Kissing the Muse
A Madcap, Collage-Making Creative Adventure
When a secret explodes like a bomb in her marriage, a bohemian art teacher embarks on a real-life creative adventure with her inner muse to reinvent her life. From America to Africa, England to Amsterdam, she follows her heart’s call to wander wildly in a messy attempt to mend it. But when the UK Home Office catches wind of her quirky, collage-making “muse dates,” it just might destroy her last chance for a real-life happy ending…or, is it just the beginning?
Through playful, inspiring, expressive-art actions (called "kissing practices"), readers embark on a parallel journey of self-discovery to find their own unique muse to embrace. The muse is a mirror of our inner artist. She reflects our innate creative potential. It doesn't matter whether we dabble with watercolor, or cake frosting; work professionally in the arts—or can't draw a stick figure to save our sister. Kissing our muse can rekindle a spark of mystery, passion, and a touch of the divine in our lives—pointing us towards our true purpose.
Written for the next generation of self-empowering women (and those who paved the way), Eat, Pray, Love meets The Artist’s Way in this colorful, true narrative and indispensable guidebook for anyone who has ever been lost, blocked, or broken-hearted, and didn’t let it stand in their way.
About the Author
Robbyn Layne forged her multifarious career path by chasing her passions, wandering wildly, and kissing her muse. By her mid-20s, she had realized that living spiritually and personally connected to whatever “turned her on” creatively, was far more important than proving herself professionally. So, she quit her job as a video producer in Kansas City and followed her heart to San Francisco. There, she met a wild band of creative bohemians who epitomized her idea of what it meant to be “artists.” She soon began crafting her own personal, poetic film “collages” using found 16mm footage and eventually earned a spot in an MFA program. Upon graduation, she stumbled upon a position as associate professor of transformative art, and so, like any aspiring, naive academic, she decided to write a self-help book based on everything she “knew.” But her muse had a better idea—not to write a book, but to live one.
Robbyn holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in New Practices (painting and cinema) from San Francisco State University (2006), and Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (2013), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas (1993)—but the story of how she came to live in Amsterdam (with a man she truly loves, and a cat named Leonard Cohen), and host collage-making “Muse Dates” is far, far more interesting.