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Epiphanies

Have you ever spent days, weeks, months or even years searching for something, or wrestling with ideas that just won’t fall into place?  This pretty much describes me as I have been trying to figure out and develop my identity as an artist.

I have struggled with everything from what to call myself,, to whether I am a “real artist” or just a “wanna be,” to whether my technique is proper or good enough.  And it has kept me from creating my art.

Then I began having a series of epiphanies.  First the river/lake where we live froze and I was aware of texture all around me.  I took pictures which I shared with others and they began to see textures around them.  I realized this is what my work as an artist is all about — helping people see things they have never seen or see things in a new way.

Several weeks later I was talking to a neighbor and she mentioned the word texture in reference to clouds.  As I walked and continued to think about that I realized that I am a mixed media artist and the materials I use, which include textiles, fiber and found objects give me the perfect opportunity to create and convey texture in my work.

I had recently been reading articles on business for artists.  In article after article I read that real artists don’t wait to be inspired, they find out what will sell and they work full-time turning it out.  Anyone who does anything less is at best an “amateur.”

Well I guess I am an amateur then.  I also guess I will pretty much stay that way.  At first I was offended by those remarks and started questioning whether I really was an artist, but there is no denying it.

I have always been and will always be an artist.  People may call me what they want but I have the eyes, mind and heart of an artist.  Being an artist is who I am not what I do.  Attention to detail and the ability to see things in different ways and develop new ways of doing things serves me well in my daily life as well as in my art.

Artists have a tendency to create their own little worlds and take up residence there.  That has scared me a little as I have often feel pressured to stay grounded and present in the physical world.  At times I have felt that perhaps part of my calling is to be an “interpreter” of the physical world, but I get world-weary and sometimes long to retreat into my own personal art world.  Now I am beginning to feel the call to at least visit that other world artist’s come from more often.

For many years I was led to believe that I had to constantly “work on” myself.  That I had to deal with all the bad stuff and get things right before I could have a real life.  While I am sorry for the years that kind of thinking cost me I am grateful that I did finally realize how wrong that was.

Answers don’t always come by focusing all our attention on and struggling with questions.  Sometimes answers come while we are going about our daily life.

These words from the song You Will Do Amazing Things by Megon Mc Donough and Jana Stanfield say it all. “Sometimes deepest answers come when you’re out there having fun.”  Please join me in listening to this beautiful song.  You will do amazing things.  Be open to it.  Believe it.

Please Help Yourself to the Refreshments

As a part of our Grand Opening for the Expansion of the Espirational Online Family we have refreshments.  Okay so this is an online event so you have to make them yourself.  But we have recipes.

Please go over to the Kindle Store, grab yourself a free copy of Frozen Fun and enjoy a smoothie or a dish of ice cream or dairy free fruit cream.  But don’t wait this free offer ends on June 11.

Oh, if you enjoy the refreshments, please consider leaving an honest review on Kindle.  Don’t forget to mention you received a free copy in your review.

Creativity is Just Connecting Things

Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”

– Steve Jobs

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.

Just Showing Up

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Have you ever noticed how  much of life is about just showing up.?  Can you think of good things in your life that happened because you just showed up?

Some of my best photographs happened because I dragged myself out of bed and down to the lake before 6 AM to watch the sunrise.  Some of the best conversations have come from chance meetings with friends or complete strangers because we happened to be in the same place at the same time.  I even met my husband by taking a chance and showing up for a new job.

Be open to life, show up and hang on.  You are in for an adventure.

Creativity is our Birthright

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

Most of us believe some people are born with special “gifts” of creativity and some aren’t.  Right?  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Created in the image and likeness of the Creator of the Universe we are all creative by nature.  It is our birthright.  We create with our words, our thoughts and our actions.

We create with our words and thoughts without even realizing it.  This is why we must be careful with what we think and say.  We may create something we really do not want.

Creating with our thoughts and words is very important, but the world also needs us to take creative action.  Not all of us are going to be artists, writers or do other work considered creative but the creative spark and the potential for creating good in the world still exists in us all.   Some are researchers using creative thinking to develop new ideas and ways of doing things.  Some may even find cures for diseases.  Some are teachers coming up with new ways to reach and teach their students.  Some are parents, one of the most creatively demanding jobs out there.  Some are people with food allergies and intolerance coming up with new ways of eating.

Creativity is our birthright, but living our creativity takes courage.  In a world where conformity is often valued more highly, daring to live creatively can result in rejection, ridicule and sometime even punishment.  Anyone who has ever been “written up” or fired from a job for thinking “outside the box” knows what I am talking about.  Many artist’s whose work is considered of great financial and artistic value today did not achieve fame in their own lifetime, with some dying in poverty and obscurity.

Creativity is not something we save for “special occasions.”  We can make our daily lives happier, more fulfilled and even more productive by living creatively.  We can even create change and make life better for ourselves, our families and the world.

This month I am going to talk about my art and my creative process.  But this is not where my creativity stops.  It gets called on every single day in my life as a homemaker, caregiver and friend.

Creativity is our birthright.   We create whether we realize it our not.  The time has come to stop denying who we are and begin consciously using our creative “powers” for good.  Together we can change the world.

The Espirational question for June is:

  Do you consider yourself creative?  Why or why not? 

Please take a minute to think about this and leave you answer in the comments below.