Friday, August 31, 2012

Blackberries On A Plate - Jam Labels Project

Detailed Image is HERE

When my dear customer asked to paint Blackberries for her Jam Labels, I had a question in my Artist's head: How would I paint BLACK berries for colorful and cheerful labels? The answer came unexpectedly after I got a photo of a beautiful Italian Bowl, Deruta Pottery. The blues, the reds, the yellows were just perfectly created for the project. I painted a little circle with the Deruta style pattern, on which the blackberries would rest. 

What does this circle represent? For some viewers it would be a small plate, for others maybe a place mat or a coaster. For me it is a colorful compliment, and if you wish, a symphony of hues that make the blackberries sing.

Suggested Labels design is here:

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Original Painting Blackberries : 8x10 Watercolor on 140 Cold Pressed Paper

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Baby Portrait and a Toddler Portrait





Here are two sketch-like portraits of a baby and a toddler. 

I am working on an a larger art piece these days, a cityscape. And at the end of the day I was so tired of painting all the windows and walls that I needed to do something totally different. 

The opportunity was sitting in my Photo Reference folder. I wanted to paint these two portraits of a baby an a toddler long time ago. And the time has come. The baby was just a few months old when I took the photo (oh, no no don't think she is now going to the college, but pretty close ;0)..she is almost one.. but, time flies as we know) and the picture of a toddler came from friend (her daughter on a beach a couple years ago).

Just look to compare how much a few years can change. The baby's head is not certainly strong on her  shoulders, her body was comfortably leaning to mama's chest. Her eyes are curious looking at the World. Her fluffy hair are so gentle and light. What a precious age, which will pass by so quick! Now look at the toddler. Her head-turn is well pronounced, her hair-dress is almost sophisticated. And even though her eyes are looking away, I think she already has a new game in her creative mind.  
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Original Paintings are 8"x10" watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed paper

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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Still Life With Garlic, Olive, and an Old Pot

Click HERE to see the details of the painting

This is a watercolor painting in Old Masters Still Life style. 

Garlic, Olive and an Old Pot. In order to achieve the most realistic effect, I placed the objects in front of me; and carefully observed them before painting, then I drew the outlines, covered the Garlic and an Olive with making fluid. As in my other still life I worked first on the background using a mixture of Burnt Siena, Raw Amber, Ultramarine Blue, and Paines Gray Winsor&Newton Artist grade watercolor. And after the background was bone-dry I worked on the Garlic, and Olive with the following techniques: first wet-on-wet, then wet-on-dry, and the last touches were in dry  "thirsty" brush. This helped to achieve a maximum realism for my painting.
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The Original Painting Still Life With Garlic and Olive is 10"x14" on 300lb Cold Pressed Arches

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


Still Life With Onion Lemon And Ginger

Click on Image or HERE to see the details of the painting


This is a watercolor painting in Old Masters Still Life style. Red Onion, Lemon, and Ginger. I have carefully observed the object before painting, then drew the outlines covering with making and worked first on the background giving it a good wash of the grand mixture of Burnt Siena, Raw Amber, Ultramarine Blue, and Violet Winsor&Newton Artist grade watercolor. After the background dried I worked on the objects employing my favorite techniques: first wet-on-wet, then wet-on-dry, and at the end dry brush applications. This helped to achieve a maximum potential for this realistic painting.
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The Original Painting Still Life With Onion Lemon and Ginger is 10"x14" on 300lb Cold Pressed Arches

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Standing By The Sea

See the detail Image HERE

This painting was an inspiration after reading a beautiful poem Standing By The Sea by Carolyne Swayze. The author approached me with the request to illustrate the poem; and, the moment I read it, I knew what I wanted and how I wanted it to be painted.

 The poem was speaking to me in a very personal way. I've remembered my Grandmother who died at the end of year 2000, right before I came to America. It was so hard to let her go. She was my true soul mate ( in more Universal than romantic way). Living long but very hard life, she made herself becoming my great example; and, even now, writing this note I feel her peaceful presence in my memory (yet for some reason the tears are ready to come out)

I am sure that the poem would find a place in the hearts of the readers.

In my painting the boat is sailing into the Future, but the girl has her own Future and needs to find her own way. Her hand touches the heart and her heart is aligned with the ship at the horizon. The clouds on the left are darker and dramatic, when the clouds on the right are melting away lit by a Sun.

The poem speaks for itself:

Standing By The Sea

One day as I stood by the sea,
a sailing ship did sail towards me.
What beauty I thought,
what splendor, what grace,
when all at once my heart did race,
for as it neared, at a leisurely pace,
I saw a figure with my mother's face.
I called to her with all my might,
she turned and smiled, then sailed out of sight.
For one eternal moment I stood and stared,
before falling to my knees in motherless despair.

At just that moment I heard a sound,
through teary eyes, I looked around,
to see an Angel, hovering over the ground.
The Angel spoke in hallowed voice,
"Rejoice, dear child, for on this day
a trip to Glory is underway,
and when she reaches the arriving shore,
she'll greet loved ones gone on before.
So lament no more,"  the Angel scried,
"For God's Kingdom awaits her on the other side."

© Copyright 1997 Carolyne Swayze
All rights reserved. 


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Original Artwork is 16"x12" on 300 lb Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tao House Through Artists' Eyes Art Show




Village Theatre Art Gallery opens its doors for visitors of Tao House Through Artists' Eyes Art Show. The reception is on Saturday, August 25. Everyone who is close to Danville, California, is welcome. 

I am honored to show two of my paintings there:

The Author's Desk (click on the title to see the details)

White Barn and Old Wagon  (click on the title to see the details) 

Spread the word about this art show, which is a part of Eugene O'Neill Festival. The Art Show is running through September 22d.

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


Monday, August 20, 2012

San Francisco Bay, Richmond - Plein-Air - Landscapes That Were Only A Few Feet Apart


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Click on each image in order to see the details


Last Saturday plein-air trip brought two absolutely different views of one Bay, in one day, which were just a few hours apart. First, took rough  300lb Arches paper to paint the morning. The sun was rising and the fog was lifting up uncover a gorgeous scene. When the first painting was done, I moved my head on the right and saw a peaceful sky with almost still waters (that what couple hours can do!); and, in the middle of all this beauty three Giants were standing at the dock. I grabbed my brush and made rather minimalistic seascape emphasizing the solid Nature and the industrial invention that came together in one.

Many artists from CWA painted that day; and, as many beautiful paintings came out of it:


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10x14 "Sailboats- San Francisco Bay" Watercolor on 300 lb Arches Paper
10x14 "Richmond Docks" Watercolor on 140 lb Arches Paper

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More Plein-air paintings are HERE

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Watercolor Mosaic

To see more details or play with virtual framing click HERE

When a very special customer of mine asked if I want to paint an Italian style mosaic with the fruit vase, I first thought I did not hear her right: Mosaic? In Watercolors?!! But as an Artist who likes a challenge and loves to explore, I jumped to this project with enthusiasm.

We discussed the details and composition, colors and stylistic approach. The fruits and berries are all her favorites for cooking and baking. And the mosaic painting itself will become some sort of signature of her love to cooking with the heart and passion. From the last posts you remember, her jams are to die for!

And now here is a little game.

Try to find the following:

White Peach
Apricots
Strawberries
Plum
Raspberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Pear
Pineapple

Did you do good?

Now here is another challenge:
Find a Habanero Pepper
It is there.

Wonderful! 

How could it have all of that? I can give you a recipe: patience My Friends. When I was painting each tile of this fruit mosaic I meditated while creating those virtual stones: rock by rock, color by color, all in Watercolor!! :0)

And here are a few detailed images of this Mosaic Fruit Vase:



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Original Watercolor on 300lb Arches Cold Pressed paper 12"x16"

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Mister Onion

Detailed Image is HERE

This is the study of the onion that I did a couple of weeks ago preparing for one of my Old Masters Style Still Life paintings. The challenge was that I had at least three sources of light and had to capture the highlight to present a round shape of this vegetable. I chose the strongest highlight and stuck to it. The other challenge (that probably brought me the most fun) that the surface was not a paper, but Aquabord, the rough surface of which requires a lot of skill to place the wash in one setting and then go with the damp brush and try not to lift the fist layer.
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Original Artwork is 6"x6" on Aquabord by Ampersand painted with St. Petersburg Watercolor

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


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quiet Moment - Reading in The Garden

To see detailed Image or to see how it looks on cards and prints click HERE

A quiet moment. The girl is reading her book in a geranium garden. She is there but she is also with her characters from a book fully involved with the story. Yet soon, she will stop reading and look around at the beauty of the garden, sun spots on the ground, fresh summer morning.

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Original Painting is 12"x16" Watercolor on 300 lb Cold Pressed Arches

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


Monday, August 6, 2012

The Heart Of A Plum - Jam Labels Project

Detailed Image is HERE
The Jam Labels Project is almost over. Only two paintings are left after this one.

Each time I am creating a new label I want to make it better and more meaningful. With the Plum painting everything was going just as smooth as could be. The very same day I decided to grab my brush to make a Plum painting, our neighbors offered us to pick a few plums from their tree. How did they know that I had a need in a model?!! Mystery! My husband picked up the plums and I picked up a knife and a camera. When I made photos I kept saying to myself: "I wish to have a great meaningful composition that not only represents the plums for a jam label, but something else"... and my prayers had been heard. One of the plums, when cut, reminded me of the shape of the heart. I was stunned as I've just recently learned that my client loves the symbol of heart, collects them, and as the matter of fact she sees them everywhere (e.g. the cloud in the sky, the pattern of the fancy rug, the cut berry) where some people will not even pay attention, she does.

The rest was the history: I've painted the art piece in one day as my heart was moved by such a pleasant coincidence. 

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Here is the suggested Jam Labels design:


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Original painting is 8"x10" watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed Arches

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

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Muy Caliente! Pineapple Habanero - Jam Labels Project

Detailed Image is HERE

My Jam Labels project is developing into very interesting and a creative venue. Not only my customer makes delicious sweet jams, she also mixes a sweet with a heat. And here is the great wild example, pineapple habanero. When I received her request to paint that spicy family my mind was wondering how to accomplish this unusual combination, how to place papers next to the pineapple in the way they compliment each other. 

I cut my pineapple and left its beautiful leaves for the contrast. The habanero peppers were placed on both sides to give a stability to the composition. Their tails are up in the air as if whole painting is smiling. I swear when I painted this piece my mouth was watering just from thinking of flavor, sweetness and richness of this combination.

 And the good part to work on such projects such Jam Labels is that my customer provided me with the sample. And oh yeah: It was delicious! 
Muy Caliente!!!
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And here is one of the labels:

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8"x10" Watercolor on Arches 140lb Cold Pressed

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

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Mutual Inspiration

Miniature Bed and A Book Of Noble Character
by Carolyne Swayze at the author's home.

It is quite amazing in how many different ways the Inspiration can burst a Creativity! After Carolyne Swayze, the author of the book, which inspired me to paint, purchased the art (see the previous post Red Rose) she decided to create a miniature bed with a little book Of Noble Character

I was in AWE when I saw this creation: just look at the bed, and the book, ah! I wish she had a website for those miniatures. I am crazy about them. I was actually thinking of painting a miniature artwork for Doll Houses one day. Once I've even did for the little house that I've created (see the post 

The Smallest Lilac in The World 


This little house with original masterpiece was given to my niece for last Christmas:




The multi-leveled inspiration is spectacular. Now I am convinced to paint miniatures in the near future. 
Yep, Miss Inspiration goes round and round My Friends :0)

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


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Red Rose

Red Rose


This beautiful Rose (or shell I say the photo that became an inspiration for this painting) was featured on the book of an incredible woman writer Carolyne Swayze . Her novel  Of  Noble Character is sailing the world right now (literally and virtually)Being a person of multiple talents, just name a few such singing, song writing, and even creating outstanding miniatures for Collectible Doll Houses;  she wrote this book after a deep research of European and American history. And even though her book is a fiction, a story about people in the book appears more than real. I am only on my first chapter, but already feel I am involved with the lives of the characters, their worries and victories of everyday lives. I was amazed how easily the author plays with the past and present tense, engaging her readers to be THERE and NOW. 
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A little bit about my Rose Painting
I've decided to paint this flower slightly different from a realistic still life in the interior. I intentionally left white background with no shadows as the symbol of purity, and I thought of placing the leaves like open arms as if they invite the viewer to enjoy the beauty. If curious, you can compare the original picture with the painting by clicking HERE. It is interesting how we, the Artists, can interpret and present a picture of a simple flower bringing our personal experience into a story.

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I also thought that this Red Rose would make a wonderful either Birthday or a Thank-You card. See my  design below:


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Original Art painted in watercolor. Size 10"x14". Arches Cold Pressed Paper.

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