It started with this: Three artists paint prayers for the strength of another… 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. The … More Collaboration Energy
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 … More SALE! Wanderlust Online Art Workshop
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 … More PDX Workshop with Jesse Reno
****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 … More New Shop @ Society6 and Special for You!
Stay open to the messages in your paintings, sometimes unexpected, sometimes unclear…keep working at it! Keep listening and painting, painting and listening…
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… A few close ups of the layering work. Writing, dry brush forms, paint, spray inks, black gesso, … More Dance • Mixed Media Painting
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 … More Coastal Energies
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. … More Dreams • Journal Page
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 … More An Art-filled Week Ahead
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 … More Opening Up • Open Soul Painting Session
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 … More Let Go
In 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 … More Journal Spread • Rainbows Under Water
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 … More Special Announcement! Southern California Class!
Creating my art begins with an experience, emotion, and inspiration and travels onward from there. Layer upon layer, the destination comes closer until the journey is complete. Below is a selection of my mixed media pieces now on display and for sale at Stash in Corvallis, Oregon. March to the end of April. For information … More Journeys • Mixed Media Paintings At Stash
We’ll play with pastels, spray inks, ink pens, and black gesso! We’ll have moments of fast movement and calm as we work to create layers of meaning with simple but unique mix of materials! Come out to play!! Saturday, March 8th at 11am at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your … More Spring Buzz • Art Workshops and Art Shows!
I am excited to begin this journey with Open Soul Communications and offer you Open Soul Painting Workshops, coming soon! Come out today to their FREE event: http://opensoulcommunication.wordpress.com/free-event1/ Food, fun, and information on the soul supportive services offered. As a classically trained artist, I became shut-down by all the rules and set standards. When I discovered mixed … More A Journey begins • Collaboration with Open Soul Communication
Workshop #2 of the year, “RECLAIM” 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 … More Workshop Inspiration!
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 … More Journal Spread: To Open
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 … More Art Journal Workshop • A Journey back to Creativity
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, … More January Art Events
Journal 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 … More Rainbows in the Dark
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 … More Original Art Sale | Holiday Gifts
Blogging from the road! I am in California with family this Holiday. Taking a moment to pause today, step away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and garden to give thought to what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I had the images below with me, although they were done some years ago, they are … More Happy Thanksgiving
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 … More 41st Annual Corvallis Fall Festival
This was a class I taught earlier this summer at The Drawing Board in downtown Corvallis. I had so much fun, we had so much fun! I loved seeing how students took the instructions and ran with it, creating their own unique pieces… How expressive and freeing it can be to let go of the outcome, … More Growing a Tree – Art Journaling Class
Lately I have been really inspired by the coastline…The water and trees, clouds and words flow freely…. Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media on Wood panel 12×12 Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media on Wood panel 12×12 Mini! Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media on Canvas 4×4, Sold! Mini! Coastal Tide Series, Mixed media on Canvas 4×4 It … More Mixed Media Coastal Tides Series Continues
I 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 … More New Journal Page – I Shut My Eyes
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 … More Majestic Theater Art Show
4 x4″ Mixed media, $35 each Here’s a sneak peek of my entries to the Awesome Tiny Art Show at The Drawing Board on Madison Ave/4th Street. These are up all week, so if you find yourself in downtown Corvallis, stop in! The opening night for the Awesome Tiny Art Show will be this … More Awesome Tiny Art Show
This week, I am the featured artist in the Corvallis Advocate newspaper. It was pretty neat to see my work in print around town! It’s a fun little interview with some commentary on my work and a little background about me. I think they did a great job showing all my work! I sure wasn’t … More In Print!
The 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 … More Live Painting – in the Window!
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 … More Spring/Summer Classes @ The Drawing Board-an Update
If you have ever wanted to learn the basics of painting with acrylics, curious about art journaling or just want to get creative, now is your chance! I’m happy to present several classes to you this summer. In a just two weeks, I’ll start teaching a few afternoon sessions at our local art supply shop, … More Come Create With Me!
A fantastic photo by CPR Photography Check out more of their work at https://www.facebook.com/Photography.CPR Photo by Connor Price Photo by Connor Price And here are the final pieces…Freshly made. 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 … More Live Painting • Imagine Coffee, Corvallis
Just a few weeks ago, the newest Art Guild in Corvallis had an art sale and show. I am proud to share that I am one of the newest members of the Temporary Artists’ Guild in Corvallis. This is a great bunch. I am so grateful for this organization-meeting like-minded people and sharing resources and … More Temporary Artists’ Guild Sale
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, … More An Artful Journey Retreat, Santa Cruz
Busy busy time just before Spring arrives! I am preparing to go to an art retreat An Artful Journey in Santa Cruz where I will be taking Jesse Renos class called “No Limits” Very excited for this! I just finished my Prayer flags and sent them in for the retreat also. Cannot wait to see … More Of Prayer Flags, Art Retreats and Art Tables!
“14 Artist Journals” is finally here!! —— A few words from the Author, Orly Avineri: 14 Artist Journals is a wondrous grouping of journal pages from fourteen impassioned individuals. In it I reveal the delicate worlds of creative types for whom visual journaling had become a spiritual practice, an honest and raw expression of who they are. The … More Hot Off the Press!! And FREE Book Giveaway!
I am happy to finally break the news, I will have artwork published in “14 Artists Journals” a new book by Orly Avineri, coming this February to Amazon, Createspace and Orlys blog. I am so excited to be one of the 14 featured artists in this book! This is an amazing collection of creative works … More Exciting News!
It’s winter now, and the sky is heavy and grey. Temperatures are in the 30’s and low 40’s here, frosts have hit and plants are mostly dormant. I came across these photos taken just before fall swept in. The bright colors and lush growth brought me back to those last days of summer, with art … More Art Filled Garden
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, … More Spread 006 – Kazoku-Family
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 … More Artfest 2012
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 … More Spread 005 – Rainbows
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 … More Spread 004 – My Zen
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? … More Spread – 003 A Family Tree of Sorts
Origami Paper, Other Decorative Papers, Acrylic Paints, Japanese Maple Leaves, Other Leaves I’ve saved in this journal spread some of the last green leaves of the season… There’s no denying it anymore… the leaves are changing, the rain has arrived. The air is getting crisper and cooler… hot soups and teas are beckoning. The garden … More Spread 002 – Welcoming Fall
(click on images for larger view) 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 … More Spread 001 – A Gardeners Heart
Several months back I was asked to participate in a local community project, The She Project. Its a wonderfully inclusive and creative project and you can find details here. All participants were given a short sentence or prompt, and given two hours to create a response. There were no strict rules execpt that it had … More She had a Bone to Pick With Them