Monday, March 21, 2011

Slide Rock State Park (Sedona)



This beautiful place is hiding between mountains in Sedona (Arizona). It became tourists vacation spot in early 30's . The creek is polishing the orange rocks to the point that they turned out to be smooth and slippery. Families like to come here in the hot Arizona Summers and enjoy the cool water of the creek. I chose to paint this particular spot as the rocks there are different not only in structure but in colors as well ( smooth layered sandy rocks vs cold choppy lava created giants)
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5"x7" Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 140 Cold Press Paper

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sedona Arizona



This week my husband and I are traveling places. It is my birthday week and we decided to pop up on our small trailer and for the first time give it a try. We visited Death Valley and Grand Canyon. Right now we are staying at the beautiful place next to the Red Rock in Sedona, Arizona. If you heard about this place you probably know that people claim this town to be spiritual and mysterious one. We've seen a lot of funky shops here where you can clear your spirit, take picture of you aura and find a peace. I don't know about all of that; but, just looking at the gorgeous rocks, mountains, trees, canyons I agree, the Mother Nature definitely marked this place as One Must See.
I've painted this small 5"x7" sketch of one of the surrounding rocks. The sunlight was just right. During our short trip we took hundreds of pictures that I am hoping to convert some of them to the paintings one rainy day in California :)
5"x7" Watercolor on Arches 140 lb Cold pressed Paper

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It's Pouring Towels & Cherries



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After selling my favorite Cherries in the Bowl painting I got so obsessed with cherries last week that I started painting them again and again like crazy. Using the same reference photo, I've decided to imagine different positions of cherries and different surfaces (such kitchen towels patterns etc). When I was less experienced artist I thought the cherries is hardest berry to paint. It turned out that after painting your 100th cherry; you are becoming a pretty proficient in catching the highlights, color depth, and reflection of the surface.
Try it! It is so much fun :) Here is a little trick for the artists: for the highlights I've first used masking fluid, then dabbed with slightly wet Q-tip and when surface was dry I've grabbed the razor blade and scratched the area around the highlight to give a better berry-skin look to a cherry.................................................................................................................
These three cherry paintings are some of my Affordable Art collection that I've placed on Etsy.com. I love the recent article of one of the artists that pointed out the importance and a beauty of the afford-ability of art.
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4"x6" and 5"x7" Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Published Art

My watercolor painting Dancing Fire is published on the cover of the booklet of Oncology Symposium that takes place in Kolkata, India ...