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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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:
A Plethora of Crows II
Bill Shumway and Don Ferguson
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.

 

 

 

Coastal Energies

RockawayEnergyPainting_RachelUrista Sharing a work in progress today and a journal page focused on that great rejuvenating energy we find at the rugged Oregon Coast.

When I draw, journal or paint landscapes, I am not just reacting to what my eye sees. I paint the energy of places…their past, their present… I sense it in the wind, I sense it in the ground of a place. There are certain places in nature which draw me in, whispering on the winds about their true nature…I feel compelled to paint and paint and mix and weave until I have captured a bit of the essence of a place. RockawayEnergy_Close2_WorkInProgress_MixedMedia_RachelUrista RockawayEnergy_Close1_WorkInProgress_MixedMedia_RachelUristaAcrylics, spray inks, Adirondack inks, and acrylic inks, origami paper, antique papers (from the 20’s) and fiber paste on canvas. Working away at this one, and will post images of the final painting!

Below is a finished Art Journal page.

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Thanks for dropping by! Hope this inspires you in someway to look beyond what the eye sees, to paint from your heart and soul and be true to your vision.

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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Sketchbook Sundays

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“Serious art is born from serious play.”

(Julia Cameron-An Artists Way)

I think this is especially true of my sketchbook. It is not necessarily where I do art journaling…rather, these are places I work out ideas and create space for exploration.

A few months ago, I picked up one brown marker and started filling in a blank journal. I had to find my own way to become comfortable with writing. I found that I am naturally drawn to and work well with symbols, backwards writing and upside down writing. Words I know are present, but a bit difficult to read. I know what is there, but it is not meant for everyone to read, more to experience the feelings from it.  Using limited colors on a few pages, I concealed and revealed as I wished…

More flowed through me than I had expected or been quite prepared for… I have filled a sketchbook in little over 3 months. Unheard of for me. Until now.

Finding this complimentary journaling practice has been a deeply enriching experience. In order to honor this practice, I am starting “Sketchbook Sundays” where each Sunday I will post a page from my sketchbook, sharing with you a sneek peek into the pages of my sketchbooks.

I am looking forward to hearing about your sketchbook practices. Do you have separate sketchbooks? Are they themed? Do you write or just doodle? Do you use them for springboards for your art? Would love to hear about your practices, please comment below!

————Love, Light and Happy Sketching!———-