Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Paint Tomatoes - Peel Potatoes




How to survive in this busy life; how to manage the day between work and house chores ? I was thinking about this the other day. Especially it is becoming obvious when person is working from home studio and has access to the kitchen 24/7. No I am not talking about overeating (this is the subject of some other blog) I am talking about dividing the house work and the Artist job in a good balanced way. I am still learning. I've recently became a full time Artist and a full time Fine Art student. Yes, being an artist practically all my life (including a childhood of course) I've given a tremendous opportunity to receive an Art degree here in America (just for myself! not for Mom, not for Society, just for me).. I just need to grab this opportunity from the right end and keep up with the busy schedule.
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The painting above is my attempt to paint our garden Cherry Tomatoes while cooking potatoes in the kitchen. Literally! I believe that the painting is usually caring what the artist thinks: I was really hungry painting those cuties. Tomatoes are always inspiring me by their bright color and almost perfect forms.
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8"x10" Watercolor on 140 Cold Press Arches

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Copying Old Masters

My teachers used to say: "Copy Old School masters and you will learn how to paint better". I agree. When we look at the old paintings and try to copy we go inch by inch and transform the artist's knowledge from what you see into what you think and how you think it was made.
When I lived in Russia I always saw art students painting fragments of the famous paintings in the museums. And last time in Paris, I saw a couple of artists painting a relatively huge canvases in Louvre. It must be hard to paint when thousands of people watching you during the day! I prefer good quality photos (though I wouldn't mind to go to Paris again :)
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The piece you see above is my try. The challenge was that I had to transform oil painting (a fragment) into a watercolor "reading".. I loved to paint grapes on this one and small bugs too..
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8"x9" Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Arches

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Loose and Fast - 20 minutes Challenge

Yesterday I was in the process of painting a lot of details on one of my Still Life paintings when I received an e-mail from my son. He is traveling for business to Colorado this week; he visited very interesting places and wanted to share great sightseeings. I was pretty tired from all that meticulous details of my other painting and I needed to loosen up. I took one of his pictures and challenged myself for 20 minutes. Result is here: Colorado Mountains.

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12"x 9" Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Canson Paper

Friday, June 3, 2011

English Daisies - Finished Painting




Here is the finished 5"x7" piece.. I just discovered that these little flowers are called English Daisies and some times Magenta English Daisies. The interesting part that when they start opening they have pretty intense magenta petals and later when they are exposed to the Sun the colors kind of moving to the edges of each petal.. One of my Rose bushes has a totally opposite behavior: if I bring a bud home the pink rose is loosing its color and becomes yellow yet if I leave it on a bush outside, the pink turns into a great bright Magenta..

Thursday, June 2, 2011

So Many Petals So Little Time

This small painting (5"x7") will be going to Spain to one of my clients home country. I started with masking the main (in focus) flower with the masking fluid and placing the back ground wash. I was pretty satisfied with the first wash (!!) until the paint was dry. They say truth when mention that you need to think 40% darker when placing the watercolor on paper. Sure enough I needed a second wash (see picture on the bottom) only after the second one I was completely satisfied with the volume of the back ground.
The picture on the top shows work in progress with petals. There are so many of them and each takes special attention in order to achieve a realistic effect.
I love this flower. It reminds me Spring and Summer together. Like a little sunshine it brings so much joy when looking at this cute family. I am hoping to finish the painting by the end of this weekend and will be placing the finished one shortly.

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