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Art & Soul Retreat in the South of France

    Come Join Me!

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Durfort, France

Life isn’t about finding yourself.

Life is about creating yourself.

        — Kiki Smith


Hi All!

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.

 

Why journey?

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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Will you join us?

You can find our more here . Space is limited to 8 people, and there are only a few spots left.

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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!
Robyn

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Creating An “Infinite Pool of Creative Ideas”

It’s FREE…

Sign up to discover how I never run out of ideas and can help you do the same!

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I discovered many years ago how to create my own unlimited source of ideas and inspiration for my Art, and over the years have taught 1000’s of creatives to do the same.

Please join me in this Free course of 3 video modules,
as you discover a few secrets and enjoy Art Journaling and Gelli Printing video sessions to inspire your ideas!


Launch date April 15th…

I’m looking forward to seeing you in class!

Robyn

ArtMythos: Look At What We’ve Been Up To…

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.

Enjoy!

Some gorgeous examples of what some of our members created these past few months!

Artwork by Celia Fulton Walden

“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

 

Artwork by Lynda Fish

“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

 

Artwork by Tammy Swafford

“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!)

 

Artwork by Lisa Rene Aguilera

“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!

 

Artwork by Vicki Louise Neil Ross

“Really beautiful. Such a soothing palette.” – Celia Fulton Walden

 

Artwork by Celia Fulton Walden

“Today’s pages and Sumi-e paper and ink experiments.” – Celia Fulton Walden

 

Artwork by Tammy Swafford

“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

 

Artwork by Maryse Perdriat

“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

 

Artwork by Helen Buiskool

“A few of my recent pages. Just playing…” – Helen Buiskool

 

Artwork by Lynda Fish

“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

 

Artwork by Vicki Louise Neil Ross

“Great play day with art group! Did four journal pages! BTW, the Zen Pen is great!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross

 

Artwork by Dawn Nowacki

“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

 

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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!

Robyn

5 TIPS IN 5 DAYS ~ A BRAND COURSE FOR ARTISTS

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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…

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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!

Robyn

365 Days In The Life Of A Journal – Tutorial

Here’s another tutorial – from the pages of this years Journal Challenge…

Enjoy!

Much Love and Peace

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365 Days In The Life Of A Journal – Tutorial

As I awaken this morning I found myself basking in a smile of creativity, I could sense the space in my physical being that holds my creative energy and essence, it also became clear to me from and experiential place that everything we want comes from this place…more on this in another post…

Today, I wanted to begin sharing some of the processes behind the painted pages in my Journal Flips..

Have a creatively inspired day, in every step you take…Enjoy!


Love and Peace

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365 Days In The Life Of A Journal – Introduction

I want to share with you a personal challenge that I began this year to create meditative art daily in a journal for 365 days…

I’m calling it “365 days in the life of a Journal”

Please join me by creating your own journal it can be artwork, photos, writings… any way you are inspired to communicate with yourself … the most important thing are the internal dialogs because I believe that they keep us awake and aware of our world around us…

Also you can begin at any point in the year and continue forward…it’s not about the number 365 but the challenge to do something daily that adds to our personal awakening…

 

Peace and Love

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“Day 5 – Stimulating Ideas”

I’m a huge fan of Black & White abstract art…when I see it my mind immediately begins to whirl and I seem to go into a trance, imagining all sorts of things that the lines, curves, strokes, dots etc. release…


I’ve spent some time studying this and found that when our brain develops at infancy Black & White simple shapes play a large role in the brains development…This is why so many baby toys have B&W lines or polka dots on them….

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In this journal entry I painted on paper using sumi ink, then I cut the art into 4’s and then reassembled it…


I took the opportunity to stimulate my creative thinking while being willing to look differently at what I had just created…then be willing to cut it up… and try something different!

 

I feel that we have to be willing to do the same with our lives…we’ve created them…there moving in a particular direction…

Do you like what you’re experiencing everyday?  If you are…ask yourself “how can I make it even better?”…then be willing to make some changes, alter things a bit..


And if you’re not crazy about what you experience everyday…you want different results…be willing to start cutting away, re-arranging and adding new experiences that are more in line with where you want to go…your goals and dreams…


I believe that we don’t make mistakes in our lives because every road we turn down creates an experience we can grow from…however I believe we can arrive at a point that we can say, “well I have had enough of that experience, I don’t feel it serves me anymore”…and then make changes… and this includes our education and Degrees earned, our job or career, our marriages or life partners…if it ain’t working fix it!


Don’t be afraid move onward and upward!


Look at the Black & White of your life today…see what you discover!

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Much Love and Peace

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“Love This”

What a positive way to think about the negative!

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Hope you’re getting a lot accomplished…been on a very big deadline myself this month…Finally coming up for air!

Peace and Love

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Coptic Book Binding Workshop

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.

Enjoy!




Check out my workshops tab at the top of the page. I love to teach, travel and meeting new and like minded people.  Put a group together and I’ll be happy to come and hang out with you!

Your Creativity Coach
Robyn