Friday, September 24, 2010

Do You Know What Your "Real" Job Is?

Detail from "Savior" 20"x60" Acrylic on canvas "Life Visions" series
 You may think you know what your "job" is. You have a talent, a drive, a goal. Somehow you find yourself talking to people, advising them, comforting them. People of all ages come up to you and ask your advice or give you advice. Are these people you come across an accident?

Ever since I was able to talk, I was telling everyone that I wanted to be an artist when I grow up. At age one I remember drawing circles on paper over and over and over. I was trying to draw a free handed "perfect" circle. I did my first painting at age three. It was a paint by number that my grandmother bought me. (I still have it, by the way.) In the years to come, I just knew in my heart that all I really cared about was drawing, painting and writing.

When I entered into public school, I was lucky enough to have some wonderful teachers who recognized a potential within me. I remember them pulling me aside and asking me to perform tasks that I would complete with excitement and eagerness. I knew they were treating me differently than the other children, but at the time I did not know why. Close to the end of the year, they gave my parents the news. They had been "testing" me and they had me diagnosed as "gifted". Well I didn't know what that meant, but anything with the word "gift" in it MUST be GOOD! (Remember I was five!) I carried this label around with me all throughout my school age years.

My parents moved us yearly after that. My father would get a promotion and then guess what? Time to move again. I experienced all kinds of culture and environments along the way. I am so thankful for this now, but at the time it was annoying to a school age child. Especially a shy "gifted" one!

There has always been a common denominator in my life. God. My faith has blossomed and is now thriving within me. Here comes my "new" job! I have always felt in my heart a need to help others. A need to take care of others. I could NEVER be a nurse, bless them and all they do, because I "feel" everyone's pain and get weak from it. (Never mind the blood and junk...eek!) I studied to be a psychologist when I first entered college level education. Well, then I studied to be a teacher. Oh and then I studied to be a journalist. And there was this time I studied to be a graphic designer. Finally, I got my Fine Art degree. Whew!! Glad that's over...

I now know that....I AM NOT IN CONTROL! No, not really. It is hard believe, I know. It has been a journey for me to realize my new job. I accept it with an opened mind. I am still an artist, but one who is on a mission! It is my job to share my experiences and knowledge. To take all this research and education and help all who need it and who will listen (or read) what I have to say.

So the answer to the question, "Are the people you come across in your life an accident?" is...NO. Absolutely not! They have all been placed in your life at times you have needed them.
 
"I believe if you are truly awake, and open minded, you will see It. It may look different to each one, but It will remain the same to all. It is constant and bright. It is nudging not forceful. It is up to you to take the gift."
~ Denice Taylor Rinks

I am a "Gifted Artist on a Spiritual Journey". (Book coming out soon!) My "Life Visions" are meant to heal, help and educate others as God will have me do.

Peace be with you....Denice

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A One Woman Show

"Sacrifice" from the "My Mortality" series
 Upgrades, changes, and hopefully improvements going on like crazy in my creative world! Just like the seasonal changes of autumn "fall" upon me, so does the need to shed my summer skin and prepare for the holidays. It is so hard to believe that this year has flown by so very fast. I have found the need to focus on the mechanics and technical aspects of my ever changing career these past few months. I am trying out new things with the website. Taking a course on online networking and trying to find the best way to sell my art. Well, at least the best way "right now". I am trying to find a nice balance between creating and selling and marketing my work. It is hard being a one woman show, but it is so very worth it!

You can help! If you help share my blog, my art, my website or all of the above....you will win FREE STUFF! Follow these steps and you will be entered in a chance to win free art or jewelry handmade by me:

  1. Choose to follow this blog.
  2. Share it with at least 5 of your friends on Facebook, Twitter or any social network of your choice. You may even send the link through email if that works best for you.
  3. Choose to "Like" my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Aesthetical-Climate/103291970962?ref=ts 
  4. Choose to follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/denicerinks 
  5. Leave a comment below letting me know that you have done all of the above.

Now you will be entered in a drawing to win FREE STUFF!! You will be notified by personal message by me if you win.

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As always, thank you for your support. Please help me spread my life visions!

Off to make more life changing art....Denice

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