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

Art Show, Portland, Porland5, Downtown art, Oregon Artist, Rachel Urista, Dragon boat, Dragon Art, Fantasy Art, Mixed media art, Corvallis Artist

Art Show, Portland, Porland5, Downtown art, Oregon Artist, Rachel Urista, Dragon boat, Dragon Art, Fantasy Art, Mixed media art, Corvallis Artist

Art Show, Portland, Porland5, Downtown art, Oregon Artist, Rachel Urista, Dragon boat, Dragon Art, Fantasy Art, Mixed media art, Corvallis Artist

 

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…

Fire on the water, 2017, Art Show, Portland, Porland5, Downtown art, Oregon Artist, Rachel Urista, Dragon boat, Dragon Art, Fantasy Art, Mixed media art, Corvallis Artist, japanese dragon art, Japanese art, japanese dragon
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!

Art Show, Portland, Porland5, Downtown art, Oregon Artist, Rachel Urista, Dragon boat, Dragon Art, Fantasy Art, Mixed media art, Corvallis Artist

 

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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Spread – 003 A Family Tree of Sorts

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?  I wonder about my roots, even the nearest branches are still a mystery to me. For now, details are cloudy and silent images remain. I hope to fill in this tree and give voices to the photos.

How do you celebrate your family tree?  Send me a link and let me know how you save your history and create your own family tree.