21 Secrets Course Relaunch and Giveaway time!

I am so pleased to be able to share with you today the RELAUNCH of 21 Secrets! and a special GIVEAWAY for two free seats in the class.

I was a teacher in 2014 and am honored to be included in this super talented bunch!

The special edition is a collection of 37 workshops from the Spring and Fall 2014 and 2015 editions to create a well-rounded, power-packed collection.  In this 21 SECRETS you will find instruction on everything from collage, gelli prints, transfers, how to face the blank page, tips on creating a daily creative habit, and much, much more!

 

SELF PACED ONLINE WORKSHOP | 37 WORKSHOPS | IMMEDIATE ACCESS

WHATS INCLUDED:

•  37 workshops in a 150+ pages downloaded eBook.

• Packed with links to videos, full color photos and templates, and clear, inspiring instruction.

• The buyer receives immediate and lifetime access to all content

• Membership to a private Facebook peer group to share their work and receive support.

• All videos are downloadable

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It is on sale now for $128 for 37 lessons- I have not found a better deal since. Really.

The Early bird Special starts today,  Wednesday May 2 through Friday May 4, buyers can save $21 with the coupon code: BESTOF at the time of checkout.
To learn more about the class, follow the link HERE

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In my class, you will learn how to dye papers to look richly colored and antique. We’ll then talk about dreams and symbols and how to work them into your journal. We go step by step to create a unique dreamscape, and add a handmade miniature scroll at the end.

 

I hope you will consider taking this course! It is packed with hours of inspiration for your journaling practice!

**Feel free to message me with any questions you may have! Happy to answer them!**

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GIVEAWAY TIME

To celebrate the re-launch of 21 SECRETS THE BEST of 2014-2015,  I am doing a GIVEAWAY for one lucky winner to score 21 SECRETS The Best of 2014 & 2015 class!

All you have to do is follow the link below and it will lead you to a page to enter your email. Simple!

Click HERE to Enter the contest.

You have until Thursday May 10th at midnight to enter.
The winners will be announced Friday morning, May 11th. Good luck!

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21 SECRETS – The Best of 2014 & 2015 Instructor List

Carolyn Dube – https://acolorfuljourney.com/

Carrie Todd – http://www.mystudio13.com/

Cathy Anderson – http://www.catherineandersonstudio.com/

Cathy Bluteau – http://cathyb.typepad.com/

Connie Solera and Opal Keen – http://www.dirtyfootprints-studio.com/

Crystal Moody – https://crystalmoody.com/

David R. Modler and Eric M. Scott – https://journalfodderjunkies.com/

DeAnne Olguin Williamson – http://deannewilliamson.com/

Effy Wild – https://effywild.com/

Faith Evans Sills – http://www.faithevanssills.com/

Fonda Clark Haight – https://www.fondaclarkhaight.com/

France Papillon – https://www.france-papillon.com/

Galia Alena – http://www.galiaalena.com/

Gina Lee Kim – http://ginaleekim.blogspot.com/

Jamie Ridler – https://www.jamieridlerstudios.ca/

Jane Cunningham – https://www.numinousjane.com/

Jennifer Clay (Jenni Bellie) – http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

Jennifer Joanou – http://www.jenniferjoanou.com/

Jill Berry – http://jillberrydesign.com/

Joanna Powell Colbert – https://www.gaiansoul.com/

Julianna Coles – http://meandpete.com/

Karen Michel – http://www.karenmichel.com/

Kate Robertson – http://www.katerobertsonstudios.com/

Kristal Norton – https://kristalnorton.com/

Lisa Cheney – http://lisacheneyjorgensen.blogspot.com/

Lisa Hofmann – http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/

Lesley Riley – http://lesleyriley.com/

Maya Stein and Amy Tingle – https://www.thecreativecaravan.com/

Michelle Turbide – http://michelleturbidestudios.com/

Nathalie Kalbach – https://nathaliesstudio.com/

Päivi Eerola – http://www.peonyandparakeet.com/

Petrea Hansen-Adamidis – http://www.arttherapist.ca/

Rachel Ellen Andrews – http://www.rachelellenandrews.com/

Rachel Urista – https://www.rachelurista.com/

Veronica Funk – http://www.veronicafunk.com/

Arts Walk Tonight January 18th

The January Artwalk is tonight. We’ll be open at my new location at Evil Eye Studios – 460 SW Madison Ave, Suite #7.

We invite you to drop by and visit, see what our artists are up to!

 

 

I will be setting up for the Artists Studio Clearance Sale – AKA Artist Garage Sale. Score early deals on original paintings, prints, coloring books and used/reusable canvases!

Help me make way for the new, and score some excellent deals!

Here’s a peek at some of the deals I’ll have for you.   

  • 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!

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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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!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

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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It’s Finally Here! Color for Clarity Book

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You can also order it directly from me.  I’ll have a limited number of copies on hand available for purchase at my studio studio, starting next Wednesday.

I am so inspired by our collaborative effort, what you can do to make dreams come true. For about a year now I’ve been wanting to create a coloring book, so when I was asked to collaborate with 5 other super talented women, I jumped on board.

What resulted is even more beautiful and inspiring that I had imagined. Check out some images below of the inside pages.

Please share and/or use the hashtag #colorforclarity  so we can see all YOUR Beautiful coloring!

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I LOVE these intricate lines and shapes, don’t you? One of the unique aspects of this particular coloring book are its use of merging words into the pages. The intent of this was so that we can meditate on positive words and provocative questions as we color and find ourselves in a calmer, more introspective place.  Read more about this here.

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Hey that’s a page I drew above! How fun! …are you ready to join me?

Here is the Amazon link to order your copy!

~ ~ Thanks for your support! Happy coloring! ~~

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Coloring for Clarity • A Coloring Book for You!

 

12038135_1077582285594719_1670975302395647944_nWhoo hoo!  I finally get to spill the beans on another great project I’ve been working on for you…Coloring book pages with an amazing group of artists at Color For Clarity

Color for Clarity is a collaboration with amazing artist Kristal Norton and 5 artists to bring you one awesome jam packed coloring book with 6 unique styles, with each page will featuring a word, question, or quote to prompt further mindful exploration.

Stay tuned…. This baby will be printed and ready just in time for the holidays this November!

Want to learn more and stay updated? Visit the webpage and sign up for updates at: http://ColorForClarity.com

Below is a sneek peek at some of my pages and some of my favorite tools and some pages in progress.

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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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