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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Journeys • Mixed Media Paintings At Stash

Creating my art begins with an experience, emotion, and inspiration and travels onward from there. Layer upon layer, the destination comes closer until the journey is complete.

Below is a selection of my mixed media pieces now on display and for sale at Stash in Corvallis, Oregon. March to the end of April. For information on each piece, email me at rachelurista@gmail.com or contact Stash in Corvallis.

JourneyToHeartOfMountain_RachelUristaJourney to the Heart of the Mountain, Mixed Media 24×36″ (3 Panels)

Tecolote_InProgressRachelUristaTecolote, 12×24, Mixed Media

LoveEvolution_RachelUristaArtLove Evolution, 12×12, Mixed Media

Retreat_RachelUrista12x12Retreat, 12×12, Mixed Media

CoastalReflectionsSeriesII_RachelUristaArtCoastal Reflections Series II, 12×12, Mixed Media

MountainSpeak_RachelUristaArtMountains Speak, 12×12, Mixed Media

Stand Tall_RachelUristaStand Tall, 12×48, Mixed Media

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.

024StudentsJournalPage_RUristaStudentsJournalPageClose_RUrista Isn’t it awesome how I only had a few colors, yet everyone’s pages look uniquely their own!

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StudentsWorking_RUrista 007 All in all, a wonderful, inspiring and JOYOUS time!  

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

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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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Journal Spread: Messages Amidst Mess

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Playing in the paint…dab, smear, splatter. Getting emotions out on paper, releasing the days stress. What first appears as a mess, sharpens. Images start to emerge. Narratives develop naturally. Messages surface, stop and reflect. Sometimes when emotions and life seem messy, there are messages for us to find within them.

Art Filled Garden

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It’s winter now, and the sky is heavy and grey. Temperatures are in the 30’s and low 40’s here, frosts have hit and plants are mostly dormant. I came across these photos taken just before fall swept in. The bright colors and lush growth brought me back to those last days of summer, with art filled afternoons in the garden.

Lets take a closer look!

RachelsJournalinNature“There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground” ~Rumi                                            “Hundreds of Ways” Garden Soil, Acrylic Paints, Printed images, Garden Plants, ink

RU_Journal009“Heart of the Forest” Branches and leaves, Acrylic Paints, watercolor, ink, printed photos

RU_Journal010“Pop Buddha” Newspaper, Decorative Papers & Acrylic Paints

Books

What’s inside your journal? Do you ever step back and look at your notebooks or journals themselves? I find as we fill them and add our life to them, they turn into works of art in their own right. What do you think? Please feel free share a link below to some of your journals and pages. I’d love to see them!

Spread 007 – The Way

Various papers, old newspaper, acrylic paints & ink

I don’t always know where a spread will lead me. I start with a background, and work organically, instinctively building it up. And this one came together just like that…. The quote summed up not just a way of life or religion, but also a way to create – from the heart.

Spread 005 – Rainbows

Canvas, Acrylic Paints, Printed images, magazine images, pastels, ink

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” ~Norman B. Rice

This spread is a bit darker than the other ones, but was very meaningful to create. I’ve found certain dreams and instincts are hard to express in words. Through art journaling, I combine unexpected imagery, words and colors to create more powerful and personally meaningful images of my own experiences.