SALE Items – Sneek Preview

Today I will be with artist Carrie Tasman at the Downtown Corvallis Association meeting room- 460 SW Madison Ave, Suite #19 for the Annual Studio Sale!

Below are some of my faves that I will have at the sale! I’ll have some original art, canvas prints (ready to hang!) and also art prints all for a super great price.
Of course, I will also have my coloring books, and individual pages on sale!

Check out my super crazy sale prices- for today only- from noon-4pm!

This Sunday: Multi-Artist Studio Clearance SALE

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Clearing out my studio this week and getting ready for the Multi-Artist Studio Clearance Sale this Sunday, Jan 21, from 12-4. Help me make way for the new, and score some excellent deals!

  • Original paintings: most 50% OFF ($10-$450)

  • Prints up to 50% off ($7.50 to $45)

  • Artists Coloring books- EACH $5

  • Individual Coloring Pages- $1 each!

Click the circles to see details on each.

 

Map and Details:

 

See the Dragons Before They are Gone!

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WHEN:  June 1 – June 30, 2017

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, plus during evening and weekend performances

LOCATION: Antoinette Hatfield Hall – Portland5

ADMISSION IS FREE

I invite you to visit the show, and take in all of the amazing work! Its stunning the way artists of different mediums have approached and captured the theme of the gorgeous Dragon Boats.

See more on their facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pg/DragonBoatArtShow

Heres a peak at many, many more pieces – ALL are for Sale, in downtown Portland, Antoinette Hatfield Hall – Portland5.

You can find details here: http://www.rosefestival.org/event/dragon-boat-art-show

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At least a year ago I saw the Dragon boat art show on facebook through friends. It looked amazing! I had missed any deadline to apply but fell in love with the theme and became fascinated with the boats too! Fast forward a year and I see the Dragon Boat Art show pop up again…but this time, the deadline is just a few days away- I thought, Darn! close but no cigar! I’ll have to wait till next year- but then– the deadline was extended- I had another shot at it! I wasted no time and got right to work.

YES! I jumped right in. I knew I saw the dragon and I DID.First dragon (really!) even though I love myth and magic and have been exposed to them all my life.

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As the painting progressed, the dragon grew gnarly and powerful…

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Early stages

 

I decided to hand build the frame. I did a float mount- and a nice black lacquer molding- about 1 3/4″ thick. I turned out great! I can’t wait to keep building out frames for my work- it felt so polished and finished. Heres a look…

Finished and framed!

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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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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.

 

 

 

New Studio Space- A flashback to Fall!

IMG_3279Whoa! So I never hit “publish” on this post, and….8 months later, I am quietly reflecting on having this studio space and having now been a stop on the Corvallis Arts walk for 7 months now and met the most amazing artists and members of our community. Your support and enthusiasm has been lovely.

I am sad to say that Laurel has only one more month with me as an art roomey- and I am searching for another art-partner to share my space come this August. But I thought I’d look back and see what a fantastic few months it has been!

Waaaay back in October of 2015…… I had….

Keys in hand, car packed… ready to unload and set up! What an adventure its been this past week! Super excited, beyond excitement to announce my new studio space with local artist Laurel Thompson. If you don’t know her work, you should! Fellow illustrator and a fantastic muralist!

We’re setting up shop and can’t wait to invite you in!

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This is an AMAZING SPACE smack downtown on second street, across from Old World Deli.

A little hub of art is happening here and I love it!

We are sharing the building with other awesome artists such as the wonderful and inspiring Brittney West.

Across the street is the long time local art and frame shop- Pegasus Gallery, Cyranos Book Binding, ShadowSmith, Kaleidoscope Beads and Azure Gallery. Could you ask for a more artistic little corner?

This space is also part of the well known local artist- Nelson Sandgrens old studio. We are so lucky to have part of his mural still on the south wall. Its been said this was his prototype for the much larger mural he did down at the Eugene Airport! Wow! love it.

It’s been a great sunny space, perfect for painting and playing… Stay tuned as we’ll be sure to have lot’s going on and want YOU to be a part of it!

Luck and love,

~R

 

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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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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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Sketchbook Sundays

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“Serious art is born from serious play.”

(Julia Cameron-An Artists Way)

I think this is especially true of my sketchbook. It is not necessarily where I do art journaling…rather, these are places I work out ideas and create space for exploration.

A few months ago, I picked up one brown marker and started filling in a blank journal. I had to find my own way to become comfortable with writing. I found that I am naturally drawn to and work well with symbols, backwards writing and upside down writing. Words I know are present, but a bit difficult to read. I know what is there, but it is not meant for everyone to read, more to experience the feelings from it.  Using limited colors on a few pages, I concealed and revealed as I wished…

More flowed through me than I had expected or been quite prepared for… I have filled a sketchbook in little over 3 months. Unheard of for me. Until now.

Finding this complimentary journaling practice has been a deeply enriching experience. In order to honor this practice, I am starting “Sketchbook Sundays” where each Sunday I will post a page from my sketchbook, sharing with you a sneek peek into the pages of my sketchbooks.

I am looking forward to hearing about your sketchbook practices. Do you have separate sketchbooks? Are they themed? Do you write or just doodle? Do you use them for springboards for your art? Would love to hear about your practices, please comment below!

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Alive with Beauty • 2014 Art Journal Workshops

“We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity.” (John O’Donohue)

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It is far too easy to believe the idea that only the chosen few are artists. We are all creative.  All beings desire to make a mark, change our landscape or bring an idea to life.

The creative state is the natural state for humans. We do so each day in many different ways and in many forms.

I wish to empower each individual to reclaim their own creativity. I believe art journaling can be a practice for reconnecting and claiming your creativity.

Anyone can experience the benefits of art journaling. The act of writing, drawing, putting hands to paper or making marks are all powerful forms of expression. Art journaling has the capacity to bring about clarity, direction and balance within the individual. Our journals can become a safe place for free expression.

In addition, art journaling is just FUN! It’s a great way to release stress, to play, and to explore materials and mediums.

Hope to meet you at one of my workshops!

Happy Creating! ~ Rachel

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The details: 

Each class meets on a Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person plus a materials fee. Please bring your working journal or sketchbook. For some of them,  you will bring a few printed images of your choice. Details will be emailed to registered students closer to the day of. 

You can sign up a few ways: 

• Email: rachelurista@gmail.com 

• Facebook message me: www.facebook.com/racheluristaartfuljourneys

• Calling Imagine Coffee in Corvallis at : 541-286-4340 or signing up with the Baristas in person.

Payment is accepted when you sign up or on the day of the workshop.

A little about the venue:

Imagine Coffee  is a wonderfully inspiring coffee shop. They are super supportive of the arts, and have live painting several times a week. They host local art shows as well, and regularly have local musicians. The classes are held in the large conference room in the back, so we will have our own space, away from the main floor. 

In addition, 10% of the proceeds of each class are donated to charity.

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 Email me at rachelurista@gmail.com if you have additional questions, or feel free to leave a comment and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you! 

2014 Art Journal Workshops …Coming soon!

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I just booked the conference room 6 months worth of monthly art journal workshops at our amazing coffee shop in Corvallis, Imagine Coffee. 

Details on each class soon! It’s going to be one amazing, artful journey! Won’t you join me?

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