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

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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! 

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!

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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!

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.
 

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!

Live Painting • Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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Check out more of their work at https://www.facebook.com/Photography.CPR

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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!