter... Africa!

 2011 marked the end of my first ten years as a professional “working” artist, and 2012 starts the next chapter of my career. Ten years ago when I decided to make the leap as a full-time artist, I knew I wanted to go to Africa. This year, I’m going. 

You have watched my career and art develop over the past decade and maybe you even have one of my paintings, drawings or prints hanging on your wall. Let me tell you that it is the most humbling experience for me to walk into your home and see one of my creations hanging on your wall. I hear compliments from admirers of my work often but the greatest compliment that an artist can ever receive isn’t one that is voiced; it’s when you take the painting home.

I would like you to join me in kicking off the second decade of my career as an artist. I would like to include you in my trip to Africa — what truly will be a life- and career-changing event. Along with your pre-purchased painting, you may also receive several souvenirs including a personal, handwritten postcard from me while in Africa, an autographed book about my adventures and art created from my trip, and a sketch created while I am in the African bush. In addition, as a special thanks, I’m also offering you up to a 35 percent discount off your advance purchase.

Thank you for your interest in my art over the past ten years. I look forward to the future and to having you join me on my first adventure to Africa!

If you have any questions regarding Robert’s trip to Africa please feel free to call at 804.302.4921 or by emailing Robert at

*All photos courstey of Jan Martin McGuire

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

READ Art Show & Sale


February 24-25, 2012

Over 100 local and regional artists will participate in the fourth annual READ ArtShow & Sale to be held on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th to raise money for and to build awareness of The New Community School. The exhibition to be held at the school (4211 Hermitage Road, Richmond) including Susan Dull, Anne Walker, Laura Loe, Janie Pinney, Ed Trask, Marti Fann and Robert Louis Caldwell. Using art to turn dyslexia around, this fundraiser ensures that students with language learning difficulties can READ and succeed.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 24th, 6-9pm
Entertainment by Susan Greenbaum
Ticket $35 each ($40 at the door)
Purchase online

Open Free: Saturday, February 25th, 10am-5pm

Nearly four decades ago, The New Community School was founded to ensure that students who learn differently were not left behind. The school is one of only a handful of schools nationwide designed to serve students with specific language learning difficulties in grades 6-12.

Under the leadership of Head of School Julia Ann Greenwood, the school has helped more than 800 area youth, sending 85% of its graduates to college. These students have defied the statistics, which show that only 5% of students with learning difficulties will pursue higher education. The small class sizes and unique approach to teaching that includes remediation through the senior year enables students to build their language skills, while simultaneously tackling a college preparatory curriculum.

To learn more about dyslexia and the New Community approach to education, visit, call (804) 266-2494 or find us on Facebook

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A visual buffet of textures and colors!

Fresh off the easel!
"Feathered Finials (Rock Pigeons)"
Oil on 1/2 prepared maple panel
24 x 36

While at an art show in February 2010, I decided to take a break and head outside to see what interesting reference material I might find for a future painting. My good friend and fellow artist Julie Bender was up for a break as well so the two of us grabbed our cameras and took to the streets of historic downtown Charleston, SC. I was so entrenched in conversation that I was taking random shots of architecture — anything that looked interesting. I was completely unaware of this particular enticing scene that I had captured. 

This painting provides a visual buffet of textures and colors — from the red crown of finials to the bronze roof tiles with the highly textured ends to the white-painted metal fascia dotted with specs of rust to the row of tarnished copper green scalloped finials — all topped off with a large stone gable adorned with a dramatic decorative finial and three perfectly perched rock pigeons. Who could resist painting this festive feast?

This will be one of my eight new paintings available exclusively at Lovetts Gallery at my upcoming two person show titled "Out on a Whim" in March.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Limited Edition Print to one fan!

The art of
Robert Louis Caldwell

Become a Facebook fan and have a chance
to be the lucky recipient of this print!
Recipient is chosen after reaching 1500 fans!
 "September Leaves (Tufted Titmouse)," Limited Edition Print, 12 x 7
We would like to thank Robert's Facebook fans by giving away a Limited Edition print to one of "The art of Robert Louis Caldwell" Facebook fans! Robert will randomly choose a Facebook fan as the lucky recipient of the above print "September Leaves (Tufted Titmouse)". The lucky fan will be picked once the number of fans has reaches 1500 fans.
The chosen fan will have to be a current fan of the page and in the list of fans on "The art of Robert Louis Caldwell" Facebook page. The recipient will be chosen by using a random number generator and then counting backwards from the list of fans .


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blue Heron block in...

Work in progress...
"Dam Painting (Great Blue Heron)," Oil, 30 x 40
I am blocking in the first layer of color on the blue heron today and then onto the second final layer of color.