As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flowers are blooming in the Attic!

Eager Awakenings
10x20", acrylic on wood panel

May brings flowers.  It's about time! 

...and my Ethereal Flowers are blooming in the Attic!

I'm very excited to share the cool news that I have been given the opportunity to occupy my own little room at the Marietta Square Artist's Attic! I'll begin arranging the space today to prepare for first Friday tomorrow.  Hey, it'll be May 1st - what a perfect occasion to bring you some fresh flowers! I hope you will enjoy seeing the space blossom!

Fridays are fun, but first Fridays are the most fun. All of Atlanta comes alive for the arts, and I know I mention it every chance I get, but Marietta Square is the epicenter on these special evenings, so come out for a stroll tomorrow night and see what I'm always talking about!

The Artist's Attic is above The Local Exchange on the south side of the Square next door to Sweet Treats Ice Cream Parlor and we are open 7 days a week. You can find me upstairs working the gallery on most Thursday and Sunday afternoons, and of course, tomorrow evening.

Have a nice day,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pesky Floaters

Blue Floater
Some thing got in my eye. I had a cleaver in one hand and I was holding down an onion with the other. It wasn't the best timing. Just as I thought I could live with whatever was swimming around on my eyeball until the onion was chopped, some of my bangs descended and began itching my eyebrow, not above the eye plagued with debris, which was already winking, but the other. I then found myself spontaneously winking both eyes while blowing and directing the air with my bottom lip in the direction of my wile hair.  It was only then I realized that I had my reading glasses on and they had fallen so far down on my nose that I looked like a old man behind the counter at the research library.  I was pinching my air supply with the glasses and wondered why I was getting a bit of a headache. Of course, now, I have a full blown headache and I can't breathe. I began to cry. Not from the dark humor in this experience, but because that was simply the most reactive onion I had ever sliced into. Thinking that the act of crying would fix the floater issue, I then reached up with my forearm to push my glasses back in place further up on my nose and caught the edge of the glasses on the chiffon blouse I wore to work and hadn't yet changed since I arrived home. I tried to pull my arm away but my hair also became stuck in my glasses. So, there I stood in the kitchen, winking both eyes in a very undignified alternating pattern, like I was trying to make a moving picture out of a still drawing, stuck to my glasses from both sides, my hair and my blouse, and threatening to make a chop salad of myself with the knife wielding hand. This all happened in seconds, which explains why the knife was still in my hand (I think.) At that very moment my husband walked in, smiled, took the knife and asked if I wanted to order takeout. I nodded. yes.

(I repainted the background of this earlier posted painting because it just needed to be brighter.)
Have a nice day, Rebecca

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

So, I couldn't call it the Parthenon...

Ornament Colosseum

Redux: How do you like my shabby chic ornament Colosseum? Yea, it's so Greek. (giggle.) It was a junk store find, and it had been spray painted gold, was so dirty and dingy, and had no back on it. It didn't look like anything that could be useful. But, at the time time, I was specifically in search of a showcase for ornaments, so when I saw it in a junk pile, I thought, "Neat! That'll do! It's a tiny Parthenon!"  So, I took it home, all the way from Mississippi, and cleaned it, painted it off-white hammered on a back and sanded back a little of that gold. Then, silly me, I realized it's not a Parthenon, it's a Colosseum. HA! 

So far, I'm still playing with hanging vs. nesting. I added eyelet screws to hang, and I'll probably pad the back for safety against breakage, but I might just nest anyway. I mean, who doesn't want to nest on some level?

Well, there you have it. I haven't finished the sign yet, but I got it off the printer and it just needs glue and mojo. So, I couldn't call it the Parthenon, but I'm OK with that.

‪#‎festivaldisplays‬, Marietta Square Artist's Attic, Marietta Square Artists MarketAcworth Art Fest

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Here comes the sun!

Blue Sun Rising
8x10", acrylic on wood panel

Happy Easter!

Have a nice day,

Saturday, April 4, 2015

..a pretty rock!

"Look, Mommy!"
5x7", acrylic on wood panel

When I was little, I used to badger my Mother constantly, "MOMMY, MOM, Mamma! MOM! Mom! Mom! MOMMY! Mawmy! momma!" -you get the idea. I can imagine the delight that a parent experiences when a child first discovers that their hands can smash things, like food, that expensive delicate flowers break easily, that china shatters in the neatest patterns, that utensils make cool noises when they hit the floor, that markers work great on walls, and furniture.  This painting wasn't inspired by any of those experiences, it was just a simple discovery.. "Look, Mommy! ..a pretty rock!"  "Yes, that IS a pretty rock! Let's take it home and get it wet!" That's what I did with my Mommy, anyway.

Have a nice evening,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blue with a chance of sunny..

"Happy blue sunshine on my shoulders"
6x6", acrylic on wood panel

I'm basking in the glow of overcast skies this morning in Acworth, Georgia. What's it like where you are?  Here's a little blue flower getting some rays from a flowery sun!

Tonight's the opening day of First Friday Art Walk in Marietta Square!  I'll be walking the square to see all the awesome local talent, art, music and munchies!  Then, you'll be able to find me at the Marietta Square Artist's Attic until we close shop around 9pm.  It's supposed to storm tonight, but not until much later, after the art walk is all done, so don't be afraid to come out and swing with the old, the young and the tragically hip in the square. See you then!

(The above painting will be available at the Acworth Art Fest, April 11th & 12th, Historic Downtown Acworth.)

Have a nice day,

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Lion, the Fashinista and the Flower

"Not So Cowardly Lion", 2015 Ethereal Flowers Series
6x6", acrylic on wood panel

"Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?" - The Cowardly Lion, Wizard of Oz

Now, go face the day,
(and make it a nice one!)

Ps. My sweet anthropomorphic Ethereal Sunflowers can be first viewed this year at the Acworth ArtFest April 11th & 12th. See you then!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gearing up for a hoppin' good time!

Green Beauty
6x6", acrylic on wood panel

..and what a happy Spring it is!

We are indeed the happy reapers of our cultivating hands here at Smelly Rhino Studio.  

I am posting my newsletter tonight as a blogpost so you can see an example! If you are interested in periodic news about my new work and invitations to events, please feel free to use the subscribe link on the right column of my blog to sign up!  Here's what's upcoming this month. I hope you'll join me for some of the festivities as this magnificent Spring works its way toward Summer!

First off, you'll find me at every First Friday Art Walk in Marietta Square, whether I'm in our gallery (Marietta Square Artist's Attic) or below on the sidewalk displaying some new fun paintings! If you've not experienced the magic of this monthly flight of art and music and libation fancy, you are really missing out! It's a treat that anyone will savor!  It's for families, kids, date night, girls night out, whateves!  Musicians will be on every corner, all the galleries in the square will be open until 9 as well as most of the boutiques and restaurants, which will all host local artists inside their establishments and on the sidewalks. It is the best evening of every month, and you really need to get out and treat yourself!

The fine galleries of Marietta Square include 2 Rules Fine Art at the top of the Square (85 Church St), DK Gallery in the middle of the block on the west side (25 Park Square), The Red Door and the MSAA (Marietta Square Artist's Attic, above The Local Exchange) are both on the south side of the Square (48 & 120 S. Park Square, respectively.)

Next, I hope you will join us in Acworth on April 11th and 12th for the Acworth Art Fest, a weekend show with over 100 artists and fine crafters, food from Henry's Louisiana Grill and other yummy vendors, a performance stage for bands, kids play area, and maybe even a contest or two! Ours will be booth 8, near the East entrance across from the stage!

After that, April 25th will be our first appearance on the street at the Marietta Square Artist's Market, a regular Saturday market for artists and crafters, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month through November.  Carolyn de Turenne will be joining me again all year at the Saturday Market as we continue to combine art with fashion & design. You will find her one of a kind handbags, pillows and decor items irresistible. Can't wait to see you all again for a wonderful artful year!

Have a nice evening,
Rebecca Salcedo
Smelly Rhino Studio - reeking of creativity since 2006


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