As much as she loves coloring, she says that she believes it to be a fad (I hope Robin’s wrong about this, but I believe those of us who have always loved coloring will also support it). Back to Robin., She thinks the coloring trend will fizzle out, like knitting. She was quick to add, “However, there is so much published material, that people who wish to keep going will have an endless supply of material to play with.”
When asked what she thought about coloring as a hobby, she said she felt coloring isn't for everyone.
“It's challenging. It's relaxing. It's fun. But those who are insecure and those who are perfectionists, I feel, would be better off with something with "rules" like baking. There's creativity and play area there, too...but it's around a structure of do this and then this...and if you've done it correctly, you've got a great snack (that you can eat or share with friends).”
She says she enjoys coloring because people often tend to enjoy what she comes up with, which how I met Robin.
She’s not afraid to get bold in her color choices and even in how she approaches the art…I recently saw one of her colored pictures drawn by Carling Tyne featuring a group of three women in swimsuits. In Robin’s world they became they were vibrantly colored green, blue and orange. Robin said she doesn’t like to think about skin tones, she just likes to get creative and she sure does!
Robin has a fine arts background and a lot of confidence. She says she’s always worked fast and it's not impatience...it's confidence.
“I try to help others who struggle with this problem,” she explained, “I remind them, ‘it's paper, it's markers (etc.) .... It isn't important what it becomes. What's important is if you had a good time getting there.”
She goes on, “On one of the Facebook coloring groups, I complemented someone…her piece came out nicely.... but the real victory, for her, was she had this item in the picture and she'd successfully fought off the urge to "make it red because it is supposed to be red". I congratulated her, having her tell herself, ‘My picture, my rules!!!’”
Something you might not guess easily about Robin is her age. According to her embracing her playful and creative side is a big part of how she does everything in her life and because she’s so joyful, she says, people cannot guess her age, no matter how hard they try. They’ll oftentimes think she’s in her teens or early 20s and are usually completely blown away at the fact that she’s almost 40.
As much as Robin loves to color, there’s something she loves to do even more…when asked about her favorite hobby, she was quick to say, “The downside of all of this coloring is that it's gotten in the way of what I love to fill my days with.... can you guess?????? I like to write. I write letters to friends!!! Nearly everyone I have known over the years, if they were ever nearby, they aren't now! A letter is special in this day and age! I see it as an art project in itself. The pen, the paper, rubber stamps, stickers, envelopes, postage stamps.... I can personalize it! Most of all...it has a physical power. It went from my hands and traveled, physically, to my friend. They, literally touch what I did. That, to me, is special!!!”
Robin also creates and sells beautiful hand-painted cards in her new Etsy store.
Her final word on creativity was this… “Whatever creative endeavor I take on, one constant is always there. Music!!! I am almost never without music!!! From smooth jazz, to 80s rock, new age, Latin jazz, even a little classic rap, Motown, and classical. I like music because I can focus on something visually and also inwardly dance...while my creativity flows out onto paper!!!! I'm a quiet type...but I know how to have fun...I rarely get bored. I'm Robin!”
Yes, she is and she’s delightful! I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know her a little bit better, I know I have!
I'll leave you with this one from Robin and why she loves it in her own words: "I picked this one for a few reasons. A friend gave me this book...and after examining this page, I see why. Someone had tried to get into coloring this one.... but gave up .... nearly before they started. I worked it into the piece...so, in a cute way...it's a collaboration. I also took a bland design and spiced it up.... I gave it a beach theme.... with surfboards, shells, and starfish. There really is no limit where this can go. That's what makes this fun!!!"
Kim A. Flodin
Hi! I'm Kim! I market my artwork under the name Keleki Love. I started drawing in 2012 to help with stress. I drew and I colored. I drew oftentimes expressly so I could color... it was a completely complementary and healing process. From the beginning, my mom said to make a coloring book. Finally in the late summer of 2015, I did and the rest is history. It's been a complete trip. What a gift of healing and joy this art has brought to myself and others. Thank you to the art and thank you to you for supporting it.