November 15, 2012
a great big thank you goes too...
Cheerio, Art Lovers!
Well, this here is
issue number 11 of my enewsletter. Hard to believe it's
been a YEAR since I began this
project. My how time flies right? And a LOT has
happened since then. I'm sure you can say the same about
the happenings in your last 12 months too?
thing is blatantly clear...I have MUCH to be thankful
for. And since Thanksgiving is just next week (what?
how is it nearly Thanksgiving already?) I thought it
perfectly appropriate to spend a moment focusing on
I want to thank those of you who have followed
my artistic endeavors, purchased my paintings and continue
to encourage my creativity. THANK YOU! Thank you.
a huge thank you to those who watch over me, have
my back and express support in so many wonderful ways
(I am somewhat generically grouping together in this
sentence a whole plethara of people here so as not to
bore anyone with an exhaustive list).
I'd like to briefly reflect on the intent of Thanksgiving
as a holiday. Historically Thanksgiving had its roots
in religious and cultural tradition. However, today
it tends to be celebrated more as a secular holiday.
or Thanksgiving Day, currently celebrated on the fourth
Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941,
has been an annual tradition in the United States by
presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation
since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically,
Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the
harvest of the year.
with this in mind...yes, we DO have much to be thankful
for! We are all very blessed indeed. Take a moment throughout
the next week to express your thanks to those who have
blessed you too.
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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, Finches, and
more to come.
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here to get a closer look at "Northern Cardinal"!
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been an admirer of Brian Andreas' (Storypeople)
artwork for probably somewhere near
ten years now. I
first saw his artwork at a gallery in Paducah, KY and
most recently at a gallery named "Plum Nelly"
on the North Shore in downtown Chattanooga.
like the one here (11"x14" matted) on
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titled "The Illusion of Control" says,
"If you hold on to the handle, she said, it's
easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it's
more fun if you just let the wind carry you."
Like inspirational art? Take a look at Brian's work!
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The Art and Fun Blog:
"Art is fun."
Rachel's daily Blog is chocked
full of her personal inspirations and
aspirations and fun moments (Not just new art announcements,
but those are there too). You
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.
here to view Rachel's Daily Blog
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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.
now THIS is just COOL!:
Performing Arts have just as much impact to the
art scene as the visual arts (although sometimes I think
the performing arts get a LOT more press that the visual
arts ...but I digress). And then there's...the Street
and musicians alike entertain tens of thousands
of people annually on the street. And this group is
stumbled upon this group of street bucket drummers
called the "Funkabuckets" while listening
to WUTC's radio segment called "Out and About"
the other day. Take a moment to watch this. It's
pretty COOL stuff!
here to view the Funkabuckets!
that's a little different:
truly LOVE abstract art! Yet I've found that many folks
don't. And that's okay. I'm cool with that. So...if you like abstract paintings,
read on...if not...you've probably already skipped this
section. And that's okay.
created this piece while trying to process in my own
head my continued discovery that many things aren't
at all what I thought they were. More specifically I'm
referring (at least up to this point) to what my understanding
was regarding things like government, spirituality,
and other things like what I deem truly important in
life (as in those things that if you stripped everything
else away...what I might select as valuable in that
wrote a little more detail about all this recently
on my website's homepage click
here and, once there, scroll down a bit if you'd like to read
more about this piece.
here to view "Rethinking What's Real"
and bobs from an Artist's Studio:
art of naming art? Yep, I'm talking about painting
often wonder if anyone notices the name of a painting?
Yet name selection for a painting from one artist to
the next is sorta like children naming. Everyone
has various different reasons for going about picking
a name than the next person.
often just skip the naming process altogether and just
slap an "Untitled" on it. I can't be bothered
with such skipping! NO. (Call it a pet-peeve
but all art should have a name...just saying.)
you may ask, how do I go about choosing a name for
paintings? I tend to take the approach of waiting
until a piece is complete...and letting the piece tell
me its name. Sure I take into consideration the content
of the painting and often mix in a bit of the intent
of the piece too before I reach for a specific title
naming for me has always been a very FUN way to finish
of work of art. After all, a painting is never truly
complete in my book until two things happen. One, it's
signed by the artist and two, it has a name.
me your thoughts on the topic of art naming...I'd love
to hear your feedback.
email rachel at racheldickson.com
as long as I can remember...I feel as if I'm living
life on fast-forward. (Just the way I like it really...anything
else wouldn't be fast enough.)
any shortage of things to do, places to go, people to
meet, adventures to create...and of course...art
as we head into the late fall and early winter 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