Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Angel

A little Christmas Angel spreads his wings ready to go on our Christmas Tree. My sister and I are decorating it this year. When we were kids we could not even imagine to have an Angel as a decoration. Soviet Union times prohibited all sort of things that imply religion. Even Santa was called Father Frost in order to avoid any religious meanings.
But we did make wishes on the New Year eve. The deal was to make as many wishes as you can while clock strikes 12. I had one wish per second. And now, in the Holiday Spirit I really wish for pretty much one thing (besides World Peace and Health for my Family and Friends and myself of course). I wish that my right arm would never fail and my eyes will be strong and sharp to paint more art.
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8"x10" Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 140 Cold Pressed Fabriano
Photo Reference - Masha Batkova

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Curious Eyes

It is amazing how two curious eyes can make us happy and smile. My client found me on Etsy and purchased this Sniffer for her mom in Canada. I painted this dog from memory, I don't know his name or where he lives. I don't even know if it is HE or SHE. But I am very happy that these two curious eyes and one wet sniffer will make happy one old sweet lady in a different country :)
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3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Watercolor on Paper

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

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Merging Feast and Christmas





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Preparing for the Art Show that I am organizing this Saturday I've decided to combine my Flower Garden with the Christmas theme. Mass media makes people think about Christmas way before Thanksgiving feast; it is now becoming so common to start shopping for Christmas even before the Halloween night.
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The Art Show will be held in a small retirement community and I am sure that residents will be more than happy to get some cute stocking stuffers from the local artists. It is only three-artist show but the company is very unique. Besides myself, there will be two of my friends, acrylic painter Vera Lysenko whose talent knocked the door in her early 50s; and, my long time friend Evelyn Smith, the jewelry creator whose awakening for the arts happened in her early 60s. One day learning how to make jewelry saved her (literally) from the heart attack. Both of these artists are self-taught and I am grateful having these people as my friends.
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I am sure the show will be fun. And I believe that there are three important things to make a great successful Art Show:
1. Be prepared
2. Do not get discouraged (no matter what!)
3. Shine (inside and out)
Besides acrylic paintings and jewelry there will be my watercolors and prints, note cards and notebooks, magnets and brochures. Every single item that I present will contain my watercolors; even scarves that I knitted ( I called them Knitted Palette) will come with the Giant Gift Tags made from my Poinsettia painting.
And we will have a lot of free gifts for old folks such 2012 calendars, bookmarks, gift tags, and cute postcards. After all, the great time of Holidays is approaching; we need to make if fun and generous!


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