Prints and more now available – Society6

Over the years I have sold my work as mostly as art…this year I am taking my ever expanding portfolio of images onto products from the basic prints, cards, iPhone cases, rugs and so much more…at my Rita Patel Society6 shop. Take a look, please share and let me know what you think. If all goes well I will be adding to my Etsy shop. I am most excited about my recent exploration into hand lettering, visual storytelling, graphic illustration and how that translates to prints and more. I will be adding regularly…

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A play – a living – in wonder and becoming

2015-10-05 11.07.24A question came to my mind as I was wondering about the richness and depth-filled-ness of experiencing. The more I have been mulling in it, the more beautiful and wondrous it becomes.

If we use language that is flat and our experiences are spherical-simultaneous-dimensional, how can we truly experience ourselves, our worlds and our relations? 

Language includes more than the words we use. It’s the creator of our particular pattern. Perhaps we consistently continue learning and making part of our world new languages, new words, new symbols. Perhaps we use our language differently, interchanging new vocabulary for occurrences. Would that lead to a new experience? Perhaps, even a new story of myself? I think yes and perhaps a wonder-filled way to play and become pliable. The feeling of stagnation comes to mind with the image of trying to move in a landscape of thick deep mud when I think about employing language to know something too well. What gets lost in the knowing? What is still unknown? And what is truly unknowable? Nothing? Perhaps, at the end everything? Perhaps, that does not matter as much as stagnation stops us from knowing the continuous unfolding, shaping and deepening of our stories, of each other.

“New organs of perception come into being as a result of necessity. Therefore, O man, increase your necessity, so that you may increase your perception” Jallaludin Rumi

To increase our necessity—our ways of seeing! The universe feels bigger just with the thought. Imagine, if we played in the questions. Perhaps not fun-filled at each turn but being in this play – this living life – with joy and connection would be a wonder-filled exploration with deeply rich discoveries. It seems.

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Beginnings of the Barn Mural surface pattern design Collection

In my last post, I wrote about the mural I painted this summer on a barn. One of the ways I saw it was a was very large surface design work and throughout the process but especially now that it is completed, I see different cross sections that can directly or with some editing transformed into fabrics and wallpaper. (and perhaps, even some other goods!). Below are some of my first ones that I just ordered samples from spoonflower:

pattern fat quarter barn mural 3 pattern fat quarter barn mural 6 pattern fat quarter barn mural 5 pattern fat quarter barn mural 4 pattern fat quarter barn mural 2 pattern fat quarter barn mural 1

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Mural Art – Beauty and Possibility

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Celebrate for a Cause: New Barn Mural Art with Yoga, Live Music and Wine

Press in Oxford Leader – September 9th

I recently was commissioned to do a large outdoor art piece on a barn at a farm. I love to work big and I love to connect the dots. I am an artist and of all the different ways and mediums I work in, painting comes most deeply from my soul. I have not really painted this way in over five years. When I got the call to see if I knew anyone who would be interested in the creating an art piece on this barn – it was the most timely gift ever. I re-experienced myself in ways I had forgotten and in new ways connecting to nature beings and pushing my fear of heights to a new edge. One of the best parts is that the mural art is outside and how that involved everyone’s energy. For me, it is a great joy to paint and be able to invite people to experience themselves through my process and finished work. My hope is that through what I do someone else will be inspired to “paint their mural”. Each of us is here to put forth in the world what brings us great joy.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to marry that joy with what brings your heart deep pain?

small flower closeup_muralFor me, that pain is when people do not have the opportunity and eyes for their own possibility. For that reason, as I share my mural art of flowers and hummingbird (our symbol for joy) I invite you to learn more about the people who bring us fresh cut flowers. We adore flowers for their beauty and ability to bring a smile and lightness to our hearts. I am raising funds for those who work on flower farms to assist in the efforts to empower the workers, who are mostly women, whose hard labor allows us to enjoy cut flowers. Specifically, the funds will go to Ethiopian Growers’Association Gender Division for the Gender & Health Project – “Empowering the Source”, a Floriculture Sustainability Initiative and BSR HER+Project ( The USA imports most of its flowers from South America (Colombia and Ecuador being the main producers). From Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia export directly to the USA. Flowers are also exported from The Netherlands to the USA (often these originate in Africa, as the Dutch Flower Auction still sells about 60% of the world’s flower production). To learn more please contact me and I will put you in touch with those leading the effort.

Donations will be accepted at the event on September 12th or via paypal anytime.

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Detroit: Door of Opportunity – DDOO


Trying something new.

I generally seek to explore what I can do in new areas or new combinations – methodology, mediums, ideas…

It has been a while since I have painted and been in an exhibition (First one on July 10 at North End Studios). I am part of year long series of shows called Detroit: Door of Opportunity – DDOO (see more at

“Doors are a symbol of beginnings, transitions, endings and entrances into new worlds and places. Detroit has always been a place of new beginnings, innovation and trailblazing. It is a city open to new things while treasuring its history. Doors are the perfect medium to tell the Detroit story; its past, its present and it future.  This exhibition is Detroit artists, creatively conveying the magnificence of Detroit and all the opportunities that it has had for people in the past, currently and in the future. This is a suggested interpretation. We encourage you to be creative and look forward to your interpretation of the theme.”

So I explore something new for me with my DDOO door. The door is a threshold and my style is about change, the space between and the palpable in the subtle. For this piece there are five ways one can be caught into the threshold. The grain of the door, the text of the quote, the flow of the highlighted poem from the words of the quote, the colored wood stains and the iridescent paint pattern. Each is subtle and requires attention. Photography does not capture the changing nature or the detail. The name is “The Present Moment” and the quote is from Thich Nhat Hanh (a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace):

“The present moment is the the only moment available to us: the door to all moments.” The poem that arises from the repetition of this sentence is: 

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I was writing about the surface design (patterns for fabric, wallpaper, paper – anything that has a surface) aspect of my work and it came to me that there is something more there than the ‘surface’ concept of decorating. It is essential to each of us to create with what resonates with us – what we find attractive and beautiful – our spaces, places and homes here because it is a representative, living embodiment of each of us.

Space-place-home making is the creative unfolding of the ever evolving emBODYment of Us.

Elevating the consciousness of that we do habitually and naturally to a state where we can see who we are, have been, and are becoming by the extension of the physical environment we create. Trends are not prescriptions of how your place should look but rather suggestions and interpretations of other people’s creative visions. I think they are for us to understand how we are in relation to the context of the time.

It brings the world into harmony to know ourselves so as to live out our uniqueness and what better way than to create our space-place-home from what speaks with our heart and soul. In this way, I see my surface designs and art as thresholds and raw materials for an adventure for those of you that find them beautiful and joyful.

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conversationFor over a decade now, I have been drawing characters of a tribe of squiggly people in conversations. It is an abstract way to capture the energetics of different interactions – sometimes humorous, sometimes serious and sometimes unintelligible. Most of the time, I wonder about their world and imagine the stories they might be sharing with each other. Below are a two of them, one with a (true?) observation and the other with a snippet of the conversation possibly overheard while eavesdropping. Enjoy…

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