Birdsong

“In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest, 

where no one sees you, 

but sometimes I do, and that

sight becomes this art.”

– From Birdsong Rumi
fifty-three short poems translated by Coleman Barks
  MirrorOfMyMirror_RUrista_smallMirror of my Mirror, 12×48, Mixed media on wood panel, Private Collection

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These two paintings were created in honor of National Poetry Month back in April. Weaving my words into the paint and papers, making visible abstract poems and sensations; these two paintings were born.

Does Poetry inspire you to paint too? I have found poetry and abstract writings to be spring boards into a painting. Or, if I feel “stuck” poetry can fuel the next decision… How do you use poetry in your art?

I am proud and honored to have had them on display during April at Pegasus Art Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon.

SoulWaters_RUrista_SmallSoulWaters_RUrista_Closeup2Soul Waters, 48×12, Mixed media on wood panel, Sold

 

Rainbows in the Dark

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OfRainbowsCLOSE_JournalSpread_Fall2013OfRainbows_JournalSpread_Fall2013Journal Spread; Pastels, Marker, ink, and Black Gesso.

I started this journal spread, using pastels and thin ink pens back in the Summer of 2012 but struggled to finish it – so closed the book…so to speak.

I had all but forgotten about this spread until there came an evening, a few months ago, when my friend had some leftover black gesso and a I had a bit of bravery on hand…

This particular combination lead to something remarkable, expressive and symbolic.

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_PoetryoftheTrees_RUristaPoetry of the Trees, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
4x4_OregonTides_RUristaOregon Tides, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
4x4_EveningApproches_RUristaEvening Approaches, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
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
 
4x4_RockawayTides1_RUristaRockaway Tides I, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_RockawayTidesII_RUristaRockaway Tides II, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 4x4_SunsetWaters_RUristaSunset Waters, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_VolcanicPast_RUristaVolcanic Past, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
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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The Mighty Oaks

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.

Mixed Media Coastal Tides Series Continues

Lately I have been really inspired by the coastline…The water and trees, clouds and words flow freely….

12x12Coast1Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media  on Wood panel 12×12

12x12Coast2Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media  on Wood panel 12×12

4x4Coast2Mini! Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media  on Canvas 4×4, Sold!

4x4Coast1Mini! Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media  on Canvas 4×4

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It seems to be the summer of the coastal inspiration…cool breezes and the wild rugged Oregon coast are still calling! I think there will be more…stay tuned…

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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front1 journalside1RUrista_JournalBooks3Thanks again to everyone who helped make the show at the Majestic Theater happen! Happy creating!

Live Painting – in the Window!

Photo May 25, 12 26 35 PMPhoto May 25, 11 38 28 AMThe other week I had an opportunity to do some live painting in the window of our local art store in downtown Corvallis, The Drawing Board.

It was a neat experience-partially hidden, partially exposed… It was a bit different than being out in the open at a coffee shop or art opening, but I was right at home amongst all the art supplies!

Check out more of my process below. I’ll be holding an acrylic painting class at the Drawing Board June 14th where we work on a smaller version of a mixed media acrylic painting and I’ll walk you through each step.

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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!

New Art, New Year!


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Ah, my familiar tools! My lovely ink pen and deliciously colored pastels…back in my hands, as they have been early on in my artful journey. But this time experimenting with pastel and ink- together! Although the materials are so familiar to me I have never combined them in one piece. Here’s to new thoughts, new directions, and a new year!

I also can’t get enough of line work and patterns. Something about it is very soothing. Tracing lines from nature, defining space as I ink fine lines again and again. This way of working can become very meditative.

Wrapping up the first month of the new year with many projects going on! Stay tuned for more new art and events!

Have a wonderfully creative, artful journey this 2013!

Spread – 003 A Family Tree of Sorts

Printed Family photos, Acrylic Paints & Ink

This is a family tree of sorts, from both sides of my family.  This tree has so many many more branches to fill in, each with their own stories. I wonder if I extended the roots down or out, where they would go, and who would I meet?  I wonder about my roots, even the nearest branches are still a mystery to me. For now, details are cloudy and silent images remain. I hope to fill in this tree and give voices to the photos.

How do you celebrate your family tree?  Send me a link and let me know how you save your history and create your own family tree.

Spread 001 – A Gardeners Heart

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Garden Soil, Acrylic Paints, decorative papers, seed packets, vegetable seeds, plant leaves & ink

Inspired by hours of work in my garden, amongst the soil, plants and sun. The writing in this spread is of the following partial poem:

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

For He broke it for us in a garden
Under the olive-trees
Where the angel of strength was the warden
And the soul of the world found ease.”

~ by Dorothy Frances Gurney

The Full poem can be seen on Frary’s Fresh Flowers blog  here 

I took these photos just a few days ago, on what ended up being the last full day of sun here in Oregon. The fall weather has arrived and the plants and earth are soaking up the rain.