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Yes There Really is a Bob…

and we were Live at 1 PM, but not on the Espirational Page.

I somehow recorded this on my personal Facebook Page.  Soooo….. You should be able to see it if you click on Watch on Facebook below.  This is set on Public so you should be able to see it — you may need to sign in on Facebook.

Maintenance Manual for the Soul — A Free Gift to You

We are pleased to announce the release of Bob’s new Book A Maintenance Manual for the Soul.  We are taking a leap of faith and trying something different with this book.  Instead of publishing it as an Amazon Kindle eBook, we are giving you this book in it’s entirety as a free gift.   All you have to do is click here,  choose how you want to receive the book and click on the appropriate link.  https://espirational.net/shop/espirational-gallery/a-maintainence-manual-for-the-soul-book-cover/

If this book is a blessing to you please feel free to bless someone else by sharing this book with them.  This is still copyrighted material and all we ask is that you not sell it and let us know if you see anyone trying to sell it.

Bob is also joining me on Facebook today at 1 pm to talk about this new project of his.  Please join us at http://facebook.com/espirational for this discussion.  It will be made available for viewing afterward if you miss it.

Art, Freedom and Creativity

Firewalker
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbin

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ” Victor Pinchuk

The photo for today is of an original artwork called Fire Walker which is available along with more of my art in the Espirational Gallery.

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.