De­bra Usher

Pres­i­dent & Edi­tor in Chief

Arabella - - NEWS - Www.ara­bel­lade­ Na­maste and Bonne Journée!

Once upon a time, and long be­fore that, I started work­ing on the ARA­BELLA Sum­mer 2016 is­sue. Well, to say it has been a long and ar­du­ous jour­ney would be an un­der­state­ment – it was a course filled with mine fields, torn up roads, floods, ill­ness and just plain bad luck. But like all great paint­ings that take time, what emerges, I think, is a col­lage of colour, move­ment, laugh­ter and soul. Be­cause here amongst the many pages of beau­ti­ful paint­ings, in­ter­est­ing artist sto­ries and amaz­ing sculp­tures, I once again have found my sense of hu­mour and joy of liv­ing. Af­ter a rough stretch of time, we can be­gin to feel weighted down by our prob­lems and ex­tremely tired. Our feet do not travel the road lightly and there is no skip as we walk on our way. We all need that sprin­kle of magic or fairy dust in our life and with­out it we feel lost. Here in ARA­BELLA Sum­mer Har­vest 2016, there is plenty of magic and fairy dust sparkles to go around… a world of en­chant­ment with each open page.


This is THE ART IS­SUE – cel­e­brat­ing a to­tal of 19 unique, gifted and in­ter­est­ing artists. The end of sum­mer is per­fect for bask­ing in the last days of re­lax­ation and warmth, and a great time to ex­plore the lives and work of these tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als. I see a few pieces that would work in my col­lec­tion, and I am sure you will too. There will be lots of time to look at beau­ti­ful rooms and decor when fall ar­rives; so many home and de­sign magazines to pur­chase; stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture and ex­quis­ite rooms to draw you in. Veranda and House Beau­ti­ful are peren­nial favourites. As for us, ARA­BELLA is first and fore­most an art magazine, and for that rea­son this is­sue is just about art and the in­di­vid­u­als who cre­ate it. Those who make our life and sur­round­ings a bet­ter place to be.


We have art to make you smile, art ex­plod­ing with colour, beau­ti­ful land­scapes from places only the mind can see, unique crit­ters and char­ac­ters, glimpses of days gone by, and creative jour­neys ex­plor­ing our in­ner be­ings. We have art for your heart, body and soul, and I hope it will trans­fix and em­power you as it does me. For with­out colour, beauty and cre­ativ­ity what is the point? The artists’ sto­ries in this is­sue are not in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der. They are not in the or­der of how they paint, nor are they in the or­der of sell­ing price. I have put them in a ri­otous, roller­coaster ride of colour and con­trast, the bet­ter for you to catch each and ev­ery one of them along the way. There are ac­com­plished artists, achiev­ing artists and as­pir­ing artists in this col­lec­tion. All full of tal­ent and pas­sion, and ev­ery one of them a truly gifted pro­fes­sional. Some of them I have known about for years, oth­ers are new friends, and it has been a true priv­i­lege to work with each of them on this is­sue.


"No pain, no gain," as the ex­pres­sion goes. Hope­fully the ef­fort of all of us at ARA­BELLA, both the magazine staff and the artists grac­ing these pages, is ap­pre­ci­ated, most im­por­tantly, by you, our dear reader. So sit down, re­lax, and im­merse your­self in the pages. If you are like me, you skim through un­til some­thing catches your eye, you stop, read a lit­tle and then go back to the be­gin­ning to start the jour­ney. Please en­joy the path we have cho­sen.

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