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2016 Is The Year For Patience and Tolerance

I apologize for not blogging in a while. I have been working hard on a fellowship application for the Tory Burch Foundation that supports women entrepreneurs. I never thought I was or could be an entrepreneur, but here I am, and 2016 is the year to kick it into full gear. I have heard that entrepreneurs are doers and not just dreamers. So here I go. When I was in 5th grade I learned about art therapy and followed that dream right into a masters program at NYU with some of the founders of the movement. I lost that dream to drug addiction and domestic violence.

Today, I am building a business called Recovery Art Studio™ to bring comprehensive art for healing projects and programs to those recovering from trauma and addiction. My dream didn’t die, it just took a detour while I healed and recovered from my own stuff. My dream is big and will hopefully help a lot of people to strengthen and support their recovery through the healing power of art. But it takes time and baby steps in making this happen. I am rebranding from Robin Gilliam’s Art and will release a new webpage and logo for Recovery Art Studio in the spring of 2016.IMG_2089

I have already taken some baby steps. We now have a Recovery Art Studio™ closed FB group that is growing stronger every day.  Art is a generic term for any type of creative expression and being an artist is not a requirement.  Everyone benefits when we share our creations and how it helped us to deal and heal.

I have been using intuitive painting to help deal with my own anxiety, and I hope to be chosen as a Tory Burch Fellow to gain some necessary resources to help build this business.

So my New Year’s resolution is to be patient and tolerant with myself as I build Recovery Art Studio™ one baby step at a time.

What was your dream when you were little? What baby steps can you take in 2016 to make it come true?

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What Gifts Do You Have That Can Help Others?

Writing is a very powerful creative tool for healing. I use it to process life and share inspiration. To help me, I have a couple of  friends I go to for their expertise in writing, ideas for my art for healing and recovery business, and ability to help me stay calm and not get overwhelmed. The other day I wondered  if I was helping them in return and got worried that I was just taking without giving.

Being that I grew up in a bartering environment, where I do for you and then you will do for me. It was very natural for me to feel like I needed to give back to those specific friends.

Then I had an ahaa moment! I was helping other people, different people with my gifts. When people find out that I have written and published my recovery/art for healing novel, Gift of Desperation, they often tell me that they want to write something too! But their next sentence is, “But I can’t seem to do it ’cause there is so much to write.” I was blessed with the gift of writing and organization. So I pass on the techniques that I have learned to help others untangle their creative thoughts so that they can start to write.

I realized that I was paying it forward instead of bartering.  A new skill I am learning, like a new pair of shoes that I need to break in before they feel comfortable.

What gifts do you have that can help others?

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Robin Gilliam is an artist and author in long-term recovery. She has over two decades of using art and the 12 steps to recover from addiction and heal from sexual assault. For a powerful story of inspiration and hope read her recovery/Art for Healing novel, Gift of Desperation. She is an inspirational speaker and art for healing workshop facilitator. To book Robin for a presentation or workshop, please send an email to robins.art@verizon.net or PM her on FB.

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Robin Gilliam Featured on #WSATV Women Leaders’ Interview

I am so excited to share my WSA-TV interview with you. In less than 12 minutes you will hear from myself and three other women leaders who are following their passion to help others reach theirs.

As an artist and author in long-term recovery (2/6/91), I am grateful to help change the conversation about addiction  through my novel, Gift of Desperationand by working with facingaddiction.org and promoting #nightofconversation scheduled for November 19 2015, through drugsoverdinner.org and Dr. Oz.

Thanks for taking the time to watch my interview and for sharing this with your friends – just think, what you learn might just help someone else to recover! Robin

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Robin Gilliam is an artist and author in long-term recovery. She has over two decades of using art and the 12 steps to recover from addiction and heal from sexual assault. For a powerful story of inspiration and hope read her Recovery/Art for Healing novel, Gift of Desperation. She is an inspirational speaker and art for healing workshop facilitator. To book Robin for a presentation or workshop, please send an email to robins.art@verizon.net or PM her on FB.

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HOW A WET T-SHIRT GOT MY CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING

When you opened this blog you might have expected to see big boobs straining against a wet t-shirt. Sorry to disappoint you, but this is a blog meant to inspire others to also use creative expression/art to heal and deal with life.

With that said, one day I was walking my dogs and found this lost wet T-shirt suspended in a bush.

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It reminded me of the abstract collages I used to make before I started to quilt in 2008, using sculpted fabric as a base to embed found objects. It gave me an idea for one of my art for healing workshops. The problem was that I was spinning in frustration from trying to figure out how to adhere different materials to a blue jean background. I really wanted to use blue denim as a background because it reminds me of being strong and sturdy, yet the color blue reminds me to be fluid like water.

Viola – after seeing the wet T-shirt, out came the fabric stiffener glue by GOLDEN, and I made the following sample. Oh it felt so good to get my hands messy again. The fabric stiffened up into the hills and valleys that I love and the torn magazine and found objects are also nice and secure.

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Now that my creative juices are flowing and I am getting more clarity on my projects, I feel that I am moving the ball down the field – even if slowly – it’s progress, not perfection.

If you are interested in making an inspirational wall hanging using this technique, please let me know.

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Robin Gilliam is an artist and the author of the recovery novel, Gift of Desperation.  She has over two decades of using art and the 12 steps to recover from addiction and heal from sexual assault. She is an inspirational speaker and art for healing workshop facilitator. If you would like to contact Robin, please send her an email to robins.art@verizon.net or PM her on FB.

To read more about Gift of Desperation go to the menu  at www.robingilliamsart.com  and look for the page: Novel – Gift of Desperation.

Thanks and blessings for a creative, serene day!

 

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