Greetings Art Lovers!
I was pondering today as I was prepping the surface
of a new piece of artwork I'm working on, "Why
is it that people generally think they are not creative?
Why is art and the idea of creating so intimidating?"
answer that unfolded in my head was simple. It's because
we distract ourselves with television, the Internet,
smartphones, the news, radio, sporting events and on
and on and on that list goes. RATHER, if we would
simply sit down and try our hand at creating
something that we can call our own (whether that be
a new dish in the kitchen, or writing a poem, or redesigning
our living room, or writing an essay on a topic that
interests us, or painting a painting) we might just
We just need
to stop our busy-time-filling-tactics and DO
the creative things that have been whispering
in the back of our minds! After all, in order
to create...one has to create. It's simple.
in today's society we are primed to fear messing it
up or doing it wrong or whatever the level of failure
might be. But in art...there ARE NO RULES! So, if you've
been wanting to learn how to play the guitar...GO, DO
it! If you've been wanting to learn how to make pottery,
then GO, DO it! After all, this is the ONLY way you'll
know whether you like to create or not. Do it, then
decide. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at
Audio meets ART:
am, without question, an audio person. Got
that from my dad. I grew up listening to radio and have
grown to love inspirational audio! I'm tuned
to hear it. For example, upon entering a shopping
mall or retail store I automatically notice whether
or not there is music playing in the background.
Audio inspires everyone,
one way or another...no
matter if it's music or talk.
So what is it that
I listen to when I'm creating in the studio? Usually
I reach for http://www.sky.fm
for continuous online streaming of music that I can
select by genre. (Check out "Nature," "Classic
Piano Trios," "Solo Piano," "Piano
Jazz," "Jazz Classics" among others.)
online streaming favorites that Rachel listens to:
a favorite streaming audio source you want to share
Email: rachel at racheldickson.com
out Rachel's NEW, COOL friends, Page:
don't think we give enough credit to where
credit is due sometimes. Nor do I think it really cool
that most accolades aren't given until AFTER
those who've inspired us or left an impression on us
one-way-or-another are gone. With that in mind, I've
created a page on my website where I've begun listing
some of those people. Titled "Cool Friends",
it's on that page (obviously an evolving project) that
I begin to tell their stories.
here to view
Rachel's COOL Friends online.
Fresh from the Art
original mini-paintings, abstract on wood! If
you are an avid art collector OR if you've been an art
lover and have yet to start your personal collection,
these little minis are perfect! Seven inches
by seven inches? Five inches by five inches? We
all have space in our homes or office for a painting
to fit that size. Which is why I opted to paint
small. Affordable too!
get a closer look, simply click on any of the
recently had the pleasure of visiting one of my very
favorite places in Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountain
National Park. Within the park itself I've always
felt drawn to the Greenbrier National Park area.
mom and I were meandering up the Ramsey Cascade trail
along the Little Pigeon river and stopped along the
way to have a picnic lunch. A few feet away from where
we were sitting was this truck sized rock. It was HUGE!
couldn't help but think what a FABULOUS canvas
that rock would be for some abstract water art.
So off I went (nearly slipping into the creek at one
point...to which mom chuckled..."don't fall in")
and began to sling water onto the face of the rock...and
the photo above is the result. I'm pretty sure that
my joy in this experience had mostly to do with the
fun in creating...not so much in the final result.
another reason to embrace spontaneity. Art
role in schools has been a topic of debate for
years! This dialogue is nothing new. But, has the
quantity of time spent creating art OR the time spent
being allowed to express the creative arts in schools
increased over those years? Should it?
"Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for
creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines)
following thought provoking talk given by Ken Robinson
is WELL worth the 19 minutes it takes to watch/listen.
Click on the image above or simply click
MORE inspiration? Check out other Ted
does the time go?:
April 18th I turn 40 years old. I think it's AWESOME when you're
filling out those online surveys and you're asked to select
your age in the form of a category. Like 18-23
or 35-41 as compared to having to declare your
specific age. Being asked your birth year
also seems like a kinder, gentler way of declaring
your age. Yet, regardless how you define it, time FLIES doesn't it?
little painting represents that feeling of time flying
by. "Faster than a Rolling Stone" is a
mini-abstract on wood. Measuring less than 4 inches
by 4 inches this piece would make a great addition
to your table decor or that little spot on the wall
that is crying out for a red accent!
here to view "Faster than a Rolling Stone" on the online gallery.
about not having enough wall space to add this to your
collection? NOT TO WORRY! It's a mini-abstract original
measuring only 3.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall...AND
the BEST part???? It's affordable! With shipping it's
less than $31 dollars. YEP!
"Faster than a Rolling Stone" for your own collection or give as
What's on Rachel's Bookshelf?:.
LOVE to read! But yes, I know, not everyone does.
So if you don't give two rips around reading...skip
this section. Otherwise, read on!
something about the written word! Check 'em out.
a book you like? Tell me about it!
out Rachel's Art Store on Etsy:
you ever heard of Etsy.com? I hadn't until I purchased
some custom made jewelry from robandlean's
etsy shop on this AMAZING online marketplace! Self-proclaimed
as "the world's handmade marketplace" Etsy.com
is truly a marketplace chocked FULL of handmade original
goods! You'll find everything on Etsy.com from
paintings, to jewelry, to glass, to furniture, to everything
here to shop online at Rachel's Art Store on Etsy.
The Daily Blog:
what you can, where you are, with what you have."
quote is prominently displayed near my desk as a reminder
to not be a whiner about what I don't have and to embrace
what I currently DO have to work with.
Daily Blog is full of such personal inspirations and
will find daily musings, adventure recaps, talk about
personal thought topics and much more at Rachel's
blog. Certainly the most comprehensive place
online that you'll find the goings-on with Rachel.
is Right Around the Corner
Give the Gift of ART:
all know there are many special
dates, holidays, occasions and
reasons to give gifts. And Graduation
is right around the corner. But
how many times have we received
a gift that felt empty or simply
why give a gift that implies
obligatory? Make it special...give
of 2012 Art!
that young person you know is celebrating the beginning
of a new era in their life...why not give them something
that they will cherish for the rest of their life? Give
here to select your graduating senior's art gift.
that I LIKE!:
is just a COOL form of art. That's all there is
to it! Don't know what encaustic is? No worries, as
of a few years ago, I hadn't either. It's basically
a hot wax (usually bees wax) that's colored with pigment
and applied to a hard surface.
KNOW! Crazy to think that you can use hot
gooey colored wax to create works of art...wait
til you see the artwork itself!
Williams lives and creates in Asheville, NC. I had
the pleasure of stumbling upon her studio one day and
was met with some of the most amazing works of art.
And even more amazing was to watch her creative
question that came to mind as I walked through Constance's studio
gallery was what inspires her color palette? So I asked.
Her answer? "The colors of nature as I drive
into work each day. The Blue Ridge mountains never look
the same from one day to the next."
here to view Constance Williams' encaustic art.
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evidenced through various snippets in this enewsletter,
you might can tell that I had the privilege to visit
the Smoky Mountains recently. Which means that there
are many many new paintings floating around in
my head waiting to get out onto some wood canvases!
I better get back into the studio so I can start
creating those new pieces asap!
the mean time, if you like what you see in this enewsletter,
please tell others about it! Please
note here...that one of my goals in publishing this
enewsletter is simply to inspire you to become your
you do be done as if it makes a difference." William
Be your best
self. And if you then find yourself right smack
in the middle of being a role model...then lead by being
YOU first! The rest generally comes much easier after that.
Comments? Snide Remarks?
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