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

Abstractions

These are a few in a new series of mine.  Abstractions,  capture moments,  push and pull, conceal, reveal, seeking out the messages through the layers.

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we have many hands in the tribe to hold to help to carry. offer up. attend to the vessels needs. your voice says the beauty will never leave you, it will never leave you.

SpiralMountain_RachelUristaClimbing spirals to the top of the mountain.

LostTribe_RachelUristaLost tribe, drum alive. in honoring, drums rise up.

YumeNoYama_RachelUristaDream mountain, lake reflections in doorways. entrances are visible to those who can see.

 

21 Secrets Online Course- A Sneek Peek!!

I have been away from blog and Facebook for a little while… That is because I have been working on creating something very exciting…my portion of  the 21 Secrets online class “Dream Voyages” 

Exited to share with you a sneek peek below!

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In my course we will voyage into our dreams!  First we’ll create richly layered backgrounds to create what I call dreamscapes. We will further explore this land by working with images, adding symbolic writing and start to unlock the messages they hold.  Wont you join me?

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21 Secrets is a gathering of 21 super talented artists to bring you 21 online art journaling courses. The course is composed of both videos and a digital version. I really love their vision, and there are still spots left! I hope you will consider joining me and 20 other amazing artists this fall.

Dreams • Journal Page

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I have been fascinated with dreams since I was a young child. I still have vivid recollections of dreams from age 5 on. I religiously kept a dream journal in middle school and high school, something I still practice today (though with less frequency).

Dreams give us rich language of colors, themes, images, majestic landscapes, and alternate realities.  Fleeting, intangible, powerful, moving, we have much to learn from our dreams….but how do you capture a dream? Is it a color, a scent? An image? All of the above?

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Opening Up • Open Soul Painting Session

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A few weeks ago Open Soul Communications and I teamed up for our second Open Soul Painting workshop. What an amazing time! I want to send out many thanks to each participant, who trusted our process and brought their creative fire to the day!

The theme this round was “Open.” You can see the definition and images that emerged where vastly different for each person. We explored this broad theme by asking, what does it feel like to be open? What colors express ‘open’ to you? What are you opening up to or would like to be open to in your life and how do you express it?

Painting is a way to capture intangible but no less real elements of our lives such as emotions.  Each painting spoke in a unique way to its creator. Most of us are unaware of what a richly symbolic, colorful and expressive inner life we lead. When we focus on a theme or question and paint, we make space for personal symbols and wild expression to come fourth.

At Open Soul Painting workshops we explore rich themes using a simple yet effective mixed media process. Save the Date! Our next session is June 28th from 4pm-7pm at Love Yoga Studio in North Albany, OR. Space is limited, so be sure to register and pay by visiting opensoulcommunication.com/workshops

What are you waiting to express? What would YOU paint?

New Workshops! • Open Soul Painting

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I am proud to present Open Soul Painting Workshops in collaboration with Open Soul Communications with our first Workshop May 31st, 2014. Details below!

Open Soul Painting is for non-painters and painters alike. No experience is needed. This is about free expression, being in the moment; making marks on a page and working with color.

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Sometimes the most effective way to communicate is to express your imagination and discover yourself with color, symbols and imagery. In these workshops, we will guild you through painting, for a more spontaneous expression and exploration of your inner worlds, thoughts and emotions.

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Two workshops are now open for registration!

Special Introductory Rate of $40 

All materials, food, and drinks included in price! No experience necessary!

Saturday, May 31st • 4pm-7pm

Saturday, June 28th • 4pm-7pm

 Located at Love Yoga Studio

630 Hickory St. NW/ North Albany, Oregon

Open Soul Communication and Painting is now accepting credit cards via PayPal.  You can secure your space and payment when you sign up for workshops  at www.OpenSoulCommunication.com

 I am looking forward to painting with you and helping you bring out your messages, symbols and emotions to a safe and visible place! Please feel free to email me with any questions rachelurista@gmail.com, or leave a comment below!

 

 









 

 

 

 

The Secret is Out! 21 Secrets Art Journal Workshop

So excited to finally let you in on whats been a little secret of mine….

Earlier this year, I was honored to be invited by Connie Hozvicka and Hali Karla of  Dirty Footprints to be one of the 21 artists for 21 SECRETS {FALL 2014}. 

In this ecourse, you will have amazing access to a huge variety of art journaling techniques, processes, and methods from a team of diverse teachers, all from your home, at your own pace.  21 Secrets is a downloadable eBook with videos, full color photos and instruction from 21 different artists!

This is a really unique opportunity to learn from so many unique and talented artists- all with different styles and approaches! Yours to keep and  return to at any time.

21 Secrets is on sale NOW, with early bird specials for a limited time!  Click the graphic below to go to 21 Secrets Fall classes to sign up. By clicking on my link I will receive credit for sales generated through it, but you can choose any artist. 🙂

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Check out the amazing line- up of teachers!

21 SECRETS FALL 2014 ARTISTS!

Amanda Knapp :: http://greatliveoak.wordpress.com/

Bebe Butler :: http://bebebutler.com/

Brian Kasstle :: http://apaperbear.wordpress.com/

Carolyn Dube :: http://acolorfuljourney.com/

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

Dion Dior :: http://www.diondior.com/

Donna Mulholland :: http://creativity-matters.weebly.com/

Erica Simpson :: http://e-everydayart.com/

France Papillon :: http://www.france-papillon.com/

Jamie Ridler :: http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

Jill Berry :: http://jillberrydesign.com/

Karen Michel :: http://karenmichel.com/blog/

Kate Robertson :: http://thequeenofcreativity.blogspot.com

Kimberly Davis :: http://www.riverstonestudio.com

Kristal Norton :: http://kristalnorton.com/

Latisha Guthrie :: http://herbmother.com/

Lauri Grimshaw-Cox :: http://lauricox.me/

Michelle Turbide :: http://www.artandsouljourney.com/

Rachel Urista :: https://rachelurista.wordpress.com/ (That’s Me!!)

Sheri Ponzi :: http://www.paintingherselfintobeing.com

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

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I am incredibly excited to present to you videos with instruction of the following workshop.

••• Dream Voyages •••

Come with me as we journey into our dreamscapes. Recreate dream like worlds, those mythical, magical, spiritual places we visit in daydreams and journeys; both waking and sleeping. We’ll use antiquing methods to create a vintage and celestial setting for your dreams to be expressed in this realm!In this workshop, we will discuss image selection and how we can capture synchronicities and symbols in our lives and how to be open to their messages. I will guide you through my method of symbolic writing and prompt you to do stream of consciousness writing based off your image selection.Using tea staining techniques, we’ll create a personal scroll for you to attach to your pages where they create a unique space for storing and exploring messages.Rich with symbolism, color and texture, I will guide you through a playful dance and voyage through our dream worlds.

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~Looking forward to creating with you and guiding you on a journey in our journals! Happy Creating! ~

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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Journeys • Mixed Media Paintings At Stash

Creating my art begins with an experience, emotion, and inspiration and travels onward from there. Layer upon layer, the destination comes closer until the journey is complete.

Below is a selection of my mixed media pieces now on display and for sale at Stash in Corvallis, Oregon. March to the end of April. For information on each piece, email me at rachelurista@gmail.com or contact Stash in Corvallis.

JourneyToHeartOfMountain_RachelUristaJourney to the Heart of the Mountain, Mixed Media 24×36″ (3 Panels)

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Stand Tall_RachelUristaStand Tall, 12×48, Mixed Media

Spring Buzz • Art Workshops and Art Shows!

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We’ll play with pastels, spray inks, ink pens, and black gesso! We’ll have moments of fast movement and calm as we work to create layers of meaning with simple but unique mix of materials!  Come out to play!!

Saturday, March 8th at 11am at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. Email me at rachelurista@gmail.com to hold your seat!

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Secondly, I am happy to announce a new art show at Stash Local in Corvallis, featuring my mixed media paintings and original art journal pages!  Come by and see the show, featuring a wide variety of sizes and price ranges for sale. On display until the end of April. Two full months to stop in and see my work in person. Thank you for your support!

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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: Dance Your Fingers

Weave_byRachelUristaDance your fingers upon the page.

Slap, pound, push the paint to the beat of the drum. Freed from the brush. Smudge, smear. Tenderly I feel out the edges around each fingertip. Words float in, and float out. Some stay. A small mountain range emerges from the edge of the page and stretches out. Rhythmic strokes, circular dance.  One hand, then two, then three emerge…Weave… weave…weave. The painted pages smile, they are the sun shinning forth from my hands.

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If you are interested in this process, or you want to get your hands dirty and don’t know where to start, this may be the workshop for you! Next Saturday, Feb 8th at Imagine Coffee.

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