by robin gayle howard

Monthly Archives: March 2013

“And, where are you from?” is the catch-all question no matter what type of event you attend, be it professional or casual. Well, I’m originally from Chicago. But I’m also from molest, abuse, alcoholism, abandonment . . . insert whatever trauma you may have experienced. I have come a long way from FROM and I am oh so thankful that FROM is far behind. Some days, FROM sneaks up on me and whispers ugliness in my ear. FROM can be taunting, tempting, and degrading. Sometimes I can ignore it. This morning FROM was standing right in front of me, baring its ugly teeth. I took a deep breath, looked it square in the eyes and said, “FROM, you don’t belong in front of me. You belong far behind. I’m a child of the King who died and rose again for me, and I am a new creation.” I shook my head, almost in sympathy. “FROM, you don’t have power anymore. You can go away now. Go back where you belong.” FROM is now, again, far behind. It may be back, but I think I just knocked it’s teeth out!

Happy Resurrection Day!

sun bear


Just need to say that I finally entered the current century with a new Dell all-in-one touchscreen computer that is to lickety-split-quick that I am totally amazed.  No more sitting around waiting for web pages to load.  I can’t wait to get photoshop loaded to see how quick that is.  Thank you, Honey!!

27 days.  That’s how many I have left to finish my portfolio.  Three pieces and my portfolio cover to go.  That should be more than enough time, but I’d realllly like to finish most of it this week.  So here’s a peek at what’s left.


This one is in the process of being painted.  I’m on the second round of doing the background.  There may be a round three, but I’m not sure yet.

Then the next two are part of a series of the Pied Piper. 


 I’ve been reworking the kids for too long, so I think I’m sticking with this one. 

 I’ve had way too much fun with the rats!!

piper2This whole process has been such an adventure.  I’m looking forward to my critique so that I can understand what I need to focus on.  I still have so much to learn and I am truly enjoying the journey.  Have a great week.