Collaboration Energy

It started with this: Three artists paint prayers for the strength of another…

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Three artists- Bill Shumway, Paige Shumway and I in a group at Pegasus Art Gallery, April 2016. My pieces are the two tall totem like ones, and the green one below the portrait Bill did of fellow artist Rick Bartow.

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Then this.

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Our sketches at Bartows Memorial in May, 2016 at the Newport Performing arts center. Mine is the bottom one, the Eagle Person.

The collaborative potential was there, so we set a date and laid out some paint up at my studio downtown. Sometimes we worked all together in a few hours, and other pieces we took home and worked on individually, taking turns with each one until we felt they were complete. Below are some shots of the work.

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There is really nothing like collaborative painting. There is a certain energy, a meeting of the minds…a dance…. For the first piece, our only guideline was to work from the sketches we’d all done at the memorial. We gave eachother permission to paint over one anothers work, unless we stated otherwise. If you want to learn yourself really quick- do a collab- it will clear up who you are immediatly. We worked well together – with ease and delight.

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Currently, most of these pieces are on display at OSU, Along with many other collaborations and some of our individual work:
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with Raymond Hunter, Edith Wolfe, Kevin Clark, Paige Shumway, Rachel Urista, and Brizz Meddings

The show is up until the end of December 28th at the Center for Humanities OSU, Autzen House Gallery from 4-6. The gallery is at 811 SW Jefferson Avenue is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 to 4. This show will carry on to the Benton Historical Socitey in January, 2017.

 

 

 

When Mirrors Chase Sky • Mini Abstract Paintings

 

Its just around the corner- Another Artwalk!  For Julys art walk, here at my downtown studio, I’ll be featuring my small paintings from  “When Mirrors Chase Sky” Series. Stroll in and view small paintings packed full of intense color, expressive line work and writing. Experience these small abstract paintings up close and personal.

Hope to see you there!

We are located at: 340 SW 2nd St Studio #12 (Above Corvallis Cyclery)  4-8pm

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A look in my home studio-its getting full in here!

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Walk the CAW and celebrate the arts in Corvallis! July 21st, 2016 4-8pm

Locations and Show:
ArtWorks (CEI) | 4-8pm | Larry Hurst, What He Sees
Brittney West Studio | 4-9pm | ABSURD ACTIVIST ARTWORK
Fairbanks Gallery | 4-8pm | OSU Art Faculty Exhibit
Karen Wysopal Studio | 4-8pm | New Works
Laurel Thompson & Rachel Urista Studio | 4-8pm | When Mirrors Chase Sky Series
Living Room Gallery | 4-8pm | Long Distance
Majestic Theatre | 5-8pm | ART•BORETUM
Pegasus / Azure / Old World Deli | 4-8pm | Window on Art 2016
Studio Beatrice | 4-7pm | Porcelain Pottery
Studio262 | 4-9pm | The NeverEnding Story
The Arts Center | 4-8pm | Imagine artist reception
Voices Gallery | 4-8pm | RED

Newest Paintings

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The dreamers shield. You began as a prayer. In the darkness I ask and you are the answer. But before this you were parts and particles floating around and stuck to the tip of my brush. I dream my paintings, and paint my dreams. Catch me in the darkness. Listen. Your teachers are with you always. This is how I honor you.

~Dedicated in memory of G. K. and all my teachers past, present, future~

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Lost drum circles. We arrive at the canvas. Heron, your tall majestic stance is fleeting. In the dark stumbling around grasping for a broken rope. Canoe to carry us with a weeping moon. Let go. Drift down dark rivers.

Dance. Our lost drum circle. Stamp our feet around the fire. In the dark we begin to rise. Lost brother lost sister we drum each other home. Renewal power and grace. Fierce commitment. What say you? Listen, watch the movement of each feather.

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I am honored to have these pieces displayed at Pegasus Art Gallery in downtown Corvallis as part of Nov/Decembers ‘Moveable Feast of Art’ this November and December. 

Messages • Work in Progress

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Joyful • Art Journal Pages

Sometimes you have to let go of controlling your art, and let the color and forms carry YOU. These two journal spreads were a joy to create, and make me smile whenever I see them. You see, I wasn’t trying to capture each petal and leaf- I was capturing the beauty and freshness, growth and energy from the plants and the feelings they stirred up in me.
A closer look at the layers of paint, inks,  graphite sticks, gel pens.

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Working intuitively with colors, I built up layer upon layer of acrylic paints and origami papers for the backgrounds. I love layering paint and scratching or mark making on top of it- it creates a sense of energy. From this, I glued in some fabric leaves, and worked with Dylusions spray inks and stencils to add depth and pops of color.

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Tracing over the fabric leaves and adding stems with a waterproof black marker pulled them out to the foreground. I adore doodles and line work- so naturally, I had to add in fun bubbles, flowers and waves with a white gel pen.

The end result: joyful pages! Is this something you would try? Happy creating!

Dreams • Journal Page

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I have been fascinated with dreams since I was a young child. I still have vivid recollections of dreams from age 5 on. I religiously kept a dream journal in middle school and high school, something I still practice today (though with less frequency).

Dreams give us rich language of colors, themes, images, majestic landscapes, and alternate realities.  Fleeting, intangible, powerful, moving, we have much to learn from our dreams….but how do you capture a dream? Is it a color, a scent? An image? All of the above?

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An Art-filled Week Ahead

studio262_poster2-1We have a very art-filled week ahead! I’d like to invite you to the opening of Studio262 in downtown Corvallis this Friday evening. Come out to see original art from the Temporary Artists Guild and support the newest art gallery Corvallis!

The following morning, I will be doing another round of the Nature based Art Journaling at the NEW Workshop space at Studio262! The cost is only $25. You can sign up online simply by clicking on any of the images below.  Email me for your materials list (rachelurista@gmail.com)  You can see more of my nature based art journaling  here. We had a blast at the last nature journaling class and I am looking forward to this one!

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Hope to see you this week! Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Until then, stay inspired and happy painting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature of my Journal

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Sunny days encourage me to venture outside, my  journal pages seeking sunlight. As energizing as spring and summer can be, it is also a time to enjoy the long summer days, pause in the shade of a tree, admire the millions of shades of green in the forest and garden, and enjoy natures creations. Summer colors and textures make their way into my journal, a collection of my observations and inner journeys.

This is the state of my journal this summer – soft paint splattered cover, insides bulging with almost one year worth of art, words, expression, tassels dangling like familiar jewelry, pages pliable, worn and loved… and now, witnessed by the garden,  summer sunlight and you.

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

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“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” ~William Wordsworth

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The Secret is Out! 21 Secrets Art Journal Workshop

So excited to finally let you in on whats been a little secret of mine….

Earlier this year, I was honored to be invited by Connie Hozvicka and Hali Karla of  Dirty Footprints to be one of the 21 artists for 21 SECRETS {FALL 2014}. 

In this ecourse, you will have amazing access to a huge variety of art journaling techniques, processes, and methods from a team of diverse teachers, all from your home, at your own pace.  21 Secrets is a downloadable eBook with videos, full color photos and instruction from 21 different artists!

This is a really unique opportunity to learn from so many unique and talented artists- all with different styles and approaches! Yours to keep and  return to at any time.

21 Secrets is on sale NOW, with early bird specials for a limited time!  Click the graphic below to go to 21 Secrets Fall classes to sign up. By clicking on my link I will receive credit for sales generated through it, but you can choose any artist. 🙂

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Check out the amazing line- up of teachers!

21 SECRETS FALL 2014 ARTISTS!

Amanda Knapp :: http://greatliveoak.wordpress.com/

Bebe Butler :: http://bebebutler.com/

Brian Kasstle :: http://apaperbear.wordpress.com/

Carolyn Dube :: http://acolorfuljourney.com/

Cathy Bluteau :: http://cathyb.typepad.com/

Dion Dior :: http://www.diondior.com/

Donna Mulholland :: http://creativity-matters.weebly.com/

Erica Simpson :: http://e-everydayart.com/

France Papillon :: http://www.france-papillon.com/

Jamie Ridler :: http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

Jill Berry :: http://jillberrydesign.com/

Karen Michel :: http://karenmichel.com/blog/

Kate Robertson :: http://thequeenofcreativity.blogspot.com

Kimberly Davis :: http://www.riverstonestudio.com

Kristal Norton :: http://kristalnorton.com/

Latisha Guthrie :: http://herbmother.com/

Lauri Grimshaw-Cox :: http://lauricox.me/

Michelle Turbide :: http://www.artandsouljourney.com/

Rachel Urista :: https://rachelurista.wordpress.com/ (That’s Me!!)

Sheri Ponzi :: http://www.paintingherselfintobeing.com

Veronica Funk :: http://www.veronicafunk.com/

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I am incredibly excited to present to you videos with instruction of the following workshop.

••• Dream Voyages •••

Come with me as we journey into our dreamscapes. Recreate dream like worlds, those mythical, magical, spiritual places we visit in daydreams and journeys; both waking and sleeping. We’ll use antiquing methods to create a vintage and celestial setting for your dreams to be expressed in this realm!In this workshop, we will discuss image selection and how we can capture synchronicities and symbols in our lives and how to be open to their messages. I will guide you through my method of symbolic writing and prompt you to do stream of consciousness writing based off your image selection.Using tea staining techniques, we’ll create a personal scroll for you to attach to your pages where they create a unique space for storing and exploring messages.Rich with symbolism, color and texture, I will guide you through a playful dance and voyage through our dream worlds.

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~Looking forward to creating with you and guiding you on a journey in our journals! Happy Creating! ~

Botanical Wanderings

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There is a wonderful amount of growth and abundance in nature right now, blooming and growing…
Wandering amongst the lines and textures, amongst my thoughts and words. I get lost in the gardens  in my pages.

Let Go

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There are times when I need to get out of my own art routine…I savor moments painting and creating in my journals. Yet there are times when I feel I need to switch it up, work in a completely new manner, and go with the inspiration of the day.

On this particular night, a few weeks ago, I packed up a few sheets of paper, a few paints and pastels, my rather large jar of black gesso, and headed out to meet fellow artist friend at our local coffee shop. I had nothing in mind, no preconceived ideas. I just knew I needed to let something out. I needed to move, to stand, use my entire arms in long sweeping motions and short choppy ones and just make marks on the paper.

Working in this manner, I tapped into my emotions, letting them guide my movements, and then let them go. Out of chaos emerged several symbols and eventually a beautiful, strong and fierce face. Who knew when I started what the final painting was going to reveal?

Do you have a method for “letting go” and a form of creating which has no rules? Where you can be free from constraint? I’d love to hear about your process.

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Spring Play

I just love watching my students work. The brushes dancing, the color flying the hands moving… the creativity flowing.

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In the last workshop we experimented with movements big and small in our pages. We did a fun warm up exercise using just black gesso and a brush. Nothing to do but make marks on the page, go with the flow and start moving!

After that we all did some marvelous layering with pastels, spray inks, stencils and ink. Love the bright spring colors and playful energy in all their pages.

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Journal Spread • Rainbows Under Water

JournalPageFull_Rainbows_RachelUristaJournalPage_LoveBloomsJournalPage_RainbowsIn this spread, I worked with layers of pastel, spray inks, gel pens and black gesso. We’ll work with these materials in this Saturdays Art Journal Workshop at Imagine Coffee.

Woven into the layers of pastel and spray ink are words from another journal of mine- one solely dedicated to poetry, dreams and ideas.  The words in this spread are about the buoyancy of love, its resilience, and its lightness even in the heaviest of moments.

I’d like to swim amongst the background and climb out to rest upon the blossoms, and look into the stars…Care to join me? 🙂

~ Happy creating and may you weave your dreams into your art! ~

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Special Announcement! Southern California Class!

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So excited to announce the opportunity to offer my Magical Mapping Class TWICE in APRIL! Im heading to SoCal and so excited to announce my class will be held in beautiful sunny Redondo Beach at the lovely home of the amazing artist and teacher,  Orly Avineri.

Wont you join us? 

Southern California:

Wednesday, April 9th from 2-4:30, Curtis Ave. Apt.3, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Please Email Orly Avineri to reserve your spot in California: orlyavineri@gmail.com

Oregon:

Saturday, April 12th from 11am-1:30pm

Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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Cost is $25 Please email me for your class materials list

Please Email me to reserve your spot in Oregon: rachelurista@gmail.com 

Any questions about the content of this class and material list please email Rachel at: rpeterson523@gmail.com or rachelurista@gmail.com

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Can’t wait to see you at one of these classes! Until then, Happy Journaling! 

Spring Buzz • Art Workshops and Art Shows!

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We’ll play with pastels, spray inks, ink pens, and black gesso! We’ll have moments of fast movement and calm as we work to create layers of meaning with simple but unique mix of materials!  Come out to play!!

Saturday, March 8th at 11am at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. Email me at rachelurista@gmail.com to hold your seat!

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Secondly, I am happy to announce a new art show at Stash Local in Corvallis, featuring my mixed media paintings and original art journal pages!  Come by and see the show, featuring a wide variety of sizes and price ranges for sale. On display until the end of April. Two full months to stop in and see my work in person. Thank you for your support!

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A Journey begins • Collaboration with Open Soul Communication

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I am excited to begin this journey with Open Soul Communications and offer you Open Soul Painting Workshops, coming soon!

Come out today to their FREE event: http://opensoulcommunication.wordpress.com/free-event1/   Food, fun, and information on the soul supportive services offered.

As a classically trained artist, I became shut-down by all the rules and set standards. When I discovered mixed media painting and art journaling, I started to open up again creatively…

Since I started teaching workshops in art journaling, I have seen people transformed, just by having the space and permission to create – without judgement, without pressure. I saw students reconnect to their creative side and begin to open up.

Once you start opening up in one area of your life, other areas begin to open as well and growth can occur. That is why collaborating with Open Soul Communication is the perfect match!

Thank you, Open Soul Communications, for this amazing opportunity! I am looking forward to our journey together! 

Watch for details on Open Soul Painting Workshops! Coming soon!  

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Workshop Inspiration!

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Connection, energy and inspiration fueled the day and creative sparks were flying!

Each student brought joy, energy and inspiration to the group.

It was particularly joyful to have those who had never done Art Journaling before. They were bold, brave and lent a fresh energy. Meeting friends I’d before only know online was another highlight of the day.  Meeting in person was a blast!

In hearing my students, it is becoming clearer that there is a real need to carve out space for our creative selves to expand. Our creative urges are not going to go away. We are, by nature, creative beings, and ignoring this urge is unhealthy.

Art journaling has the potential to open up this creativity, allowing us space and time to reconnect to this part of ourselves.  From simple to complex prompts and techniques, Art Journaling can open a door towards self-discovery and healing. I sincerely look forward to the next workshop, for the chance to continue to create space for each student to explore their creative self.

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—– Next up—— Inner Rhythms——-Saturday, March 8th! Watch for details! Until then, Happy Journaling!

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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!

Journal Spread: To Open

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開ける- to Open. Messages carried over rainbows…

Layering, layering, layering…hand painting, smearing, mixing materials. Organic textures emerge unexpectedly. In this spread, I worked on being aware of the process, letting it guide me rather than trying to controlling it. I am really enjoying seeing where working in this manner is taking me.  Do you work in this manner? See where it might lead you!

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Art Journal Workshop • A Journey back to Creativity

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Yesterday I held a great art journaling workshop at Imagine Coffee.  A really fantastic way to start off at the new venue!

Everyone did really great work! Best part by far- seeing students reconnect with their creativity. Watching them as they splattered paint, ripped paper and played with colors brought me so much joy!!! What wonderful energy they brought to the workshop!

Art Journaling really has great capacity for good! Heart is feeling full. I humbled to be a part of their creative journey.

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All images used with permission from my most amazing students.
A HUGE Thank you to all my students and to Imagine Coffee for hosting.
I can’t wait until our next session! Until then, Happy Journaling!
 
If you would like to know more about my monthly Art Journaling Workshops, see my Classes and Events Page.
 

Coffee and Art = Happiness


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Drop by Circle St. Beanery in Corvallis, Oregon to see my original Art Journal pages on display through January. ~Thank you for your support!~

 

 

Alive with Beauty • 2014 Art Journal Workshops

“We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity.” (John O’Donohue)

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It is far too easy to believe the idea that only the chosen few are artists. We are all creative.  All beings desire to make a mark, change our landscape or bring an idea to life.

The creative state is the natural state for humans. We do so each day in many different ways and in many forms.

I wish to empower each individual to reclaim their own creativity. I believe art journaling can be a practice for reconnecting and claiming your creativity.

Anyone can experience the benefits of art journaling. The act of writing, drawing, putting hands to paper or making marks are all powerful forms of expression. Art journaling has the capacity to bring about clarity, direction and balance within the individual. Our journals can become a safe place for free expression.

In addition, art journaling is just FUN! It’s a great way to release stress, to play, and to explore materials and mediums.

Hope to meet you at one of my workshops!

Happy Creating! ~ Rachel

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The details: 

Each class meets on a Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person plus a materials fee. Please bring your working journal or sketchbook. For some of them,  you will bring a few printed images of your choice. Details will be emailed to registered students closer to the day of. 

You can sign up a few ways: 

• Email: rachelurista@gmail.com 

• Facebook message me: www.facebook.com/racheluristaartfuljourneys

• Calling Imagine Coffee in Corvallis at : 541-286-4340 or signing up with the Baristas in person.

Payment is accepted when you sign up or on the day of the workshop.

A little about the venue:

Imagine Coffee  is a wonderfully inspiring coffee shop. They are super supportive of the arts, and have live painting several times a week. They host local art shows as well, and regularly have local musicians. The classes are held in the large conference room in the back, so we will have our own space, away from the main floor. 

In addition, 10% of the proceeds of each class are donated to charity.

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 Email me at rachelurista@gmail.com if you have additional questions, or feel free to leave a comment and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you! 

2014 Art Journal Workshops …Coming soon!

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I just booked the conference room 6 months worth of monthly art journal workshops at our amazing coffee shop in Corvallis, Imagine Coffee. 

Details on each class soon! It’s going to be one amazing, artful journey! Won’t you join me?

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January Art Events

It’s going to be a great year!  I have many events on the horizon, including more shows, live art journaling, live painting, and monthly Art Journal workshops at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. 

This January a selection of my original art journals are up at The Beanery on Circle in Corvallis (922 NW Circle Blvd Suite 130, next to Market Of Choice and Yogurt Extreme).

I am excited to have my work in this large, but cozy space. Drop in anytime in January for some tea, coffee and original art available for sale.

Jan 3rd- Feb: Original Art Journal Pages on display @ The Beanery on Circle!cirstore

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Saturday, Jan 18th • FIRST ART JOURNALING CLASS OF 2014!

@ Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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Have you ever wanted to try Art Journaling? Why not start now, at this time of renewal in the New Year.

It’s 2014, and the possibilities are endless, the script has yet to be written. Let’s take this opportunity to slow down and focus on our intentions for 2014. Similar to “vision boards” we will be art journaling as a way to create altar spaces.

Altars are places of veneration, places we create for honoring what we find important in our lives.  We make them sacred by defining the space.  I create 2-dimensional altars inside the pages of my journal where fill the space with thoughts and images I believe sacred, or wish to honor.

One of my favorite quotes is by Julia Cameron (author of The Artists Way)

“As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.” 

What dream would you like to move closer to you this year?  It could be a goal, such as a skill you want to learn, it may be a person, or simply a word.

Don’t have a specific goal/intention in mind?

No problem! I’ll provide images and words as prompts to get you started.

In this two and a half hour workshop, we’ll play with paint, paper, images and gel pens. Layer by layer we’ll create “altar” spaces in our journals.

Please join me in the spacious conference room at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis this January and we’ll dig right in!

Just bring one unlined journal or sketchbook, a few printed images of your choice and I will bring the rest.

Sign up by emailing me at rachelurista@gmail.com -OR- drop by Imagine Coffee or call them at 541-286-4340.

Best wishes for a Creative New Year for you!

Original Art Sale | Holiday Gifts

Hope everyone is having a great Holiday season and staying warm!

Looking for a Holiday Gift? Here at Artful Journeys, I have the solution!  Beautiful paintings at an affordable price. Each piece is a hand painted original and no two are alike.

Each is a mix of vintage papers and prints, layered with several ink washes. Then I lovingly paint a favorite scene from my beloved Oregon, from the coast to the mountains, lakes to valleys. Each one is etched with words of intent, original poetry and musings. Lastly, whimsical tree figures add grace and personality to each landscape.

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4x4_OregonTides_RUristaOregon Tides, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
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4x4_CoastalDreams_RUristaCoastal Dawn, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_DevilsLake_RUristaDevils Lake, Bend, OR, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas SOLD
 
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 4x4_SunsetWaters_RUristaSunset Waters, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
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4x4_StoriesbytheSea_RUristaStories by the Sea, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_SunsetSenses_RUristaSunset Senses, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
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A Fall Walk

While working on my latest art project, I decided to soak in some sun and inspiration, and also study my topic (Trees!) up close! Come take a walk with me!

Enjoy the grace and beauty, personality and strength of these mighty and ancient oaks.

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And back in the studio… a visitor appeared amongst my tree study!

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There came a sense of humor in this sketch as I hung “木” Trees and “林” forests in her branches. Her whimsical face reminds me to enjoy the season; to look closer when I am on my nature walks; notice the rainbows of leaves drifting down, see how the wind makes shadows dance in the approaching fall storms, and admire the jarring contrasts of brilliant orange trees against the deep grey sky.   

Enjoy this wonderful Fall season and of course, the company of Trees!

New Journal Spread: Back to Nature

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This spread came after a plein air art session with a friend. A simple sketch surprised me, and evolved into a deeply expressive journal spread. It made me realize…sometimes we stumble upon something we didn’t realize we had lost. It had felt like ages since I had simply sat in the grass with my sketchbook, under the trees, protected from the mist. No words, just a simple connection to the present moment, a connection to the real nature of things. Sometimes, a simple plein air sketch can transport you closer to your own self than you had ever imagined. Sometimes, a simple return to nature can be, if we allow it,  a return to your own true nature.

41st Annual Corvallis Fall Festival

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This weekend, I had the honor of participating in the 41st Corvallis Fall Festival with the Temporary Artists’ Guild.  Although the weather was so severe the second day was canceled, we had a good turn out Saturday and it was wonderful to meet new people and share my work.

Our booth displayed the works of 9 local artists in the guild. Here are a few shots below of our booth, and a few close ups of my display.

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Each painting is unique, with layers and layers of vintage papers, ink washes, acrylics, colored pencil, graphite and gel pens.

Layer upon layer I worked, creating a little piece of Oregon on each canvas. Each scene is a reflection of my time spent on the Coast and also in Central Oregon in the Cascade Mountain Range. Travels in this state are breathtaking and inspiring and I hope my pieces can share a bit of my world.

FFSneakPeak2_Urista4″x4″ Mini Gallery wrap Canvases, Mixed Media  $35 each.
MountainsRise“Mountains Rise” 12×4″ Gallery wrap canvas, Available for sale
MountainSpeak“Mountain Speak” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel, Available for sale
Coastal SeriesIII“Coastal Reflections Series, III” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel, Available for sale
TillamookTides_II“Tillamook Tides Series II” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel  SOLD

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Stay tuned for local Holiday shows and art sales in the upcoming months!

Majestic Theater Art Show

If you find yourself in downtown Corvallis this week, stop in at The Majestic Theater and see my show. I have several original art journal pages up and new mixed media works as well.

We had a great little opening event this past Friday, where I got to meet many wonderful new people, who are so inspiring. It was so sweet to also see many familiar faces too. Many thanks to all who came out and saw the show!

I had several original art journals on display too and had a lot of fun doing some live painting! The show will be up just a little longer, July 29th, so be sure to stop in this week!

Stay tuned for upcoming art shows and chances to see me live paint! I will have a show up in September also in downtown Corvallis, and will have original works up this October at The Beanery on 9th street.

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This is a shot (though blurry) of the piece I was working on for my live painting demo. Detailed pics below!

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Awesome Tiny Art Show

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Here’s a sneak peek of my entries to the Awesome Tiny Art Show at The Drawing Board on Madison Ave/4th Street. These are up all week, so if you find yourself in downtown Corvallis, stop in!

The opening night for the Awesome Tiny Art Show will be this Friday, June 21.

Held at The Drawing Board
Friday, June 21, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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Also, I have a large collection showing at the Majestic Theater on 2nd Street until August 5th! Drop in and see original art journal pages and several large mixed media paintings in their large conference area. Opening reception TBA.

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And here are the final pieces…Freshly made.

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a local art zines launch party. The Midnight Muse showcases all kinds of art in the Willamette Valley. The event was great: a fashion show, poetry readings, dancers, musicians and of course…live painting!  Click here to see their blog. Check out their latest zine, available for FREE download.

I had a blast working on several wood panels while talented local bands played and people checked out the art show. What I really enjoyed most was connecting with people…sharing my process and getting people inspired to create!

These pieces began with a colorful under painting in acrylics, then were layered with ink, graphite and oil pastels. I had so much fun having my friend Jess Graff lend a hand (literally) to the paintings. There is always something a bit magical and unexpected about collaborations that I love.

Stay tuned for more events to come. I will be live painting this May and through the summer!

Oil Explorations

This post is a follow up to this one: Heading Back to the Studio

I enrolled in an oil painting class this past spring, and it has been great to get back into oil paints again.

Here are some of my pieces. They started out very methodical, as I was doing my best to follow instructions and see what I could learn. But by the second painting, a few weeks in… This is what took form, I just couldn’t paint neatly anymore!

Here is the final painting from the sessions. With this one I tried to do a combo of planing, pacing and also some free flowing loose stroked paintings.

On the easel…

and finished painting…

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Since the class only met once a week, I didn’t do a mass amount of paintings, but rather stayed on one for a few months. Its a nice change from some of the faster work I do. I am signed up again and already started another large square oil of one of my favorite spots in Bend, Oregon. Will keep on posting as I make progress!

She had a Bone to Pick With Them

Several months back I was asked to participate in a local community project, The She Project. Its a wonderfully inclusive and creative project and you can find details here.

All participants were given a short sentence or prompt, and given two hours to create a response. There were no strict rules execpt that it had to be 8×10. How wonderfully free!

The quote I was given was “She had a Bone to Pick with Them”

My friend and I got together in my garage studio, put on good music and went to work!

Below was my submission.

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The show was really awesome, with a vast array of responses, through imagery, 3-D work and more. It was all so amazing to look at.

Here are a few photos from the show, I only took a few shots, but I could have taken a photo of each of them, they were each so unique!