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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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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature of my Journal

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Sunny days encourage me to venture outside, my  journal pages seeking sunlight. As energizing as spring and summer can be, it is also a time to enjoy the long summer days, pause in the shade of a tree, admire the millions of shades of green in the forest and garden, and enjoy natures creations. Summer colors and textures make their way into my journal, a collection of my observations and inner journeys.

This is the state of my journal this summer – soft paint splattered cover, insides bulging with almost one year worth of art, words, expression, tassels dangling like familiar jewelry, pages pliable, worn and loved… and now, witnessed by the garden,  summer sunlight and you.

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

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“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” ~William Wordsworth

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Botanical Wanderings

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There is a wonderful amount of growth and abundance in nature right now, blooming and growing…
Wandering amongst the lines and textures, amongst my thoughts and words. I get lost in the gardens  in my pages.

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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Journeys • Mixed Media Paintings At Stash

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 on each piece, email me at rachelurista@gmail.com or contact Stash in Corvallis.

JourneyToHeartOfMountain_RachelUristaJourney to the Heart of the Mountain, Mixed Media 24×36″ (3 Panels)

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Stand Tall_RachelUristaStand Tall, 12×48, Mixed Media

Spring Buzz • Art Workshops and Art Shows!

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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 rachelurista@gmail.com to hold your seat!

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Secondly, I am happy to announce a new art show at Stash Local in Corvallis, featuring my mixed media paintings and original art journal pages!  Come by and see the show, featuring a wide variety of sizes and price ranges for sale. On display until the end of April. Two full months to stop in and see my work in person. Thank you for your support!

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Journal Spread: Messages Amidst Mess

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Playing in the paint…dab, smear, splatter. Getting emotions out on paper, releasing the days stress. What first appears as a mess, sharpens. Images start to emerge. Narratives develop naturally. Messages surface, stop and reflect. Sometimes when emotions and life seem messy, there are messages for us to find within them.

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.

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!