Thursday, February 22, 2018

Watercolor for Relaxation Class!

Class: Watercolor for Relaxation

Saturday, March 24, 2018
9:00 am- noon

Location:  Robin Edmundson Studio (map)
Cost:  $65 - includes all materials

So often we sit down to creative work with the heavy expectation of creating a masterpiece...or at least something that will bring compliments from viewers. The purpose of this class is to let go of the expectation of creating something perfect and finished and replace it with the calm of simply observing what the paint and water do together. No expectations, just fun.

We will play with color, learn how different pigments react with water, experiment with salt and plastic wrap effects, play with abstract compositions and a few other surprises.

This class is appropriate for all levels of skill, including people who have never touched watercolor before. [It will probably be hardest for people who are used to trying to paint 'something' instead of just playing].

Register HERE.
...and if you want to stick around for more fun that day, I still have places in the Silk Dyeing Class that afternoon.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Barrel Roof Barn - Spring

© Robin Edmundson, 'Barrel Roof Barn - Spring', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches.  Framed to 17 x 21 inches.  $375

I don't know about you, but I've been thinking about spring.  And pink blooming trees.  And this barn that lives down the way from us.   I decided to get a head start on the season so here's the first of a series of barns and pink trees.  Watch for more.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Embracing Your Human-ness

© Robin Edmundson, 'Sunset, Doug's Field', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches.  

We are taught from infants that we are to be perfect.   And that someone else gets to decide what perfect is.  It's a perfect recipe for disaster.

I wrote a few weeks ago about self-loathing.  It's hard not to be hard ourselves when we're constantly reminded that we don't measure up.  It's hard to take the risks we need to take when we're constantly reminded not to fail.

One way to step out of that dance is to embrace our human-ness.  Wink at our imperfection.  Make friends with our self-loathing.  Pat fear on the back and tell it to take the night off.

Confession:  That stuff is really hard for me.   I love the idea of it, but I'm not so good at doing it.


I have put up there a recent painting that I'm not very happy with.  It was a big risk. I had a fabulous idea, but once again, my execution fell far short of my vision.  I am disappointed in myself.

Here is where I choose where to go next.  I have a few options:

1.  Delete the pic and this post and write about something else less difficult - like chocolate.
2.  Tell you why that painting is bad and why you should think so, too.
3.  Let the painting tell its own story and not dwell on whether you might like it or not.

In an effort to take my own advice, I chose #3. 

And then I thought a lot about Wabi Sabi, [which I've talked about before.]

And I remembered a thing called Kintsugi.  So I looked it up again and that was so cool, I kept reading and found this piece on what broken pottery can teach us about feeling flawed.

Think about your flaws for a minute.  Now imagine them filled with gold, stronger than ever.  The flaws have become the work of art. 

What if that is the real trick of embracing our human-ness?

Please consider joining our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all that that entails.  In addition, I have another group, The Well Balanced Artist, for creatives of all kinds and in all stages of their creative lives, who are trying to balance their art, business and personal lives. We'd love to have you!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Indiana Home Magazine

My Indiana Home magazine has used some of my artwork in the spring issue!

At first they planned to use a couple of pieces in the calendar section.
During planning,  their needs changed and when I got my copies of the magazine this week, they had given me this little blurb and featured one of my paintings of spring fields instead. 

That works for me!  Here is the text:
'Robin Edmundson has been painting the rural landscapes of Indiana since 2014. Having spent most of her life in Indiana, Edmundson now lives on 40 acres near Solsberry, in Greene County and spends a lot of her time focusing on the landscape around her.

After spending many years photographing and blogging about her life in rural Indiana, Edmundson felt she still couldn't capture the landscape the way she wanted, so she tried a new medium. She studied color theory for years and she applied her knowledge to creating beautiful watercolor paintings featuring Indiana landscapes.  The ultimate goal of her paintings is to celebrate the people and places involved in everyday rural life.'
© Robin Edmundson,'Henbit Fields #2', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches.

This is the painting featured.

More information about this piece HERE.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Goose Pond, Ducks - Plein Air

© Robin Edmundson, 'Goose Pond, Ducks - plein air', watercolor, 9 x 12 inches. 

At the beginning of the month, I spent another wonderful morning painting the view of the marshes from the visitors center at Goose Pond. Things are starting to rev up for the season. I could hear thousands of cranes, geese and ducks. This is the view toward the north. There was quite a bit more water in the ponds this time and the ducks were taking full advantage. I saw hundreds flying in and around these few ponds.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Barrel Roof & Silo

© Robin Edmundson, 'Barrel Roof, Silo #1', watercolor, 14 x 10 inches.   $375, framed to 22 x 18 inches.

One of my challenges this winter has been to do a bunch of studies of a few of the barns I love out here.   Here are two close-ups I've done of a barrel roof barn out on highway 43.  I like the way the lines of the roof meet the silo in this shadowed end. 

Plus, rust.  I love the rust. 

I showed it to my mentor, who suggested I push the colors a bit more, which always makes me happy because, hello blue and orange!

© Robin Edmundson, 'Barrel Roof, Silo #2', watercolor, 14 x 10 inches.   $375, framed to 22 x 18 inches.

I like them both for different reasons.  Which do you like best?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Spots are Filling!

Spots are filling for our October Weekend retreat!   For the latest information, see this newsletter.

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© Robin Edmundson, 'Yucca pod in snow'

One of the things I do in all my creativity workshops is have people write for a few minutes about what they want their best lives to look like.   Then I have them write for a few minutes about all the reasons they can't, all the things that are in the way, all their inadequacies, etc.

I'll be honest, it's not all sunshine and roses.  

It's common to see things like this:

  • I can't be a professional singer because I'm too fat.  
  • I can't go back and get that degree because I don't have the money.
  • I'll never stand up to this person because I'm too chicken. 
  • I can't have people over because my house is too small.

It's easy to get mired in the negativity, especially since a lot of these are based in a reality we have invested a lot of time and energy in.   It's hard breaking free of limitations.  It is.  

But we do it anyway.   And this is how:

Take that obstacle and turn it into a positive.

1.  I can't be a professional singer because I'm too fat.  
  • I can be a professional singer.
  • My curves make me attractive and dynamic on stage.
  • Audiences love to hear me sing.
  • I am so happy when I sing for an audience that I don't care what my dress size is.
  • I have the friends and support I need to make the changes I want to make to achieve my dreams. 

2.  I can't go back and get that degree because I don't have the money.

  • I have enough money to get that degree.
  • I am a creative thinker and I can find a way to earn enough money to finish that degree.
  • Abundance flows into my life with ease and grace so that I can get that degree.
  • I have the friends and support I need to make the changes I want to make to achieve my dreams. 

3.  I'll never stand up to this person because I'm too chicken. 
  • I stand up to this person because I have a lot of courage.
  • I do not shrink, I do not puff up, I stand firm in my sacred ground.
  • I am confident and skilled when confronting others.
  • I am calm and courageous when I need to maintain my boundaries with others.
  • I know what to say when I need to maintain my boundaries.
  • I have the friends and support I need to make the changes I want to make to achieve my dreams. 

4.  I can't have people over because my house is too small.
  • I can have people over because my house is big enough.
  • My house is exactly the right size for me. 
  • It is easy for me to find the space at home or elsewhere to socialize with the people I need to be with.
  • My friends love me for me and not for my house.
  • I have the friends and support I need to make the changes I want to make to achieve my dreams. 

Once you get the hang of it it's easy to write these.  The hard part is believing them. In every class, I see the worried faces of people who are willing to do the work, and who want to believe this is possible, but who just....aren't....there.  They say, 'Those affirmations are nice, but they're just not true, so ... um...why should I believe them?'

And I get it.   I really get it.  

For all of these years, you've lived in a reality that you can't achieve your dream, that dreams only come true for a select [wealthy, skinny, beautiful] few.  You're lazy, stupid, foolish, unattractive, untalented, undeserving, unworthy.

Well all of that 'reality' is crap.  It's not true!  It's black-and-white negative thinking that is no more based in reality than those wonderful affirmations above. 

And if you're willing to believe the negative [which we are because...cultural norms] even though it isn't true, then I respectfully suggest that now is a good time to start believing the affirmations even though they may not be true [yet].  

The thing about believing the affirmations is that it will make you feel better, which will allow you to think more creatively, which will make you more aware of opportunities, relationships and connections, which will help you live your best life.  

Believing the negatives will only keep you stuck.  

Believing your affirmations will help fill you with enough light to see your way to whatever changes you want to make to live your best life. 

Homework:  Spend 5 minutes writing your dream.   Spend 5 minutes writing what's in the way of your dream.  Turn those obstacles into affirmations.   Then tell me how it went.

I'm teaching a class on Affirmations for your Best Life, on May 19, 2018 from 9:00 am - noon.  If you think it would be helpful for you to spend some focused time in a small group with me to help you along, you can register for the class here.   I can't wait to see you!

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