The Place I’ve Been Before

 

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The Place I’ve Been Before, by Rachel Urista, 2017   Acrylics, spray paint, origami papers, acrylic markers, colored pencil, oil pastel on birchwood panel.

 

This is the first finished painting from the batch of four 48″x48″ panels I’m working on. Rather large and heavy for me- but I felt the deep need to work larger than I have before.

The piece went through many transformations, as much of my work does. It moved from abstract color, texture and expression, to cities in the wind, to mountains where the wisteria grow, and sacred shrines are hidden. I felt the sense of place and atmosphere come together with this one- and felt it was a space I know. Curious feeling! Though not unknown, perhaps, by other artists and poets, whose work carries them to a certain obscure, yet familiar territory.

felt the sense of place and atmosphere come together with this one- and felt it was a space I know and have visited before. What a curious feeling! Though not unknown, perhaps, by other artists and poets, whose work carries them to a certain obscure, yet familiar territory.

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Find Your Style • NEW EBook!

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WOW!~ ITs here! 😀

Excited to share with you today, the release of a wonderful resource for artists, both new and established- it’s called “Find Your Style” and its the latest, greatest project from artist and teacher Kristal Norton, available for purchase as a downloadable ebook.

I was SO excited when I was asked to contribute my personal experience in finding my own artistic style-but what a question! My mind was spinning…  Where to begin? How did I find my style? What has my journey as an artist looked like? And what would I recommend to others? Thinking back through my artist’s journey, especially over the last 20 years, was a surprisingly emotional job! 

In trying to extract the essence of some of the lessons I’ve learned (and continuing to learn!)  I found some core beliefs within myself:

Finding your style means to be willing to reinvent yourself as an artist and be willing to ditch current style and “artistic” safety nets. Then do it again. And again, and again. 

I knew instinctively that I’d only find my true style, my language, by “going there”; to those emotional, obscure places within.

Wow- man, I WISH someone had written this for me 10 -20 years ago! Who hasn’t struggled with finding their style, their voice, their authenticity as an artist?

This book is packed full of advice and support. I find that in listening to other artists stories I begin to validate my own story, I feel instantly connected to a greater path taken. Artists can be so insular in our pursuits- this ebook is an amazing break from that and about a topic we can all relate to. 

Twelve artists were all asked the same questions about our style, and I LOVE the variation in responses.

Even though we all have traveled beautifully diverse paths there are some underlying themes of exploration, courage, and transformation in each of our stories as artists.

Now it’s your turn too! I also truly believe we keep transforming, not just in our daily lives but as our lives as artists. Indeed when I was invited, I thought, “Oh Boy! I JUST stumbled upon yet another new way of working…making me feel once again, at once both at the crux of discovery and joy, but yet vulnerable too.

Take a gander, soak it in. Know we all struggle and we all doubt, but that we also have triumphs and high points in our artistic journeys. My hope is that you can relate to our stories- that in this ebook, you find advice for those moments of feeling stuck or in doubt. I know I have enjoyed reading each artist’s journey and learned much already! There are so many great pointers here that I will also take into my practice. 

Below are the wonderfully talented artists who contributed to the book!  You can read more about the book and purchase your copy here for just $33. A portion of the purchases will help support the artists (including myself) who contributed to this book. Thank you for your support and I hope you find inspiration and comradery within the pages of this book.

I’d love to know your story and how you found your style, or struggles and triumphs too!

 

 

When Mirrors Chase Sky • Mini Abstract Paintings

 

Its just around the corner- Another Artwalk!  For Julys art walk, here at my downtown studio, I’ll be featuring my small paintings from  “When Mirrors Chase Sky” Series. Stroll in and view small paintings packed full of intense color, expressive line work and writing. Experience these small abstract paintings up close and personal.

Hope to see you there!

We are located at: 340 SW 2nd St Studio #12 (Above Corvallis Cyclery)  4-8pm

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A look in my home studio-its getting full in here!

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Walk the CAW and celebrate the arts in Corvallis! July 21st, 2016 4-8pm

Locations and Show:
ArtWorks (CEI) | 4-8pm | Larry Hurst, What He Sees
Brittney West Studio | 4-9pm | ABSURD ACTIVIST ARTWORK
Fairbanks Gallery | 4-8pm | OSU Art Faculty Exhibit
Karen Wysopal Studio | 4-8pm | New Works
Laurel Thompson & Rachel Urista Studio | 4-8pm | When Mirrors Chase Sky Series
Living Room Gallery | 4-8pm | Long Distance
Majestic Theatre | 5-8pm | ART•BORETUM
Pegasus / Azure / Old World Deli | 4-8pm | Window on Art 2016
Studio Beatrice | 4-7pm | Porcelain Pottery
Studio262 | 4-9pm | The NeverEnding Story
The Arts Center | 4-8pm | Imagine artist reception
Voices Gallery | 4-8pm | RED

21 SECRETS Retirement SALE

21secrets_Fall_Retirement(1)Sharing some Big News with you today: 21 Secrets Fall and Spring editions are retiring today.  This was such an amazing collection of workshops with outstanding teachers all in one tidy package. Such an honor to be involved, but its time for them to retire- which means….the lowest prices EVER on these two jam-packed online workshops!

Starting today 21 SECRETS Fall will be on sale for $59 and the combo pack of both Spring and Fall will be on sale for $100.

Follow this link to learn more: http://bit.ly/1Ik0Uk5

The sale will last until Friday, December 18th.  After this date 21 SECRETS 2014 will no longer be available for purchase, so be sure to check it out soon!

Below, some peeks at my mini workshop in the series, Dream Voyages, where we played with tea staining, layering with maps and papers and I guide you through working with dream like imagery to create your personal maps and visual journey.

Thanks so much for looking! ❤ ❤

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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.

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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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Wanderlust 2016 First Ever Giveaway

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Imagine winning almost $225 of fabulous mixed media and art goodies?

Everything Art are giving away a chance to win this one amazing prize for anyone who buys a place on their new fabulous year long mixed media and art journaling online class called Wanderlust from 1st of September until 15th of December 2015.

(Everyone who has already bought is already included in the draw!!!) The prize of Wanderlust 2016 until 15th of December is £65 (approx $100 / €89), after this day it will go up to £99, so save money by booking it now and be in for chance to win this fabulous prize.

Dive into the world of creativity and get a head start with these fabulous prizes:

Prima Finnabair -Brush Set
Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Travel Set
Sennelier Abstract Satin Finish Acrylic – Primary Blue
Sennelier Abstract Satin Finish Acrylic – Carmine Red
1500 Koh-I-Noh Graphite Pencil Set
Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Pencil Travel Set
Daler Rowney Simply Pastel A4 Art Set
Pocket Colour Wheel
Paint Pallete
Prima Finnabair Art Basics – 3d Matte Gel 236ml
Catalyst Mini Blade – No 1 White
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients Glass Beads – Plum
Dr P.H. Martins Bombay Inks – Aqua – 30ml Bottle
Sakura Pigma Brush Pen – Black
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients – Glass Glitter – Sterling
Ranger Sunshine Yellow Re-Inker
Sharpie Water Based White Extra Fine Point
Catalyst Contour No 61 Mint
Prima – Chalk Egders By Ingvild Bolme – Lime Pie
Prima – Chalk Egders By Ingvild Bolme – Summer Field
Scrapbook Diaries stamp designed by Kasia
The Crafters Workshop TCW459s Mini Harlequin Circles 6×6 Stencil
Prima Finnabair Elementals Stencil Netting

The lucky winner will be announced 1st of January 2016 on Everything Art Facebook page and online community

 

 

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
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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.

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rachelurista.com • New Website! Now Live

It’s up and live….my new website! I designed it with Squarespace and am very pleased with the results. I finally have all my art images in one place, with easy to navigate menu bars and clean and tidy look. Check it out at rachelurista.com

I’ll be posting here only if I have big announcements, but my new work will be maintained on my website, facebook and instagram. Although Blogging wasn’t in my cards, I’ve loved the community and connections – its been fun! 🙂

I hope you will stay in touch with me at my instagram account or facebook.

Much love,

~R

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Snazzy Galleries!! Even a two pages dedicated to my prior life as an illustrator and biomedical artist under “Archive.” Thanks for stopping by and checking it out! Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.23.32 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.44.30 PM

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April Workshop • Exploring Art Journaling at Studio262

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Excited to announce I’ll be teaching an Art Journal workshop this April at Studio262 in Corvallis. I’ve taken a short sabbatical from teaching this past fall and winter, feeling recharged and ready to go! This one is based off a fun and playful class I taught last year. We used our hands to paint, mixed and glued…and had a bunch of fun!

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This April, we’ll explore mixed media in the form of art journaling. Its easier than you think! We’ll go step by step and play with mixing acrylic paints, papers, graphite and oil pastels and make textures and shapes.

Learn about the practice of art journaling and complete one spread during the class. Please bring your own journal or sketchbook. All other materials provided.

Workshop Fee is $20. Ages 14 to adult. Min. 3, Max 12 students. Pre-registration is required.

To save your place, sign up online at Studio262WorkshopPage

Feel free to email me with any questions. I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty with you!

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Art Show Corvallis

This past fall and winter I’ve been pretty quiet, hard at work in the studio creating a new series work. So it is with great pleasure that I announce a new art show featuring my newest series and the work of the talented local artist Alexandra Schaefers. The show is at Studio262 (in the Madison building), in the new and expanded space.

Drop by and soak in the poetry and prose and paint!

Below is a sneek peek of just a few of the pieces in the show…hope you enjoy!

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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. 

Messages • Work in Progress

Messages_MixedMedia_RachelUristaStay open to the messages in your paintings, sometimes unexpected, sometimes unclear…keep working at it! Keep listening and painting, painting and listening…