Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Princess Diana



Today everyone is talking about Prince William and Kate's wedding. I've remembered this painting of Princess Diana that I've painted several years ago for my friend as a commission artwork . My friend is crazy about Diana, her life, her story. She has a huge library with the books, magazine articles, name it and all about Princess Diana's life. I wanted to paint Diana in a little unreal situation; although she was most likely surrounded by flower great part of her life. But these flowers on the painting are like a meadow; and she is walking away from the viewer; and all of a sudden she turns around looks at us remembering something or maybe wanting to say a last word. It was rather romantic painting for me than realistic one...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ladybug

Why when we see a Ladybug we usually smile? Are they some kind of messengers from our childhood? These cute colorful ladies are amazing creatures. I've got so many of those hardworking (per online Dictionary they "are important predators of aphids" ) in my garden. Love just looking at them and watch them going up on the leaf and taking off to nowhere. This one is still thinking about where to go first. But wherever they go we are all know they bring us a good luck :)
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8"x10" Winsor & Newton Watercolors on 140 Cold Pressed Arches Paper

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tea Time Roses




I had to paint these beautiful roses! They brought so much joy and made a great still life couple years ago on the nice sunny day. Long time ago I would be terrified to paint gold edges on the porcelain vase. But it is really not that difficult. It's like painting the glass, pretty much you paint every thing what is outside and around; and, just leave a few hints. The same's here: gold stripe got all the reflections and just a slight yellow patina to give the visual effect of the gold finish... I had so much fun to paint this piece. That's what just three little roses can do to the person. Not much is needed to make the Artist happy :)
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8"x10" Winsor & Newton Watercolors on 140 lb Cold Pressed

Monday, April 11, 2011

Georgie




This cute guy lives in our Cul-de-sac. He has quite a few brothers in the house. One day when I prepared the sketchbook photo references he was out and he was my first model that morning. I promised myself that I've paint full size painting one day. And here we go few month later the dream came true. You can see sketch 6x4 on the bottom and 8"x10" painting that I've finished today. The challenge was (as it is probably for a lot of artists) to paint dogs hair. The teeny tiny ones that were covering his eyes, but that I really wanted to paint in order to keep the character in place.
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8"x10" Watercolor on 300 lb Arches Paper Block

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Boys and the Ocean



This commission painting that I have recently finished has its very sweet little story as all painting usually are. My client wanted to make a birthday gift to her sister and she ordered a painting from the picture that was taken long time ago. The picture was with three sons watching the surfers at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, California. Boys Dad used to work for the US Geological Survey and he spent a lot of time on the sea. When his sons grew up he passed the love to the ocean to them. They absorbed the ocean into their blood, became experienced divers, and could not imagine their lives without the big water. When I was painting this piece, I tried to show the boys that are not just looking at the Ocean, but rather looking to their Future. It was so much fun to paint fairly large for my scale painting and make a big washes of the sky and the water yet apply tiny details for the rocks' texture and the boys' figures.
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16" x 20" Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 300 lb Cold Pressed Paper

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