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©Robin Edmundson, ‘Spray over the Dunes’, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches.

Framed to 16 x 20 inches.  $375

Hello, Lovely Friends!

Happy Holidays!   One of my favorite things about this time of year is the effort people make to smile and wish strangers a happy holiday. There is much to enjoy this time of year and I hope you’re taking a moment to breathe in some rest and good cheer. 

I have just finished a second class with Ian Roberts and the final week, during the last slide show, I had some pretty big shifts in thinking.  I had really been struggling with the last assignment [poppy field] and despite that had stuck firmly to the standard operating procedure that I had been developing this year.  The final piece was meh, but I posted it anyway and commented that I was discouraged in my search for a workable SOP.   During the slide show, Ian selected my piece for critique and it was clear that even though the piece was very rough in places, it worked.  It worked precisely because that SOP worked.  In showing up every week and thinking carefully through each assignment, I had managed to achieve my overarching goal of coming up with a workable SOP.  

In addition, I looked carefully at the other student work he selected for the slideshow and realized that he had purposefully chosen a wide variety of approaches to the reference photos.  [Mine was the only watercolor.]  These included pieces that I would have passed over because they were too different from how I thought about the reference photo. Ian saw the genius in each one and when I considered them on their own merits instead of how closely they compared to the reference photo and all the others, I saw that each of those artists had chosen to sing the song their way, with gusto.  And in doing that, their genius poured out on the canvas. 

I’ve been thinking about that for weeks since.  I realized that most of my life has been governed by Rule #1:  Fit In.  Or Else.  

I fit in by trying to be like other people.  Not sticking out.  Staying small.  By doing things like everyone else.  By harmonizing.  And there are times when all of that is important.  But it shouldn’t be Rule #1.   

I’ll be spending more time over the next few months singing the song my way, with gusto - and trusting that there will be people who want to hear it.  The piece above is one of those times when I sang the song my way.  Eventually, with practice, I’ll find my own genius. 

I hope you have a very restful season!  I’ll be thinking about you.

-Robin

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©Robin Edmundson, ‘Daffodills & Muscari’, watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. $375.

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