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Rachel Newsletter: August 2012

Rachel Dickson artist enewsletter

Issue: August 10, 2012       

Art and Energy:


Cheerio, Art Lovers!

Ask any economic developer what adds value to a community and on that list you will find ART. City planners and community developers get it.
It's really not a rumor...it's just true! If you want to tap into any communities' heart-beat...find the arts.

Chris and I got to experience some of that ourselves in our own community last night...at the monthly art walk in downtown Toledo, Ohio hosted by the Art Commission of Greater Toledo (thank you Chris for taking me there!) And I was reminded just how electric the energy of being amongst artists, art lovers and art venues can be! The street vendor with "Holy Toledo" and "Boring People Hate Toledo" t-shirts made me smile too. Gotta love local support!

If you have never been to your own communities' art district or local art galleries or local artist studios, I encourage you to go explore these as soon as possible. There's always something going on whether it be an opening reception, charitable fundraiser, art walk, wine tastings coupled with art fairs, etc etc. But GO explore it! And if you go with an open mind and a watchful eye, you're bound to find some original art that you will cherish for a lifetime!

Thank you Toledo for hosting this event and I'm looking forward to attending the next!





PBR art contest update:


pbrart.com entry by Rachel DicksonFor those of you who read about my entering this last month I thought you might want an update.

Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been hosting a "Draw Responsibly" contest of sorts since 2007. So naturally when I learned of this here in oh, 2012, I just HAD to enter!

And viola...here is the result of side one "Up a Creek Without a....PBR".

I've been waiting to paint something cool on this fab little mini-paddle I've been toting around. I love kayaking and whitewater rafting...so somehow having a mini-paddle resonated as no less than awesome to me. What BETTER thing to use as a canvas and paint a coolio "ode to PBR?"
Well, unfortunately my piece wasn't selected as a finalist...but it certainly was fun to create this and enter anyway! Thank you Pabst Blue Ribbon for the opportunity!

To learn more about PBR Art visit www.pbrart.com

Drink and Draw responsibly.


Newest from Rachel's Art Studio:


The Wishing Tree, by artist Rachel DicksonIntroducing Rachel's newest original abstract painting on wood!

"The Wishing Tree" is a 9.5 inch by 7.5 inch original painting on wood.

Full of color and ready to add artistic flair to any work, play or home space.

Click here to get a closer look at "The Wishing Tree"!

Artists that I LIKE!:


Nicole Fekaris, aceo artistI've been an admirer of Nicole Fekaris artwork for probably somewhere near ten years now. She is an A.C.E.O. pencil artist and I stumbled across her work one day when I was researching what in the world ACEO art was.

A.C.E.O. stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals and measures exactly 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/12 inches. ACEO's can be original art, print editions or photographs. If a small piece of art has a different measurement then it's not an ACEO. The idea of ACEO artwork stemmed from Art Trading Cards and the their sale on Ebay. And of course, the cool thing about ACEO's is that they are in fact small enough to collect hundreds of them just like we did in the old days with baseball cards.

Nicole Fekaris masters the art of incorporating poetry and quotes into her work but not in the traditional sense. Nicole writes it backwards...what she calls mirror writing.

Like pencil A.C.E.O. art? Take a look at Nicole's work!

Click here to learn more about Nicole Fekaris


Check out Rachel's COOL friends:


Click here to view Rachel's COOL Friends page
I don't think we give enough credit to where credit is due. 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.

Click here to meet Rachel's COOL friends.


Shop Art:


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Looking to view and purchase Rachel's art? Seek and ye shall find! Click on the image to the right or the link below to go to Rachel's online art store!

Click here to shop online at Rachel's Art Store.


Art and Wine:


art and wine
Art and wine have been paired together for as long as I've known. Not really sure why...but just seems to be an unwritten rule about art shows and other various art affairs. Wine seems to always be present.  And why not?

I love wine...especially reds. There's just something about sipping on a glass of red wine while gazing at original artwork. It's true! So I thought that if I like wine and art...surely others do too. Yet seeking a wine for a specific taste is as fun as seeking that fabulous piece of art for your collection. (hmmm, maybe this is the correlation?)

Wine is notoriously paired with food in mind...but what about pairing wine with art?

Gato Negro is one of my personal favorites and most certainly won't break your bank! I usually reach for Gato Negro Malbec, Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon or Gato Negro Merlot. Produced by Vina San Pedro of Chile.

I'd love to hear what some of your favorites might be. Please share your thoughts, shoot me an email at rachel (at) racheldickson.com

Click here to view San Pedros wine of Chile - Gato Negro


Energy Exchange:


Life seems to be full of the exchanging of energy. Give and receive at work, give and receive at home. The sharing of our time and energy with our closest friends and family. Which is what this painting is about. Measuring 4.80"x4.50" this mini-abstract would be a great accent to that part of your home you need a little bit of purple.Click here to view Energy Exchange

Mini-Abstract Art!

Or need a little artsy gift to give that special someone? Give ART!

Click here to view "Energy Exchange"


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Rachel Dickson, portable art studio
Nothing really new to anyone if I say that it's been a hot summer. The other day I walked into my art studio and was driven outside by the heat. No biggy...portable art studio to the rescue! Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow and move your office outside, you know? (And yes, I know I'm lucky that I can do this.)
This experience was extra fun because the chickens were hovering around and if you'll notice on my little portable table there is a rooster I was painting. Anyway, the completed piece (which was a "hey, do you think you could paint that" project for Chris) turned out really nice and looks pretty cool in our kitchen.
If you have some decor in your house that needs a new look...try painting it, or re-creating something new with it. Always freshens up a space!
Until next time...embrace your life! After all...you are the ones creating it.



Questions? Comments? Snide Remarks?
email rachel at racheldickson.com



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