• Art,  Creativity,  Process,  Stories from the Art,  Writing

    Writing Short(ly)

    How many words does it take to tell a story? One could argue that using fewer words conveys more meaning and requires more thinking. Brevity is king. In fact, many writers prefer to tell stories in short form, guiding the reader on a literary journey – in 100 or fewer, 50 or fewer, only six words, or even 140 characters. Writing shortly, often under the umbrella Flash Fiction, goes by many names. Here are a few: microstory short story short-short story flash fiction six-word story the 140-character story (also known as twitterature) micropoetry   No matter what it’s called, each short-form story has a similar quality:  the writer carefully selects…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Life,  Process,  Stories from the Art

    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 like it will burst to let the ideas out! When everything in art was brand new to me three years ago, I was taking it all in and sampling techniques, tools, and materials – but not choosing anything specific. Window shopping.  I suppose that’s how I discovered ‘mixed media’ – I tinkered in a little…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Lists,  Process

    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 expensive replacing them!): Do not leave brushes/sponge brushes in water for long periods of time. Do not let paint, ink, or adhesives dry on brushes, sponges, or stamps. Let them rest in a brush tub, to keep them moist. Use the scrubber in the bottom to gently loosen paint. Change water often when painting, especially…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Life,  Process

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

    arti supplies and custom postcard featuring artist RobinLK's orginal art

    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 party, details matter. This event was no different. Three weeks of intense planning and preparation led to wonderful feedback from guests. Here’s what they shared with me in text messages, Facebook comments, and before leaving that day: “It was sooooooo much fun!” “…a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends” “…such an enjoyable…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Life,  Stories from the Art

    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, Dee and I corresponded back and forth. A short time later, when the weather was clear, I found a package waiting for me at the post office. Opening the package and spilling out those beautiful stamps was like opening a time capsule filled with incredible art work and history.   Dear Robin, “I’m so excited to contribute to…