Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ironweed & Friends

© Robin Edmundson, 'Ironweed, Black-eyed Susans and Lobelia', watercolor, 11 x 14 inches.
Unframed, $250.

When it comes to roadside flowers, I think my favorite time of the year is August and September.  Ironweed is spectacular.  Add to it the oranges of black-eyed Susans and jewelweed, and the blues of the blue mist flower and swamp lobelia and you have gorgeous views in every ditch and field.   I love living here.

It's a good opportunity to practice florals and I have taken advantage.   Don't be surprised to see more of these.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Intuition




Over the years, I've made a lot of life changing decisions.  Some were based on logic and reason.  Some were based on emotion.   Some were based on intuition.

Merriam-Webster defines intuition this way:
1 : immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring. 2 : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition. 3 : the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.
The common thread in all of that is the notion of knowing something without evident rational thought.

It is very important to get quiet and still enough to listen to your intuition.  Quiet the other voices of strict rationality, of fear, of anger, of guilt, of regret, of sadness - or the voices of other people in your life who love telling you what to do.  Note them, then listen past them.  What is your gut saying?  That's where intuition lives. 

There have been  more than few times in my life where I listened to intuition and then followed it. Every single time, I have been glad I did - even though rationally, these decisions seemed crazy or risky.   As I have gotten older, I have tried to listen more and more.   Which relationships should I let go of?  Which should I hang on to?  What new things should I try?   Who should I get to help me?  Should I take advantage of this new opportunity or let it go?   Should I respond?  What kind of person do I want to be?   How can I Be instead of DO all the time? 

What questions are you facing lately?   What does your rational self think?  What does your emotional self think? 

What is your intuition telling you?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Plein Air - Harvest Moon Flower Farm

© Robin Edmundson, 'Greenhouses - Harvest Moon Farm', watercolor, 9 x 12 inches. 
Framed to 11 x 14 inches.  $280.

This has been a good year for plein air painting for me.  I don't get out a lot, but when I do, I have a lot of fun and learn a lot as well. 

The trickiest part about plein air painting is the light.  Of course.  It moves.  Plus, the heat dries the paint really fast.  I find that I can get a good basic draft done on site, but have to finesse the darks back in the studio, to get the light effect I'm after. 

These greenhouses are at Harvest Moon Farm - a lovely place!   I took Claire with me that day and we had just enough time to get done as the shade moved and we were baking in the sun.   That's when it's time to stop. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Rewards



This photo is from a few years back when I first started growing a bunch of winter squash.  It was wonderful.  The colors, the textures, the tastes...heavenly!  Then the vine borers and squash bugs took over and I haven't been able to grow much of any since. 

I tried.  Lots of manure, lots of weeding, lots of attention to squash bug eggs, etc.   They died anyway.   All that work and no reward.

Rewards are important. 

How often do you work and work and work and then there's no payoff?     I do that.   I wear 'Delayed Gratification' like a badge of honor.   Don't get me wrong, delayed gratification is a really important skill to cultivate; however, a lifetime of investment without taking a return is really unhealthy.  This, I know.

As awesome as delayed gratification is for character development, knowing how to Receive is just as important. 

If you've been waiting too long to receive, then it's time to reap the harvest, claim your reward, initiate immediate gratification.  This is an important part of self-care. 

[And self-care is important because in meeting our needs, we become happier, and happier people make better connections with others, have an easier time setting and reaching goals, are healthier, etc.  You know I'm right.]

If you're worried about being selfish, then remember that you simply need to receive those rewards for things you have done the work for.  It's the law of the harvest - you planted the seeds, you get to reap the harvest.   The harvest is ready.  You're done waiting.  Claim your reward.

I'd love to know what your rewards are!  Drop me a line or comment below. 




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.   


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Plein Air at Duckworth Farm

© Robin Edmundson, 'Duckworth Barn', plein air, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. 

I've been practicing more plein air painting this year.  Claire has been going with me.  We try to arrive as early as we can, then walk a bit, choose our view and get settled where we will have a few hours of shade.  We work side by side in silence.  It's lovely.  I get most of a piece done in just over 2 hours, then it's time to let it dry.   The next day I can look at it with fresh eyes and add the darkest darks.  I'm pleased at how satisfying the process is.

This piece is 10 x 14 inches.  Matted and framed to 18 x 22 inches.  $375.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Harvest



It's harvest time.   Time to gather in all the fruits of your labors.   And that always begs the questions:  What have you been laboring on?   What seeds have you planted?

Harvest time is the time to evaluate things and start making plans for next year.   What paid off?  What do you want to try again, maybe a different way?   What are you absolutely done with?  What would you like to add?

I'm not just talking about gardens.  In your life, what is paying off?   What do you want try again in a different way?   What are you ready to let go of?   What are you ready to start?


Thursday, August 30, 2018

'Linton Barn' - Merit Award



© Robin Edmundson, 'Linton Barn', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches.  $1100.
Available through the New Harmony Hoosier Salon Gallery.

I am very grateful that this piece was accepted into the Good Ole Summertime Juried Member Exhibit of the Hoosier Salon.   I am even more grateful that this piece took a Merit Award for the exhibition.  

You can see this piece and also 'Bean Harvest'  from now until  September 30, 2018 at the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery, New Harmony, Indiana.  
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