I have a treat for you! One of my dearest friends, Robyn, agreed to do a guest post. Robyn is an artist in Evergreen, CO. Her website is www.studiolila.com and you should check it out. Robyn and I used to have art nights and eat tons of popcorn and paint on one of our apartment floors (on paper not the floor, we sat on the floor). It has been a long time since we have lived in the same place. I may have to have an art night via skype!!! Check out her post and be ready to get inspired to gather and create!!
Hello there, my name is Robyn, I am infatuated with color and texture, and I admittedly
have a bit of a mania when it comes to bringing people together for the sake and
celebration of creativity. Jodie and I shared in many art adventures in college. I am delighted to be included in her juicy blog.
There is a group of artists I love to paint with, we often get together and play. One day,
while in the grasp of deep creativity within the troop, I longed for it to go on and on and
on. And bam, a little idea was born. I opened my big art studio and tiny home to
several of my art friends for two full days of painting and laughter, conversation,
reflexology, catered meals, all near a cracklinʼ fire.
We participated in a Round-Robin with our big canvases where we each began painting
and collaging on our own canvas then, after a while, traded, until the canvases had
made a complete round. After that we each proceeded with the gloriously altered
canvas to make it our own.
|Round Robin in action. Artists Amy Yetman and Cheryl Patrick.|
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Black and Green’s Organic)
1 quart coconut milk or almond milk (So Delicious/unsweetened is my preference)
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
Pour coconut milk into saucepan, warm over low heat. Slowly whisk in cocoa powder. Add chocolate chips; turn up the heat slightly, stirring occasionally. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on it, as it easily and joyfully can boil over. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and pinch of salt and cayenne. Ladle into mugs.
Next we painted fresh smaller canvases using a limited palette. Granted we are all
mixed media artists, so we snuck in plenty of color using found objects and such.
Then we moved on to yet another canvas, merely pushing paint around and around, for
the sheer delight of it. Now this process had its own special flair, as it was peppered
with reflexology sessions.
|Getting messy is the best!|
The finale was the gallery. We each put our pieces out to be seen and adored. We
spoke about what we loved and named our struggle. We hugged and smooched and
went back to our lives totally aglow.
|Delightful spread of one artist’s work.|
Hereʼs the skinny: You donʼt have to be a painter and this doesnʼt have to be an
overnight event. Mostly we get together for 2-3 hours whenever we can. I find a little
structure goes a long way, while too much structure squashes our muse… We tend to
wander and dilly-dally just before taking the plunge into the creative. There is a
moment of absolute necessary leaping into the art and an elected someone must lead
the pod. The creative is there, waiting patiently for us, always. Our duty is to go in.
Once in, the creative force takes over. And the rest is history.
Other prompts for spending heartening times together:
-write poems, using a favorite line of another poem to ignite your own.
-art journal using magazine cut outs and pages of old books to answer a question like, “I
come from…” or “I am made of….”
-knit, quilt, crochet
-open art, bring your preferred medium and take pleasure in each othersʼ company.
-using monthly themes, each person makes on their own time a finished piece (endless
possibilities from altering clothing, to essays, to sculpture, to food…) and at the end of
one monthʼs time the group unites, to discuss the process and what they like about their
-experiment with new techniques, find a book or online reference and pick a person to
lead the group through the exercise.
Successful art event planning tips: Email your potential guest list well in advance with
selection of several dates. Once you have a good idea of the best date, then formulate
your invitation, outlining the activities, food and extras (such as massage). Include any
expenses or items needed for the event. For on-going art-events, such as monthly get
togethers, try setting a simple date like the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Wishing you the very best of arting,
Robyn Thayer is a mixed media artist living in the mountains of Colorado. Her artwork
and writing have been published in leading magazines. Her greeting card line is
available in many stores and online. Please visit StudioLila.com.www.studiolila.com