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Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
— Kiki Smith
Have you ever longed for an adventure that awakens your unique, creative voice? An adventure that instills a connection to place, history, and the divine feminine in a way that changes you forever, opening you to new insight and confidence? Have you longed to share that journey with others? If so, you’re not alone.
Spiritual journeys and sacred site tours are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. There is a growing desire globally to reconnect with ourselves, with Gaia, with spirit, as well as our own intuitive wisdom. Stepping out of our plugged-in world into new places with new people opens our minds and hearts and restores our sense of wonder. It grounds us, re-acquaints us with the stories and images that are our unique vision, our gift in this life.
exploring the region…
But the journey is just the beginning …
We are all creatives from birth…
All children draw, dance, sing, and create story. Too often we lose touch with our unique voice in the rush to grow up. What if, through adventure in community in a land that resonates with the mysteries and with Gaia, you could reconnect to that voice and to the sacred fabric of Women? It’s all about healing and the creative energy that springs from that.
Once you have experienced this opening, this rush of creative energy, how do you communicate it to yourself and others? How do you maintain it once you go home? Few spiritual journeys guide you in developing your unique creative language. Understanding your visual language, learning its “vocabulary,” helps you understand what you have to say, what moves your spirit, and enables you to express it with newfound clarity, carrying it home into your daily practice.
Finding your voice…
the sacred dolmans…
If this resonates with you, there is no better time than the present to begin your journey. Consider joining us on the first ever retreat hosted by Robyn McClendon and Celia Fulton Walden at La Cascade, Durfort, France. On the very first day, Robyn will take you through her visual language meditation to clarify your unique Art Mythos, and Celia will introduce you to her process Animagine. Each day we will create in the studio as well as explore the magical Langedoc region of Southern France, a land steeped in history, mystery, and spirit.
art and writing journaling techniques
We will laugh, get curious, be spontaneous, explore, relax, create, and grow both individually and in community. We will nourish ourselves with living, creating, and great food … oh, and let’s not forget great wine and chocolate!
regional food prepared by resident chef…
Will you join us?
You can find our more here . Space is limited to 8 people, and there are only a few spots left.
Creativity is not a solitary movement. That is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, it’s fed. That is why beholding someone else’s creative word, images, idea, fills us up, and inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
As Always Much Love and Happy Creating!
I’m so excited to share what the members of my ArtMythos Online Course have been up to. We spend a lot of time over in our secret Facebook group sharing and talking about all things art. Here are some snippets of those conversations.
Some gorgeous examples of what some of our members created these past few months!
“Still loving those ink blots. I am starting to think that these inked papers and the organic ink blots are helping me make a bridge between how I work sculpturally. Fingers crossed! At least I’m having fun.” – Celia Fulton Walden
“I used to paint doors, walls and windows with encaustic (wax) paints… experimented in my journal with gelli prints instead. Writing on walls! Plus some other experiments using torn paper ensos and ink blots.” – Lynda Fish
“I found some envelopes to Gelli print on and created an envelope book. Here’s some pics!” – Tammy Swafford
(This technique was shown to my students in one of our”studio video series” inside of our ArtMythos: classroom!)
“Here are some reverse/resist inkblots I made while experimenting with resist fluid. I used a photocopy of a black & white napkin design, put some marks down with the clear fluid, folded the paper in half to make my inkblot, waited for it to dry, then went over the entire paper with distress stains. Lots of love to you all!”
I’ve been sharing my love of inkblots with the ArtMythos: members and they are doing some incredible experimentations and beautiful techniques of their own!
“Really beautiful. Such a soothing palette.” – Celia Fulton Walden
“Today’s pages and Sumi-e paper and ink experiments.” – Celia Fulton Walden
“Finished the Clean-Up Journal. I would like you (Robyn Mcclendon) to know that I really appreciate you telling your story in today’s video. Your prompts always make me think and approach my art in new ways. I did a few prints today, and I really like what’s going on in the paper from the hardware store. I have also included pictures from my finished journal.” – Tammy Swafford
“My first prints with Gelli plate on deli paper, craft paper and copy paper. What great fun!!!” – Maryse Perdriat
Even my members who are new to Gelli printing are doing beautiful and organic prints using my techniques that make experimenting with this monoprinting process equally rewarding.
Artwork by Lisa Rene Aguilera
“Hi there! I have been working on a few different projects, and finally got one finished! I wanted to share here in a flip-thru.” – Lisa Rene Aguilera
“Awesome. You have really inspired me! Thanks for sharing.” – MaryJo Dahl
“A few of my recent pages. Just playing…” – Helen Buiskool
“Some playful explorations in my journal… mixing in old watercolors, acrylics, feathers etc with Gelli printing because I love the old wall effect.” – Lynda Fish
“These are gorgeous, Lynda! Such rich color.” – Lisa Rene Aguilera
“Great play day with art group! Did four journal pages! BTW, the Zen Pen is great!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross
“Hi, all! This is a short video flip through of my Robyn-inspired journal. Thank you for all the inspiration, gang. I’ve been appreciating everybody’s posts. And thank you, Robyn, for the class! Hugs, Dawn.” – Dawn Nowacki
“Love!!! The one on left. Reminds me if East Indian batik prints!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross
To learn more about the ArtMythos Online Course click the link.
I invite you to come hang out with us!
Much Love and Happy Journaling!
Hi All…I wanted to share with you my upcoming Art Journaling Membership Class!
Please check out this Vlog for all the details…I hope you’ll join it’s only $25…
Here’s the link for more information http://www.robynmcclendon.com/artmythos-artdiaries-membership-class/
Love and Peace
I’m Heading to Australia! Want to Join Me?
Belinda Richards of “Creative Sanctuary Retreats” and @bindi1962 on Instagram has invited me to present my ArtMythos: Telling Our Stories Workshop….
I have some really wonderful followers on that side of the pond and it’s easier for me to get to you guys than you to me…So my fabulous friend Belinda organized this workshop on her turf for the wonderful artist there.
Here are the details…Hope you can come!
Love and Peace…
Join us on September 28th at noon EST to learn how to get started so you can lead your own FAB retreat!
Or, if you want to come on any of these retreats for fun and inspiration join us to learn more and be among the first to sign up.
Living Life Thru Art!
I’m a traveling artist, a gypsetter, a rarebird.
Every picture I post is designed to reflect this combined aesthetic,
into a single visual message.
I’m launching a Brand Clarity Course for Artist!
Yes, I get a lot of questions about how I’ve been successful on Instagram and the best ways for Artist to make money? So I thought it would be the easiest and most helpful to put those answers in a Video Course…
This Course is designed to get your on-line Brand reflective of your true passion and ways to build and connect with your ideal audience.
If you’re at all curious but not sure if you’re ready yet, then this is truly the course for you! I’ll help you to get going as well as help you clarify direction if you’ve already started!
The Course is designed to give you tips that will help you get up and running fast or revamp your present page…you’ll receive one email per day for 5 days that way you can fit the assignments into your schedule and work at your own pace.
Go to my website robynmcclendon.com to sign up and keep an eye on your in box for start date info….Hope to see you in the Course!
Here are some pics from a recent bookbinding workshop held at my home studio. We had a lot of fun and everyone left with a completed book! A miracle if you know anything about coptic binding. The ladies are members of the Albuquerque LIBROS group.
Your Creativity Coach
I have such crazy fun with these designs. I love traveling to foreign places to find unusual stones in creating these works of art.My necklaces are one of a kind and kind of yummy, whatcha think?
This one incorporates 200+ year old African Ivory, equally aged African Agate and an old brass African Gold Weight. Price upon request. Check out my website, boluxe.com.
Would you like help pushing your designs to the next level? Not sure how? Let’s see if I can help, with a coaching session on ” accessing your creative fingerprint”.You can get me at email@example.com.
Enjoy your Sunday!
Your Creativity Coach
Robyn McClendon: Workshops in Creativity Development, Hand Paper Making, and Book Arts
(All workshops are designed to be taught as independent classes, however I can adapt them to go along with a workshop series your organization may be designing. They can be 1-3 day experiences)
The Creative Mind — A Process Class
For anyone active in the creative process — designers, writer, musicians, not just visual artist. Ideal for beginners or advanced students or anyone facing creative blocks. Participants explore the causes of block and how to overcome it. Journal keeping to chart creative evolution will be explored. Discover hidden motivators and preferences through a variety of creative exercises.
Image Journaling — Access Your Creative Mind
A journaling technique that I have used in my own work as well as with my students for twenty years. It’s easy, fun and utilizes our sub conscious mind to access our creativity to move through blocks, create and innovate at higher levels more quickly and with fluidity. We will use collage and bookmaking techniques to create a document that can continued to be used after the workshop.
Discover Your Creative Fingerprint –The Picasso Factor
“Have you ever asked yourself if Picasso is so easy to copy as is remarked by many who view his work why hasn’t someone successfully copied him? He made millions from his art during his lifetime. Seems to me, he would be the ideal person to copy, right? Obviously it’s not so easy to reproduce his creative genius. Sure we can copy what he’s already done and create a pretty good fakes. But to innovate which means figure out what would his art look like now if he were still alive. Now that takes some doing! ” robyn mcclendon
What we’ll explore in this workshop is what I call our creative finger print and it operates just like the fingerprints on the tips of our fingers. It is unique, no one else has creative resources just like you, once you discover yours you will sleep easy at night knowing that there is no competition when it comes to your creative output. You’ll experience your creative mind as the innovator not just the creator, once you tap into this relationship the function of your creative mind, spirit and self will be revealed.
Paper Making Workshops
Introduction to Western Papermaking
Introduces participants to various aspects of hand papermaking including fibers, mold making sheet formation, and drying. Explores design techniques including laminating, stenciling and embossing. A slide presentation and sample papers are shown. Special emphasis is given on how to set up a home studio.
Intermediate/Advanced Western Papermaking
Continues Exploration of paper making with emphasis on developing proficiency and exploring the coloring process. Students may begin to work with Eastern treatment of Western fibers.
Introduction to Eastern Papermaking
Introduces participants to various aspects of papermaking using Japanese fibers and techniques. Students will construct a mold prepare fibers and learn the Eastern method of “breaking a wave”. As with the other papermaking classes, special attention is given to showing participants where to obtain supplies and how to work at home. Sample papers and a slide presentation will be shown.
Intermediate/Advanced Eastern Papermaking
Continues exploration of eastern papermaking and assumes basic familiarity with fiber preparation and sheet formation.
Large Scale Paper
Students who wish to work in larger format (4’x6’) learn the special ins and outs of large scale mold making and fiber preparation. Various techniques for forming and drying large sheets are explored including pulp pouring and vacuum table work.
Book Making Workshops
Books Arts – Western Method
Participants explore traditional western book building techniques as they create their own hand-bound art book. Focus will be on very linear book movement. Workshop will cover the variety of papers available to use in books.
Books Arts – Eastern Methods
Eastern Techniques of book building are explained as students work with six different traditional sewing styles, eastern papers and stab binding.
Alternative Book Structures
This workshop explores the concertina/accordion fold, Coptic and non-glue structures in the creation of art books.
Mixed Media as Book Art
Great exploration of mixed media as it relates to Book Arts! Students will learn encaustic wax, acrylic and gouache techniques and how to use woodcuts and xerox transfers. Focus in on mixed media methods of image making enhancing.
Box Making for Books
Learn to build boxes which serve as vessels for storing hand bound books. Traditional box building techniques will be explored.
Participants use same box-building techniques but create portfolios, picture frames and other practical holding devices. Use of various covering materials is discussed.
Marbling and Paste Papers
Step back to the 16th century and explore the creation of traditional marbled and paste papers. This 16th century process will be explored in depth including: Making paste, pigmenting paste, setting up vats and pattern making, suitable papers for use will be covered.
Your Creativity Coach
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
regarding inquiries and/or scheduling workshops.