Crayon Art Show

A few photos from Friday nights Crayon Art Show at Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery where I was working on a new "Honu" shown above as a work in progress. Great turnout of town locals and tourists thanks to the West Hawaii Today Newspaper for running a feature story on The Crayon Artist!


This commissioned portrait of Caitlin, a girl from Oahu, is one of Jeffrey Robert's crayon artworks. The artist will be at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery today. - Photo Special To West Hawaii Today  
Crayon artist comes to Kona
By Special To West Hawaii Today
Friday, March 26, 2010 8:51 AM HST
Jeffrey Robert, the "Hawaiian" crayon artist, will be performing live from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery at 75-5779 Alii Drive. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist, view his crayon artworks of hula, surfing, beachscapes and "Children in Crayon" portraits and watch him transform a crayon into a paintbrush, reinventing the idea of what can be created with an ordinary crayon.
Art enthusiasts as well as families are invited to drop by the gallery to see Robert's artwork and share their favorite memories of creating art with crayons. Robert's Signature Brand Crayon Collectibles Gift Line features the title of the artwork printed on the crayon and framed with the artwork.
Robert was featured on "Good Morning America" with his friends at Crayola for their 100th-year celebration. He grew up on Oahu but spent most of his adult life in Texas. Since returning to Oahu, he has been showing his crayon art in the Wyland Galleries. Recently, he has been spending time on the Big Island where he is sharing this new fine art genre through the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery.

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A honu swims through the water in this crayon art by Jeffrey Robert. - Photo Special To West Hawaii Today

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Art Show Friday, March 26 Wyland Kona Gallery Big Island

Hope to see you at my art show Friday night at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery on Alii Drive! I will be working on a new "Honu", Sea Turtle, during the show. This is the second time I have created a crayon art sea turtle; ever since the gallery sold the first sea turtle (pictured below) to Alan and Marla from Arizona I've had a lot of interest in honu! I'll also be showing a new framing design for my Crayon Enhanced Crayon Collectibles in shades of aqua wrapped linen-like mats just like the Hula Moon & A Saturday Matinee Crayon Collectibles in the photos.



Children look at crayons as their art medium (check out my first grade Christmas tree).
When visiting a public school, I asked a group of about one hundred first graders "who wants to be an artist when they grow up." Every one of them raised their hands!
Although that number will decrease drastically before they reach the fifth grade, I told them that I believe that all of us (the human race) are creative because God created us in his image and God is creative. Children are amazing little creatures and I hope that they will always remember that they are creative.


How Crayons changed the way I think of art?

I received the following question from Allie and friends through my website and thought it would be a good question to post on my blog site. Please feel free to post comments and/or questions.

Dear Jeffery,

My friends and I are doing a History project on Crayola Crayons and how
they impacted art supplies. We wondering how crayons changed the way you thought of art and if it made art any easier for you.

Thank you so much!

My answer:

Crayons have most certainly changed the way I have thought about art!

In the beginning and as it still is, the idea of drawing with crayons has a certain childhood charm about it that probably affects us all in a similar way. I think the crayon, for most of us, represents our first art experience with all the innocence and confidence of being a young creator of art. I still have those wonderful feelings when drawing with Crayola Crayons and in this way they serve to stimulate and motivate me
As far as making it any easier for me? Yes and No. There is an oxymoron attached to crayon drawing.
" Yes" because it's just a box of crayons and I'm just coloring! Crayons took the pressure off of comparing myself to some master artist.

"No" because the challenge for me was to technically make the crayon do what I wanted it to do, which has taken many years of trial and error to reach a satisfied level of control.

For the novice, yes it’s nice to just pick up a box of crayons and start coloring but there is a learning curve that can be very frustrating, depending on how much of a perfectionist you may be.