On Display at Art Department, Inc


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Do you  know about  Art Department Inc, in Salem, Oregon? If not, you should! 😀 This is my favorite art supply store in Salem, and now I work a bit dangerously close to it (just down the street!) It puts me in proximity to some fanstastic supplies, fellow artists, and also, art classes too!

Chalk pastels, oil pastels, sold by the pack or individually, colored pencils, markers and an awesome selection of my favorite FW Inks! Great assortment of professional acrylic paint colors…Great calligraphy tips and vast array of decorative papers….oh, also wood cradled boards, and other cool tools for artist like spatulas and tons of encaustic materials. In short, everything you could want, for whatever little niche or mixed media fetish you have! 

This store is great at supporting the local arts. They showcase an artists work on their walls each month, and for the month of February, I’ve been fortunate to have over 20 pieces of my work on display up at the shop. I think they did an EXCELLENT job at hanging the work! 

The show is up until Feb 26th. Salem peeps, friends and artists, take some time to drop by the store, check out the art, and browse some excellent supplies too.

I hope I’ve given you several good reasons to stop in at this awesome art store!

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My little Spring Fox….how cute that they set it up on the counter… and some of my paintings on the wall above…

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A wider view of the paintings… I’m always surprised at seeing my work all together- I usually see it in the studio, in groupings as I work… it is nice to pause and look up! 😀

Here are more shots of the store and more of my pieces on the wall.

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Do you see that Sumi-E brush? Oh my gosh, I’d LOVE that- it has to be 36″ long!

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41st Annual Corvallis Fall Festival

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This weekend, I had the honor of participating in the 41st Corvallis Fall Festival with the Temporary Artists’ Guild.  Although the weather was so severe the second day was canceled, we had a good turn out Saturday and it was wonderful to meet new people and share my work.

Our booth displayed the works of 9 local artists in the guild. Here are a few shots below of our booth, and a few close ups of my display.

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Each painting is unique, with layers and layers of vintage papers, ink washes, acrylics, colored pencil, graphite and gel pens.

Layer upon layer I worked, creating a little piece of Oregon on each canvas. Each scene is a reflection of my time spent on the Coast and also in Central Oregon in the Cascade Mountain Range. Travels in this state are breathtaking and inspiring and I hope my pieces can share a bit of my world.

FFSneakPeak2_Urista4″x4″ Mini Gallery wrap Canvases, Mixed Media  $35 each.
MountainsRise“Mountains Rise” 12×4″ Gallery wrap canvas, Available for sale
MountainSpeak“Mountain Speak” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel, Available for sale
Coastal SeriesIII“Coastal Reflections Series, III” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel, Available for sale
TillamookTides_II“Tillamook Tides Series II” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel  SOLD

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please message me for availability and details.

Stay tuned for local Holiday shows and art sales in the upcoming months!

Map Obsession • Art Journal Demo


InSearchFullSpreadUristaRI discovered a way to save and work with all those maps I keep and love.

Since I was small, I’ve loved maps…I would pour over an Atlas for hours, dreaming about foreign lands and how immense the world looked to me. It was one big adventure!!

Recently, my love for maps resurfaced and had a great time figuring out how to use them in my journal…here are a few “In progress” images below… Please excuse some of the blurry photos.

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All those maps!! All those lines, colors and shapes. Patterns emerge, and retreat…What better use for them than in my journal?

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Glued in, a few washes of paint and some ink splatters…. Layering and washes continue below…

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When dry, I attached a note for myself and boxed out areas for writing.

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And thats it! Antique, modern and personal all at once! Hope this sparks some ideas for you and your journaling process.

Happy creating!

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

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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…

New Journal Page – I Shut My Eyes

Journal_ShutMyEyesRU2012I made this spread last summer, but realized I never posted it. Sometimes journal pages become so personal, I hesitate to share them right away. There is a lot going on in this one. Lately I have been wanting to get back into working this way. I am having so much fun with my coastal mixed media paintings, but underneath, images and thoughts like this are always flowing like a river. It’s good to check in sometimes. How do you “check in” with yourself? How do you express it?

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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Spring/Summer Classes @ The Drawing Board-an Update

I wanted to share a few examples of the type of work we’ll do in my classes this summer at The Drawing Board in Corvallis, Oregon.

This Friday, May 31st, I’ll be sharing with you my journey with Art Journaling and we’ll dig right in and get our hands dirty! Below are some examples of what we’ll be working on. All you need to bring is a journal, at least ~9’x5″ and unlined. Please bring a size you feel comfortable with. We’ll build up layers of paint, ink paper and have fun adding our personal touches with words and make our own Trees of Plenty! Get ready to get your creative juices flowing! If you can’t make this one, mark your calendar for Friday, July 12th also at 1pm!

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ArtJournalprep_UristaThe photo above shows the layering process and the way we’ll work!

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The next Acrylic Painting class, Friday, June 14th will now be an organic, mixed media feel…building up layers of paint and paper, graphite and oil pastels on our wood boards or canvases. Below are some examples! This approach is uplifting, energizing and sooo much fun! Wont you join me?

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Midnight Muse Issue #6

I am happy  to announce my art has been published in the Midnight Muse Magazine,  issue #6. You can check out this local Art Magazine in the Willamette Valley here:  https://www.facebook.com/MidnightMuseMag

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They will be having a great Launch Party in April to celebrate the new edition, where will be live painting! Click here  for info. More details coming soon!

Journal Page, Mixed Media © 2013 Rachel Urista

Spread 006 – Kazoku-Family

Found images, Acrylic Paints, printed family photo, Japanese maple leaves, ink

There is so much more to be discovered about my family history. I’d really like to journal about each one of the stories my Grandma has told me about her life in Japan.

I know so little but the more I learn of history, the more I realize what a remarkable time she grew up in and raised a family in. My Grandmother was born in Fukuoka, Japan about 1930 and came to the United States in the early 50s, with my mother (then just a baby) and her American husband.

Some of the papers in here are written by my Grandma – the only papers of her handwriting I have. In these writings, she lists out our family tree. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read much and had trouble following. I really hope someday I can learn more and have clarity about our family. For now I have a few images mixed with my imagination, pieced together from the stories my mother and my grandmother have told.

**Updates** My mother just gave me this update: “Your grandmother was born on March 25, 1924 in Dazaifu, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan.” Thanks Mom!

 See where Dazaifu, Japan is on a map here

Artfest 2012

I’m just now getting around to posting pics from Artfest back in March. It was amazing, incredible and so inspiring. It was also my very first Artfest, and sadly, the last one held. I am really grateful to have experienced it. Three solid days of art classes, seeing old friends and making new friends at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. Below are a few images of the location. We were up on a hill overlooking the ocean, it was the end of March and oh so cold but the beauty drew us outside to explore.

I had amazing classes. Below are a few images from them.

Day 1: Vintage Village Color Books with  Lisa Bebe

Here are my pieces following her instructions. 🙂  So much fun to learn new ways of combining materials. We used printed photos, ink washes and paint. I think they came out pretty awesome!

Day 2:  Flexible, Stuffable Journals with LK Slattery Ludwig

After a very  process driven day before, the second day was pure messiness!! Paint splattering, stencils flying quickly between our hands, paper folding, needles stitching… it was a whirlwind of creativity! I never finished the complete book, but I did finish the canvas cover, and many many amazing painted papers. I had a blast.

Day 3: Obsession or Collection with Roxanne Padgett.

Awesome culmination of a lot of techniques. We made a small book, stitched up some inside pages, and even made our own beads to string onto the spine of the book. I almost finished, but not quite! I had brought many papers and images I had collected over the years and was able to mesh them all together!

Earlier that morning, I had met a few other ladies down at the beach to take a walk thorough the salty air before the days classes began. The shore was strewn with driftwood and rocks…one of the ladies sang “cockles, and muscles….” and the fog was just starting to lift, it was very peaceful. I didn’t have my camera, but I was able to save my ocean memories by working in sand, seaweed, and driftwood to the books pages.

I’ll end this with a few sketches I did when I got home. After a few days away from routine, it was hard not to daydream about the misty hills and warm cozy classrooms buzzing with creativity!

Happy Creating…Stay Inspired! 🙂

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.

Spread 004 – My Zen

Old personal illustrations, Acrylic Paints, various papers, pastels, ink

We all need more peaceful moments in our lives…and there are many ways to find it. I happened to find it here, in the pages of my journal. I decided to combine some of my old illustrations with personally meaningful imagery and personal photos, and all of the sudden it was there – my own personal zen space.

Where is your zen space? Share a link, I’d love to know.