Sometimes you have to let go of controlling your art, and let the color and forms carry YOU. These two journal spreads were a joy to create, and make me smile whenever I see them. You see, I wasn’t trying to capture each petal and leaf- I was capturing the beauty and freshness, growth and energy from the plants and the feelings they stirred up in me.
A closer look at the layers of paint, inks, graphite sticks, gel pens.
Working intuitively with colors, I built up layer upon layer of acrylic paints and origami papers for the backgrounds. I love layering paint and scratching or mark making on top of it- it creates a sense of energy. From this, I glued in some fabric leaves, and worked with Dylusions spray inks and stencils to add depth and pops of color.
Tracing over the fabric leaves and adding stems with a waterproof black marker pulled them out to the foreground. I adore doodles and line work- so naturally, I had to add in fun bubbles, flowers and waves with a white gel pen.
The end result: joyful pages! Is this something you would try? Happy creating!
Working layer by layer,opening up to whatever may appear, I let the painting carry me. Having just immersed myself in recreating ancient markings and art of pictographs in Bahia del Los Angeles, this painting emerged. Alive and dancing…
When I draw, journal or paint landscapes, I am not just reacting to what my eye sees. I paint the energy of places…their past, their present… I sense it in the wind, I sense it in the ground of a place. There are certain places in nature which draw me in, whispering on the winds about their true nature…I feel compelled to paint and paint and mix and weave until I have captured a bit of the essence of a place. Acrylics, spray inks, Adirondack inks, and acrylic inks, origami paper, antique papers (from the 20’s) and fiber paste on canvas. Working away at this one, and will post images of the final painting!
Below is a finished Art Journal page.
Thanks for dropping by! Hope this inspires you in someway to look beyond what the eye sees, to paint from your heart and soul and be true to your vision.
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?
We have a very art-filled week ahead! I’d like to invite you to the opening of Studio262 in downtown Corvallis this Friday evening. Come out to see original art from the Temporary Artists Guild and support the newest art gallery Corvallis!
The following morning, I will be doing another round of the Nature based Art Journaling at the NEW Workshop space at Studio262! The cost is only $25. You can sign up online simply by clicking on any of the images below. Email me for your materials list (email@example.com) You can see more of my nature based art journaling here. We had a blast at the last nature journaling class and I am looking forward to this one!
Hope to see you this week! Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
Until then, stay inspired and happy painting!
This past weekend, I had the honor to co-teach Open Soul Painting with Dana Emerson of Open Soul Communications and guide our students in creating these amazing paintings. With the wise words and guided meditation with Dana, we really got to the heart soul of the workshop. By listening to messages from within, honoring and working with our creativity, we coach you to bring fourth personally enriching images and messages.
It is truly special to be working with Dana of Open Soul Communications and to be working with each of YOU to guide you to a place of freedom, inspiration and soulful expression.
Keep an eye out for our next Open Soul Painting workshop this Fall.
Until then, happy creating!
Sunny days encourage me to venture outside, my journal pages seeking sunlight. As energizing as spring and summer can be, it is also a time to enjoy the long summer days, pause in the shade of a tree, admire the millions of shades of green in the forest and garden, and enjoy natures creations. Summer colors and textures make their way into my journal, a collection of my observations and inner journeys.
This is the state of my journal this summer – soft paint splattered cover, insides bulging with almost one year worth of art, words, expression, tassels dangling like familiar jewelry, pages pliable, worn and loved… and now, witnessed by the garden, summer sunlight and you.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” ~William Wordsworth
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?
I’m sure you’ll have a ton of fun with these!
Congratulations Lissa and happy creating!! :)
Please email me your mailing address and we’ll get them sent over: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or leave a comment below!
For a chance to win Jill’s K. Berry’s set of four new stencils by Artistcellar please comment below!
So excited to finally let you in on whats been a little secret of mine….
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. :)
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 :: http://rachelurista.wordpress.com/ (That’s Me!!)
Sheri Ponzi :: http://www.paintingherselfintobeing.com
Veronica Funk :: http://www.veronicafunk.com/
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.
~Looking forward to creating with you and guiding you on a journey in our journals! Happy Creating! ~
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.
I just love watching my students work. The brushes dancing, the color flying the hands moving… the creativity flowing.
In the last workshop we experimented with movements big and small in our pages. We did a fun warm up exercise using just black gesso and a brush. Nothing to do but make marks on the page, go with the flow and start moving!
After that we all did some marvelous layering with pastels, spray inks, stencils and ink. Love the bright spring colors and playful energy in all their pages.
In 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! ~
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 12th from 11am-1:30pm
Imagine Coffee, Corvallis
Cost is $25 Please email me for your class materials list
Please Email me to reserve your spot in Oregon: email@example.com
Any questions about the content of this class and material list please email Rachel at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Stash in Corvallis.
Stand Tall, 12×48, Mixed Media
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 email@example.com to hold your seat!
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!
Come out today to their FREE event: http://opensoulcommunication.wordpress.com/free-event1/ Food, fun, and information on the soul supportive services offered.
As a classically trained artist, I became shut-down by all the rules and set standards. When I discovered mixed media painting and art journaling, I started to open up again creatively…
Since I started teaching workshops in art journaling, I have seen people transformed, just by having the space and permission to create – without judgement, without pressure. I saw students reconnect to their creative side and begin to open up.
Once you start opening up in one area of your life, other areas begin to open as well and growth can occur. That is why collaborating with Open Soul Communication is the perfect match!
Thank you, Open Soul Communications, for this amazing opportunity! I am looking forward to our journey together!
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.
—– Next up—— Inner Rhythms——-Saturday, March 8th! Watch for details! Until then, Happy Journaling!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat!
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!
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.
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.
Yesterday I held a great art journaling workshop at Imagine Coffee. A really fantastic way to start off at the new venue!
Everyone did really great work! Best part by far- seeing students reconnect with their creativity. Watching them as they splattered paint, ripped paper and played with colors brought me so much joy!!! What wonderful energy they brought to the workshop!
Art Journaling really has great capacity for good! Heart is feeling full. I humbled to be a part of their creative journey.
Drop by Circle St. Beanery in Corvallis, Oregon to see my original Art Journal pages on display through January. ~Thank you for your support!~
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!———-
It is far too easy to believe the idea that only the chosen few are artists. We are all creative. All beings desire to make a mark, change our landscape or bring an idea to life.
The creative state is the natural state for humans. We do so each day in many different ways and in many forms.
I wish to empower each individual to reclaim their own creativity. I believe art journaling can be a practice for reconnecting and claiming your creativity.
Anyone can experience the benefits of art journaling. The act of writing, drawing, putting hands to paper or making marks are all powerful forms of expression. Art journaling has the capacity to bring about clarity, direction and balance within the individual. Our journals can become a safe place for free expression.
In addition, art journaling is just FUN! It’s a great way to release stress, to play, and to explore materials and mediums.
Hope to meet you at one of my workshops!
Happy Creating! ~ Rachel
Each class meets on a Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person plus a materials fee. Please bring your working journal or sketchbook. For some of them, you will bring a few printed images of your choice. Details will be emailed to registered students closer to the day of.
You can sign up a few ways:
• Email: email@example.com
• Facebook message me: www.facebook.com/racheluristaartfuljourneys
• Calling Imagine Coffee in Corvallis at : 541-286-4340 or signing up with the Baristas in person.
Payment is accepted when you sign up or on the day of the workshop.
A little about the venue:
Imagine Coffee is a wonderfully inspiring coffee shop. They are super supportive of the arts, and have live painting several times a week. They host local art shows as well, and regularly have local musicians. The classes are held in the large conference room in the back, so we will have our own space, away from the main floor.
In addition, 10% of the proceeds of each class are donated to charity.
I just booked the conference room 6 months worth of monthly art journal workshops at our amazing coffee shop in Corvallis, Imagine Coffee.
Details on each class soon! It’s going to be one amazing, artful journey! Won’t you join me?
It’s going to be a great year! I have many events on the horizon, including more shows, live art journaling, live painting, and monthly Art Journal workshops at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis.
This January a selection of my original art journals are up at The Beanery on Circle in Corvallis (922 NW Circle Blvd Suite 130, next to Market Of Choice and Yogurt Extreme).
I am excited to have my work in this large, but cozy space. Drop in anytime in January for some tea, coffee and original art available for sale.
Jan 3rd- Feb: Original Art Journal Pages on display @ The Beanery on Circle!
Saturday, Jan 18th • FIRST ART JOURNALING CLASS OF 2014!
@ Imagine Coffee, Corvallis
Have you ever wanted to try Art Journaling? Why not start now, at this time of renewal in the New Year.
It’s 2014, and the possibilities are endless, the script has yet to be written. Let’s take this opportunity to slow down and focus on our intentions for 2014. Similar to “vision boards” we will be art journaling as a way to create altar spaces.
Altars are places of veneration, places we create for honoring what we find important in our lives. We make them sacred by defining the space. I create 2-dimensional altars inside the pages of my journal where fill the space with thoughts and images I believe sacred, or wish to honor.
One of my favorite quotes is by Julia Cameron (author of The Artists Way)
“As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.”
What dream would you like to move closer to you this year? It could be a goal, such as a skill you want to learn, it may be a person, or simply a word.
Don’t have a specific goal/intention in mind?
No problem! I’ll provide images and words as prompts to get you started.
In this two and a half hour workshop, we’ll play with paint, paper, images and gel pens. Layer by layer we’ll create “altar” spaces in our journals.
Please join me in the spacious conference room at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis this January and we’ll dig right in!
Just bring one unlined journal or sketchbook, a few printed images of your choice and I will bring the rest.
Sign up by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org -OR- drop by Imagine Coffee or call them at 541-286-4340.
Best wishes for a Creative New Year for you!
As we roll along this Holiday season, in the hustle and bustle of travel, visits with friends and family, I wanted to take pause. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful and heart-warming Holiday season.
2013 was made great by you, my readers and audience, and community, and I want to thank you for your continued support.
Stay tuned! Many great things are on the horizon for 2014! Including more shows, more classes, and a new series of work! :)
Wishing you a very happy and magical New Year!
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.
Hope everyone is having a great Holiday season and staying warm!
Looking for a Holiday Gift? Here at Artful Journeys, I have the solution! Beautiful paintings at an affordable price. Each piece is a hand painted original and no two are alike.
Each is a mix of vintage papers and prints, layered with several ink washes. Then I lovingly paint a favorite scene from my beloved Oregon, from the coast to the mountains, lakes to valleys. Each one is etched with words of intent, original poetry and musings. Lastly, whimsical tree figures add grace and personality to each landscape.Poetry of the Trees, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Oregon Tides, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Evening Approaches, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Coastal Dawn, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Devils Lake, Bend, OR, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas SOLD Rockaway Tides I, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Rockaway Tides II, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Sunset Waters, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Volcanic Past, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Stories by the Sea, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Sunset Senses, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
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Blogging from the road! I am in California with family this Holiday. Taking a moment to pause today, step away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and garden to give thought to what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.
I had the images below with me, although they were done some years ago, they are the perfect fit for this Holiday’s theme; Gratitude. I am deeply grateful for my families & loved ones health and well being, for the time spent with family, and friends. Each of you have given me strength, support and fuel my creativity and love and I hope I can do the same for you.
Being here in California, today I am grateful for the beautiful immense bright sky, the expansive ocean, I am grateful to experience this in the company of loved ones.
What would your Gratitude Journal pages look like?
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and may you have a wonderful time with friends and family!
While working on my latest art project, I decided to soak in some sun and inspiration, and also study my topic (Trees!) up close! Come take a walk with me!
Enjoy the grace and beauty, personality and strength of these mighty and ancient oaks.
And back in the studio… a visitor appeared amongst my tree study!
There came a sense of humor in this sketch as I hung “木” Trees and “林” forests in her branches. Her whimsical face reminds me to enjoy the season; to look closer when I am on my nature walks; notice the rainbows of leaves drifting down, see how the wind makes shadows dance in the approaching fall storms, and admire the jarring contrasts of brilliant orange trees against the deep grey sky.
Enjoy this wonderful Fall season and of course, the company of Trees!
This spread came after a plein air art session with a friend. A simple sketch surprised me, and evolved into a deeply expressive journal spread. It made me realize…sometimes we stumble upon something we didn’t realize we had lost. It had felt like ages since I had simply sat in the grass with my sketchbook, under the trees, protected from the mist. No words, just a simple connection to the present moment, a connection to the real nature of things. Sometimes, a simple plein air sketch can transport you closer to your own self than you had ever imagined. Sometimes, a simple return to nature can be, if we allow it, a return to your own true nature.
This weekend, I had the honor of participating in the 41st Corvallis Fall Festival with the Temporary Artists’ Guild. Although the weather was so severe the second day was canceled, we had a good turn out Saturday and it was wonderful to meet new people and share my work.
Our booth displayed the works of 9 local artists in the guild. Here are a few shots below of our booth, and a few close ups of my display.
Layer upon layer I worked, creating a little piece of Oregon on each canvas. Each scene is a reflection of my time spent on the Coast and also in Central Oregon in the Cascade Mountain Range. Travels in this state are breathtaking and inspiring and I hope my pieces can share a bit of my world.
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Stay tuned for local Holiday shows and art sales in the upcoming months!
This was a class I taught earlier this summer at The Drawing Board in downtown Corvallis. I had so much fun, we had so much fun! I loved seeing how students took the instructions and ran with it, creating their own unique pieces…
How expressive and freeing it can be to let go of the outcome, and just create. Sharing this love of journaling and giving others the tools and confidence to journal on their own was a blast!
Students work was great! They really got into it!
Paint, and adding texture. Shown here with brush strokes and a dry paper towel. I try to choose contrasting colors, and limit it to 2-3 colors.
Over the paint, I layered some papers and did a light wash to tie the whole thing together….You can see the paper underneath the ink in the photo below.
Once it dries, I just keep layering ink and marker to define leaves and other fine details. Have fun and make it your own!
Hope this sparks an idea for you. Happy Journaling!
Since I was small, I’ve loved maps…I would pour over an Atlas for hours, dreaming about foreign lands and how immense the world looked to me. It was one big adventure!!
Recently, my love for maps resurfaced and had a great time figuring out how to use them in my journal…here are a few “In progress” images below… Please excuse some of the blurry photos.
All those maps!! All those lines, colors and shapes. Patterns emerge, and retreat…What better use for them than in my journal?
Glued in, a few washes of paint and some ink splatters…. Layering and washes continue below…
When dry, I attached a note for myself and boxed out areas for writing.
And thats it! Antique, modern and personal all at once! Hope this sparks some ideas for you and your journaling process.
Lately I have been really inspired by the coastline…The water and trees, clouds and words flow freely….
It seems to be the summer of the coastal inspiration…cool breezes and the wild rugged Oregon coast are still calling! I think there will be more…stay tuned…
I made this spread last summer, but realized I never posted it. Sometimes journal pages become so personal, I hesitate to share them right away. There is a lot going on in this one. Lately I have been wanting to get back into working this way. I am having so much fun with my coastal mixed media paintings, but underneath, images and thoughts like this are always flowing like a river. It’s good to check in sometimes. How do you “check in” with yourself? How do you express it?
If you find yourself in downtown Corvallis this week, stop in at The Majestic Theater and see my show. I have several original art journal pages up and new mixed media works as well.
We had a great little opening event this past Friday, where I got to meet many wonderful new people, who are so inspiring. It was so sweet to also see many familiar faces too. Many thanks to all who came out and saw the show!
I had several original art journals on display too and had a lot of fun doing some live painting! The show will be up just a little longer, July 29th, so be sure to stop in this week!
Stay tuned for upcoming art shows and chances to see me live paint! I will have a show up in September also in downtown Corvallis, and will have original works up this October at The Beanery on 9th street.
This is a shot (though blurry) of the piece I was working on for my live painting demo. Detailed pics below!
And here is an original journal that was on display just during the opening…along with my more recent journals. This one was hand stitched by APaperBear and created during a retreat with Orly Avineri a few years back.
This week, I am the featured artist in the Corvallis Advocate newspaper. It was pretty neat to see my work in print around town! It’s a fun little interview with some commentary on my work and a little background about me. I think they did a great job showing all my work! I sure wasn’t expecting the brightest of my work on the cover! :) You can read the online interview by clicking here.
The other week I had an opportunity to do some live painting in the window of our local art store in downtown Corvallis, The Drawing Board.
It was a neat experience-partially hidden, partially exposed… It was a bit different than being out in the open at a coffee shop or art opening, but I was right at home amongst all the art supplies!
Check out more of my process below. I’ll be holding an acrylic painting class at the Drawing Board June 14th where we work on a smaller version of a mixed media acrylic painting and I’ll walk you through each step.
I wanted to share a few examples of the type of work we’ll do in my classes this summer at The Drawing Board in Corvallis, Oregon.
This Friday, May 31st, I’ll be sharing with you my journey with Art Journaling and we’ll dig right in and get our hands dirty! Below are some examples of what we’ll be working on. All you need to bring is a journal, at least ~9’x5″ and unlined. Please bring a size you feel comfortable with. We’ll build up layers of paint, ink paper and have fun adding our personal touches with words and make our own Trees of Plenty! Get ready to get your creative juices flowing! If you can’t make this one, mark your calendar for Friday, July 12th also at 1pm!
The photo above shows the layering process and the way we’ll work!
The next Acrylic Painting class, Friday, June 14th will now be an organic, mixed media feel…building up layers of paint and paper, graphite and oil pastels on our wood boards or canvases. Below are some examples! This approach is uplifting, energizing and sooo much fun! Wont you join me?