Force of Nature May 7th opening

Force of Nature May 7th opening

Hi Everyone! Last week I had an amazing opening night at the Shemer Art Center. So many friends came and it was amazing. I even got flowers.
The painting accepted to the Shemer is entitled “Houndstooth Bison,” it is oil on canvas and measures 64 inches by 64 inches. My husband and I had to utilize a U-Haul truck in order to transport this huge painting, but it was worth it. Obviously no other vehicle would have worked.

Houndstooth Bison and I at the Shemer Art Center

Houndstooth Bison and I at the Shemer Art Center

For anyone who is interested in purchasing any art or seeing my art all in the same place:

and here is the new Shopify Page that I have added just last night:


Swim Portrait - Seaside Poolside

Swim Portrait – Seaside Poolside

Hi all, I have completed my swim series!
However, I have really really enjoyed it and so there is a chance that i might start additional paintings of profile portraits. I will submit the swim series in a show proposal later this week. If they are accepted, then there is a chance I will make more. I will have plenty of time. Also, I now sign my artwork Rachel Srinivasan– that is in fact my real legal name.  There are no other Rachel Srinivasans. I checked.
Right now, I am on to another project. That one should not take long.
I am not mentioning that one right now because it is a secret!!!

On a more serious note, I am going to be in a show next month at the Shemer. The exhibition is entitled “Forces of Nature.” It has been curated by Amy Leon. I might have spelled her name wrong.

Houndstooth Bison

Houndstooth Bison


This is the last painting of the swim series, and I am excited and bored about it at the same time.  It could be completed, or it could not be. I suppose the artistic process cannot be hurried. But in this day and age of deadlines and crazy schedules, that is not really true. The background may change. But  that’s enough about not knowing what to do about my painting or my crazy life in general.

The point is that this specific piece of work is about my brother Mike. He was both a collegiate swimmer and a marine biologist.  He symbolizes our experience with the sea and water together in one individual. This last swim series painting is unique, but I have to figure out if it’s done yet.


Hi everyone, I have completed the first portrait of a man in my swim series. This individual is my brother Mike. Once again, this is an oil on canvas painting that measures 4 feet tall by : feet wide. Why is this my favorite size? It’s my favorite size because when I was attending art school at ASU, it was the largest size painting that I could fit in my car at the time. I grew to love this size. I still do.

Swimmer Painting

Mike the swim uncle by Rachel Goede

Hi everyone. My brother swam for the University of Maine and he is a big inspiration for my art. His current job does not involve swimming but he has a side job as a swim coach. The paintings of him are the 3rd and final part of my swim series. This is a 48 inch by 36 inch painting, oil on canvas. This is incomplete.  Hopefully  I can finish it soon.


Underpainting of Swim Series about Mike the swimmer


Man Swimmer oil painting

Guy Swimmer Painting

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.

Opening for the Ways of Water at the Herberger Theater Center

Opening for the Ways of Water at the Herberger Theater Center



You’re Invited!

Invitation to the Ways of Water

Juried Art Exhibit about Water at the Herberger Theater Center

“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

Red Anarkali

Ready for Engagement Ceremony

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.

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

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.

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