Art, Visual, or Creative Journaling?

Ready to do some artful journaling?  Wait. What? You can't because you're not a trained artist?  Well, that's okay.  Me neither.  😉 Commonly called Art Journaling, putting colors and words on a page to express what's on our minds is a way to creatively say what we need to say - even when we don't … Continue reading Art, Visual, or Creative Journaling?

It Happened that Thursday

Thursday, October 19, 2017.  3:22 PM. The cheery jingle of an arriving text message caused no alarm. Just another afternoon heading home from campus. Youngest sister checking in. I glance at the phone while the car cools down. Falling below 80 degrees in October is always the hope by Floridians, but jack-o-lanterns turning mushy in … Continue reading It Happened that Thursday

Drawing Them Out: Faces Reveal Artist’s Growth

As 2018 unfolds, I've been reflecting on my creative journey. What began as art discovery (a form of therapy, if you will) during a difficult time in my life - personally and professionally - has developed into a way of living that is as necessary to me as breathing and eating. My head often feels … Continue reading Drawing Them Out: Faces Reveal Artist’s Growth

Ten Tips: Keeping Art Brushes, Sponges, and Stamps Usable

One of the things I learned from our first Creative by Discovery Mixed-Media Art Party was that sharing tips I've learned about the process in the past three years is a "how-to" I can gladly contribute. Here are a few things learned along the way.... Ten tips for keeping brushes, sponges, and stamps usable... (because it gets … Continue reading Ten Tips: Keeping Art Brushes, Sponges, and Stamps Usable

Our First Art Party is in the Books: Feedback + Lessons Learned

Sunday, February 25, 2018, RobinLK Studios hosted our first-ever Creative by Discovery Mixed-Media Art Party. Our project:   Mail Art Our party experience:   Wow, it was a LOT of fun!   My party experience: Wow, it was a LOT of fun and a LOT of work before and after, but very much worth it(!). Like any good … Continue reading Our First Art Party is in the Books: Feedback + Lessons Learned

Of Stories and Strangers…..

A few months ago, a fellow IG creative reached out to me and said she'd like to share some of the many vintage postage stamps she has. I was elated! Of course, thank you. But why me? On most accounts, one would say we're strangers. Over the next week, as we were dealing with Hurricane Irma here in Florida, … Continue reading Of Stories and Strangers…..

Underpants and the Art Studio…. {a Little 411 Fun}

Artists call it underpainting: a layer of paint that goes on first, as a base coat, to provide a foundation for finished work, adding depth and tonal qualities to later layers in acrylic and oil paintings. Colors vary. I've read that some contemporary artists use this technique, though it was much more common by the greats before them. I began tinkering with paint … Continue reading Underpants and the Art Studio…. {a Little 411 Fun}

I’m Not Creative! So Said She (or He)

Remember when you were little and had that GIANT box of Crayola crayons and endless sheets of blank white paper? Remember how carefree and happy you felt as you drew purple elephants, orange grass, and places no one had ever seen? What happened?   For most of us, being creative is a distant memory, and depending on where … Continue reading I’m Not Creative! So Said She (or He)

Prolific….??

                According to dictionary.com prolific:  adjective producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful: a prolific pear tree. producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive:  a prolific writer. profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of): a bequest prolific of litigations. characterized by … Continue reading Prolific….??

Learner or Teacher?

  The other day, while reading fellow blogger and author Carrie Rubin's post about authors, gender, standards, and profanity/violence, I replied with my perspective as a teacher who worked with middle and high school students for many years. As a reading specialist and as a writer myself, I required lots of writing from my students and taught them that reading and writing … Continue reading Learner or Teacher?

When Writing Leads to Art … Leads to Writing…. Leads to Art…. And Writing!

Words have always been an important part of my life - from learning them with my mom and grandmom as wee one at bedtime, to playing with them in creative writing nearly every day, to teaching the power (and fun!) of them for 20+ years - so imagine my dismay when words became unreachable to me. From forgetting them to just not hearing any … Continue reading When Writing Leads to Art … Leads to Writing…. Leads to Art…. And Writing!