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When Life Unravels

Unraveled Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

Artists have different ways of approaching their work.  Some focus on the basic elements of art, line, shape and form, space, color and texture.  Others choose to concentrate on creating works they think will have the best chance to sell.  Still others are guided by inspiration, to create a thing of beauty or to express emotion, tell a story, speak their truth or support a cause.  I tend to fall in that last group.

So it is only natural for me to turn to art in times of stress and distress.  Over the course of the past year I have watched helplessly as the very fabric of our country and lives has started to unravel.  Just before the election the idea of an unraveled art quilt came to me.  There may be a series here because three different concepts came to me.  I pray as I work on all my art quilts, but this one was especially infused with prayer.

There is still an element of hope in this work because not all has started to unravel yet.  Some pieces are still tightly stitches together, some are being held together with embroidery stitches.  The spider web is my way of showing respect to the beautiful crazy quilts created by women of the Victorian Era, which always included a spider web.  Traditional quilts are finished with a fabric binding around the edges.  This art piece will not have a binding at all.  I think it is finished the way it is.

I like playing with the word “crazy” in art quilts.  An earlier work that is also coming apart is called The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay.  In this work the world is going crazy, but I am safe and sound in the center, surrounded by the White Light of God and the Prayer for Protection.

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

What do you do when life unravels?  Talk to me.


Art as Spiritual Practice: The Mandala

I believe that just as all of life is created from and infused with Spirit, so is art.  In my art I draw no lines between “spiritual” and “non spiritual” works.  Some pieces may have more obvious religious or spiritual themes or symbolism than others, but all are created with the Creator of the Universe.

That said I do love to play with sacred geometry, especially circles.  I have worked with the form of the Rose Window for Rose of Sharon.

Rose of Sharon Copyright 2010
Rose of Sharon
Copyright 2010

I have also explored the labyrinth (the Walker Series),

Firewalker Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

But until recently I have not attempted a mandala.  Finally one day last summer I cleared my schedule for an “art day” and devoted my time and energy to making one.

I began the day with meditation on the courtesy dock which actually extends over the water.  What a wonderful way to begin, sitting silently listening to the birds and feeling the gentle breeze on my face.  Then I went inside and did a bit more study on the history and process of the mandala.  I wanted to work outside so I loaded up a couple of tote bags, walked back down to the lake and set up on a picnic table by the water.

I thought I had an idea of what I would do, but Spirit had something else in mind.  Instead of the extremely intricate flowing lines of many drawn mandalas, I ended us with very basic circles full of personal meaning and symbolism.  It may not seem like much to others, but to me it is a gentle, encouraging message from the Creator and exactly what I needed on that day.  I am not posting a photo here because this is a very personal piece. It is hanging in my studio and is not for sale.


When we begin recognizing our connection to nature, Spirit, symbols and other people life starts to open up to us in all it’s glory.  The mandala is one tool we can use to help facilitate this.  More than just an art form, Spirit will speak through it if we just listen.

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The World’s Gone Crazy…

… but I’m okay.  When the world seems to be going crazy around us it is important to remember that we live in the light, love and protection or God.

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

Today I’m going to do something I don’t usually do.  I’m going to talk a bit about the inspiration for and creation of one of my art pieces called The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay.

I do not consider myself a quilter, but surprisingly enough I do from time to time enjoy making very traditional crazy quilts, with silks, satins, and lots of “fancy work” (my grandmother’s term for embroidery).   But sometimes my mind starts playing around with the word crazy and an art piece comes out — crazy quilt style.

This work did start with the traditional 5 sided piece of  a more traditional crazy quilt but went a little “crazy” from there.   In the center is my stylized “every human” stick figure surrounded by the words of the Prayer for Protection by James Dillet Freeman.  Outside the center the world goes crazy with pieces with raveled edges, words, embellishments and a broken binding with stray pieces of yarn hanging down to convey a world coming unraveled.

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I surround myself every day with the white light of God.  I also say the “Prayer for Protection” frequently.  This is very important, especially in the middle of all the political nastiness we are experiencing in the U.S. right now.  It is also important for me, living in a community of older people, many who are experiencing physical injuries and sickness.  I also say the prayer with the word “you” for those who are suffering.   When the world seems to be going crazy around us it is important to remember that we live in the light, love and protection of God.

Sometimes we need a visual reminder of the important Truths.  Let this work remind you that no matter how, messy, unraveled or even downright crazy the world gets, we will be okay as long as we surround ourselves with the love and protection of the light of God.

This work is for sale.  Use the “Contact Us” page to let me know if you are interested.


Developing a More “Web Friendly” Artists Statement

A Little Blue Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

During the process of trying to jump start my art career after a period of inactivity I am learning that things have changed, and that is an understatement.  So as I gear up to sell my work online as well as go out to my first local art show in several years I find myself scrambling to get up to speed.

One thing I decided I needed to do was update my artist statement and resume.  This is never a bad thing for an artist to have, but let’s face it an old style artist statement and resume can be a bit boring.  It can also be a bit difficult to write if you are an artist.  It’s a “business document” and we don’t exactly think that way.  I am also thinking it might not be the most “web friendly” way of getting yourself out there.  I’m not saying that these documents don’t have their place.  I’m sure art shows will continue to ask for these documents.  They may also still be used in hard copy promotional materials.  But for the internet it seems to me that we need something a bit more personal, interactive and loaded with pictures.  People have always been curious about artists.  They want to meet us and they want to feel like they know us.  This is emphasized even more in this age of social networking and marketing.

So I’ve been playing around with finding something that would be better for a blog or website.  I’m thinking portions of it could be used in online profiles and the like.  It is not quite finished yet.  I need a few more photos, but you will get the idea.  Please take a look and feel free to let me know what you think.  http://espirational.com/who-is-genie/

It you want to start a discussion on art business or artist’s statements in the comments section below, please feel free.



Shhh, Bob Sneaking in Here.

Just wanted to let everyone know that Rogene’s art is still half price until midnight of December 31; but then it will go back to normal pricing. This sale is specifically for our friends and relatives to give you a break, but we will not be able to keep it up. Consider it an EOY sale (End of Year). Simply click on this link (Espirational Creations), or go to the “Front Door Page” in this blogs directory to get to the store and the savings.

The View from my Studio: The Walkers

Bob and I recently decided to work with Espirational as our “brand” so to speak.  That means my art blog is now closed.  We now have Espirational.com (this blog) and Espirational.org (Bob’s blog).  I will be talking about my art under the topic header of The View from my Studio.

I don’t sit in my studio eight hours a day cranking out art.  I couldn’t if I tried.  My work comes and goes along with new inspiration.  Sometimes inspiration leads to more that one finished work.  I am intrigued by Sacred Geometry — especially circles.  So I decided to play with labyrinths a little.  There may eventually be more  “Walkers,” who knows?


Fire Walker

Firewalker Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins


Peace Walker

Peace Walker Copyright 2015
Peace Walker
Copyright 2015


Light Walker

Light Walker Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Light Walker
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

Thought for Today

English: Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length por...
English: Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seated, leaning forward, left elbow resting on knee, hand to chin, holding walking stick in right hand, wearing coat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist. — attributed to Oscar Wilde

Thought for Today


At the Gates of Heaven Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
At the Gates of Heaven
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

“If you want to be an artist, you do what artists do.  Artists don’t set out to create ART, they set aside some time, then they show up and get involved with the materials and tools of their medium.” — Jean Bryant  [Source:  Stop Improving Yourself and Start Living] 

A Visit to the Louvre

English: Courtyard of the Louvre Museum, with ...
English: Courtyard of the Louvre Museum, with the Pyramid Français : La Cour Napoléon du Palais du Louvre, avec la Pyramide (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things I love about the internet is the opportunity to visit places I many never actually go in real life.  A favorite way for me to spend time is to visit some of the world’s great art galleries online.   One of my favorites is the Louvre.  Yes, you read that right the Louvre — the famous one in France.  Didn’t know they had a website?  Go check it out.