Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holding on to Summer

© Robin Edmundson, watercolor wildflower collection.
Each is 5 x 7 inches, framed to 8 x 10 inches.  $95 each.

I've been working on a few small pieces to bring the Unitarian Holiday Art Fair this weekend and found my mind back in late summer, walking the roadsides, appreciating the wildflowers around here.

I painted more chicory [L], echinacea [C] SOLD, and goldenrod [R].  I've got some daisies on the easel to finish later and can already feel the pull to do more of these.

Doing these small florals is teaching me to practice, to listen to the paint, to play, to try again, to work in short bursts where I can come and go without bullying the piece.   It feels nice.

If you're around the Unitarian Church [Fee Lane at the 46 Bypass] tomorrow or Saturday,  please stop in and say hello.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Unitarian Church Art Fair

Next weekend is my last art fair of the year and it's one of my favorites.   

Friday, Nov 30  11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

I'll be in Booth #1, just inside the main hall [to the right].   Please stop in and say hello!

I'll have original watercolors, prints and a few notecards. 

© Robin Edmundson, watercolor, 'January Thaw'
14 x 10 inches   $375    [Framed:  22 x 18 inches]

I'll be bringing one of my favorite winter pieces.   I love that our winters have a lot of color, even though the woods are gray.   We have a lot of green through the whole year, though in winter, the golds and oranges step up and take center stage. 

So beautiful!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


© Robin Edmundson, 'Goldenrod', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. 

The light was golden as I finished this piece today.  I've been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks now, wondering exactly when to stop.  I smiled when I realized that's constant theme once the holiday season kicks off. 

This year, I've decided to stop at 'Grateful'.  For so many things.  Thanks for stopping by to share a bit of your day with me.   Here's to many more conversations about art and life.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bloomington Holiday Market

The holiday season is fast approaching and one of the nicest things about it are the local art fairs.  The Bloomington area is blessed with an abundance of artists and fine craftspersons.   I'll be joining many of them at the Bloomington Holiday Market at the Showers Building [City Hall] next weekend.

Saturday, November 24  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Robin Edmundson, Watercolors
Booth #21,  Showers Building, downstairs

Please stop in a say hello!   I'll have original watercolor paintings, prints and a few notecards.  

© Robin Edmundson, watercolor,  'Burning the bales, clearing the fencerows',
10 x 14 inches.   $375.     [Framed:  18 x 22 inches]

I'll be bringing this piece - it's one of my favorites.  If there's something specific that you'd like to see in person, let me know and I'll make sure it's there.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


I've been doing some art journaling this month in the style of Amanda Grace.  It's been a strangely addictive and satisfying process.

At the beginning I felt an equal amount of pull and resistance to the idea.   I had  a strong feeling that this was something that would be healing for me and an equally strong fear that I wouldn't do it right and that it would be ugly and reveal how ugly I am inside [which is why journaling is not something I do much in the first place]

I decided to yield to the pull, so I got some white and black gesso, some crackle paste and a set of  acrylic paints.  Everything else has come from my collection of materials for scrapbooking and altered books.

The first page was terrifying. I posted it on Amanda's facebook page just to have someone else witness that I'd at least tried... and bless them, they witnessed.

As I work on the pages, I find that I dive in with my fingers, testing to see if things are dry, smearing the gesso and color around, getting glue stick all over everything.   I don't like messy, sticky fingers, and I wash them a lot, but two minutes later I find I'm finger-painting yet again.   It's a bit like meditation, I suppose - the mind drifts, then you keep coming back to center.   I realized that 'messy' is the center I need to keep coming back to for now.

My intention for this journal is to explore my anger and though I find it very unattractive, Amanda suggested that I just explore it and leave the 'unattractive' label aside for now.   She gave me permission to go there, explore and express without judgment and I am taking her advice.

For now I do the messy work of getting to know the nuances of that part of myself and in doing so, I find that I am creating a refuge for myself.

It turns out that 'messy' can be very healing.   

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Happy Halloween!   Halloween was set on the traditional date of the old Celtic celebration, Samhain [pronounced SOW-en].   It's the season of shadows and spirits and transformations of all kinds.

I've been reading Thich Nhat Hahn's book, You Are Here, in which he talks about exploring our shadow self, the darker, less socially acceptable parts of ourselves that we are quick to hide and slow to acknowledge.

His advice was elegant.   Allow yourself to witness the shadow parts of ourselves.  Just notice and witness.  There is no need to banish them, because they are an important part of who we are, and all things can be transformed.  He says,
'In Buddhist meditation, you do not turn yourself into a battlefield, with good fighting against evil.  Both sides belong to you, the good and the evil. Evil can be transformed into good and vice versa.' 
Transformed. You do not have to destroy part of yourself, you only need to find a way to transform it.  The energy is still there, but changes form.  Shape-shifting energy.  And as it changes shape, it can do different things. 

I am taking today to witness my shadow self and then identify those areas that can be transformed into something more useful.  For example, I have been witnessing in myself a lot of anger.  Instead of being upset with myself for harboring so much deep anger [nice people aren't supposed to be angry], I am simply noticing it.  All of it.  I asked myself what that anger can be transformed into that would serve me better and after considering it for a time, I realized that my anger is an excellent tool for reminding me where my boundaries are or ought to be. 

Today I will honor my anger and turn it into a tool for helping me establish and honor better boundaries - something that has traditionally been a weak area for me.  This way I can witness my shadow self without being ashamed and without becoming a battlefield.  I honor my anger and I honor my boundaries.  That feels really good.

Happy Halloween!   Blessed Samhain!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Exhibit: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Happy Fall, Everyone!    If you're in the Terre Haute, Indiana area, you need to stop by and see this show hanging at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from now until December 20.   The show is hanging in the main halls of Moench Hall 1st and 2nd floors. 

I am so pleased to have my work hanging with the work of these other artists.  They are intelligent, articulate and inspiring.   Well worth the trip!

Last week, we attended the artist reception at the show and it was a delight to meet the other artists and many of the faculty and students who came through.  I am pleased to have three new collectors from this show.

One of the most wonderful things about Rose-Hulman is the evident appreciation for art.  They have a spectacular art collection, including one of my favorite watercolorists - D. Omer Seaman - and the halls are always hung with interesting and varied works of art.

Seating is arranged all along the halls and students gather to chat and study during the day, where they have a beautiful view of the current art show.

My work is hanging in the 2nd floor atrium and the light shows the colors to best advantage.  If you get a chance to go, please let me know what you think of the show.  I'd love to hear.

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