Creative Writing Group Session – October 2015 “Support Me!” by Karen Robinson

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No. 4-5 Creative Writing Group - Artwork Titled 'Support Me' Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson Oct 2015 NB All Images copyright protected.JPG

No. 4-5 Creative Writing Group – Artwork Titled ‘Support Me’ Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson Oct 2015 NB All Images copyright protected.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

My Creative Writing Group Sessions always leave me feeling like I have taken a little journey into a new world of endless possibilities, a world where it can be of utter truths or pure fantasies.  At other times these sessions take me back in time challenging forgotten memories.  These creative writing sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give us the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.

 

CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

During this creative writing session, our usual creative writing facilitator was unwell and we had the organisation’s facilitator as a stand in for our usual facilitator on this day.  We were asked to write a number of pieces and there were two that stood out for me.  This following is my second writing piece. We were asked to pick a number between one and twenty, I chose number one.  The facilitator then gave me the corresponding word for number one.  This process followed through with each participant with us all having a different single word.  Our instructions was to write a very quick paragraph about the word we had each been given. My word was ‘Support’ and my creative writing piece is here below:-

 

MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

 

Title:  “Support” Prose Poem

 



Support me please!  

I need your support.

Don’t turn away 

and leave me standing here, alone 

and destitute.

I need you…

 

I know, I know, I am a pain

and I know

I ask for too much

but don’t leave me. 

 

I will not make it without you --

come back, 

don’t go…

 

It’s OK.

I can be strong.

I will be strong.

I will support me.

I can do it!

 

Yes - I have done it.

Thank self...




Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - October 2015
No. 2-5 Creative Writing Group - Artwork Titled 'Support Me' Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson Oct 2015 NB All Images copyright protected.JPG

No. 2-5 Creative Writing Group – Artwork Titled ‘Support Me’ Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson Oct 2015 NB All Images copyright protected.JPG

 

I don’t know where these words of mine came from, I just wrote what came into my head and allowed for the words to fall upon the page.  We all had a chance to read out our paragraph and during the reading of my own – I was shocked at hearing my own voice reading my words.  After thinking about it, I realized that it reflected my art for therapy and creative writing journey, that I had reached a place where I was truly OK.

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

After each creative writing session, I personally like to use my creative writing stories to inspire an art work.  These artworks are not ‘masterpieces’ 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.  These particular paintings/art works are produced in a quick and spontaneous manner and is unlike my other painting method – which is planned and takes many, many hours to complete.  I enjoy both methods!

 

 

CONCLUSION

Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement.  And/or perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people.  Creative writing therapy at its best I feel…

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

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.

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Creative Writing Group Session – October 2015 “What Makes A Good Life?” by Karen Robinson

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Karen Robinson at Creative Writing Therapy with Mind Australia - Northcote Townhall October 2015 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Karen Robinson at Creative Writing Therapy Session with Mind Australia – Northcote Town Hall October 2015 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

My Creative Writing Group Sessions always leave me feeling like I have taken a little journey into a new world of endless possibilities, a world where it can be of utter truths or pure fantasies.  At other times these sessions take me back in time challenging forgotten memories.  These creative writing sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give us the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.

 

CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

During this creative writing session, our usual creative writing facilitator was unwell and we had the organisation’s facilitator as a stand in for our usual facilitator on this day.  We were asked to write a number of pieces and there were two that stood out for me.  The first I am writing about here in this blog.  We were instructed by the facilitator to choose from a set of cards that had been layed out for us to view, just one single card each that especially resonated with us as an individual.  Then using the card’s written quote as a source of inspiration we were required to write a quick, short statement about our thoughts in relation to our chosen card’s quote.  My card’s statement was ‘What makes a good life?’ and my creative writing piece is here below:-

 

MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

 

Title:  “What Makes A Good Life?”

“Waking up every day is a good start to a good life! Having a roof over one’s head, food in one’s belly and clothes on one’s back – helps a lot! So when all this has been achieved – the next on the list has to be – being able to love and to be lovable – is important. The rest is just icing on the cake for me…”

Karen Robinson © October 2015

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

After each creative writing session, I personally like to use my creative writing stories to inspire an art work.  These artworks are not ‘masterpieces’ 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.  These particular paintings/art works are produced in a quick and spontaneous manner and is unlike my other painting method – which is planned and takes many, many hours to complete.  I enjoy both methods!

No. 1-5 Creative Writing Group - Artwork Titled 'What Makes A Good Life' Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson Oct 2015 NB All Images copyright protected.JPG

No. 1-5 Creative Writing Group – Artwork Titled ‘What Makes A Good Life’ Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson Oct 2015 NB All Images copyright protected.JPG

 

 

CONCLUSION

Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement.  And/or perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people.  Creative writing therapy at its best I feel…

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

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.

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

I Do Art Discussion No. 22 – “Two Women Talking” by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

It has taken some time for me to complete these two Abstract Paintings Nos. 62A and 62B titled ‘Two Women Talking’.  They were inspired by a lunch that I had with my sister earlier this year where I found myself engaging in a conversation that revealed some truths that had not been shared before.  My sister and I often these days now – catch up and have lunch and a chat.  Below is an image of both paintings, one representing my sister and one representing myself.  The gold band of colour I gave to my sister because she likes wearing gold jewellery and I gave myself the silver band of colour because I like wearing silver jewellery! Something that sisters know about each other! Other colour choices were based on our individual favourites that I could remember about each of us and/or some personality trait that I felt could be symbolized with colour.

 

No.39-45 Abstract Painting Nos. 62A & 62B Titled 'Two Women Talking' by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images copyright protected.JPG

No.39-45 Abstract Painting Nos. 62A and 62B Titled ‘Two Women Talking’ by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images copyright protected.JPG

 

 

PAINTING DETAILS

 

Abstract Painting No. 62A Titled 'Two Women Talking' Acrylic on Canvas 55cmsx55cmsx3cms by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images Copyright.JPG

Abstract Painting No. 62A Titled ‘Two Women Talking’ Acrylic on Canvas 55cmsx55cmsx3cms by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images Copyright.JPG

 

  • Painting No. 62A Titled:  ‘Two Women Talking’
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 55cms Length x 55cms Wide x 3cms Deep
  • August 2015
  • Abstract Artist – Karen Robinson

 

Abstract Painting No. 62B Titled 'Two Women Talking' Acrylic on Canvas 55cmsx55cmsx3cms by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images Copyright.JPG

Abstract Painting No. 62B Titled ‘Two Women Talking’ Acrylic on Canvas 55cmsx55cmsx3cms by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images Copyright.JPG

 

  • Painting No. 62B Titled:  ‘Two Women Talking’
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 55cms Length x 55cms Wide x 3cms Deep
  • August 2015
  • Abstract Artist – Karen Robinson

 

PAINTING STORY – ‘Two Women Talking’

Writing the painting story is always an important part of my art for therapy journey.  Here below is what I wrote about these particular paintings:-

These two paintings are about the times my sister and I set aside to talk, to catch up, to listen, to speak, to share, to reflect, to consider each other’s words that are representative of our thoughts and feelings. As sisters these conversations can be deeply personal as we often talk about matters that are troubling us as individuals. There is always a moment during our talks to share good news which ensures we leave feeling hopeful. Listening plays a major part in these catch ups and sometimes our conversations require carefully considered responses. We have not always enjoyed having this kind of relationship and there was a period of time in our lives where we hadn’t talked for many years. We shared a very troubled childhood which has left us both struggling with childhood wounds that can make dealing with day-to-day living, difficult at times. These catch ups have become an important part of our sister relationship, especially now as we grow older, where our time will pass and the memories of us as people, will be left behind with our children. I hope that my sister’s daughter and my daughter will in their lives as they grow older, take up the opportunity to enrich their lives with catch up times with each other – perhaps they will talk about us – their mothers – I hope they will think and speak kindly of us…

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

 

PAINTING PROCESS – From sketch to finished paintings!

My painting process starts with a conception, an inspiration as described above.  With this concept, I pencil sketch onto my canvas, the outline.  Then I paint, one colour at a time on the canvas, allowing each colour to dry throughly, before starting with another colour.  Once the entire sketch on the canvas has been painted, with a single layer of Matisse acrylic paint, I repeat the process another two times, to obtain a richness of each colour.  I also turn my painting over and put all the relevant details on the back of the canvas.  I then spray varnish it three times which gives it a nice shine.  In order to keep track of my art work, I photograph the painting/s, write the painting story, print it off and put a hard copy in my art portfolio folder and then wrote this blog.  Quiet a process!  Below is a slide-show showing some of these stages for the above featured paintings.

 

No.9-45 Abstract Painting Nos. 62A & 62B Titled 'Two Women Talking' by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images copyright protected.JPG

No.9-45 Abstract Painting Nos. 62A and 62B Titled ‘Two Women Talking’ by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images copyright protected.JPG

 

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TWO WOMEN TALKING – FACE TO FACE POSITIVE VIEW!

 

These two paintings can be hang either facing each other or back to back.  For me when they are facing each other it means there is a direct line of communication between the two women talking.  It means they are listening to each other, they are interacting in a positive manner.

 

TWO WOMEN TALKING – BACK TO BACK NEGATIVE VIEW!

 

When these two paintings are hang facing back to back it means whilst they may be still in each other’s company – they are not listening to each other, they are ineffectively communicating which ultimately results in a negative outcome for both women talking.

 

CONCLUSION

It has been an amazing journey using art, storytelling, and photo taking over recent years and blogging has added a new dimension to my art for therapy processes. I hope by sharing here within my weblog, will help you find your voice.  Happy painting, story-telling and photo-taking and/or just plain good living for 2015….Karen

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

No.21-45 Abstract Painting Nos. 62A and 62B Titled 'Two Women Talking' by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images copyright protected.JPG

No.21-45 Abstract Painting Nos. 62A and 62B Titled ‘Two Women Talking’ by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Aug 2015 Images copyright protected.JPG

 

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My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist/Blogger/Story-teller/Photo-taker

Creative Writing Group Session – October 2015 “How Precious Time Is…” by Karen Robinson

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Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist, Story-Teller, Photo-Taker and Blogger at a Group Therapy Session Writing about her art work October 2015.JPG

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist, Story-Teller, Photo-Taker and Blogger at a Group Therapy Session Writing about her art work October 2015.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

My Creative Writing Group Sessions always leave me feeling like I have taken a little journey into a new world of endless possibilities, a world where it can be of utter truths or pure fantasies.  At other times these sessions take me back in time challenging forgotten memories.  These creative writing sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give us the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.

 

CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

During this creative writing session, our facilitator gave us an instruction to think of a single moment as a carer of another that has been a moment that has stayed with us.  It was within a short period of time that I was able to recall such a moment.  It was a time when I was caring for my husband and where I found myself having to find enough strength for the both of us – in order that we could get through what was ahead of us in the months to come.

 

MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

 

Title:  “How Precious Time Is…”

“I said to my husband “I have to get your prescription filled before we leave the hospital”.  In my own mind – I knew this was going to take some time to process the script and that leaving my husband standing, waiting for me wasn’t going to work as he was very frail. He had just finished receiving another dose of chemotherapy and once again he was very pale, withdrawn, sickly and weak, he looked like death. I hadn’t seen death before like this but he looked like he was near death – I was fearful.  I said to him “Just sit here whilst I walk across here to get your script”.  He dutifully sat – looking like a shell of the person he used to be, more fear filled me – I was afraid he would not live through these terrible chemotherapy treatments. I feared I was losing the man I used to know. I feared leaving him to just walk a number of steps away from him that he would fall over and hurt himself, I feared leaving him for just a few moments.

This image, this feeling of what I was thinking, at this particular time in my life, has not left me and my now well husband has no memory of these moments. I am so grateful that we are at the other side of this time in our lives, and this experience has left me understanding, just how precious our time together has been and still is…even today!”

 

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

After each creative writing session, I personally like to use my creative writing stories to inspire an art work.  These artworks are not ‘masterpieces’ 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.  These particular paintings/art works are produced in a quick and spontaneous manner and are unlike my other painting method – which is planned and takes many, many hours to complete.  I enjoy both methods!

 

No. 1-5 Creative Writing Group - Artwork Titled 'How Precious Time Is...'Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist 11.10.15 All images-stories are copyright protected.JPG

No. 1-5 Creative Writing Group – Artwork Titled ‘How Precious Time Is…’Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 11.10.15 All images-stories are copyright protected.JPG

 

CONCLUSION

What I find most extraordinary is how by being given a word, a sentence to write about can take the writer back to a point in time.  Our minds are like a huge vault that contain life’s many memories which have been tucked away for safe keeping. I was amazed how I was able to recall this particular story about my husband in such detail.

Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement.  And perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people.  Creative writing therapy at its best I feel…

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

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.

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Creative Writing Group Session – October 2015 “Not A Game – But A Real Necessity” by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

My Creative Writing Group Sessions always leave me feeling like I have taken a little journey into a new world of endless possibilities, a world where it can be of utter truths or pure fantasies.  At other times these sessions take me back in time challenging forgotten memories.  These creative writing sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give us the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.

 

CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

During this creative writing session, our facilitator gave us just one word and that word was ‘Solitaire‘.  With this one word we were asked to go about writing a short piece, there were no restrictions – just what thoughts came to each of us and write about it was the instruction.  What came to me firstly – was that it could be a card game, but a card game you played on your own – solo without others and this was the source of my inspiration for my writing piece.

 

MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

 

Title:  “Not A Game – But A Real Necessity”


Solitaire –
 it’s a card game
 you play alone.

It’s when you have decided to be alone --
 the, sometimes, most enjoyable times
 when being alone can be just blissful

when there is no need
 to satisfy someone else’s needs
 or wants

when there is a silence
 that brings a sense of peacefulness within
 and the chatter in the brain winds down to a quiet hum.

It can be a time to recharge the inner child
 so that the adult can function properly
 instead of being an out of control beast.

Yes, Solitaire…
 not a game
 but a real necessity.

And when this Solitaire,
 this game of being alone
 comes to an end
 it presents a time to reunite with daily life
 refreshed
 and renewed

enabling oneself to throw one’s arms
 around life once again,
 with gusto!


Prose Poem ©Karen Robinson - October 2015

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

After each creative writing session, I personally like to use my creative writing stories to inspire an art work.  These artworks are not ‘masterpieces’ 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.  These particular paintings/art works are produced in a quick and spontaneous manner and are unlike my other painting method – which is planned and takes many, many hours to complete.  I enjoy both methods!

 

No. 1-4 Creative Writing Group - Artwork Titled 'Not A Game - But A Real Necessity'Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist 11.10.15 All images-stories are copyright protected.JPG

No. 1-4 Creative Writing Group – Artwork Titled ‘Not A Game – But A Real Necessity’Schmincke Ink-A4 Paper by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 11.10.15 All images-stories are copyright protected.JPG

 

CONCLUSION

Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement.  And perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people.  Creative writing therapy at its best I feel…

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

 

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.

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Group Exhibition – Titled: “AS IF: When and Now” at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre – Karen Robinson Abstract Artist

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No. 4 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 4 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Karen Robinson Abstract Artist standing by stand with information about the group exhibition – Photographed by Karen’s Hubby 1.10.2015.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

Art exhibitions have taught me, that art can be a very powerful way to engage with others; a way to captivate an audience’s attention and convey a story about my inner most personal thoughts and emotions.  For myself especially – exhibiting my paintings has been about being able to communicate a soulful message, to highlight important issues; and to give the viewer something to mull over, well after viewing the art work itself.  Hence exhibiting paintings from my Abstract Art Portfolio, has been an important part of my ‘art for therapy’ journey.  NB:  Am now listed as one of ‘Women’s Art Register’s’ Star Artists

 

No. 16 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 16 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – featuring Karen Robinson’s Abstract Painting ‘A Celebration of Womanhood’ on the far left hand side of photo with Karen Robinson in the background.  Photographed by Karen’s Hubby 1.10.2015.JPG

 

GROUP EXHIBITION TITLED ‘AS IF: WHEN AND NOW’

On Thursday the 1st October, 2015 I had the opportunity to be part of a group exhibition titled AS IF: When and Now – Artists from the Women’s Art register/past and present at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Gallery, Ground Floor, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne – Australia.  The gallery space inhabits this building’s glorious historical tessellated entrance foyer and expansive corridor with soaring ceilings which is amongst women specific organisations.  Thus enabling the gallery space to be most fitting for artists from the Women’s Art Register, to exhibit and celebrate 40 years of insisting that women’s art matters (W.A.R. 2015).  The exhibition was Curated by Gail Stiffe and Rosemary Mangiamele and opens on the 30th September and closes on 30th October 2015.

 

No. 4 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 4 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Featuring a plague with wording that evokes the importance of recognising the need to make sure women have the ability to enrich their lives….  Photographed by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

 

WHAT DOES ART DO FOR THE ART-MAKER?

This group exhibition focuses on what art does for the art-maker.  Artworks selected were based upon the artist’s response to the question of ‘what does art making mean to you/what role has/does art making play in your life?‘.  My answer to this question was the following:

My name is Karen Robinson and I am a painter, story-teller, photo-taker and blogger. I am a self-taught artist, having taken up my childhood love of painting again, later in my adult life. As inspiration for my artwork, I draw on feelings and emotions evoked by situations experienced throughout my life, such as great family moments, family tragedy, career experiences, travelling adventures, current local and world events. With painting, I explore colour and shape as an intuitive way of conveying my story. Once I have completed a painting, I then write its story, so that the viewer may have a clearer understanding about me as an artist and about the painting itself. Art gave me a voice when words were hard to find, or when I did find the words, too hard to say out loud. It gave me a way of moving forward in the most difficult of times… I came to understand that art can be a very powerful way of communication with others…

 

No. 8 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 8 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Karen Robinson standing beside her painting titled ‘A Celebration of Womanhood’ 2014 Acrylic on Canvas –  Photographed by Hubby of Karen 1.10.2015.JPG

 

ART WORK CHOSEN FOR THE GROUP EXHIBITION

Choosing an abstract painting for this particular exhibition wasn’t difficult when considering the exhibition’s focus.  I decided it would be my abstract painting No. 56 Titled:  ‘A Celebration of Womanhood‘.

Abstract Painting No. 56 Titled 'A Celebration of Womanhood' Acrylic on Canvas 97cms Length x 102cms Wide x 3cms Deep by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist - August 2014.JPG

Abstract Painting No. 56 Titled ‘A Celebration of Womanhood’ Acrylic on Canvas 97cms Length x 102cms Wide x 3cms Deep by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist – August 2014.JPG

 

MY PAINTING STORY

Below is my painting story for the above painting ‘A Celebration of Womanhood‘ which I wrote in August 2014.  It is deeply personal but I feel every woman will be able to relate to, understand and appreciate…

My art journey has been about being able to find meaning and purpose in everyday. Much of my earlier art work has been about very personal feelings, emotions and thoughts about loss and grief. But slowly and surely, art has brought me to a place where I look for joy in each and every day!

This painting story will show that art needs to also be about finding your sense of humour, to have a laugh about yourself, a bit of a giggle – it can put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. So I am hoping that by sharing what this following painting was inspired by, will give you a bit of a giggle too. Don’t be surprised and please know it is done in the best of taste. I really wasn’t sure if I was going to share this painting story but after originally promising myself, when I first started painting that I would always be open and honest about my art journey, I realised there should be no exceptions to that promise to myself.

During a recent visit to The Royal Women’s Hospital with the Women’s Health Clinic for a Urogynaecology consultation, I experienced a pelvic floor examination. Now, to my shame, it had been many years since I had such an examination. It is not exactly what every women looks forward to having done. It can be embarrassing but I thought to myself, well I am too old now to be embarrassed and followed through with what was required of me during my examination. All was good until I saw the look on the women’s face, the face of the consultant. Well I was all ‘au naturale’ and perhaps this was just too much of a shock for her or perhaps when you get on in old age, ones private parts are just not that attractive anymore! After asking me a range of standard Urogynaecology consultant type questions, I felt in some regards relieved and in other regards, mildly disturbed.

It brought to my mind thoughts about what women have to go through just by being a woman. First we grow breasts and get periods, we learn about sex, then it is the incredible experience of pregnancy and the birth of children, then it is menopause and then it’s a – Urogynaecology consultation! Our poor bodies do have to go through many changes throughout our lives.

This must have been playing on my mind because on my return home that day, I decided to start another painting. I got the new white canvas out and began to draw directly onto the canvas as per usual for me. During the process, the lines and swirls began to form an image to me – it looked like a vagina. I thought yes – it is a vagina! I decided that I wanted to paint with all new colours, bright, happy, joyful and beautiful colours; colours that would celebrate women’s womanhood – this strange and interesting journey we embark on throughout the course of our lives…

Written by © Karen Robinson August 2014

 

PHOTO GALLERY OF EXHIBITION

As my husband and I strolled around the gallery space and read the stories that accompanied the art works, I couldn’t help feeling that I was in a special place.  It was just so peaceful and it was easy to become lost in the art work itself.  But in saying this the true star of the exhibition was the building – the very beautiful Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

 

No. 19 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 19 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Karen Robinson Abstract Artist admiring another artist’s artwork – Photographed by Hubby of Karen 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 5 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 5 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Karen’s Hubby reading up on the exhibition details in the beautiful entrance of the gallery space.  Photographed by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

 

AFTER THE EXHIBITION IT WAS TIME FOR COFFEE!

After viewing the exhibition my dear husband and I walked towards the back of the magnificent Queen Victoria Women’s Centre only to discover a delightful courtyard surrounded by tall city buildings.  Here we found an irresistible Max Brenner Chocolate Shop where we ordered coffee and sat by the window looking out onto the court-yard, admiring the beautiful Melbourne spring day.

 

No. 27 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 27 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Karen Robinson Abstract Artist looking out from the Chocolate Shop towards the court-yard behind the centre.  Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

CONCLUSION

M‘art for therapy’ journey has once again given me an opportunity to share my experience.  How lucky am I to have had this opportunity to exhibit a of my abstract paintings at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre with the Women’s Art Register organisation.  And it was a wonderful bonus, in being able to spend, a lovely day with my dear husband, on one of Melbourne’s beautiful spring days!  Art therapy – at its best for sure….

© Karen Robinson, October 2015

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