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The Story Behind “The World’s Gone Crazy”

The World’s Gone Crazy, But I’m Okay
Image copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

 

All this month we are celebrating the Grand Opening of our Espirational Gallery.  I will be talking about my creative process for a few of my works throughout the month.  I decided to start with The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay.

The Story Behind The World’s Gone Crazy, But I’m Okay.

I consider all of my work spiritual even if it may not have an overtly spiritual theme.  But The World’s Gone Crazy is definitely and obviously spiritual.

While living in the city, before we moved to the lake I was world weary.   Waking up every morning to the news of more violence and death I was becoming overwhelmed and afraid.  I was saying “The Prayer for Protection a lot during those days and finally decided to try to put my feelings into art.

What I came up with was the world going crazy (the background is loosely a “crazy quilt”) while I was in the middle of it all surrounded by the White Light of God’s Presence knowing that

“The LIght of God Surrounds me.

The Love of God Enfolds me.

The Power of God Protects me.

The presence of God Watches Over me.

Wherever I am God is.”

— James Dillet Freeman

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This piece is available for sale in the Espirational Gallery.  Proceeds from the sale of my work help support the Espirational online ministry.

When Life Unravels

Unraveled Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Unraveled
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.

 

Fabric Art Trunk Show

As you may know I spend a lot of time online visiting blogs and websites of our followers as well as new friends.  I find a lot of interesting people and learn a lot of new things when I go “visiting.”

Recently I happened onto an online “trunk show” called Trunk Full of Quilts 2016 at Whims and Fancies.  It looked interesting so I decided to see what I could come up with.

I’m calling this “Trunk Full of Life” because that’s where my art comes from — life.  Much of my work has recognizable spiritual themes, but I consider all my work to be spiritual because we can’t separate Spirit from the rest of life.

Let’s begin with The World’s Gone Crazy but I’m Okay.  This had special meaning for me when I created it several years ago, but is even more meaningful.  Surrounded by chaos and the world unraveling, I am in the center enveloped by the White Light of God with the words to the Prayer of Protection around the edge.

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Rocky Mountain Skyline — the city is Denver.  Driving toward Denver from the east you can see the city rising above the prairie.

Rocky Mountain Skyline

Rocky Mountain Skyline, Copyright 1999 by R.A. Robbins

Sunrise at the Lake 1 and 2 are postcards inspired by the first sunrise I saw and photographed after moving to the lake.  The first is done “plain” the second is more impressionist in style.

 

sunrise 001 cropped

Sunrise at the Lake #1 Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

sunrise 003 croppedSunrise at the Lake # 2  Copyright 2016  by R.A. Robbins

Please don’t anyone faint over this one.  It’s called Quilter’s Burnout and yes, I did burn it.  I was extremely frustrated — what more can I say?

Quilter's Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Quilter’s Burn Out
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

At the Gates of Heaven is the first time I actually manipulated a photo on the computer before printing it to fabric.  Did not get the results I expected but I like it.

At the Gates of Heaven Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
At the Gates of Heaven
Copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins

I saved the next two for last because they always make me cry so I have a box of tissues handy.  Sometimes I like to interpret music into art.  This is called Carousel of Time inspired by the Joni Mitchell song Circle Game.  The photos you can’t see very well are of my late mother.

Carousel of Time Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins Original quilt based on the song Circle Game

Carousel of Time
Copyright 2006 by R.A. Robbins

I don’t make bed quilts very often and when I do it’s a labor of love.  My mother asked me if I would make a quilt for her out of handkerchiefs from both of my grandmothers and said she would send the hankies to me.  Shortly after that conversation she fell ill and died.  When we went home for her funeral my dad gave me the box of hankies that she never got to send to me.  It took me a long time to even start this, but now I have this reminder of my grandmas and my mom.

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Okay, so now it’s time to put away the tissues and get back to work. New inspiration is always just around the corner.

Please take minute to visit Whims and Fancies to see the beautiful quilts.

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

Art Day

I’ve cleared my schedule today for an in studio art day/retreat. Just Spirit, me, art materials and the laptop. I will be studying the artistic and spiritual features of the mandala and hopefully create one — or at least get started.

The day began with sunrise meditation on the dock — it was beautiful! Coming up next is yoga.

Check in throughout the day on my Facebook Page as I post updates and possibly photos. This is a rare chance for you to get a glimpse into my creative process.

https://www.facebook.com/espirational/

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.

 

Happy Holidays and art celebrations from The Robbins

Hi Everyone, and   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Have I got news for you.

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

“Gates of Heaven” by Rogene A. Robbins; Mixed Media Fabric Art  —
Available at Espirational Creations at half price (+shipping) with code.

Genie has added many of her original fabric art pieces to our online retail store which we are now calling Espirational Creationsjust in time for the holiday celebrations.

Simply Click Here to go to the art store and Espirational Creations’ special sale entry page . We just got the store open and time is getting short to ship Christmas items. We have been giving free shipping for anyone who would buy two or more of Genie’s fabric art pieces until January 1, but now if you order before January 1, 2016, you may put this code (ENYIIAV5) in the check out area where space is provided and we’ll give you a 50% discount on your art purchases which are made by Genie instead. Do the math, that’s a much better deal! 

Please take advantage of this now. We’ve set this up specifically for our friends, relatives and readers of our blogs as a way to say thank you for your encouragement through the years, but if you know of someone who would enjoy this type of item or who is looking for art to give as a gift please feel free to share this post and the discount code because right now we are opening up this offer to everyone who will come before the new year begins. But it won’t last long and we can’t afford to do it often. So now’s your chance to get some beautiful art by someone you know at a wonderfully low price.

Have a great holiday!


—Bob & Genie.

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
Firewalker
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

The World’s Gone Crazy…

… but I’m okay.  That’s the name of this art quilt.

The World's Gone Crazy, but I'm Okay Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

 

I love crazy quilts.  I have made some very “properly Victorian” looking ones, but sometimes I go a little “crazy” pardon the pun.  The crazy quilt is a great vehicle for all kinds of social, political and personal commentary.

If we surround ourselves with the light and protection of God, the world can go crazy all around us while we remain grounded and at peace.