Newest Paintings

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The dreamers shield. You began as a prayer. In the darkness I ask and you are the answer. But before this you were parts and particles floating around and stuck to the tip of my brush. I dream my paintings, and paint my dreams. Catch me in the darkness. Listen. Your teachers are with you always. This is how I honor you.

~Dedicated in memory of G. K. and all my teachers past, present, future~

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Lost drum circles. We arrive at the canvas. Heron, your tall majestic stance is fleeting. In the dark stumbling around grasping for a broken rope. Canoe to carry us with a weeping moon. Let go. Drift down dark rivers.

Dance. Our lost drum circle. Stamp our feet around the fire. In the dark we begin to rise. Lost brother lost sister we drum each other home. Renewal power and grace. Fierce commitment. What say you? Listen, watch the movement of each feather.

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I am honored to have these pieces displayed at Pegasus Art Gallery in downtown Corvallis as part of Nov/Decembers ‘Moveable Feast of Art’ this November and December. 

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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.

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New Shop @ Society6 and Special for You!

I have a special announcement and sweet special for you! I just set up a new shop at SOCIETY6 – what a fantastic resource for artists. Here you can purchase Giclée prints, canvas prints, iphone cases, pillows (yes pillows!) and more!

Stop by before November 9th to use the limited time special: FREE Shipping worldwide AND $5 OFF each item in my shop! :)

http://society6.com/rachelurista?promo=R6VJTGXYCNNR

Thank you for your support! 

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 Promotion expires November 9, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time. *Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Rugs

 

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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.

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Messages • Work in Progress

Messages_MixedMedia_RachelUristaStay open to the messages in your paintings, sometimes unexpected, sometimes unclear…keep working at it! Keep listening and painting, painting and listening…

 

 

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Joyful • Art Journal Pages

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.

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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.

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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!

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Dance • Mixed Media Painting

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…

 

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“Dancer Awakens” Mixed media on paper, 9.5″ x 24″, Rachel Urista

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Coastal Energies

RockawayEnergyPainting_RachelUrista Sharing a work in progress today and a journal page focused on that great rejuvenating energy we find at the rugged Oregon Coast.

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. RockawayEnergy_Close2_WorkInProgress_MixedMedia_RachelUrista RockawayEnergy_Close1_WorkInProgress_MixedMedia_RachelUristaAcrylics, 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.

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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.

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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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An Art-filled Week Ahead

studio262_poster2-1We 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 (rachelurista@gmail.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!

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Hope to see you this week! Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Until then, stay inspired and happy painting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Soul Painting • June Workshop

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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!

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Nature of my Journal

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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.

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

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“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” ~William Wordsworth

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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?

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And the winner is…. Lissa!

Congratulations to LISSA!   Winner of the newest stencils by artist Jill Berry!

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I’m sure you’ll have a ton of fun with these!

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Congratulations Lissa and happy creating!! :) 

Please email me your mailing address and we’ll get them sent over: rachelurista@gmail.com 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 









 

 

 

 

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Blog Hop and Giveaway • New Map Stencils by Jill Berry

Oh I have a special treat today!  YOU have a chance for a special preview of artist Jill Berry’s new Stencils from Artistcellar. All you have to do is leave a comment below and at the end of the blog hop I will randomly choose a winner from those who commented.
I was sooo excited to be considered for this blog hop! I absolutely adore maps and have been a fan of Jill Berry’s work, so when I saw the stencils, I was so excited! They are MAP themed!!!  Needless to say, I had a blast creating with them!!  I shared them in my Magical Mapping workshop  and the feedback was great. They are very versatile, and sparked the creativity of my students!
Below is a piece I made and incorporated the stencils. The designs are really unique and fit right in. I used brown pens and white gel pens to give it a scratchy look and show all the details in the stencils. They added that final touch of detail and interest to my pages, spurring ideas and spinning me into a world of ships, compasses  and journeys, mapped out amongst my pages.
You can find these stencils at Artistcellar:  http://www.artistcellar.com/stampstencil/acSignatureSeries.html
The official name of the stencils are:  Artistcellar Signature Series Map Art by Jill K Berry.
The individual stencil names are:
082 Angel Cartouche
083 Global Compass Rose
084 Bloomin’ Cartouches
085 Sunny Compass Rose
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For a chance to win Jill’s K. Berry’s set of four new stencils by Artistcellar please comment below!

Check out the artists below in the blog hop! Comment on their posts as well to increase your chance of winning these creative stencils:

Up next:
May 14th – Jill K Berry – www.jillberrydesign.com
Be sure to check out these artists blogs and use of the stencils! Really inspiring pieces! 
May 9th – Artistcellar  www.artistcellar.com/wp
May 11th – Jane Davenport  http://janedavenport.com/
May 12th – Orly Avineri http://oneartistjournal.com/
Thanks for visiting! It was a joy to have the chance to play with such creative stencils and share!
~Happy Creating!


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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 :: http://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! ~

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A Special Invitation

Open Soul Paint Party Invite

You are invited to the launch of Open Soul Painting “Expressing Yourself with Color” a collaboration with  Open Soul Communication.

Come to paint and support our new venture. No previous experience with paint necessary!! Supplies will be provided along with food, drinks, sweets, music, support, love, guidance, and a good time.

 WHEN:   Saturday, May 10th, 4:00pm-7:00pm

WHERE:  Love Yoga Studio •  630 Hickory St. NW North Albany, Oregon 97321

WHAT TO BRING : Just Bring your creative self and clothing you can get paint on! We’ve got the rest! This is an ENTIRELY FREE EVENT to show you what Open Soul Painting is all about!

Please kindly RSVP by Thursday, May 8th, so we can be sure to bring enough materials for you! :) 

Hope to see you there! :) Please email me to RSVP

or if you have any questions rachelurista@gmail.com



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Botanical Wanderings

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There is a wonderful amount of growth and abundance in nature right now, blooming and growing…
Wandering amongst the lines and textures, amongst my thoughts and words. I get lost in the gardens  in my pages.
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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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Spring Play

I just love watching my students work. The brushes dancing, the color flying the hands moving… the creativity flowing.

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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.

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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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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! 

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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.

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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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A Journey begins • Collaboration with Open Soul Communication

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I am excited to begin this journey with Open Soul Communications and offer you Open Soul Painting Workshops, coming soon!

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! 

Watch for details on Open Soul Painting Workshops! Coming soon!  

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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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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!

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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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Journal Spread: Messages Amidst Mess

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Playing in the paint…dab, smear, splatter. Getting emotions out on paper, releasing the days stress. What first appears as a mess, sharpens. Images start to emerge. Narratives develop naturally. Messages surface, stop and reflect. Sometimes when emotions and life seem messy, there are messages for us to find within them.

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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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Texture Teaser

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Art Journal Workshop • A Journey back to Creativity

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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.

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All images used with permission from my most amazing students.
A HUGE Thank you to all my students and to Imagine Coffee for hosting.
I can’t wait until our next session! Until then, Happy Journaling!
 
If you would like to know more about my monthly Art Journaling Workshops, see my Classes and Events Page.
 
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Coffee and Art = Happiness


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Drop by Circle St. Beanery in Corvallis, Oregon to see my original Art Journal pages on display through January. ~Thank you for your support!~

 

 

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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!———-

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Alive with Beauty • 2014 Art Journal Workshops

“We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity.” (John O’Donohue)

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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

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The details: 

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: rachelurista@gmail.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.

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 Email me at rachelurista@gmail.com if you have additional questions, or feel free to leave a comment and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you! 

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2014 Art Journal Workshops …Coming soon!

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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?

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January Art Events

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!cirstore

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Saturday, Jan 18th • FIRST ART JOURNALING CLASS OF 2014!

@ Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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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 rachelurista@gmail.com -OR- drop by Imagine Coffee or call them at 541-286-4340.

Best wishes for a Creative New Year for you!

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Happy Holidays!

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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!

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Rainbows in the Dark

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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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Original Art Sale | Holiday Gifts

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.

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4x4_OregonTides_RUristaOregon Tides, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
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4x4_CoastalDreams_RUristaCoastal Dawn, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_DevilsLake_RUristaDevils Lake, Bend, OR, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas SOLD
 
4x4_RockawayTides1_RUristaRockaway Tides I, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_RockawayTidesII_RUristaRockaway Tides II, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 4x4_SunsetWaters_RUristaSunset Waters, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_VolcanicPast_RUristaVolcanic Past, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
4x4_StoriesbytheSea_RUristaStories by the Sea, 4” X 4” Vintage Papers, Ink, Acrylics, Graphite, Gel Pen on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 
 
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 Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Price range $35-$45 + Shipping. Email me for details, or leave email me: rachelurista@gmail.com

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

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!

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A Fall Walk

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.

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And back in the studio… a visitor appeared amongst my tree study!

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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!

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New Journal Spread: Back to Nature

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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.

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41st Annual Corvallis Fall Festival

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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.

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Each painting is unique, with layers and layers of vintage papers, ink washes, acrylics, colored pencil, graphite and gel pens.

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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MountainsRise“Mountains Rise” 12×4″ Gallery wrap canvas, Available for sale
MountainSpeak“Mountain Speak” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel, Available for sale
Coastal SeriesIII“Coastal Reflections Series, III” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel, Available for sale
TillamookTides_II“Tillamook Tides Series II” 12″x12″ Mixed media on Wood Panel  SOLD

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please message me for availability and details.

Stay tuned for local Holiday shows and art sales in the upcoming months!

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Growing a Tree – Art Journaling Class

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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!

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Students work was great! They really got into it!

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Below are a few images showing some of the basic steps… This was first taught to me by Orly Avineri, but I have made my own modifications. Check out her blog to see her fabulous work! 
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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.

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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.

Next, pour, splash, scratch out the wet ink! Have fun, be spontaneous, let go and let the ink do its thing!
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Glueing in leaves, inking on top and dotting more paint. Again, I limited my paint colors, to match the original underpainting colors and tie it all in together.IMG_5788

Once it dries, I just keep layering ink and marker to define leaves and other fine details. Have fun and make it your own!

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Hope this sparks an idea for you. Happy Journaling!

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Map Obsession • Art Journal Demo


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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.

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All those maps!! All those lines, colors and shapes. Patterns emerge, and retreat…What better use for them than in my journal?

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Glued in, a few washes of paint and some ink splatters…. Layering and washes continue below…

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When dry, I attached a note for myself and boxed out areas for writing.

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And thats it! Antique, modern and personal all at once! Hope this sparks some ideas for you and your journaling process.

Happy creating!

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Mixed Media Coastal Tides Series Continues

Lately I have been really inspired by the coastline…The water and trees, clouds and words flow freely….

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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…

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New Journal Page – I Shut My Eyes

Journal_ShutMyEyesRU2012I 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?

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Majestic Theater Art Show

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.

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This is a shot (though blurry) of the piece I was working on for my live painting demo. Detailed pics below!

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