Monday, August 25, 2014

D&D Player's Handbook

Now that the new edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook has been released I can begin to show the illustrations that I created for it. This tavern scene features a halfling bard (or for those who aren't familiar with the game, a hobbit-like minstrel) dancing and playing lute for a host of other mythical peoples. It was great fun to paint and I'm honored to be included in such an iconic publication that I hope will bring enchantment and wonder to many people, young and not so young.

If you happen to follow my work here, you may remember my announcement back in March of this year that I was lucky enough to have four paintings included in Spectrum 21: The Annual Best of Fantastic Art. At the time I was unable to display one of those four images because it was under a non-disclosure agreement until it was published. Well, I'm happy to say this is the fourth image that will be appearing in this year's edition of Spectrum!

Tavern Bard by Rob Rey - - Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Player's Handbook
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Prachie by Rob Rey -
Oil, 9 x 12 inches

Original available on Daily Paintworks

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Some Small Works

I've made some small works available in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches

by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches
by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches
by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches

by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches

by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches
by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 6 inches

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Climbing the Milky Way

In appreciation of the natural world and our endeavors to understand it...

Climbing the Milky Way by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Also, I recently received news that Young Couple (left) will be included in the American Impressionist Society's 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition! The exhibition will take place at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO from October 2 to November 1st, 2014. I'm happy to be included in what looks like it's going to be a really wonderful show!

Monday, July 7, 2014


Scott by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Monday, June 23, 2014


Rich by Rob Rey -
Oil 9 x 12 inches
Original available on Daily Paintworks

Fallen Seeds, Oil, 12 x 16 inches
After getting back from a great trip to the Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibition (with my painting below) I recently found out that Fallen Seeds (right) has been accepted to the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati Ohio, September 12 - October 9 2014!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Tish by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches
Original available on Daily Paintworks

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Small Nude

From a live model.
Nude by Rob Rey -
Oil, 9 x 12 inches
Original available on Daily Paintworks

I'm also happy to say that two of my paintings (shown below) have been chosen as finalists in the Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon Show!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Portrait Society of America 6x9 Mystery Sale

I was honored once again to participate in the Portrait Society of America's 6x9 mystery sale which took place at the annual convention last weekend. Artist's works are displayed unsigned and unnamed so bidders can purchase paintings based on what they like, rather than on name recognition. Artists names are revealed after purchase and of course, some buy in hopes of snagging a high priced name at a low cost, but for others it's wonderful way to become acquainted with new artists. Now that the sale is over I can reveal my entry.

Olive Nude by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 9 inches
My entry to last year's 6x9 sale can be seen here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Adrian on the Bass

Painted at my regular Monday night portrait group, Adrian's a professional bass player, and with a set-up like this I couldn't just paint his head. Original painting available on Daily Paintworks.

Bass Player by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Monday, March 31, 2014

Transit of the Moon

This new painting has been accepted to this year's Oil Painters of America National Exhibition! The exhibition will take place at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont, June 7 - July 27, 2014. Happily, this year's OPA National Exhibit will be close enough for me to attend without flying.

Flowers don't seem to carry the same weight of symbolism that they used to carry in paintings, but just for fun, I decided to use night-blooming "moonflowers" in this painting. As an added fun conceptual bonus, these flowers belong to "the classic 'witches' weeds', along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Most parts of the plants contain toxic hallucinogens, and datura [moonflower] has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches' brews." Thank you, Wikipedia.

Transit of the Moon by Rob Rey -
Oil on Linen, 18 x 24 inches
Detail in raking light

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spectrum 21

I'm quite pleased to have four works included in Spectrum 21: The Annual Best of Fantastic Art! The accepted works include this archer, titled Nelebrin Skirmisher, which I have not posted online until now. It was painted for the online card game called HEX.

Nelebrin Skirmisher by Rob Rey -
Oil, 16 x 20 inches
Also included are A Bargain Kept (below left) and Falling Fire (below right) as well as one more image that I can't show you yet due to a non-disclosure agreement. Congratulations to all the accepted artists. I'm honored to be in great company!

Falling Fire by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches
A Bargain Kept by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Thursday, March 13, 2014

First Place

This new still life has received First Place in the Daily Paintworks February monthly contest! Thanks to judge, Michael Naples, for selecting my piece. Also, thanks to my friend David of David Harrington Pottery, who made the beautiful bud vase featured in this painting. The original painting is available on Daily Paintworks.

Fallen Seeds by Rob Rey -
Fallen Seeds, Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Monday, March 3, 2014

Crown of Foxglove

Crown of Foxglove by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches
Available at Daily Paintworks

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pegasus and Illustration West 52

A Pegasus painted for an online trading card game called HEX.

Spirecliff Pegasus by Rob Rey -
Spirecliff Pegasus, Oil, 11 x 14 inches  -  Inquire for purchase

I have received good news that A Bargain Kept, below left, and Falling Fire, below right, have been accepted to the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 52nd Annual Competition! I'm very happy to be included for another year after receiving a Silver Award in the competition last year.