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Rachel Newsletter: October 2012

Rachel Dickson artist enewsletter

Issue: October 2, 2012       

The Ripple Effect:

 


Cheerio, Art Lovers!

Nothing happens in the world that the ripple effect doesn't apply. Nothing.
The ripple effect Positive or negative. Good attitude or bad attitude. Frustration or exhilaration. Love or hate. Smiling at others or looking the other way.

We know that when we toss a stone into a body of water the ripple effect can be seen immediately. And yet, a small change in one place may cause a much larger change in another place with potentially far-reaching effects whether its seen immediately or not.

"When we focus our energy towards constructing a passionate meaningful life, we are tossing a pebble into the world, creating a beautiful ripple effect, of inspiration. When one person follows a dream, tries something new or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels that energy and before too long they make their own daring leaps and inspire yet another circle." Christine Mason Miller (Artist, writer, explorer)

Yet, I have been reminded recently that there is also in fact darkness and evil in the world and it also influences ripple effects. Plans are made, schemes are put in place, agendas are built to take advantage and simply to take control over and attempt to confound what is good. Hence why we must always be on our guard and stand at gate of what we do and don't allow into our lives.

Our internal "knower" is programmed to sense the difference between what is good and what is not good. Unless of course we shush its voice and turn up the volume of what surrounds us so as to not ever hear the silence. Then before we know it we are surrounded by darkness and don't even know how we got there in the first place.

Silence and quiet can be scary if we haven't heard or felt that in a while. Time alone with ourselves with no noise of any kind? A challenge I have attempted a few times myself is to sit in a chair or on the couch in silence for 15 minutes. Just you, alone with no activity just sit there. You wouldn't think this would be all that difficult. Try it. At least for myself, this was a litmus test for just how good (or not-so-good) I am at honoring silence. The first time I tried this I found myself watching nearly every minute tick off the clock!

Creating art is a way to express oneself and the creativity that comes from within. I've heard so many artists say they don't have the time to paint. Yet I contend that (since I do this too!) it's more to do with the struggle to quiet the noise and honor the silence from within.

We are inundated with television, Internet, music, Ipods, smartphones, podcasts, etc. But when was the last time we went to the park and simply sat still on a bench overlooking the lake?

I contend the ripple effect from embracing this part of ourselves might be far-reaching and just might inspire us to take the first step in trying something new or following a dream we've been yearning for for a very long time. At the very least, it will tune our internal knower to hear more clearly the goodness that exists deep inside us all.

Harmony and togetherness to all,

Rachel
 

 

 


Newest from Rachel's Art Studio:

 


Red says, "Hi", by artist Rachel DicksonFresh out of the studio, it's "Red, says, 'hi'", as painted by artist Rachel Dickson

"Red says, 'hi'" is a 9.5 inch by 11.0 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 "Red says, 'hi'"!


NEW! Art Mugs by Rachel Dickson:

 

 

Rachel Dickson Art mugs on zazzle

If you are a coffee drinker, then I am confident you, like I, have a favorite coffee mug or two. I used to have these FABULOUS coffee mugs that featured paintings by Van Gogh and Monet and Matisse. My favorites of these mugs featured "The Starry Night" and "Cafe Terrace at Night" both of which were painted by Van Gogh. Having never forgotten these mugs...I got to thinking, I wonder if I could have my artwork on a mug? Well, thanks to zazzle.com this is now possible!!

Click here to learn more about Art Mugs by Rachel!

 


Artists that I LIKE!:

 


Slinkachu, international street artistI'm usually not a fan of installation art, but this is just fun! Miniature installations and the International street art of Slinkachu.

Check out Slinkachu.com and the little people project.

Slinkachu constructs "miniature little people installations" and leaves them on the street in cities such as New York, Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Cape Town, Hong Kong and London.

Click here to learn more about Slinkachu

 


Rachel's art now featured at Silver Lining Gallery:

 


Special thanks to Sherry Seiler and Lisa Exner for choosing to include my artwork in their gallery located in Waterville, Ohio. Featuring local area artists, this little gallery is full of great pieces of art! It's an honor to have my work now on display and for sale at the Silver Lining Art Gallery!

Click here to learn more about Silver Lining Gallery.

 


Shop Rachel's Art:

 


Click here to Shop at Rachel's online Art Store!
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
Here's a fun wine to try the next time you're entertaining. Why not try some Red Truck?. If you read my previous enewsletter you learned that Merlot is one of my favorite reds, yet Red Truck currently offers a number of red options. Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine (a  blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Syrah) and Merlot to name a few of them.

"Dried cherries and spices blend with hints of chocolate and olive to round out this most elegant and delicious wine," says John Allbaugh about Red Truck Central Coast Merlot.

I totally dig red wine. 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?

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 Red Truck Wines of Sinoma, CA

 


Factors that Effect Us:

 


Life seems to be full of factors that effect us and our everyday lives. Just HOW things effect us though, is completely up to us as individuals. Which is what this painting is about. Measuring 4.25"x7.50" this mini-abstract would be a great accent to that part of your home you need a little bit of color.Click here to view Factors that Effect us

Mini-Abstract Art!

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

Click here to view "Factors that Effect Us."

 


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Summary:

 


Rachel Dickson, portable art studio
About two weeks ago, I had the privilege of having my artwork on display and for sale at the downtown Toledo Art Walk hosted by the Toledo Art Commission.

Special thanks to Brenda and George Benson for recommending that I participate!

Ironically, I think I received the most comments about how I went about hanging and displaying my art. (not sure if that's a good thing or not?) But anyway, here's a photo of the "show". I was one of about ten artists showing in one building.

Foot traffic at these sorts of art affairs is always impossible to predict...so I went into this with a wide-open mind and decided that if nothing else...I'd use the experience to learn and build on the next one. Needless to say, it was very educational and wonderful to be surrounded by other artists once again!

Until next time...embrace your life! After all...you are the ones creating it.

Happiness,

Rachel

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

 

 

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