Tai Chi Easy with Robin, Late Spring

Dear Qi Friends, As many of you know, I completed my 200 hour training program with the IIQTC, the institute for Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, in April.  Here I am with my teacher, Dr. Roger Jahnke, after our rather informal graduation ceremony. Having reviewed the entire curriculum, I am excited to bring some new [...]

The Cloud in the Paper–Reflections on the Small Universe

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and teacher, known to his students as Thay, wrote: If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain: without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make [...]

A Group Show by Art Teachers: Making Meaning

Dear Art Friends, I am participating in “Making Meaning,” a group show that is installed in the gallery at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth through March 2nd. Tomorrow, Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm, we will be having a reception and you are invited.* For my “away” friends, I’ve attached a photo. (photo credit: [...]

Making a Collage

Robin Brooks: On Making a Painted Paper Collage Market Day collage in process. Here is the finished collage. My collage work is arranged and composed before I use a drop of glue. I often begin with a walk in nature. Using my camera, I take some snapshots. Sometimes I will research a subject as I [...]

Tai Chi Year in Review

Dear Tai Chi Friends, My tai chi journey has been remarkable and full of unexpected gifts.  To each of you, I offer this Metta, or loving-kindness prayer.  It can be said internally while sitting quietly. You start with the pronoun “I,” then repeat the prayer using the pronoun”You”  while visualizing a loved one. Next you [...]

Teaching as an Art Form

I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion at Bates College Olin Arts Center in conjunction with the Dahlov Ipcar exhibit on Friday, September 6th. There I heard a trio of women present their perspectives on the notion of teaching inspired by modern art. Sara Torres Vega spoke of “Art as a Catalyst for Social [...]

Waterways–All Species Exhibit 2018

  The Waterways Exhibit sponsored by Spindleworks and hosted by Frontier Cinema came down last week. It was a fundraiser for the Cathance River Education Alliance. These are the three pieces I had on display. If you are interested in purchasing any one of these artworks through the month of September, I will donate a [...]