Color Splash: 02

Fresh Paint 11″x17″ Acrylics and graphite on Bristol paper. Original and prints available

One of my paintings, acrylics and graphite on paper that I did this past summer.

In this one I was purely playing with color. Asking myself how do these colors interact? Do I like it, do I not like it? Do they clash, in a good way? I still feel energized by this piece each time I see it. Does it create any reaction in you?

Color Splash: 01

I thought I would start a theme of posting an image a week based on color. Here is my first!

These are my lovely paint markers- I love POSCA brand, but also have several other brands like Molotow and Ironlak.

Hopefully this post, while short, ads color and happiness to your day.


SALE Items – Sneek Preview

Today I will be with artist Carrie Tasman at the Downtown Corvallis Association meeting room- 460 SW Madison Ave, Suite #19 for the Annual Studio Sale!

Below are some of my faves that I will have at the sale! I’ll have some original art, canvas prints (ready to hang!) and also art prints all for a super great price.
Of course, I will also have my coloring books, and individual pages on sale!

Check out my super crazy sale prices- for today only- from noon-4pm!

Clearance Art Sale

Join local Corvallis artists for the 2nd Annual
** Multi-Artist Studio CLEARANCE Sale! **

Corvallis local artists invite you to start the New Year by enjoying deep discounts as they clean out their studios and get ready for a NEW Year of art making! Everyone is welcome! Visit artist studios and pop-up locations throughout downtown Corvallis, as well as home studios. SPECIAL sale items include original art, reproductions, and art supplies. Bring a friend and have some fun while finding the best deals of the year!


My little Deer

Signs of Spring 8×8, Available

I’m posting one of my favorite paintings I made up as a reminder of Spring. Event though its dreary weather over here, this sweetie makes me think of blooming flowers and meadows…daydreaming for the sunshine! ⠀⠀⠀

Illustrating the Redwoods


I’m excited to share with you a few details from the beginning stages of a commission I’ve since completed, of the magical and amazing California Redwoods.

My work for commissions always starts with research and questions, lots of questions and conversations with my clients.

After I get a sense of the project, I will make some preliminary sketches. Sometimes I do small drawings, like below, and sometimes, larger black and white studies to further understand the scale and composition.

What do you think? How do you as an artist, approach commissions? What  would you, as a client, think about this process?

Stay tuned, the next post will be the final piece!

The Art of Mock-Ups

I recently took a photo of my art on my kitchen wall- and it looked great in place! But it also got me thinking that seeing my work in context, is really powerful.

So, I’ve had some fun selecting rooms and working some photoshop magic of my art in place. By the way Photoshop is great for this and its really so much fun to make these.

I am in the process of building up my shop online and having mock ups I think is key. I personally love it when artists have these images and find Im more likely to buy their art. I believe this is because I get a preview of the color, scale and shape of the work in a way I can’t with just a flat image of the work itself.

What has your experience been with this? Do you work with Photoshop, or take pictures of your work in place?

I hope you enjoy! 

The Winner is….

Hello Everyone! 

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway for winning a copy of 21 Secrets, the Best of 2014 & 2015.

The winner is barbaramartin2!


The course is still on sale for $128, but you still have a chance to purchase the class with the early bird discount through Friday May 4, buyers can save $21 with the coupon code: BESTOF at the time of checkout. 

Thank you for your support! 


Location location location

Back in September of 2017 I moved studios yet again! 😀 I had the opportunity to join up with Evil Eye Studios artists in Downtown Corvallis, on 5th Street.

I feel so lucky to join the talented artists in this studio and the space is great! We share a large space with a great little front room used for shows and displaying our work. Oh, not to mention a great gold retro couch.




We’ve already done a few Pop up shows and ArtWalks and its been great. I love working around other artists.  When I can hear the hustle and bustle it just puts me in the zone.

Here are a few images of my space below. I’ve had a lot of fun decorating it with my own art and some friends work too.


And the Winner is…

Thank you so much for entering my first Instagram giveaway for “Foxx” original art piece!
The winner is!

But, as a thank you for participating in this event, I have prepared a little gift for you, check your email for a link to download a high resolution print of one of my newest paintings, “Signs of Spring”, like the ones I sell on my etsy site (a $20 value)!

Simply click the link, then click “Download” in the top right hand corner. You can print it out for art in your home (matte photo paper is nice choice!), save it as a screensaver, and/or share it with a friend!

This download ends Friday February 23rd so take advantage and treat yourself! 🙂

Be sure to follow me on instagram for the next giveaway at @rachel.urista. Thanks for playing!


***Instagram Giveaway***


I’m hosting my very first Giveaway on Instagram to say a big Thank You for all your support and encouragement on my art journey. I’m giving away this original 9×7 inches painting to one lucky winner, for free! To enter, follow these simple steps: 

1. Follow my Instagram account: @rachel.urista

2. Enter by Leaving  your Name and Email address at this link:

3. Share with someone who you think might like to win this painting (Optional)


This Giveaway ends Monday, 19th Feb 2018 at midnight Pacific Standard time (PST). The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 20th.

Comment if you have any questions. Good Luck!


This Sunday: Multi-Artist Studio Clearance SALE




Clearing out my studio this week and getting ready for the Multi-Artist Studio Clearance Sale this Sunday, Jan 21, from 12-4. Help me make way for the new, and score some excellent deals!

  • Original paintings: most 50% OFF ($10-$450)

  • Prints up to 50% off ($7.50 to $45)

  • Artists Coloring books- EACH $5

  • Individual Coloring Pages- $1 each!

Click the circles to see details on each.


Map and Details: