Collaboration Energy

It started with this: Three artists paint prayers for the strength of another…

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Three artists- Bill Shumway, Paige Shumway and I in a group at Pegasus Art Gallery, April 2016. My pieces are the two tall totem like ones, and the green one below the portrait Bill did of fellow artist Rick Bartow.

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The collaborative potential was there, so we set a date and laid out some paint up at my studio downtown. Sometimes we worked all together in a few hours, and other pieces we took home and worked on individually, taking turns with each one until we felt they were complete. Below are some shots of the work.

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There is really nothing like collaborative painting. There is a certain energy, a meeting of the minds…a dance…. For the first piece, our only guideline was to work from the sketches we’d all done at the memorial. We gave eachother permission to paint over one anothers work, unless we stated otherwise. If you want to learn yourself really quick- do a collab- it will clear up who you are immediatly. We worked well together – with ease and delight.

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Currently, most of these pieces are on display at OSU, Along with many other collaborations and some of our individual work:
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Bill Shumway and Don Ferguson
with Raymond Hunter, Edith Wolfe, Kevin Clark, Paige Shumway, Rachel Urista, and Brizz Meddings

The show is up until the end of December 28th at the Center for Humanities OSU, Autzen House Gallery from 4-6. The gallery is at 811 SW Jefferson Avenue is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 to 4. This show will carry on to the Benton Historical Socitey in January, 2017.

 

 

 

SALE! Wanderlust Online Art Workshop

Maybe you have already heard about the exciting, inspirational journey in mixed-media and art journaling that I’m teaching a section of next year?

It’s called Wanderlust and it’s a year long online course that includes 50 videos from 26 different teachers, (full list here: http://everything-art.com/Wanderlust/Teachers/ – and I’m one of them!)

My portion will cover mixed media painting, focusing on chalk pastels and pencils…Very excited to make scrumptious and yummy tutorials for you! I absolutely LOVE chalk pastels and worked with them in the past quiet a bit. Vibrant, with distinct textures, they can be the final POP on a mixed media painting.

Pencils and graphite are more versatile than you would think! Dark lines, thin or thick, soft or aggressive graphite really can be distinct and stand out in mixed media paintings. Oh Boy! I’m getting exciting about these materials just writing this! More details on my class to come.

Wanderlust 2016 has a promotional price until the 15th of December 2015. You can buy the whole Wanderlust 2016 course for only $100 (£65 / €89). After this date the regular price of the class is $152 (£99/ €137), so don’t hesitate and grab your seat now to enjoy the whole of 2016 with inspiration.

-1Being a member of the class also give you lots of other different kinds of activities on the Everything Art online community, creative challenges and exercises with prizes from our sponsors (including Golden, Daler-Rowney, 7Gypsies and DecoArt), interaction with teachers, motivating discussions, creative games, topics that will help you understand art and find a best way to express yourself, discounts from our partners and lots more!!

For this price you are going to travel with us through the whole world of creativity getting to know media, products and enjoying the variety that teachers from all over the world can offer you.

Click on the links to see the schedule of the classes, supply list , in-depth description and list of sponsors 

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PDX Workshop with Jesse Reno

A little peek into what I’ve been up to this month. About a week ago I got back from a 5-day advanced workshop with Portland Artist Jesse Reno.

These are the thoughts that come to mind: Amazing community, vein of light, movement,  growth and potential.

I had been waiting almost 2 years to do this workshop, having taken only a 3 day workshop with Jesse a few years back. This way of working speaks to me at a deep and personal level.

I came home filled to the brim with personal insights, support, inspiration and also many, many tools to keep growing as an artist and a person. I highly recommend Jesse Reno workshops if you are serious about working in an intuitive, abstract manner, and ready to dive in to that abstract, intangible place within and see what messages & myths are waiting for you.

…more images soon! 🙂

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New Shop @ Society6 and Special for You!

****UPDATE**** as of 2015, I closed my society6 shop. You can now find my art, prints and more for sale at my Etsy Shop:  http://www.rachelurista.com/etsy/

I hope to get back to society6 at a future date! Thanks!******

I have a special announcement and sweet special for you! I just set up a new shop at SOCIETY6 – what a fantastic resource for artists. Here you can purchase Giclée prints, canvas prints, iphone cases, pillows (yes pillows!) and more!

Stop by before November 9th to use the limited time special: FREE Shipping worldwide AND $5 OFF each item in my shop! 🙂

http://society6.com/rachelurista?promo=R6VJTGXYCNNR

Thank you for your support! 

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Messages • Work in Progress

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Dance • Mixed Media Painting

Working layer by layer,opening up to whatever may appear, I let the painting carry me. Having just immersed myself in recreating ancient markings and art of pictographs in Bahia del Los Angeles, this painting emerged. Alive and dancing…

 

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“Dancer Awakens” Mixed media on paper, 9.5″ x 24″, Rachel Urista

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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.

Dreams • Journal Page

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I have been fascinated with dreams since I was a young child. I still have vivid recollections of dreams from age 5 on. I religiously kept a dream journal in middle school and high school, something I still practice today (though with less frequency).

Dreams give us rich language of colors, themes, images, majestic landscapes, and alternate realities.  Fleeting, intangible, powerful, moving, we have much to learn from our dreams….but how do you capture a dream? Is it a color, a scent? An image? All of the above?

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An Art-filled Week Ahead

I have a very art-filled week ahead! I’d like to invite you to the opening of Studio262 in downtown Corvallis this Friday evening. Come out to see original art from the Temporary Artists Guild and support the newest art gallery Corvallis!

The following morning, I will be doing another round of the Nature based Art Journaling at the NEW Workshop space at Studio262! The cost is only $25. You can sign up online simply by clicking on any of the images below.  Email me for your materials list (rachelurista@gmail.com)  You can see more of my nature based art journaling  here. We had a blast at the last nature journaling class and I am looking forward to this one!

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Hope to see you this week! Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Until then, stay inspired and happy painting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Up • Open Soul Painting Session

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A few weeks ago Open Soul Communications and I teamed up for our second Open Soul Painting workshop. What an amazing time! I want to send out many thanks to each participant, who trusted our process and brought their creative fire to the day!

The theme this round was “Open.” You can see the definition and images that emerged where vastly different for each person. We explored this broad theme by asking, what does it feel like to be open? What colors express ‘open’ to you? What are you opening up to or would like to be open to in your life and how do you express it?

Painting is a way to capture intangible but no less real elements of our lives such as emotions.  Each painting spoke in a unique way to its creator. Most of us are unaware of what a richly symbolic, colorful and expressive inner life we lead. When we focus on a theme or question and paint, we make space for personal symbols and wild expression to come fourth.

At Open Soul Painting workshops we explore rich themes using a simple yet effective mixed media process. Save the Date! Our next session is June 28th from 4pm-7pm at Love Yoga Studio in North Albany, OR. Space is limited, so be sure to register and pay by visiting opensoulcommunication.com/workshops

What are you waiting to express? What would YOU paint?

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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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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