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Españoles Luna

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©Robyn Lee


This post was inspired by my dear blog friend,  and very gifted artist, Benjamin Prewitt.

After admiring  several of Benjamin’s gallery paintings at    Gallery | Expressions of my life – An evolution of art  for some time, I spoke to him about possibly acquiring one to own.  Benjamin graciously offered to  paint something unique, especially with me in mind, and queried me only about what color palate I might enjoy.  I gave him full creative license after that.  The above masterpiece is now complete, and on its way to my home where I will treasure it always.

I can only express my utmost appreciation for all the heart and soul that Benjamin put into this magnificent work of art, and am thrilled to share it with everyone here.  He named the  piece, “Waiting On A Spanish Moon” ~ and began the project the day my daughter left for Spain.

I encourage everyone to visit Benjamin’s blog, Expressions of my life – An evolution of art. | My journey through life as an artist, father, and person with young onset Parkinsons and read his artist’s statement at: Artists Statement-Evolution 

He is a wonderful brave person, facing his own recent, and intense health challenge…
a lovely soul, and a “fellow warrior of light.”

So Much Love
to All ~

Robyn Lee


72 responses

  1. This was a brillaint poem on Benjamin’s Spanish moon..lovely!

    January 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    • Thank you so much nightlake ~ was inspired to write this in honor of such a passionate piece created for me. Very glad you enjoyed dear one! ~ x RL

      January 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

  2. So haunting!

    January 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

  3. Thanks for this connection, Robyn. I am now following him.

    January 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    • Thank you Julie ~ you may find Benjamin’s story close to your heart (re: Ants) . He also keeps a journal at the top of his blog (drop-down menus) … relating to his recent dx of young onset Parkinsons and trials around that 😦 Does seem like we are all connected here in one way or another… xo Love to you ~ R

      January 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

  4. it is such a beautiful post dear Robyn. i found it very poignant ~ and the picture, ahhh… a masterpiece! Love and Light ~

    January 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    • Poojy ~ so thankful for your kind words… yes – a lovely lovely painting – and very special to me… Love and Light right back to you my friend ~ x RL

      January 18, 2013 at 1:24 AM

  5. this is so beautiful…one of my favorites of his work. and i loved your words to go with it…a wonderful dream. xxx

    January 18, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    • Thank yo uso much Linda. I feel lucky to own this piece… another reminder of the connectedness that we share here in our blog family. Also was especially thrilled to find your artistry through Benjamin’s blog…. your painting is truly divine to me as well ~ Love and Light, Robyn

      January 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      • thank you so much. i appreciate it when my work is appreciated tho i am not nearly as quick a painter as B. i do enjoy it more again tho, and am trying to get back to my studio again w/ watercolor. can’t tolerate my acrylics anymore but hoping someday… anyway thank you, yes, i am so grateful for those i meet thru this fabulous medium!! take good care of you. xox

        January 18, 2013 at 8:46 PM

  6. Thank you for your kind words and generous heart. I’m honored deeply to have been able to paint for you. May your days always be guided by much love and light.

    January 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    • Truly grateful Benjamin. Not sure that any piece of art has meant as much to me as this one will. Artistically, a masterpiece – but also the energy and spirit that I know lies beneath the layers of paint … well, goes without saying that this is the most precious part. Was a ton of fun watching the piece evolve and grow as you posted progress on your blog too 😉 Truly thrilled to share it with all my beloved blog family here too.
      Love and Light to you my friend ~

      January 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

  7. Beautiful words to go with an impressive piece of art… thanks also for the intro I am now following him on your recommendation so he has to be enjoyable… love the words .. expressed by the Guru…

    January 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    • Thank you bulldog ~ he is quite the artist you will see. His blog is multi-dimensional. You will notice his drop-down menus at top where he is documenting his journey through facing young onset Parkinson’s…. and then he also has a gallery section where his work is beautifully displayed.

      The blog posts he does frequently are a combination of both of these, in addition to musical selections, uplifting words and also trials and tribulations of his journey and other random thoughts and activities of his day. He’s opened his heart quite wide on his blog.

      So happy I am “Guru” to you my friend ~ just a girl trying to stay afloat really— but enjoying every minute here with you and other angels of WordPress… Much LOVE ~ Robyn

      January 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM

  8. victoriaaphotography

    So beautiful and such vibrant colours – a thrill to have an artist create something especially for you.
    Your poetic soul just gets better & better every day.

    January 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    • Oh thank you so much dearest sweet friend. Yes ~ very unexpected to have a painting come to life before my eyes like this. I’m very grateful to have had this experience. This poem was probably channeled or something – as it was written with such ease… I think Benjamin’s painting must have whispered the words actually … 🙂 Love to you Victoria! ~ RL

      January 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

  9. Jill

    A brilliant poem to go with an equally brilliant painting.

    January 18, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    • And from you ~ my friend — the highest compliment. I am thrilled you enjoyed dear Jill ~ and will need to check in with you soon. Starting my day here now (at 2 pm… don’t ask)… but thinking of you all the time and hoping all is flowing there! xo RL

      January 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

  10. Lovely poem to stand with Benjamin’s work. He’s a rather special soul, isn’t he?

    January 18, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    • Thank you so much Echo ~ and YES …. very special indeed! Love and Light all around you ~ RL

      January 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      • Love and Light be with you also, Robyn.

        January 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

  11. eremophila

    Magnificent art – words and visual♥

    January 18, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    • So much thanks eremophila ~ very excited about the piece 🙂 ~ So happy you thought my words did justice! ~ Love, RL

      January 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

  12. Beautiful poem and striking artwork. Loved the sentiment behind this post!

    January 18, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    • Darren – so glad you enjoyed! Yes — special in sentiment I agree… the blogsphere can be a very cool place at times. Sending love and light to you today dear one ~ RL

      January 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

  13. beautiful, vibrant with love and energy…I love this, Robyn, love you too! Always, Linda

    January 18, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Linda ~ I agree with you, so much vibrance and loving energy in this painting. Very happy to see you!
      Lots of Love ~ Robyn

      January 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

  14. I am dreaming and dancing with the Spanish moon also…

    January 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    • So much thanks to you Clarice ~ I hope it is a lovely dream 🙂 x RL

      January 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

  15. With these words: A lovely soul, and a “fellow warrior of light.” Gives you an ending that does thrilling the soul of all of us who read and visit your blog. Adiós amiga¡

    January 18, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    • Thanks so much dearest Carlos…. I am touched these words spoke to you… Also mi amigo, I have not been able to comment on your blog as of the last several posts… not sure why ~ it comes back error message – but just so you know ~ today’ sun was magnificent ~ tonic to the soul for certain. Much Love to you ~ RL

      January 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      • Oh thanks. Surely you can not comment on your friend’s blog, because it takes the blog to your message as spam. Send a private mail him and tell him to check the spam in your blog.
        Goodbye friend.

        January 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      • I need to remember this Carlos – have never had this before with comments… just wanted you to know I have not been neglecting your blog 🙂 Will try soon again ~ Love to you – RL

        January 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

  16. Striking colors…and well named. What a treasure to have it in your home….very nice, Robyn.

    January 18, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    • Thanks so much Scott! Yes – I agree will be very special to have it here ~ I am glad to share, and happy you enjoyed! 🙂 x RL

      January 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      • Most welcome. 🙂

        January 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

  17. Oh I love this so much, Robyn! The poetry, the painting, and the meaning behind it all, how truly beautiful!

    January 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    • Jewels thank you dearest friend. I agree ~ the meaning behind it all is most precious to me too. I am so thrilled to share and glad you enjoyed. Much Love to you, RL

      January 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

  18. ddLynn

    What a gorgeous painting and brilliant poem! I will certainly be checking out his blog.

    January 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    • Thank you so much ddLynn ~ very special painting indeed. I am so glad you enjoyed ~ and am sure you will find Benjamin’s place very welcoming as well! Much Love ~ RL

      January 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM

  19. We have similar palettes. I like the layers in his painting and I like how you used the painting as an inspiration for one of your poems. “fellow warriors of Light” resonates…Peace, Robyn.

    January 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    • Thank you Jane ~ yes love these colors — pretty much what I gravitate towards in decorating and attire too. He does work with incredible layering in most all his works. He will blog the first layer and then often share as the piece progresses so we get to see his art evolve and unfold. It’s pretty amazing to be able to participate in the process through blogging. I am so glad you enjoyed ~ and yes – we are ‘fellow-warriors of Light” all of us here it seems ~ Peace and Love ~RL

      January 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

  20. Wonderful colours Robyn – a striking palette and just beautiful art. Your poem sets it off brilliantly too. Thanks so much for sharing this and brining Benjamin and his site and art to my attention. Sending much love to you xx

    January 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    • Thanks so much Ruth! Yes I loved these colors and texture right away ~ The poem was just came to me very naturally after meditating on the painting (and then I asked Benjamin if he would be ok with my doing a post to honor his work.. I am so glad he was in agreement). When you visit his site, be aware that he keeps a personal journal that are not blog-posts but instead part of the menu at the top of his home page… and that is also where his gallery with artwork is as well. His posts are a variety of everything from music to daily musings, to art etc. Enjoy ~ Sending you love xo Robyn

      January 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

  21. PURE HEAVEN robyn 🙂 🙂
    i thought you did the art at first
    your poetry goes perfectly 🙂
    like a beautiful symphony
    art and words 🙂 xoxoxoxo
    soooooooo much love
    C xx

    January 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    • I did think you would like this one Cat ~ knowing that you have such strong appreciation for the arts. I am so glad you enjoyed and found a little piece of heaven here 🙂 Yes ~ my hope was it would be felt as a symphony ~ or a
      ” concert aria ” to the senses. So thrilled you liked it ~ and sending you love and warm wishes for a glorious weekend ~ RL x

      January 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

  22. Love the poem and the artwork 🙂 I’ll will definitely check out his site

    January 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    • Thank you dear Amanda ~ yes – his work is really awesome…. lots of dimensions and amazing use of color. Have fun there 🙂 ~ RL

      January 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

  23. Robyn, this painting is magnificent! How very talented Benjamin is! The variant hues and shades are exquisite in his painting, Hard to imagine what I know must be an even more vivid image (in real life) when the photograph has captured his artwork so gloriously! And it’s yours forever! How wonderful is that! Your poetic words suit his painting perfectly! A verbal framework encasing the heart and soul! I am so happy for you my dearest friend, I can visualize you hanging this masterpiece on a wall in your home, sigh! Now I’m going to go visit his blog. Many hugs and much love to you ~ Penny xoxoxox

    January 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    • I know Penny ~ thank you! I was pretty ‘smitten’ with his artwork. This is very special to me, especially knowing he painted it just for me 🙂 70 layers – can you imagine?

      Here are Benjamin’s words describing his technique in creating it — it’s from the post he did after he completed painting the frame…

      ***the frame is actually a kaleidoscope of colors when approached up close, mirroring the tones and hues of the piece as they bounce around. I’m waiting for it to dry completely until I put its final layer of varnish on it. Once completed the frame alone will have 7 layers of different paint and varnishes and the painting 10x’s that. Enjoy “Waiting on a Spanish Moon” ***

      Pretty intense about his art – i know 🙂 I was overjoyed with the final product – should be here next week ~ right before I’m due to leave town.

      Thank you so much for your lovely words re: my companion poem. I could not resist writing something to honor my new painting. Yes – lots of of heart and soul here …. but as you say – the artist is all about passion – yes? ~ Love and Hugs ~ Goodnight dearest friend ~ Robyn

      January 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      • Yes he is a true artist in every sense of the word. I hope it gets there before you go so you can begin to enjoy it in is it’s full magnificence! Lots of love and hugs to you today dearest friend, Penny xox

        January 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

  24. What a precious gift.. and your poem is as magical as his work of art! xx

    January 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    • Thank you dearest Barbra ~ Just so much meaning in the way this painting project evolved. I truly love it, and will treasure. So happy you enjoyed the whimsical verse I conjured for it too 🙂 Sending much love and dreaming of your marshmallow hearts !! ~ RL

      January 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

  25. I’m sure anyone would feel honored to have a beautiful piece of Benjamin’s work displayed in their home and your soulful words to accompany this piece make for the perfect post Robyn. Your touching words and Benjamin’s striking work could make for a great collaborative effort. 🙂

    January 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    • Oh thank you so much LuAnn ~ absolutely agree — very much honored to own a this special painting. Also something special as getting to know his heart here through our blog-familiy. I am so thrilled you felt the words did his painting justice ~ was all a wonderful experience to be part of this.
      Lots of Love to you wonderful lady!! xo Robyn

      January 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

  26. Of course there is this take on Spanish Moon.


    January 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    • Thanks Ray ~ gosh, I have never heard this song, of course ~ I had a different vision of Benjamin’s Moon 🙂 ~ Love and Blessings, RL

      January 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    • hey Ray ~ ps: just listened ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9m7qFr02EU classic southern rock ~ great tune! 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      • Lowell George (writer, singer and lead guitar) was born in a true southern town. Hollywood, California. 🙂 But, a couple of the band members came from New Orleans, which, as you know, is a a third world Caribbean country. My home too. 🙂 — Ray

        January 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      • I have been to New Orleans ~ yes — had some exotic experiences there will admit! LOL! Lowell George is pretty fabulous — found some live performances to view ! ’77 in London ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qQnGfZpIfY&feature=player_embedded Thanks Ray ~ RL

        January 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

  27. What a pure gem you have here, Robyn! It is magical – the poem, the painting and interaction of both. Thank you for sharing. Love, Ese

    January 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    • Oh Ese ~ thank you dearest friend. I was rather enthralled with this painting… watching it come to life on Benjamin’s blog day by day..
      can’t really express how exciting that was – but I do hope my little verse did it justice. Thrilled to share – and Love to you ~ Robyn

      January 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

  28. Julie Catherine

    Beautiful painting, Benjamin, and Robyn, your poem is as lovely and intriguing as the painting – a lovely pairing! Sending you much love and gentle hugs, dear friend. ~ Julie xoxox

    January 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    • Oh thank you so much Julie — I am still reeling from your poem earlier… read it to my husband at dinner too! He was in awe as well. So glad you enjoyed this post honoring Benjamin’s wonderful masterpiece. It was fun writing the whimsical verse — guess because I was watching his painting process all week and the spirit was really alive in me. Sending love & gentle hugs to you too — and again – congratulations on “Essence Of Woman” ~ incredible work… will make sure my daughters get copies!! xxoo

      January 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      • Julie Catherine

        You are so kind and generous, dear Robyn, thank you, my gentle friend. Much love xoxox

        January 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM

  29. After reading many of your posts, Robyn, I wouldn’t have expected anything less beautiful from you. This piece is a true work of art, in its style, imagery and form…., truly beautiful.

    January 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM

  30. Just a quick note to ask how you’re doing. Re-read this again and really love this poem. Fantastic !

    January 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    • Ahhh – so nice to see you Paul! Thank you dear friend, I am so happy you enjoyed this ~ was a fun poem for me 🙂 Love the painting too which is now displayed in my home.

      I have been in a whirlwind since Sunday ~ just FINALLY getting settled in my new apartment today. Deep breaths… Was in a temporary living situation till we had a chance to scope out the best area for me to live while undergoing this therapy. So far all is well with regard to that. The practitioner I am working with is wonderful…. will see where it goes. He has been honest which I appreciate, and he will not make promises…but our goal is to see how much we can reduce the pain/dysfunction – and see if we can avoid more surgeries which are also uncertain.

      You are so sweet to check in… I have not been able to spend much time with my blog-follows— but reading and liking whenever I can. Your “Heart” post – fascinating — yes all about emotions/spirit — and do wonder where the organ heart got assigned that symbol?

      Hopefully next few days I’ll be into a routine here and have more time, and get to posting a bit.

      Much Love ~ Robyn

      January 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

  31. oooooooh your words and Benjamin’s artwork! They flow beautifully together! I really love reading the story too — about how you wrote to Benjamin, how he painted something just for you, and then how you wrote such lovely lines of poetry to “accompany” his piece. I love when two artists meet! the line “a luminous tune…” I love it. etherial, beautiful. love, lisa

    January 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    • Thank you dear Lisa ~ yes – it was a lot of fun. I guess I’ve never had this experience before ~ a painting created by someone who knows me — yet does not really know me — but I feel close to the artist, (Benjamin) thanks to our virtual family here. The poem was very quickly composed once I knew the painting was in route to my home. Just flowed so fluidly. It’s hanging at home now — came right before I left town… but the 2nd photo shows it on wall — very proud of it! So much appreciate your kind words ~ a luminous tune to you today my friend ~ much love from home away from home for now ~ x Robyn

      January 31, 2013 at 4:02 PM

  32. Danielle

    Simply took my breath away.

    The painting, itself, is just incredible – but the words you so delicately shared and to be inspired by a marvellous creation, is simply just – there are no words. I’m so glad I found this piece. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    • Dearest Danielle – welcome to my “Healing Lens” ~ I just spent some time on your site — and wish I could have stayed longer – heartfelt expression there that touched me… ~ but thrilled you could be here to see my “Spanish Moon” tonight ~ Benjamin is a gem, and soulful artist … and I was also very moved by this painting which I now own and treasure. Thank you for your loving words ~ and although I am out of town on medical right now— I hope to be posting soon… Much Love ~ Robyn

      February 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

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