May, Week 3
Perception, Connection and Vulnerability:
Greetings, Art Lovers!
I recently saw
an extremely thought provoking video at Ted.com/Talks. It
covers one of those topics that are like a mountain
stops us dead in our tracks and we have no choice but
to pause and gaze and ponder.
I've been exploring
the idea of perception (specifically the theory that
everything is subject to interpretation [perception]
for quite some time. So it's even more intriguing to
me that I stumbled upon this video.
here to watch
Brene Brown and the Power of Vulnerability
20 minute talk by Brene Brown covers a topic that I
hadn't considered a part of perception until now. I'll
put this in terms of creativity and art and maybe it
will simplify it for us all.
Brene states that "While
vulnerability is the core of shame, fear and struggle
for worthiness...it is also the birthplace of joy, creativity,
belonging and love."
Did you get that??? Hearing
this jolted me into a place of "oh my GOSH!"
What this means is...in the land of creativity and art...it's LOADED, CHOCKED FULL of vulnerability...on all
sides (the side of the art creator and also of
the art viewer). It takes courage to create...because...it
requires us to expose ourselves to vulnerability to
our own selves and also to others who may criticize
or doubt or demean. Yet...it is in the quite moments
of creating that we discover the spark, the beginning,
the unfolding of our most inner places. But we first
must let ourselves go there. Creating new things really
isn't that hard...it's in the allowing of ourselves
to go to the place inside of ourselves that births the
creation that's hard. (Mostly I think because we believe
deep down that we can't do it, that we cannot create
In allowing ourselves to
go there...we expose ourselves to emotion that we may
have feared in the past. But not until we stop limiting
ourselves out of fear of the unknown and truly embrace
and let flow into our midst all parts of this experience...true
creation can never happen.
Yet, we cannot hold back
in some parts of our lives and expect to fully unleash
others. It's all or nothing. Because according to Brene,
we cannot selectively numb emotion. We have to be in
a place where we may feel shame or unworthiness while
at exactly the same time being in a place where we may
feel joy, belonging or love.
I too struggle with
allowing. I struggle with trying to stay safe and create
using images of what I've already seen created.
Yet...unless I am still and quiet and allow my own inner
voice to flow...am I truly creating?
Let's try this
and see what happens? Shall we?
Be. DO! Discover!
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
& A with Rachel:
you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
Yes. We used to call ourselves walking-American-flags.
Our school uniforms were red, white and blue. Girls
had to wear blue skirts and vests with either a red
or white blouse. And there was a little tie that fit
into a loop around the neck of the shirt. Yep, it was
the 80s. Boys had to wear blue plants with a white or
red shirt and a blue tie with little American flags
on it. Made getting ready for school in the mornings
really easy. We always knew what we were going to wear.
are some different jobs you have had in your life?
worked at a pig farm for a while when I was in high
school. Couldn't get that smell out of my hair for weeks!.
worked at an egg packing company cleaning the eggs that
broke from the packing machines. Dried-on egg doesn't
smell nice either.
LOVED hoeing soybeans. That was
my most favorite job I had as a kid ...walking the soybean
rows with a hook-like tool plucking stray corn stalks
and weeds from the bean rows.
college basketball, high school basketball, high school
soccer and high school and college volleyball. Nothing
like wearing stripes and getting yelled at by fans and
By far the most fun job I ever had was
working for a whitewater rafting company in the Smoky
Mountains! Got to river-guide, be a photographer, book
reservations and run the Ocoee river outpost among other
things. TONS of fun!
Do you like to dance?
LOVE to dance! The kitchen seems a common place for
breaking out in a dance. Music blaring...I can't help
but jumping around. And it seems that no matter where
you break out into a dance...everyone around you smiles.
I think dance is the great equalizer. Car dancing is
WAY fun too! Take a glance at the people in the cars
around you and everyone will be smiling back at you!
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 newest COOL Friend Jai
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.
here to view the Daily Blog
than a Rolling Stone!:
rolling, rolling. Keeps those good times rolling! We
all have good times and bad times, things just keep
on rolling. Swooping in and swooping out. Which is what this painting is about. Measuring 3.50"x3.50"
this mini-abstract would be a great accent to that part
of your home you need a little bit of red.
need a little artsy gift to give that special someone? Give
here to view "Faster than a Rolling Stone."
that I LIKE!:
you've ever wandered the home decor aisles of Target,
then you've seen prints of Michael Kalish's work. His
first original piece was a map of the United States
made out of license plates and up, up and away his art
to Michael's artist statement, "I owe my art career to a South Dakota license plate and a fascination
with the fundamental principles of America. After spending most of my
life on the baseball field, I was uncertain about what life after
college had in store. I was driving around one day and saw this car with
a South Dakota license tag. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen and I
found myself obsessed with the thought of collecting license plates from
all over the country and turning them into art. I began collecting tags
and experimenting with ways to fuse them together to form a sculptural
flag of the United States, my first piece."
love re-purposed artwork...that is art made out of found
or recycled objects and Michael's work is a brilliant
re-use of something we are all familiar with...the license
here to view Michael Kalish's work.
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thing that I can't help reaching for when I see them...fun
hats! Wearing fun hats goes hand-in-hand with honoring
Rule #6. (which invariably when I say Rule #6 I get
asked..."what is Rule #6?").
first learned of Rule #6 when reading a book
titled "The Art of Possibility"...and it's
a super simple rule that often times isn't super simple
to honor. That is...don't take life so seriously.
think there are certain things that lend a helping hand
in our not taking life so serious...and to me the most
fun things are things that cause us to crack up. And
yes, wearing a chicken on your head...leads directly
to laughter. I could go NO where with this hat on my
head and people not be cracking up left and right.
stupid little details of life (taking out the trash,
washing the dishes, mowing the grass, laundry, wiping
off a sticky counter-top, sweeping the sidewalk, etc)
too often make us crazy. But let us not forget...those
things don't really matter. They're just details. Big
deal. Grab a fun hat...laugh a little...and relax.
next time...enjoy life! After all...we are the ones
Comments? Snide Remarks?
email rachel at racheldickson.com