Hi all,

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.

Expressively Frida

The Frame by Frida by Rachel Goede Tempe AZ artist

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

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.

Stendhal Syndrome

Art Makes people have heart palpitations

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. 



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.


swimming self portrait by Rachel Goede

working on swim portraits!

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:


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.

Me in a swim cap

The joy of swimming

This is my new page on instagram. Maybe I should only focus on art rather than instagramming everything? Oh well. http://instagram.com/rgoede6


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.

Cups Still Life by Rachel Goede

Cups- A Valentines Day Painting


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”:

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day Self Portrait

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,

me in a swim cap

me in a swim cap

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.

supplies in my Tempe studio

supplies in my Tempe studio

clutter in studio

cluttered desk

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.

swim happiness

swim happiness

Maybe I can get my whole series done by 2015? Happy new year!

St. Nicholas was a Greek man who lived around the year 300 AD. He was known for secret gift giving, bringing murder victims back from the dead, multiplying wheat, and was eventually confused a bit with the Dutch Legend “Sinterklaas.”

St. Nicholas of Myra

This St. Nicholas of Myra helped the poor, multiplied wheat, and much more.

He is the patron saint of many things, but particularly mariners and has also been depicted as sort of a Christianized Poseidon. So, this is the question: Who would you rather have come down your chimney? Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas of Myra? Saint Nicholas of Myra FTW.  We could use more miracles and kindness, not junkie toys.

When I find time I try to work on this painting. The other day I was very sure I was going to work on the dark values, but totally decided to work on something else instead. Someone told me about a month ago that I should just go for it. I should just be an artist as much as I can, that I once was a professional dancer and I should let my brother inspire my art. Her name was Rebecca Fearing.

smiling swimmer

pink swim cap and smiling

This is a lot for me to think about. And by the way, Happy Christmas eve.

This is the beginning of a new series of self portraits. They are about swimming and how fun it is. The health benefits of this sport have been compared to something like the fountain of youth. A little more than a year ago, I started swimming with Sun Devil Masters, in Tempe AZ.

series about swimming

new swimming series

Remembering how to swim again, as an adult, has been difficult at times, but fun as well. The hardest parts are holding your breath, starts, and swimming butterfly. Enjoy.

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