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

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!

 

 









 

 

 

 

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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Special Announcement! Southern California Class!

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So excited to announce the opportunity to offer my Magical Mapping Class TWICE in APRIL! Im heading to SoCal and so excited to announce my class will be held in beautiful sunny Redondo Beach at the lovely home of the amazing artist and teacher,  Orly Avineri.

Wont you join us? 

Southern California:

Wednesday, April 9th from 2-4:30, Curtis Ave. Apt.3, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Please Email Orly Avineri to reserve your spot in California: orlyavineri@gmail.com

Oregon:

Saturday, April 12th from 11am-1:30pm

Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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Cost is $25 Please email me for your class materials list

Please Email me to reserve your spot in Oregon: rachelurista@gmail.com 

Any questions about the content of this class and material list please email Rachel at: rpeterson523@gmail.com or rachelurista@gmail.com

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Can’t wait to see you at one of these classes! Until then, Happy Journaling! 

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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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.

024StudentsJournalPage_RUristaStudentsJournalPageClose_RUrista Isn’t it awesome how I only had a few colors, yet everyone’s pages look uniquely their own!

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

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Art Journal Workshop: This Saturday!

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After all the snow, and gloomy skies, let’s get our hands in some brightness! I’m ready, are you?

RECLAIM art journal workshop is coming up this Saturday, Feb 15th. Still seats left, email me at rachelurista@gmail.com to reserve your seat!

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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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.