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

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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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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Workshop Inspiration!

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Connection, energy and inspiration fueled the day and creative sparks were flying!

Each student brought joy, energy and inspiration to the group.

It was particularly joyful to have those who had never done Art Journaling before. They were bold, brave and lent a fresh energy. Meeting friends I’d before only know online was another highlight of the day.  Meeting in person was a blast!

In hearing my students, it is becoming clearer that there is a real need to carve out space for our creative selves to expand. Our creative urges are not going to go away. We are, by nature, creative beings, and ignoring this urge is unhealthy.

Art journaling has the potential to open up this creativity, allowing us space and time to reconnect to this part of ourselves.  From simple to complex prompts and techniques, Art Journaling can open a door towards self-discovery and healing. I sincerely look forward to the next workshop, for the chance to continue to create space for each student to explore their creative self.

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—– Next up—— Inner Rhythms——-Saturday, March 8th! Watch for details! Until then, Happy Journaling!

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Journal Spread: To Open

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開ける- to Open. Messages carried over rainbows…

Layering, layering, layering…hand painting, smearing, mixing materials. Organic textures emerge unexpectedly. In this spread, I worked on being aware of the process, letting it guide me rather than trying to controlling it. I am really enjoying seeing where working in this manner is taking me.  Do you work in this manner? See where it might lead you!

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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!

————Love, Light and Happy Sketching!———-

Rainbows in the Dark

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OfRainbowsCLOSE_JournalSpread_Fall2013OfRainbows_JournalSpread_Fall2013Journal Spread; Pastels, Marker, ink, and Black Gesso.

I started this journal spread, using pastels and thin ink pens back in the Summer of 2012 but struggled to finish it – so closed the book…so to speak.

I had all but forgotten about this spread until there came an evening, a few months ago, when my friend had some leftover black gesso and a I had a bit of bravery on hand…

This particular combination lead to something remarkable, expressive and symbolic.

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“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” ~Norman B. Rice

This spread is a bit darker than the other ones, but was very meaningful to create. I’ve found certain dreams and instincts are hard to express in words. Through art journaling, I combine unexpected imagery, words and colors to create more powerful and personally meaningful images of my own experiences.