Robin's Blog

The ramblings of an artist who likes to watch things move in mysterious ways.

Robin Rutherford artist, life-drawing teacher, works mainly in oil and watercolour



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Latest Posts

Life Drawing at Sherwood Grange Care Home

Posted on 11th November, 2019

"The rock 'n' roll lifestyle at a Kingston care home that shows it's never too late to party
They love drinking prosecco for lunch and bustin' moves to Lady Gaga"




I had enormous fun teaching life drawing to a group of interested ladies and gentlemen at the Sherwood Grange Care home in Kingston. We had great press coverage and all in such a good cause, The Big Draw, which promotes life drawing for good brain health and staying young.


ITV film


Surrey Comet




This is local london


In your area magazine


Metro newspaper


Sherwood Grange Facebook


Care Home Professional Magazine


TomorrowsCare Magazine


Carer UK magazine


The arts make self starters and develop emotional intelligence

All require the student to set their own agenda from within themselves, rather than follow set topics as in other subjects. They have to make independent decisions all the way, and be self-critical. They also need to be brave in exposing their creations, and accept criticism. Working in teams makes students into good communicators.   

The arts are stretching

Music, art and drama require long hours of hard work and dedication. Students have to pay great attention to detail, to perfect and redo. Putting on a play, exhibition or concert takes strong organisational skills.

Arts students are highly sought-after by employers

Many employers now actively seek those who have studied the arts. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was fond of saying his success was due to his hiring artists and musicians fascinated by technology rather than computer geeks. Top talent management agency, The Curve Group specialising in financial and business services, concurs: “Employees with an arts degree have developed more quickly in their roles from the start. They have discipline, confidence and can accept criticism.”

Arts ‘reach the parts other subjects can’t reach’

The arts develop the broader dimensions of the human being – mind, body and soul. The arts can express the inexpressible and make sense of things that otherwise do not seem to.


Arts ‘reaches the students other subjects can’t reach’

Teachers find arts subjects particularly beneficial for two groups: those who struggle with traditional subjects and those who are high achieving. Less academic students can become defeatist if they feel they can’t achieve: drama, music or art can help them to blossom.

All day life drawing

Posted on 28th January, 2019

Well, Spring is just around the corner and the next full day life drawing workshop at Cass Art is on Thursday 7th February 10.30 to 4.30

Time for long, studied poses exploring dry or wet media

See you soon - Robin

Many thanks

Posted on 28th May, 2018

Many, many thanks to artists for their donations to the KINC charity Mystery Art Sale for MIND Kingston.  The sheer quality of the art works guaranteed the great success of the Art Exhibition and Auction.


Thank you to Cass Art for sponsorship and gifts, John Lewis and Sainsbury's for refreshments, and Eltel for the entertainment. All of which, plus the beautiful backdrop of the historic All Saints Church, created a marvellous atmosphere for spending and collecting.

What a great evening at the Charity Art Sale for Mind organised by KINC, Kingston Independent Network of Creatives.


Thank you to all, artists and patrons, for your support for this important cause.



The Grand Opening took place on Thursday 17th of May at All Saints Church in central Kingston, with the Worshipful Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in attendance.



Cass Art sponsored the event on the lawn in front of the historic All Saints Church, where a very merry crowd snapped up the mystery art pieces whilst sipping fizz supplied by Waitrose and Sainsbury's, and swaying to the music of the live band, Eltel.  It was altogether a marvellous, successful beginning to the three day event. The Grande Finale is an Art Auction of larger art works at 5pm on Saturday.



KINC, including local photographer Paul Mowatt and artist Robin Rutherford, are supporting Mind in Kingston by inviting artists to submit an original work which will be sold anonymously. Each work is priced the same at £35, and no one will know whose work they are buying. It allows people to own original art at the fraction of the gallery price, and also support their local mental health charity.


KINC, the Kingston Independent Network of Creatives, raising money for Mind in Kingston with their Mystery Art Sale.


Many, many thanks to Cass Art for sponsorship and raffle prizes, to Snappy Snaps for advertising, and to Waitrose and Sainsbury's for the refreshments



The exhibition continues on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of May. 


Don't miss the Great Art Auction and Cass Prize Raffle on Saturday afternoon at 5pm!


KINC Mystery Art Sale for MIND, Kingston


The Mayor of Kingston, Paul Mowatt and CEO of MIND Kingston Rianne Elmers      

Art for Youth 2017

Posted on 12th December, 2017

Come and see my work and support the charity Art for Youth London, on The Mall from the 13th to the 15th December 2017


Free entry every day from 11am to 4pm. Evenings are ticketed approximately £20.

click here for website

Art for Youth
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW113th  - 15th December 2017


All-day life drawing in September

Posted on 11th August, 2017

The next life drawing all-day session will be on 9th November at Cass Art Kingston - 10.30am to 4.30pm

An evening at Protege Gallery, Richmond

Posted on 19th September, 2016


Protege Gallery

Robin Rutherford at Protege Gallery

A wonderful week at the Mall

Posted on 18th September, 2016

Robin Rutherford at the Mall

Taking a breather

Robin Rutherford at the Mall Gallery



Robin and Paul
Robin and Paul


At the Rose Theatre

Posted on 18th September, 2016

Sue Perkins was at The Rose Theatre performing  her show Sue Perkins Live! in spectacles! My art is at the Rose until the end of September.


Robin Rutherford





The Mall Galleries, September Art For Youth

Posted on 23rd August, 2016

Join me in September at the Mall Galleries to help raise money for Art for Youth, a very worthy cause.




Mall Galleries

The Mall

London SW1