2014 in review

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Art and Creative Writing: “Happy Christmas 2014”

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No. 1 View of 'Happy Christmas' Oil on HW A3 Paper by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

No. 1 View of ‘Happy Christmas’ Oil on HW A3 Paper by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

 

It’s Christmas Day and early in the morning.  The streets are quiet and no one seems to be out and about, perhaps still snuggled in their beds.  The birds are awake and busily chirping, and the sun is hiding behind some clouds.  The morning is not cold and hints at a warmer day ahead.  Once my husband has risen from is bed and our family dog has had his daily walk, we will firstly set out to visit Fawkner Memorial Park to pay our respects to our son, as it will be now 5 years since his death and five Christmas’ we have not had him here, in our presence.

Afterwards we will spend time at my husband’s mother’s home, where all his brothers and sister gather to have Christmas lunch.  It is usually a very happy and enjoyable time where we laugh a lot, exchange big hugs and kisses and enjoy each others company.  My daughter with her husband joins us in the late afternoon, after having lunch with her husband’s family.  I look forward to seeing her, look forward to seeing her smile, and seeing her with her husband, seeing her with her Nana, Aunty, Uncles, Cousins and us her mum and dad, seeing how much she belongs amongst these good people.  It is also a time where I find myself contemplating how fortunate we all are and how much I cherish these yearly opportunities to share as we do…

Boxing day is the day my side of the family get together, and is another day where hugs and kisses are shared, along with another big festive lunch and the exchanging of gifts.  This is very much a time, where as a family, we do a big catch up and there is lots of story telling, laughing and sharing of precious time…

I try to take lots of photos on these occasions.  Photos are important to me as they capture small pockets of memories that can be revisited, when the memory fails to recall, these ever so special moments.

So from my family to your family, I wish you all the very best today – Christmas time with family and friends is such a precious gift of time for sharing…Karen Robinson

 

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Art and Creative Writing: “The Art of Peace” by Karen Robinson

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Image No. 1 - Art & Creative Writing 'The Art of Peace' by Karen  Robinson - Abstract Artist 20-12-2014 Acrylic Paint on HW Paper NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

Image No. 1 – Art & Creative Writing ‘The Art of Peace’ by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 20-12-2014 Acrylic Paint on HW Paper NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

My blog this week could not be about anything else, other than the terrifying and violent siege at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place, where two people lost their lives and where others were severely traumatized.  In keeping with my creative writing process, I have written the following in response to this disturbing and worrisome event, for which Australians have to date, been mostly protected from in comparison to the rest of the world.  Our resolve as a nation has not been tested like this before and it has left us shaken and questioning our future – as a once known safe place to live.  We have been known as ‘the lucky country’ and we are, and we must remain just that…  Below is a short essay on my thoughts, of what has become in the minds of Australians, a monumental event.

 

Picture by John Grainger. The first of the floral tributes stands alone at Martin Place at 5.45am -The Daily Telegraph 17/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-siege-amazing-scenes-as-sydneysiders-empty-florists-to-fill-martin-place-with-flowers/story-fni0cx12-1227157698015?nk=bb450278d46e93b005c405fcba30b6f4

Picture by John Grainger. The first of the floral tributes stands alone at Martin Place at 5.45am -The Daily Telegraph 17/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-siege-amazing-scenes-as-sydneysiders-empty-florists-to-fill-martin-place-with-flowers/story-fni0cx12-1227157698015?nk=bb450278d46e93b005c405fcba30b6f4

 

Photo by 702 ABC Sydney:  John Donegan:  The floral tribute for victims of the Syndey siege continues to grow at Martin Place, Sydney Australia 18/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/sydney-siege-photographs-of-hostage-situation/5969010

Photo by 702 ABC Sydney: John Donegan: The floral tribute for victims of the Syndey siege continues to grow at Martin Place, Sydney Australia 18/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/sydney-siege-photographs-of-hostage-situation/5969010

 

Title:  The Art of Peace!

“What does the ‘art of peace’ look like? It looks like this! It is a people who show their outpouring of grief through peaceful assembly where they lay flowers as a sign of respect; and a desire to show that they care about their fellow Australians.

The sudden and unexpected death of two very fine Australians during a violent siege this week in Sydney, Australia Martin Place, is a sorrowful happening and to their families, friends and work colleagues, a loss they will feel for the rest of their lives. My heart filled condolences go out to these families and friends, as the death of a loved one, killed suddenly and violently is hard to understand and harder to bare…

The way in which Australians have responded to this terrible happening, has never made me feel prouder than now, to be an Australian. The show of solidarity through a peaceful, caring and very touching way, the placing of thousands of flowers at Martin Place, has been deeply touching.

Thank you Australia for setting an incredible example to the rest of the world! It is a real expression of an ‘act of peace’ and a shape contrast to the ‘act of violence’ that has perpetrated the lives of all involved during the siege; that has perpetrated the minds and souls of Australians . . .”

 

Written by Karen Robinson

 

Photo taken by ABC News: Kylie Williams of two Australian flags form part of a public tribute to the two hostages killed at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney Australia Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-17/sydney-siege-flower-and-tributes-overflow-in-martin-place/5972412

Photo taken by ABC News: Kylie Williams of two Australian flags form part of a public tribute to the two hostages killed at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney Australia Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-17/sydney-siege-flower-and-tributes-overflow-in-martin-place/5972412

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

Over the course of time, I have painted a number of works of art that express may reactions to social, environmental and political events around the world.  I felt a strong desired to mark this dreadful tragedy and incredible outpouring of Australians grief with an abstract painting.

Again I wanted to use my creative writing piece to inspire an art work and is featured below titled ‘The art of peace’.  I have called it the art of piece and not the act of piece because I believe there is a real art to creating peace.  That it takes far greater strength of character to create peace than it does to create a violent act.  This is a small piece of art work which I have done on HW paper using acrylic paints.  I plan to do a larger art work of said on canvas, a meter x a meter for a forthcoming exhibition mid 2015.

 

 

PAINTING STORY

The blackness as shown in the background of the painting, is our deep and dark universe and the circular shape is our earth.  The multiple colours are representative of all the coloured flowers layed at Martin Place as a sign of respect by many Australians.  The motion within the painting represents how the news of the tragic event and the amazing outpouring of grief demonstrated in the laying of the flowers, sweep the world…  The blurring also is representative of a strong desire of a peaceful amalgamation, a peaceful unity of humanity in order that we can all live on this planet together for future generations.

 

CONCLUSION

My sister informed me this week that she had sent flowers to Sydney from Melbourne from our family…I was really touched by this act of peace….

 

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Creative Writing Group Session 6 of 6 – “Pools of Strength…”

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No. 1 Creative Writing Session 6 & Abstract Painting 'Pools of Strength' Acrylic Painting on A3 HW Paper by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

No. 1 Creative Writing Session 6 & Abstract Painting ‘Pools of Strength’ Acrylic Painting on A3 HW Paper by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

INTRODUCTION

We have arrived at our last session of creative writing and it is a cheerful gathering of participants.  It was time to take a moment out to reflect on our creative writing efforts; and to appreciate friendships formed around the interesting, honest and deeply personal accounts of our shared creative writing efforts.  To also be thankful that we had the generous support of the organisation that had supplied us with our creative writing facilitator and support facilitator – such good people.

THE CREATIVE WRITING HOMEWORK

Our homework that we presented here at this last session, was to be based around 3 separate moments within the week prior, that we thought we required strength of mind.  I didn’t think that I was going to have anything within a week to write about but upon reflection, I found small pockets of time, where I found myself looking for a personal strength and I wrote the following short essays on the said:

Title:  Pools of Strength I – The Family Pet Jessie

“I found myself believing, I was going to require some strength, when my husband told me he was going to be taking our beloved family dog Jessie to the vet; as we had found another lump, this time on his leg. Jessie is an old dog now, but is in good shape considering his age. Sometimes I think – I wish I was in, as good a shape as he! Our dog has lumps on his body and we have been told, in the past, by our vet, that there is nothing to worry about, just fatty tissue deposits. But now there is this new lump on Jessie’s leg which the vet had indicated he is concerned about and needed to take a sample for testing. So I was preparing myself for bad news from my husband on his return home from the vet with Jessie on this day. Thankfully – all is OK and it is just another fatty deposit which means our beloved family pet – Jessie will be with us more…”

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Title:  Pools of Strength II – Sisterly Concern

“Just yesterday, and just another day in a week, a dear friend called me and once again I could detect anxiety in her voice. Each time I hear this, I find myself having to draw on my reserves of strength, in order that I can be a good friend and be able to support her in such a way that she will feel less anxiety, more hopefulness after each of our conversations. I will see her again this coming week, which has become a ritual over the past few months; as I have found it seems to be giving her a counter balance to the rest of her week. Just when I think she has reached her tipping point of despair, a good conversation seems to pull her back to a more balanced mindset. I worry that one day, I will not be there to help her… but for now, I reach for my strength… to help her be strong… when she needs to be better for herself.”

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Title:  Pools of Strength II – A Worthy Task

“On Monday night of this week, I told my family’s road trauma story to repeat road traffic offenders, whom have been sent by the Magistrates courts as part of their sentencing requirements. This task I do once a month mostly and requires of me some strength. When I hear about these participants’ risky driver behaviour, about how they have been putting themselves and others at risk on our roads, it becomes clear to me that by hearing my story will hopefully give them the strength they need to make better choices about their risky driver behaviour. I leave behind on these nights, a sense that a worthy task has been achieved and I return home to regain my strength for the next time it will be called upon.”

Written by Karen Robinson 13/12/14 ‘Copyright’ Protected

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

Again I wanted to use my creative writing piece to inspire an art work and is featured below titled ‘Pools of Strength’. They are not ‘master pieces’ but are an important part of a therapeutic process that I enjoy and helps complete my art for therapy journey after each creative writing group session.

CONCLUSION

Once again, after our creative writing session, we headed off to the local restaurant to share a meal together and engage in good conversation – such a wonderful privilege…

Thank you for joining me on this Creative Writing Group Session Journey!  Please click on the below links to view Nos. 1,2,3,4 & 5 Creative Writing Group Sessions:

NB:  For the purposes of this weblog series “Creative Writing Group”, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions.  Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session.  I hope you will understand.

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