Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Upcoming Classes



Here are a few of my upcoming classes for August.   Email me with questions.   Click on the titles of the classes to go to the registration page and find out more.


August 4, 2018.    9:00 am - noon
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].     Click on the title of the class above to register.

August 4, 2018.   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
For all creatives working in color!  You will learn how to mix any color you want using only 2 sets of primary colors.  
Appropriate for all mediums.   I will demonstrate with transparent dyes, but you are welcome to bring paint, colored pencils, fiber, ink, etc.  It will be useful for you to see how different mediums mix. Contact me ahead of time to make sure you bring appropriate primary colors. Click on the title of the class above to register.

August 18, 2018.  1:00 PM  4:30 PM
Julia Cameron wrote The Artist's Way as a method for helping creatives identify their blocks and release their creative flow.   In this one-time class, we will start the process together and get you on your way to a happier and more productive creative life.   
If there is enough interest, we will schedule regular meetings to go through the entire Artist's Way or Vein of Gold books.  Click on the title of the class above to register.
Support is an important part of the process.   If you're an artist looking for better balance between your art, professional and personal lives, please feel free to check out and join my facebook group - 'The Well Balanced Artist'.  We are there to support each other in the journey.  

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Relationships - Letting Go



This month we're talking about Letting Go.   If you're like me, once you get your fingers in something it's really, really hard to let go.  It comes from a Scarcity Mindset. [I'm working on it.] This is true of Stuff, of Ideas, of Habits and of Relationships.

Relationships.  We have to let go of [release!] relationships that no longer serve us.  These are the relationships with crazymakers, manipulators, two-faced friends & family members, takers, back-stabbers, liars, abusers.  You know who they are.

I think one of the reasons it's hard for me to let go is that I feel pretty unattractive.  So if someone pays the least bit of attention to me, I don't want to let that go because I'm certain no one will ever like me again.   One crappy friend is better than no friends at all, right?  What is totally ridiculous about that idea is that I have a bunch of fabulous friends!   People who know me and love me and who are the best friends ever.  I don't need to keep crappy people around.  You don't either. 

Another reason it's hard for me to let go is that I don't like dramatic confrontations.  But here's the thing - and it's a big thing:  Letting go does not require a confrontation at all.   It just requires Letting Go.  As in, 'Stop hanging onto this.  Open your hand [head & heart] and let it goooooo.'   No phone calls, no checking in, no drive bys, no answering emails, no visits, no responses, no reactions, no facebook, no little favors, no contact.   Delete them, block them, forget them.  Then go out with your true friends and have a great time. 

Some relationships are ugly and sticky.  I don't want to minimize the work it might take to get free of them.  If you're dealing with someone like that, I encourage you with all my heart to get some help dealing with it.  You deserve the support from someone local who knows what they're doing and who can be with you the whole way.   Know that we are here, with you, cheering you on. 

So.   What relationships are keeping you from living your Best Life Now?   Which ones can you begin to let go of today?   If you've got a good story of how you let go of one of these, please share it in the comments. 




I'd like to invite you to join our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all the messy work 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.   


Friday, July 13, 2018

Retreat Registration Ends August 31

Registration for our October Retreat closes August 31, 2018.  There are still a few spots left and I'd really love for you to have one. Here are some details:



My Best Life Now
Weekend Retreat
October 12-14, 2018

Bloomfield, Indiana



You are going to love what 
we have planned for you!

Response to this retreat has been overwhelmingly positive.   We receive emails and messages from people across the country who are excited to see an event like this happening.

As we've talked with people about what we're planning, a few common threads started to appear.


'I feel like I need to make a change in my life.'

'It's time for me to go outside my comfort zone.'

'I'm tired of living smaller than I am.'

'I need support.'
 

Is that how you feel, too?  We're listening.   We understand.

This retreat has been carefully designed to support big shifts in how you think about what is possible in your life.  By the end of the retreat, you will have a clear idea of what your Best Life looks & feels like, strategies for making it a reality, and a support system to help you live your Best Life Now.   We will help you to:


Embrace your present life

Unleash your 
Inner Power

Dream big

Visualize your Best Life

Organize your ideas

Identify your struggles

Make it
Achievable

Gather your Support

Celebrate the journey

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REGISTER HERE
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Who we are:
Robin Edmundson is an award winning artist and blogger who has been teaching creativity since 2003. Her professional and artistic path has been full of twists and turns so she has a lot of experience blazing new trails. She's excited to help you get started on your journey to a happier and more creative self.
 
Amy Kimmel is a Women's Empowerment Mentor, Certified Intuitive Reiki Master, and Yoga Teacher, focusing on discovering the magic we all have inside that allows us to live our soul purpose. Her loving, no-nonsense approach will help you fully tap into your power so that you can learn to shine your brightest inner light and live your best life.
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Highlights of the retreat include: 
  • Totally kick-ass swag bag.  (Seriously!)
  • Mini-workshops: spirit dolls, affirmations, dream boards, creative journalling.
  • Optional creative activities (included as part of the retreat): watercolor for relaxation, exploring essential oils, dancing, personal ceremonies and rituals for creativity, spirit names/totems.
  • Great food and sisterhood. (All meals included).
  • Meditation, yoga, reiki.
  • Luxury accommodations: fireplaces, heated outdoor pool, lake with kayaks, tennis courts, 33 acres of walking paths, etc.
  • Special newsletters full of information to help you think about your Best Life.

Registration closes August 31, 2018




For another look at all the details, go here





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Asclepias Tuberosa


It's asclepias season.   This is Asclepias tuberosa - a close relative to the common milkweed [A. syriaca].  They love the heat and all those shades of orange next to the daisies make me really happy.




My favorite ones have stripes in the petals. 

This plant was named after the Greek god of medicine - Asklepios.  The common names for this plant are Butterfly Weed and Pleurisy Root. The butterflies and bees love them, so there's always a lot of motion wherever they are.



Traditionally this plant was used to treat asthma and bronchitis, but modern medicine hasn't found any evidence that this plant is really effective that way. 

No matter, they are beautiful in the gardens and fields and that's good enough for me.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Letting Go of Control




Here's what I suck at:  Giving up control. 

Here's what I need to practice:  Giving up control.

Here's why:  Control is only an illusion and I don't need to buy into it.  Also, cool stuff happens when you step back and get out of the way.

Long term benefits:  I'm still figuring this out.   Lower stress level?  More fun along the journey?  Focus on 'Being' rather than 'Doing [doingdoingdoing]'? 


What do you think the benefits of giving up control are?     Please shout it out in the comments. 



I'd like to invite you to join our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all the messy work 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. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hot Bales

© Robin Edmundson, 'Hot Bales', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches.  


It's been hot here.   Even the shade is hot. 

[This piece is available.  Holler if you want it.]

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Release


I've been thinking about transformations lately.  I've been feeling a lot like I'm in a chrysalis stage - and I've been really afraid.   I like the caterpillar stage, with its successions of instars:  grow, split skin, grow some more.   Being a butterfly seems so totally foreign - too different, too much of a drastic change.  I know how to be a caterpillar.  I don't know how to be a butterfly.   What if I hate it?

I remind myself that being a butterfly is as much programmed into the DNA as being a caterpillar is.  The caterpillar simply has to trust and move along into the next phase.  

A very important part of moving on is to release what no longer serves.   The caterpillar grows and then leaves the old skin behind to grow into the new one.  Its final skin is the chrysalis, which it also leaves behind.  

We release what no longer serves us to make room for what we need next, what lights us up, what brings us closer to our purpose. 

We let go so we have room for what's coming.

Last week as part of my solstice ritual, I made a list of things I needed to release.  Feelings, thought patterns, things, relationships.  I put it all on there.   

I took the things to Goodwill.   I wrote the feelings, thoughts and relationships on little pieces of paper and then burned them.  Not with a dramatic flourish, but quietly - thanking them for their service and then watching as they turned to ash and smoke and drifted away.   [And then, truth be told, I dissolved that ash in water and made sure it was good and gone.]

It. Felt. Awesome.   Just remembering it now makes my shoulders feel lighter.  I can breathe deeper without that load of junk to carry. 

What do you need to release?    I invite you to write it down or say it out loud.  Acknowledge it and begin the process of lightening your load.  

Sending you so much love!


I'd like to invite you to join our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all the messy work 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






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