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Hello! I am a 1L, born and raised in Rhode Island, arriving at the School of Law after receiving a B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. I am an eco-vegan-yogini-artist who will always remember a 5th grade school trip to the Johnston Landfill, driving up to the top of the...

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On Art, Life, and Law

Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin on 09/17/2010 at 11:44 AM

blank_canvas_in_studioIt is a rainy Sunday and I set up my canvas on my easel in my studio, unsure of what I will create but knowing that I need to be open to the possibilities that will flow forth as I place my brush to the blank canvas.  The only thing I am certain of is that I plan to have a showing of the new body of work created during this, my first year at RWU SOL.  This blog will be a record of my lifeʼs intersection between art and law, with some musings on meditation, yoga, eco-living and tattoos thrown in, for good measure.

My easel is the one I used while an undergraduate at RISD.  I always start my paintings sitting on the ground, except this time, the difference is that I have my Torts and Crim Law books next to me on the studio floor.  I am going to try not to get paint on them.  I chuckle to myself as I realize I already did.

I feel grateful to have the opportunity to be here.  Reflected in the blank canvas before me is the stillness of my mind as I meditate on my three years to come.  On a fluorescent pink sticky memo paper on the door to my studio is my handwritten, penciled scrawl of the Tao Te Ching #9.  I see it every day yet for some reason today it shines especially bright against the wooden door.  The words start to resonate in my mindʼs eye as I look down to my paint box and slowly take my small tubes of oil paint out of their slumbering state next to my palette and awaken them to a new beginning, mixing their inherent beauty into swells of undulating colors atop the glass with my palette knife.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about peopleʼs approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, and step back.
The only path to serenity.