Thank you so much for coming to the opening Colleen, Hurricane, Denis, and Olivia! More swimming paintings are coming.
Today, I’m in Kansas City, visiting my brother and I’m not leaving until I get images of him in a swim cap.
October 11, 2014
September 26, 2014
“The Ways of Water” is a juried group show about the benevolent and destructive forces of water. Only one of my paintings will be showing. I have a whole series about swimming that I am really excited about. “The Joy of Water” will be displayed in this group exhibit. The opening of the show is next Friday, October 3rd at the Herberger Art Center, here is the info:
Friday, October 3, 2014
5:30 – 7:00pm
Herberger Theater Art Gallery
222 E. Monroe Street , Phoenix
September 18, 2014
Recently, I spent 2 weeks in India. This was my first trip to Asia and it was very interesting to say the least. There are many good things and many bad things that I ran into during this trip. The food was amazing, the traffic was exhausting, the spirituality was palpable, and the relationship between animals and people was confusing at best. I cannot wait to go back!
For 2 weeks I lived with my fiance’s family in Bangalore. My fiance’s mother is an outstanding chef. Indian coffee is both strong and like caffelatte but not. It was not tourist season so when I saw a Non-Indian-looking person I just stared, unsure of what to say or if they even recognized I was not Indian. Cultural storms are not a joke, even if they are your own and no one else’s. Living in Phoenix, it’s common for people to pick up on my Nebraskan accent. However, when I was in India, no one noticed my slight Midwestern twang but it became very noticeable to me. It’s time to adapt I thought, it’s time to learn Hindi to begin the process.
July 3, 2014
At the Burton Barr Library in Central Phoenix, I will have a new oil painting on display for the ” Expressively Frida” Exhibition.
The Exhibition will be up from July 5th 2014 to August 3rd.
Frida was for the most part, a self portraitist who documented the sad times in her life. Many of her paintings were narratives. “The Frame” however, is joyous. Every color has a meaning, the birds and flowers all have meanings. According to Frida, it’s good to be a weird young woman.
Here are the meanings of some of the colors in “The Frame.” Here is my interpretation of Frida’s color as listed on www.fridakahlofans.com
Magenta – Aztec. Old TLAPALI blood of prickly pear, the brightest and oldest
Cobalt Blue – electricity & purity love
Red – blood, color of life?
Leaf Green – leaves, sadness, science, and symbol for Germany
Yellow – Part of the sun and of joy
Dark Blue- tenderness or distance
See you at Burton Barr Library!~Rachel
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”~Frida Kahlo
June 6, 2014
Art really does a number on people. One example of this is a list of psychosomatic disorders like Florence syndrome, Stendhal’s Syndrome, and Paris Syndrome. Stendhal’s syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes a series of symptoms like rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art.
This syndrome is named for Henri-Marie Beyle (1783–1842), better known by his penname Stendhal who was traveling throughout Italy and during a visit to Santa Croce in Florence, and upon viewing Giotto’s frescoes, became disoriented and had “had palpitations of the heart.”
Stendhal’s Syndrome is not a specific psychiatric disorder with long term effects. It is more accurately an emotional reactions are activated during the exposure to artworks.
May 26, 2014
I am so happy that I got into the Herberger Theater Center’s juried exhibit entitled “Water” and that will be on display from October 3, 2014 to December 2014 at the Herberger. All I have been working on is my swim series.
This series is about to enter its second phase. Also, this next weekend I will be applying to an artist collective. Hopefully that goes well.
This is my instagram page:
April 2, 2014
Recently, I submitted my work to another group show so we will see what they say. Here is another painting that features swimming. As soon as I get time I will start the next painting in this series.
This is my new page on instagram. Maybe I should only focus on art rather than instagramming everything? Oh well. http://instagram.com/rgoede6
January 27, 2014
Hey there! I just got accepted into a recent art show entitle “Red Colors, Ribbons, & Love Art Show” and it’s in Gilbert at Sun Dust Gallery.
And even though I submitted this painting aboutof a purple bra, there are a lot of paintings that I have done that fit in the Valentine’s Day theme. Like this painting called “Happy Valentine’s Day”:
I decided to paint Happy Valentine’s Day when I wanted to do a silly painting full of pinks, reds and oranges. I think I kept that red heart shaped box for a long time. It was finally going to be used as a still life object.
Happy early Valentine’s Day,
January 7, 2014
It’s almost mid January and I am still spending time in my studio so I am very happy that I am not so busy that I shut myself out of it. The PF Chang’s marathon is coming up, but so is tapering for it. Since I will be running less, maybe I can finish this painting soon and start on the next one in the series.
January 1, 2014
Painting painting painting. It brings balance to my life. It is a way for me to express myself, relax, be alone, focus on my imagination, work out problems and wallow in color.
Maybe I can get my whole series done by 2015? Happy new year!