Friday, September 30, 2011

Love, Light, Lemon!


Lately wherever I go and whatever I do the Dutch Still Life is following my art journey. Two weeks ago we started studying Dutch Art in my Art History class. Week ago I went to the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco to see Dutch private collection. And last week my husband and I were traveling to Washington, DC and happen to come to the Smithsonian Art Museum; and, guess what, we crashed into a Dutch Still Life there, surprise! I can look at the still lives painted by old masters forever and ever and never get tired of them. The professionalism, the symbolism, the details! Incredible!
...............................................................................................................................
The still life that you see in this post has it's story as are all paintings (usually). The coffee pot was brought by my extended family Great Grandpa from Poland when immigrating to America in the beginning of 20th Century. The G-Grandpa is long time gone; but the coffee pot is in our family. One day I was sitting in my studio and winter sun hit the old table with the cup of coffee on it. The light was so sudden and so inspiring that I've grabbed what we had in the kitchen and dining room and started setting up a still life before the sun beam disappears. Lemon, Rose and Grandpa's coffee pot won the prize.
...............................................................................................................................
The dark background reminds me Dutch Still Life style. I didn't think about symbols when setting it up, we can just have a brainstorm and come up with many. I named this still life painting Love, Light, Lemon! as it seemed to be very poetic and implies some kind of song.
...............................................................................................................................
20"x16" Watercolor on 300 lb Cold Pressed Arches, Winsor & Newton Watercolor

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Thursday, September 22, 2011

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge - Two Love Birds









San Francisco was always a very interesting subject for me to paint. And lately I’ve got an opportunity to express my admiration of the Bay Area to the paper. My client asked me to paint a piece for her wedding anniversary from the picture where she and her husband had a wonderful time playing in the city and resting at the beach by Golden Gate Bridge. I fell in love with the idea immediately as it was a great romance there. Although the original photo was a little bit on a grey scale, therefore I felt it would be great to add a few shades of the blue, fading pink and yellow to the sky and a little burned sienna to the hills. When I’ve researched the picture before painting, I’ve noticed how so Red Golden Gate Bridge is not any red when you look at it from the distance. Besides, it is almost grayish pink at the far end. That what Miss Perspective does to the colors.
...................................................................................................................
There were a few people fishing on the wave-breakers. I eliminated them giving my couple some privacy. Instead, I’ve placed two tiny egrets on the rocks (the sub name of the painting is Two Love Birds)... A few English Daisies on the front added a little romantic mood (there was a dead grass on the picture that did not feel right for the idea of the anniversary gift).
....................................................................................................................
My client loved the painting, but she didn’t want to frame it. She loved it on a wall unframed. I’ve got a cradle board and mounted painting on it; and I’ve painted the sides with white acrylic to give a completed look. Using Watercolor Fixative will protect the painting from the moisture and I hope the painting will last to the family to at least their 75 wedding anniversary and beyond  J
....................................................................................................................

Winsor & Newton Watercolor on Arches Paper, 16”x 20” , cradle board

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Monday, September 19, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kids Portraits





Lately I am painting a lot of kids from ages between 6 and 12. And it is the great thing. I guess the Universe heard me saying: "I wish to practice painting more kids' faces" and Vu-O-la, I've got it all. I've even got a very interesting commission the other day to paint a Black-&-White paining of two kids. It is in process right now.
................................................................................................................
On the first painting you can see a sister and brother hiding behind the Agapanthus bush. One day we were walking with our niece and nephew in the neighborhood and found that flower-less bush (which is pretty difficult in California, everything is blooming!). We told kids to hide behind the bush and pretend that they are flowers. They did a good job, they were just happily glowing like a real flowers :)
...............................................................................................................
Next painting of a cute blue-eyes blond is the girl that lives in Holland. I was talking with my friend through Skype and she sent me a picture of her family. At that time I was under serious commission and was pretty stiff with all the details. I needed to loosen up and I decided to paint the little cutie. Needless to say, when I sent the image to my friend, the sister of the girl was kind of jealous that I had not painted her. I had no choice but do it ;),  And I enjoyed it so much.
...............................................................................................................
Descriptions of the Artworks:
Peekaboo (Flowers) - 8"x10" Fabriano 140 Cold Pressed
Both Girls are on 8"x10" Canson 140 Cold Pressed (yet the different techniques have been used: Blond is done pretty much in dry brush, the Curly Lock was made mixing Wet-On-Wet, Wet-on-Dry)

Friday, September 2, 2011

In The Book Store


In the century of Kindle and Internet it is so nice sometime to find an interesting book and crash in the book store cafe reading it. Like in good old days! I ended up with a pretty significant collection of Art Books at my house that way :) The moment what you see on this painting is when my sister and I had a lovely time at Barnes & Noble book store in Walnut Creek California this Summer. Yes this is my Baby Sister.
She visited us for three months. We had such a great time together. She just left 23 hours ago but already miss her. Now I have my sister with me all the time ;)
....................................................................................................................
9"x12" Winsor & Newton watercolor on 140 Cold Pressed 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 ...