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Rachel Newsletter: May 2013

Rachel Dickson artist enewsletter

Issue: May 1, 2013       

Sitting with it?:


Greetings, Art Lovers!

I am a reader. And I find that various books have shed some much needed gems of wisdom across my path right when I've needed it most.
The Invitation, by Oriah

Oriah and her book The Invitation is one of these books. And the chapter that is mind-boggling to me is titled "Sorrow" and discusses a much ignored topic of life...one that most often is hurry, hurry, hurry...rush on by this and get-it-over-with sort of level of discomfort that life brings to our door at some point in our lifetime.  Everyone has experienced challenge in life, of the dark, soul-searching variety. Emotional pain. And yet, no one seems to really talk about this in the manner that Oriah does. She raises an extremely valid point. Can we sit with it? Can we just be WITH our own sorrow, or someone elses for that matter?

Oriah says, "Most people are eager for clear boundaries. In fact, one of the reasons people are often uneasy about hearing of another's sorrow is that they feel the very act of listening will make them responsible for alleviating the pain. Deep inside we know that there is often nothing we can do to ease another's pain, and we don't know how to live with this knowledge."

Could this possibly be a reflection on the repulsion or fear we feel from our own pain or sorrow? Most certainly!

Oriah has spent countless hours leading workshops on this topic and she said, "I have discovered that often, beneath this genuine and admirable desire [to be with another's pain], lies an inability to be with my own sorrow."

Hmmm. It goes without saying here...that our world is LOADED up with a buffet of distractions. And when I consider this topic of sitting with our own sorrow and pain, thoughts of masking these with mental busy-ness flood in...it's what we do to distract ourselves from "having to deal with it, having to face the fire" if you will. Television, music, smartphones, food, tablets, ipads, movies, alcohol, xanax (or name your "relaxer" here) and the list goes on and On and ON!

And naturally this can lead to manifesting other problems in our lives. Problems with our relationships, our health, our ability to have restful sleep, our productivity at work, etc.

I wish this was something I could have been taught years ago! The amount of time I've spent distracting myself from and compounding my own suffering from sorrow...wow, if I could erase those wasted hours...imagine the difference.

"Lying there alone, simply being, gently stopping my mind from adding suffering to the pain, I suddenly heard the highest, clearest note of song from a bird outside my window. It rippled through the center of my body like an electric current, leaving behind a tingling sensation. The brilliant green of the leaves of the maple tree outside caught my eye, and I breathed in the sweet scent of the breeze that rustled the curtains, billowing them inward like an inhalation aligned with my own breath. All of my senses were sharpened. It was one of the most exquisite moments of pleasure in my life. The pain was still there, but my attempts to be with it had opened my awareness to the breathtaking beauty of life held in the small things right in front of me." --Oriah

Sometimes a perspective adjustment is all we really needed.

Go, Be, Do!




What's new from the studio?:


A Walk in the Woods, by artist Rachel DicksonI've got abstract on the brain again. Been thinking about how I can use the color turquoise and so far...I've come up with two different pieces. Here's one of them...an abstracted landscape. (I even used PINK too! WHAT?)

"A Walk in the Woods" is a 4.00 inch by 7.75 inch original painting on wood, affordably priced at only $35.00!

Ready to add artistic flair to any work, play or home space.

Click here to get a closer look at "A Walk in the Woods"!

To get a closer look at Rachel's other paintings, simply click on any of the images below.

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More Q & A (or faq) with Rachel:


Q and A with artist Rachel DicksonAs an artist, do you have paintings from other artists hanging in your own home?

This is a FUN question! Over the years...having many artist friends (ya know...the whole, like-minds thing) I've noticed that you can recognize an artist's home the moment you step foot inside. Because they ALWAYS have unique, original art hanging on their walls.
So yes, we do. Interestingly though...it's taken a while before I would hang my own art in our home. (primarily because all of my work is for sale so I don't want to grow too attached to any one piece) Chris is an awesome pencil drawer and her work is hanging in our home too.
I absolutely LOVE to sit in our living room and just enjoy the artwork throughout the room. It's especially fun to sip a morning cup of coffee while glancing into one of the many pieces we have. Art has a special way of calming a space and hugging you at the same time.

Do you wear an apron or old pair of clothes when you paint?

I've never been a paint slinger or slopper of paint, even when I'm just painting interior walls. Yet I do have "work clothes" if you will...clothes that were I to get paint on them it's no big deal.

What draws your attention the most when you visit big name art museums?

I remember the first time I saw an original Van Gogh piece.  There were two things actually.  One was that the actual size of the original is either much larger or much smaller than I expected.  And two, the real, actual color tones.  Images of these pieces that I'd seen before either online or in some magazine depicted the colors all wrong. Either darker in tone or lighter in tone than the actual original piece. This was how I learned that the hardest part of depicting the true appearance of a painting is in color and scope....and that images of a piece of art are ALWAYS nothing like the original.

Want to learn more from Q&A visit Rachel's Q and A section on her website.


NEW Audio Blog is here!


Click here to visit Rachel Dickson's audio blog
"Sound is FUN!"  Rachel Dickson

And just what the heck is an Audio Blog you might ask? So glad you did! I think most everyone now-a-days knows what a blog is...and an audio blog is like, well, an audio version. A quick 2-5 minute blurb covering one-of-a-kind topics.

Check it out.

Click here to visit Rachel's NEW Audio Blog


The Written-Word Blog:


Click here to read Rachel Dickson's blog
In case you are confused I have two blogs. One is the new audio blog that I describe and link to above and the traditional written word blog.

The written-word Blog is chocked full of personal inspirations, adventures, aspirations and fun moments. You will find daily musings, announcements of paintings fresh from the studio, adventure recaps, and much more at this blog. Certainly the most comprehensive place online that you'll find the goings-on with Rachel.

Go, Do, BE!

Click here to view Rachel's Blog


What's on Rachel's Bookshelf?:.


I 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!

Just something about the written word!  Check 'em out.




Got a book you like? Tell me about it!


Seasons are changing, cause the Red-Wings are back!


Watchman, Red-Winged Black Bird by Artist Rachel DicksonHaving grown up in Northwest Ohio, seeing and hearing these cool birds was a sign that summer was near. I wanted to see if I could paint one of these guys and do it justice.

"Watchman" is a 5.50 inch by 4.75 inch original painting on wood, affordably priced at only $38.50!

Ready to add artistic flair to any work, play or home space.

Click here to get a closer look at "Watchman"!




greener grass
If you have ever lived in a part of the country where a particular season of the year lasts a little longer than your choosing...you will understand this.

Spring has finally arrived! The house windows are opened again and fresh air and green grass abounds. There's something that really challenges me when the outside weather keeps me cooped up inside. Yep, I too struggle with too much of cold and dreary. I LOVE being outside and smelling the smells, hearing the sounds and feeling the air. So bring on the SUMMER!

I'm very fortunate that I can have a portable studio. And now that the seasons have changed I get to paint in the outside studio!

So in celebration of the beginning of a fresh, new season...I thought I'd take a moment and smile at the little things. The smell of cut grass, the sound of song birds hunting little bugs and things for their youngins, being able to sit outside under the awning and watch the rain....ahhhhhh. Thank you Spring!! I've missed you!

Until next time...enjoy your life! After all...we are the ones creating it.



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



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