Getting There

Before the pandemic, I was just finishing up a mixed-media project, “Life on the Road,” inspired by my grandson’s infatuation with match box cars. I created scenes on wood with resin and die-cast cars depicting scenes from movies, history and nostalgia. I recently submitted this work to The Royal Society of American Art located in […]

Why Didn’t You Just Say So?

This piece was about 3 or 4 pieces before this final reincarnation. Needless to say, there are layers and layers of paint that I don’t ever think are going to be covered up, but are… repeatedly. I’ve been working on this canvas for about 6 months or more… During the last stages of this piece, […]

Rising Up

Yesterday, for the first time in a very long time, I walked to see the sun rise over “Solitude,” my favorite oak tree in the Santa Ynez Valley. I’ve been recovering from shoulder surgery so I can’t hop in my car yet, but felt good enough to walk over. It was bittersweet, in some way, […]

You Are My Rock

I recently had rotator cuff shoulder surgery…still recovering. Full disclosure, I love being independent and not relying on others to do things for me…however, I’ve been relegated to the use of one arm. Spoiler alert…I’ve been painting just about every day with my other arm, my so-called ‘good’ arm and that has been a great […]

Women in Contemporary Art

Every day is worthy of celebrating women and women artists.Art gives female artists a visual voice and the ability to share their perspectiveson society, culture, and their personal life.  Liza Zhurkovskaya, Art Curator and Consultant I loved being interviewed by Carly Aguilera from SouthArt Dealer, LinkedIn NYC. Her questions were provocative and I so enjoyed speaking with […]

Good News

For things to change you need to change. For things to get better you need to get better. The good news is you can change, you can get better and you can start right where you are at and you can go as far as you want to go.Jim Rohn After my “social media cleanse” […]

Communicating Through Art

Sometimes, I feel like the only way I can really communicate is through the work I create. Even as a small kid, I expressed myself through piano playing, then songwriting, poetry and writing, photography and now painting. It’s not like I have a shortage of words… just a shortage of ability to express those words […]

The Art of Breathing

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who goes through cycles of confidence and insecurity. I envy those people who are confident all the time. I even wonder, do they feel confident all the time? Maybe it’s not so much about confidence as much as having the courage to do things while feeling fear. […]

Synthesis

When the road is unknown and not very clear,count your blessings.Hiding behind the smoke and clouds is the sun, waiting.Be wise with this time, it is a gift as is every day.Your heart is the epicenter of the universe.Open it up and send resounding love to all that need healing, for we all need healing. […]

Sometimes Intense

Raw from the Road, July 21, 2020 True healing is the willingness to treat yourselfbetter than the past ever did. Matt kahn Every day on Instagram is an image from my Aftermath collection.  Today, I am sharing my newest pieces that I completed this month and three that I just completed today.  Anyone who knows me, knows that […]

Testing Testing 1-2-3

I’m writing here today as kind of a test… I usually just repost the newsletter from Raw from the Road here… maybe bi-monthly and most of the time, once a month. In this pause, this pandemic pause, I have been left alone with my thoughts to play in the playground like kids, kicking up sand, […]

What Eyes See

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley In my last post I mentioned the new mixed media work I’ve been working on, “What Eyes See” (name change!) in my last post from Raw from the Road.  Since then, I’ve created about 12 pieces […]

Out of my Way

I recently read a post on Instagram,“if you love someone, go out of your way to show them” and it really made me think about that concept.  Like, yeah! I like that!  It’s so easy to think or assume that people know we love them. But that’s usually when there’s a communication break down and that nutty […]

Infatuation

Raw From The Road, March 28, 2017   Infatuation The Breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.  Rumi I’d love to hear why others are infatuated with the sunrise. It’s universal… we ooh and ahh when we see one. We can’t wait to photograph one. Is it the colors? […]

Endings and Beginnings

    Endings and Beginnings There will come a time when you believe everything is finished, that will be the beginning. No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again. – Buddha Here we are at the end of one year and the beginning of another. These days, resolutions seem to be weekly, […]

Getting It On!

Raw From The Road, November 16, 2016 Getting It On! At Treads On Threads, we believe in treating each other, our environment and ourselves with the utmost respect and gentility. So get your tread on, explore and tread lightly!   For almost a year, I have been visiting the Harley Davidson store picking up their old […]

Mundane Metaphor

Raw From The Road, August 24, 2016 Mundane Metaphor When we begin to live our lives in that way, cleaning up after ourselves, what is left is further vision and further openness, which leads to cleaning up the rest of the world. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Buddha and Lori Deschene   I’ll confess, I […]

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. —Althea Gibson

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. —Althea Gibson   Collaboration…reminds me of my days as a musician and the unmitigated joy I felt creating music with other musicians. And now, I get to collaborate with the most amazing people, people in my environment, , people across the country, people all over the […]

Balancing Act – Tomorrow’s Giveaway Card on Instagram (@robbiekaye)

  Balance: a state of equilibrium or equipoise.  Equipoise…isn’t that a lovely sounding word?  I took this photo, “Balancing Act” in New York City. It was one of the department store windows decorated for the holidays and it caught my eye. That is some SERIOUS balancing, when a woman can walk a tight rope in heels!  And, I think some women […]

Tomorrow’s Giveaway on Instagram is ‘Bow Legs’!

Bow Legs was taken in New Orleans, Louisiana, while I was on my Beauty and Wisdom road trip. As I traveled around the country taking photographs of women over 70 years old at their beauty parlor appointments, I had the pleasure of walking around and exploring the different places.  My stepdaughter Ruby, who was 22 […]

Definitively Flexible

Definitively and Flexible together are sort of an oxymoron, yes?  Yet sometimes, they sum up the way my mind thinks.  One minute I feel so strongly about something and the next, I see another point of view and the next minute after that, another point of view.  Maybe it’s the ‘libra’ in me, constantly weighing […]

People Will Talk!

People will talk!  And we certainly hope so. There’s so much to say, so much to share so I hope you are getting ready to share your experiences, your stories, your wisdom as we create a new and more beautiful than before platform for you!  This year we’re breaking molds, getting uncomfortably out there, going […]

Day 2 – Silence

I woke up at 5 am today and got out of bed at 5:30, went into our tent room to meditate. Soon after, both dogs, Nico and Luna, followed and together we listened to the birds and stared out into a peaceful green backyard. Excited, and a little nervous about keeping my commitment to myself, […]