December 07, 2012
Cheerio, Art Lovers!
From me to you, Happy
Holidays and a very Merry Christmas!
it be full of bright, cheery, artsy, merry-ness
for you and yours!
Holiday season means different things to different people.
And each of us have our preferred traditions,
whether it be family gatherings with big meals, throwing
fun parties, volunteering for a local charity, or taking
a beach vacation. Whatever it is that you will be doing
this season...may it be nothing less than Stellar!
or other I stumbled upon the idea of painting little
birds. And my what a hit they've become and SOOOO fun
to paint! Wrens, Hummingbirds, Cardinals, and Finches all
such fun little feathered friends to work with.
Wren-the Watchman" is a 5.00 inch by 5.00 inch original
painting on wood.
Ready to add artistic flair to any work,
or home space.
here to get a closer look at "House Wren"!
that I LIKE!
really have to see this art to believe it! Mark
Langan creates fine art using corrugated card-board.
Yep, recycling at its BEST!
may likely recognize this image on the right to be a
depiction of Edvard Munch's-The Scream and you
would be correct!
Langan not only has an extremely unique medium,
but his artistic flair is exceptional. (I kinda dig
he's from Ohio too!)
a five-minute art break and check out his work. It's
here to learn more
about Mark Langan's corrugated art.
The Adventures of Rachel Blog:
is worthwhile in itself."
Blog is chocked
full of her personal inspirations and
aspirations and fun moments.
will find daily musings, announcements of paintings fresh
from the studio, adventure recaps, and much more at Rachel's
blog. Certainly the most comprehensive place
online that you'll find the goings-on with Rachel.
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artistic spirit alive & well? you BET!
art, more specifically grafitti art has been gaining
ground as a viable, sought after art form ESPECIALLY
in the last ten years or so. But I have NEVER seen anything
like THIS! Packing tape street art? Meet Max
how Max came up with the idea:
a lot of great street art by day," says Max Zorn,
"but it disappears after dark. I wanted to come
up with urban art that uses nighttime as a setting,
and there was nothing more inviting than the street
lamps in Amsterdam."
a 2 minutes art break and check out Max Zorn by clicking
on the image above! Or visit his website at maxzorn.com
Artists creating art...for the love of art!
here to view packing tape art by Max Zorn!
it, Grab it!
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! Pssst, her
art is very affordable too!
Wine art, birds...come check it out. The gift giving
season is just around the corner.
here to shop online at Rachel's Art Store.
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and bobs from an Artist's Studio:
Waiting for paint to dry. This is part of the
process for any painter.
then there's the issue of your paint drying too fast...definitely
an artform within the artform. Too fast, not fast enough...it's
a moving, living, breathing, in-the-moment creative
art is a process. A very layered process. For me, painting
contains about 10% fabulous fun! The other 90% is a
layered process all motivated to get you to that 10%.
do I mean? Well, for me, prepping the canvas involves
prepping the surface of the wood I'm using, painting
a base coat, waiting for it to dry, and then adding
in the background layers (I mainly paint from back to
front) of the painting...all before I get to actually
paint what I want to paint. It's a process. And
yet...in some weird way...we artists like the process.
In fact...I dare say the process of creating is why
we do what we do. Along the way there are always
little problems that pop up too...so problem solving
is a MUCH needed artistic skill. The finished product
is just the icing on the cake.
when your piece of art is completed...the "aahhhh"
moment is exuberating! The really cool part of this...is
that art is a gift that keeps on giving. Because
to the artist it's about the process, yet to the art
enthusiast, it's about enjoying the finality of that
piece of art.
me your thoughts on the topic of the layers of the painting
to hear your feedback.
email rachel at racheldickson.com
guessed it. This photo has a story behind it.
Chris and I visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga
a while back and we captured this photo of these
not until afterwards while looking through the photos
did we BOTH burst out into laughter as we realized
that these two lil penguins reminded us of each other.
The taller one being Chris of course...and me being
the short squatty one close by. Oh the captions this
photo could inspire!!
still laugh at this photo...and how perfectly spaced
this little group of penguins are as if they were posing
for an album cover shoot...and how much they look
representative of our family!
we both wish you all a very merry Christmas and
may you capture some stellar fun photos throughout the
as we all head into the holidays together...I
wish to encourage you to close out the year 2012 with
a bang. Don't wait until 2013 (if you can help
it)...don't put off that thing you've been wanting to
try. Go! Be! Do! LIVE! (and wear fun hats!)
next time...embrace your life! After all...you are the ones
Comments? Snide Remarks?
email rachel at racheldickson.com