Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

Speaking/Water/Later August blog break

By Rachel Awes on August 14, 2017

I’ll be headed out to speak (four times!) this week in northern Minnesota:

Then be heading for some rest & writing along the north shore, and next move our youngest into his college dorm! Where does the time go?! I’ll resume blogging September 1 with a “listening to you” post and share photos from August the following week! Happy rest of your summer and much love to you always! ♥

Hit Your High Note & Shine

By Rachel Awes on August 7, 2017

All with love xox

Listening to you

By Rachel Awes on August 4, 2017

This dear artist is Sharon Stanley:

and look at her dear animals!

“I’m a mixed media artist/children’s author and I live with four chickens, three dogs, three cats, two grown boys and one husband on a working farm in Virginia. As long as I can remember I’ve made art. I have painted, pasted, stitched, stamped, collaged and quilted anything that doesn’t run.  I’ve  had pop up shops in barns, pig houses, old school houses, indoors, and out.
I absolutely love mixed media art.  Layering fragments of old text, wallpaper, and ephemera found in a dusty trunk or barn loft makes my heart race.
I believe everyone should have something colorful and beautiful to hang on their wall that makes them smile.  I also believe angels watch over us, that Santa visits on Christmas Eve, that comfortable shoes should be mandatory and makeup optional.  I believe your fear should never be bigger than your faith, that we should simplify whenever possible, and that we should stop the glorification of BUSY. Aside from making art, I love my family, ice cream, my little dog Olive, Christmas, rabbits, Jane Austen and thrift stores.  My favorite season is fall and I get excited every time I visit a fabric store or art supply store.”

You can find her on Instagram Facebook

If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Balloon Man

By Rachel Awes on July 31, 2017

I noticed this man watching me for a moment, as I was walking to my therapy office one morning this summer. He then offered, barely loud enough to hear across the street, “Would you like a balloon?” I promptly replied, “Yes!” He turned and walked into his building and came out with these. There are these moments where we are being offered something. We don’t know they are coming. Will my heart be willing to receive? Will I take the moment and be present to the gift and the gift-giver? Will I let this moment change me, if even a little? Will I allow my heart to soften, shoulders relax, and really feel something? ♥

A Kaleidoscope

By Rachel Awes on July 24, 2017

We really are all this beautiful. When we take the time to really look. Pick up the kaleidoscope and turn the lens round, noticing the triangles and diamonds and all the dimensions of color.

All with love XOX

The Whale Accepts Her Bigness

By Rachel Awes on July 17, 2017

All with love XOX

Endless Castles

By Rachel Awes on July 10, 2017

“There is a secret place. A radiant sanctuary. As real as your own kitchen. More real than that. Constructed of the purest elements. Overflowing with the ten thousand beautiful things. Worlds within worlds. Forests, rivers. Velvet coverlets thrown over featherbeds, fountains bubbling beneath a canopy of stars. Bountiful forests, universal libraries. A wine cellar offering an intoxication so sweet you will never be sober again. A clarity so complete you will never again forget. This magnificent refuge is inside you. Enter…” St. Teresa of Avila

All with love XOX

Listening to you

By Rachel Awes on July 7, 2017

This is my wildly talented friend, Jenny Doh:

429 with a little help

323 polar bear

421 she will become

412 to see you again

465 and one takes a bow

“Regarding my paintings, a person once told me that she liked my “whimsical angst.” I really like that description and am happy to classify my painting style as such. I also like to describe my style as “magical realism,” where I celebrate the essence and not just the likeness of my subjects from both my real life and imagined life.

I also run Studio Crescendoh in the Artist Village located in Santa Ana, California, where I teach painting and fiber arts and also show my works there. I also host visiting artists who teach their art in the studio to learners who travel from all over to participate.

I was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States in 1974. I grew up in Bakersfield, California and currently live in Santa Ana, California. I am an alumna of UC Irvine and UCLA.”


If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Happy 4th to you & to all that lifts your face up into hope & moreness

By Rachel Awes on July 3, 2017

With love XOX

my art corner

By Rachel Awes on June 26, 2017

Grateful to have pieces from artist friends on & all around me. I go about my creative life, hand in hand. In Brian Andreas’ piece, he writes, “Absolutely everything you do is a chance to give love. Start any time you’d like.”

With love to the artists in this corner & to you & everyone xox