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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Spring Canvases




4″ x 4″ each, Acrylic and Ink

I’ve been working away in my new garage studio and now the pieces are finally out in the sun and for sale at  STASH downtown Corvallis!

As plants and flowers all around me begin to bloom, my eyes soak in all the colors and textures. I love creating these tiny worlds, all the color and feeling of a spring day, contained in a 4″ square!

I am working on more sizes, variety and magnets!  Until then, I hope these provide you a little sunshine and spring color on  those grey days between the sunny ones!


La Pine Dancer Painting

Every painting starts with an experience… this one started in Bend this summer, while on a visit with my Aunt. This point is somewhere between Bend, OR and LaPine, OR. We took a new back road and ended up here! What a great surprise!

Though the real scene was more vibrant and bold, I painted from the calm serene feeling I had from the bend in the river. Though the water was almost at a standstill, the tree here seemed to be full of movement… bending slightly over the cliff to the river, it seemed to be frozen in a modern dance pose… The twisting grace of the roots and the texture of the trunk fascinated me!

The painting is acrylic and modeling paste, fiber paste and raised paper. Below are some photos of the process of the painting. I always enjoy reviewing how a painting progresses, and would like to share it with you too.


Acrylic & Mixed Media, 8″x24″ each panel.  SOLD

STASH – ART SHOW and LIVE PAINTING


Please join us and come check out this amazing shop in downtown Corvallis this weekend. Full of all things yarn and knitting related, PLUS handmade arts and crafts from local artists.
This Saturday will be a small opening show, where I will bring a bit of my studio into STASH and paint for the audience.
WHEN: Sat, November 19 6pm – 9pm
WHERE: Stash LLC, 110 SW 3rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 753-9276

 

Fall Candy Colors

The response to the small square paintings I have at STASH has been great! They are so much fun to make too! A new batch is at STASH now!

The colors remind me of this Japanese candy I used to have as a kid- Konpeito!

Kompetio | by Juushika Redgrave
Kompetio | by Juushika Redgrave
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金平糖bot (@konpei_bot) | Twitter


Acrylic Squares: 3.5″ x 3.5″   Rectangles:  12″ x 3.5″ each

Greeting Cards and Prints!

Sleeves are here!  Who else could get so excited about plastic sleeves?  But I finally was able to package up my beautiful greeting cards and professional prints of my work!

Now available at the beautiful store STASH in downtown Corvallis. Stop in and pick out your favorites!

Archival Matted prints are just about ready too!  I am packaging up selected professional quality full- color prints of a few of my favorite pieces! These bright, lovely prints are on textured paper (called “Bob Picasso paper” don’t you love it?)  Ready for framing! Add that  personal touch to your home or office!

Feel free to send me an email if you don’t see what you are looking for or have any questions.  Thanks so much for your support! 🙂

Moooooooooo Cards!

My Mini Moo Cards are fun, fantastic and finally here!  They are BEAUTIFUL! I love how unique the mini moo cards are. You can customize the back up to 100 images. It was hard to choose, but so much fun to design! I am thrilled to have tiny business cards. Anyone who knows me has probably heard me speak about moo cards for over two years. I am happy and proud to say, I finally made them!! 😀

Sakura Tree Painting 桜

The Sakura Painting is complete! 😀 I wanted to share some of the details.

I used pine cones and twigs to create organic textures for the blossoms, and built up the tree using various papers and fiber paste. The glass beads are hand placed and individually glued. I think all of this resulted in a highly textured dynamic piece! I am so pleased with the outcome, it felt like the tree was coming to life!



To see more images of this painting, from sketch to paint, see my post here.

Processes

Process or processing (verb) typically describes the action of taking something through an established and usually routine set of procedures or steps to convert it from one form to another”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki)

I think all paintings carry the history of its making if you look close enough!  I wanted to share with you some of the history of this Sakura Tree piece – or the process of taking it from idea to finished painting.  This was one of the first sketches, you can see the tracing paper flap was used to position the blossoms on top of the intricate branching patterns.

Here is one of the first painted sketches…. I had fun creating the texture with natural sponges, pine cones and what ever else I could try. Eventually I would use pinecones and branches on the final piece to help break up the monotonous texture of the blossoms I was getting with the brushes…

In looking back on the process of this painting, you can see and feel it when looking at the edges… looking back in its history.  It really hits me when I am doing the final touches, and painting the sides of the canvases, sealing it closed, completing the piece.

… In the end, the clean crisp dark sides of the painting seemed to complete it- it was almost ready to hang!

A little inspiration! 😀 Sweet Peas from the local Farmers Market! Fresh flowers and plants always energize me.  Now to position the glass beads!

Just about there! 😀 I really loved creating this piece, it was such a good challenge and so much fun!  I hope the painting is enjoyed as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Sun River Pine Painting