Dreamers Shield and more – New Work on Display

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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. 

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.

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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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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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.

An Artful Journey Retreat, Santa Cruz

This is a long post! Lots of pictures, and they only hint at the beauty, magic and intensity of the retreat. I spent a total of five days up at the retreat center and traveling, three of which were filled day and night with art-making, close-friends, new friends and self-reflection…Travel, and travel with art especially, can really do amazing things for one’s soul.

I chose Jesse Reno’s workshop at this retreat “No Limitations.” It was a three day immersion in painting, magic, & intuition. You can see his work here JessseReno.com its really amazing art!

As we built up layer upon layer of paint, mask like faces and familiar creatures & symbols surfaced. Learning the power of intention, the power of letting go, painting without a pre-conceived notion was not easy, but was true gift to practice. My pieces came out more personal and powerful than I had imagined…This workshop was incredible and I am excited to see what the future holds!

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The Retreat Center

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We had tables but eventually, I worked on the floor too. More space, new point of view!

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JesseRenoWorkshop2013_RU-14A third piece of mine from the workshop, and close up below.


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