I've been experimenting with a digital drawing program, Procreate. Here are a couple of process-captured drawings - a delicate profile and a bold cosmic tree. Digital programs aren't new to me, but I'm more familiar with traditional media...so, fiddling around with brush options, backgrounds and color variables is a way for me to learn, play and flow.
Though a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) I was able to spend a full week singing Circle Songs at Omega Institute this summer with the amazing Bobby McFerrin and his wondrous peer group of teaching musicians, notably: Rhiannon, David Worm, Joey Blake, Judy Vinar, Christiane Karam, Zuza Goncalves, Karen Goldfeder and Tiago Grade.
It was revelatory, enriching, soul-deep song work and I am mightily grateful to have had an opportunity to be immersed in this music-of-the-moment in the company of an international group of musicians. For me it was regenerating, inspiring and affirming. A time to reconnect with my tribe, and a timely pause to breathe in the light before returning to what has been a challenging time in my family's life.
I'll be sharing more over the coming months about community music events I'm planning that will flow in and out of the circle song format. In the meantime, below is an outtake from one of the sessions (we were asked not to audiotape, but I did just this once) and a few pictures, some mine, some borrowed.
May we all, in this time of constant change and challenge, find centering moments of peace, joy and regeneration within our tribes. Joyous Thanks to RACC and its many sponsors.
Please join me, and bring your friends, for these Spring Voiceweaving Workshops! Space is limited, so let me know if you're coming here.
I'm inviting community folk to join in a voice project that will culminate in a book to accompany the Voiceweaving Cards I've shared over the years, and have now reformatted into a 30-card deck. Whew! I would LOVE to have you join in this next phase of the Voiceweaving Elements project. To find out more, click the image below or just click here.
Playwright Jennifer LeBlanc has adapted Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, focusing on the female storylines in the play. It was recently staged through a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council at Cerimon House in Portland, OR. Directed by Randall Stuart, Founding Director and creative visionary at Cerimon House, the play was staged in the round and performed by a wonderful cast of actors.
I had the privilege of creating projected images for settings in the play, borrowing from a variety of sources, merging, revising and digitizing them to complete the project within a tight timeline. Here are a few of those images:
I'm very pleased to share that my proposal to RACC (The Regional Arts & Culture Council) to write/publish a book about artist Betty Chilstrom has been funded. Thank You, RACC, and Thanks to the City of Portland.
The image-rich book will chronicle her work as a mid-to-late century regional painter over a 50-year period. Book launch will be in the Fall of 2017 at NE Portland's Cerimon House with a showing of selected paintings and drawings to run concurrently. We'll close the show with a community conversation about neighborhood development, livability and ongoing preservation efforts. I'll keep you posted!
We are here to care for one another, to learn to Love and Trust and that is not always easy. The tides of fear are rising and we are being asked to look deep and find willingness to stay open and trust. Here is a beautiful message to that end:
Geographer Danny Dorling has written a number of books on social justice, inequality and most recently, "A Better Politics, how government can make us happier."
Creating Maps that help us visualize population mass, energy usages, and (below) ancient migratory patterns he offers a set of fascinating keys that helped me understand how the world has changed and continues to evolve. The Ted Talk is well worth 15 minutes of your time. (link below)
Click the image below to see a wonderful Ted Talk given by Forest Ecologist Suzanne Simard. "A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery -- trees communicate with each other, often and over vast distances. Learn about the harmonious, complex social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.
For those of us who have grown up in the Pacific NW, hiking into the same forests for years, this is powerful confirmation for the preservation of Old Growth stands and wise harvesting practices. Forest secrets discovered by a woman whose fascination with trees began when she just a child...thanks to her Grandpa and her own ever-curious mind. Thanks, Suzanne!
Robin is a Portland, OR native who's lived long enough to remember the transformative era