And the winner is…. Lissa!

Congratulations to LISSA!   Winner of the newest stencils by artist Jill Berry!

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I’m sure you’ll have a ton of fun with these!

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Congratulations Lissa and happy creating!! 🙂 

Please email me your mailing address and we’ll get them sent over: rachelurista@gmail.com 

 

 

 

A Special Invitation

Open Soul Paint Party Invite

You are invited to the launch of Open Soul Painting “Expressing Yourself with Color” a collaboration with  Open Soul Communication.

Come to paint and support our new venture. No previous experience with paint necessary!! Supplies will be provided along with food, drinks, sweets, music, support, love, guidance, and a good time.

 WHEN:   Saturday, May 10th, 4:00pm-7:00pm

WHERE:  Love Yoga Studio •  630 Hickory St. NW North Albany, Oregon 97321

WHAT TO BRING : Just Bring your creative self and clothing you can get paint on! We’ve got the rest! This is an ENTIRELY FREE EVENT to show you what Open Soul Painting is all about!

Please kindly RSVP by Thursday, May 8th, so we can be sure to bring enough materials for you! 🙂 

Hope to see you there! 🙂 Please email me to RSVP

or if you have any questions rachelurista@gmail.com



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Art Journal Workshop: This Saturday!

1779794_630646483656742_1898497929_n-1Just a reminder out there: my Art journal workshop is rescheduled for this Saturday!

After all the snow, and gloomy skies, let’s get our hands in some brightness! I’m ready, are you?

RECLAIM art journal workshop is coming up this Saturday, Feb 15th. Still seats left, email me at rachelurista@gmail.com to reserve your seat!

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Happy Holidays!

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As we roll along this Holiday season, in the hustle and bustle of travel, visits with friends and family, I wanted to take pause. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful and heart-warming Holiday season.

2013 was made great by you, my readers and audience, and community, and I want to thank you for your continued support.

Stay tuned! Many great things are on the horizon for 2014! Including more shows, more classes, and a new series of work! 🙂

Wishing you a very happy and magical New Year!

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Processes

Process or processing (verb) typically describes the action of taking something through an established and usually routine set of procedures or steps to convert it from one form to another”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki)

I think all paintings carry the history of its making if you look close enough!  I wanted to share with you some of the history of this Sakura Tree piece – or the process of taking it from idea to finished painting.  This was one of the first sketches, you can see the tracing paper flap was used to position the blossoms on top of the intricate branching patterns.

Here is one of the first painted sketches…. I had fun creating the texture with natural sponges, pine cones and what ever else I could try. Eventually I would use pinecones and branches on the final piece to help break up the monotonous texture of the blossoms I was getting with the brushes…

In looking back on the process of this painting, you can see and feel it when looking at the edges… looking back in its history.  It really hits me when I am doing the final touches, and painting the sides of the canvases, sealing it closed, completing the piece.

… In the end, the clean crisp dark sides of the painting seemed to complete it- it was almost ready to hang!

A little inspiration! 😀 Sweet Peas from the local Farmers Market! Fresh flowers and plants always energize me.  Now to position the glass beads!

Just about there! 😀 I really loved creating this piece, it was such a good challenge and so much fun!  I hope the painting is enjoyed as much as I enjoyed creating it.