Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paris France Rue Saint Dominique

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No need to explain my love to Paris and traveling to Europe. OK, to a traveling in general. I love it! First time I've visited Paris in 1995. That time I lived in Saint Petersburg, Russia; and, a week in Paris was beyond my dreams. A travel company I worked for offered a super cheap deal (though for me it still was 4 times of my salary) and I took off. Next time I went their seven years later. My friend and I celebrated my 38th Birthday.. One evening we were heading to our hotel. It just stopped raining and setting Sun hit the loud streets with the last beams of that day. I lifted my head and all of a sudden saw that Eiffel Tower disappeared. Only top of the construction was clearly visible. Thank God I had my camera with me.

In this painting of Paris street I wanted to portray that feeling I had when I saw the Eiffel Tower in the sun light. Maybe it is not traditional view as all posters in the world would want to picture Eiffel Tower in full its glory. Oh well, I saw it floating in the air. 

The girl on the front is just a random Paris visitor. She is rushing home and doesn't even know what's happening behind. I gave her my hairstyle and dressed in my coat and a scarf. I also wanted to put some story into my painting of Paris as I think this city (no matter what they might say) is romantic. Here is my story:

"It was nice fresh evening in Paris. Only second day and She was already in love with the City. Heading home that night and dreaming of quiet dinner she heard a loud boom. The motorcycle broke the murmur of Rue Saint Dominique and made Her turn the head toward the noise. He takes his helmet of and looks in her direction. Her face is lit by the evening Sun and with astonishment of the beautiful Eiffel Tower disappearance..." 

You feel the romance here, eh?! :0) .. finish the story yourself.. 

Okay, back to the Paris paintings. All what you see on it is only artist's imagination, with exception only the Eiffel Tower, Paris, The Sun. Feel my love to that romantic city. I've even created a Gallery that called My Paris Mania where you can find  dozens of impressions from my Eiffel Tower and Paris paintings.

This morning the curiosity led me to find a website with 360 degree photos of Paris streets. I loved placing Full Screen feature and look around as I am there in Paris right now:
Happy Traveling!

And  I also found an interesting article posted by Fox News on Ten Things You'd Never Guess About Paris. It was an opinion of one writer who came to Paris from America and settled down there. Per his point of view, as an example:
- the less French you speak than better you are
- the French people appreciate American culture more than we think
- the French like tourists
- but French people in general sometimes don't like Parisians (read why)
and much much more :0)

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Original Painting Rue Saint Dominique is 22"x18" on 140lb Arches Cold Pressed

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Thousand Poppies In The Field

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Maybe because it is Fall came unexpectedly or I have re-read the Wizard Of Oz  when preparing for my Workshop illustrate-a-book; but I was thinking of poppies a lot, and as an artist I could put my imagination on the paper. The poppies in above painting are so light so red against the greed background. They  almost floating in the air.

The poppy field below is more solid. The whole field is flooded by poppies; and, we barely see the green of the grass between the red flowers. These poppies are competing with the blue of the sky and the yellow of the grass on the background:
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And of course I couldn't omit California Poppies by all means. These cute orange heads are so attractive and Sunny. The poppies became official state flowers of California, and I believe that the Golden State couldn't choose the better flower than a Gold Poppy for its symbol:
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Friday, September 21, 2012

French Roses - Step-by-Step Still Life

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Well maybe Roses were not French "per se" but they were sitting in the French room called Paris in a beautiful cozy hotel Inn At Depot Hill in Capitola, California.  My friend and I were staying there a couple weeks ago when visiting Capitola Art Festival. I started painting these roses life in the room, then took photo and finished the painting at home. And of course I started painting with the main subject, the roses, and the brass vase. 

Here are a few Step-by-Step pictures of the process:

The first under-wash for roses was yellow, but later on I was going to cool down with pink and violet. The bass vase came along pretty nice and the old granite table complemented the metal vase.


Background for the roses was a black tile. It helped me to achieve a great contrast to "push" the roses forward. A soft, future French walls, was a mix of Burnt Siena and Umber.


Roses needed a few good layers to bring the complex multi petal flower to life.


Layer after layer I was creating one petal after another. Good music on the back ground helped me to say focused and give my full attention to the roses, the models of the day.


At this stage the roses and the leaves are almost completed, just a few stokes needed to make the flowers pop-up and clean the pencil drawing with eraser.


Here the tiles of the fireplace started coming to life.And a vague reflection of the roses in the vase brought some depth  to the background.


And here The French are coming! The pattern of the tapestry style walls reflected roses, trees, birds, pastoral scenes.. Ah Mon Chéri the girl on a wall was saying to her party..


When I was a kid, my sister and I were painting walls in tiny little Summer house in Saint Petersburg suburbs. Our Grandma gave us full spectrum of paint and allowed us to use our imagination. Would she ever know that 30 some years later I will paint a French wall on my Rose Still life watercolor :0)
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Original Artwork
French Roses is 16"x12" on 300 lb Arches Cold Pressed Paper
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And here I was just playing to see how wonderfully it would look on a greeting card, isn't it..



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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

To The Lighthouse - Point Reyes, California

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Painting outside requires a lot of things. One of them is to drive sometimes to the "lands end" .. This happened to me last weekend when my sister and I joined CWA at our monthly plein-air meeting. The selected location for that weekend was Point Reyes, one and a half hours away  historical place on a shore. A gorgeous place! As the matter of fact ABC program Good Morning America named it one of the 10 most beautiful places in America. And I need to add: The Foggiest. When we drove to the Lighthouse the fog was covering the hills as a blanket. We even didn't notice a deer until it came close enough to the road; and, if you can see the buck cared less of people presence. He was staying gracefully and posing for a picture. 

Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,028-acre (287.44 km2) park; and, I believe its heart is in the place where they built the Lighthouse: on the rocks, in the fog, wind, and only 52 degrees F (around 11C). brrrrrr... but still beautiful! Although, we only lasted a couple hours and had to go home to finish the paintings. 

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Original Watercolor Paintings:

Point Reyes Lighthouse 10"x14" on 140lb Arches Block Cold Pressed Paper
Deer In The Fog 9"x12" on 140lb Arches Block Cold Pressed Paper

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dancing Water - Abstract

A little bit of Water and Color and my next Abstract Series came alive (click on each image to play with the prints sizes, frames, etc if you wish):

In this abstract painting the dancer is leaving and bringing away the rough weather letting us to enjoy the future calm and quiet

Here the girl just stopped dancing, but her skirt is still moving with the last sounds of music

In this abstract painting the ballet dancer is going up in the air and the waves below represent her dress and the energy flow

In this abstract painting I did not even dare to place a figure. The vortex of moving waters was absorbing everything. I have achieved an interesting texture that reminds a foam by sprinkling some salt on the paint while it was still wet


These few paintings are a second part of my Dancing Abstract Collection (in Abstract– Décor - Collage gallery). I started the series when needed to clear my head from pure realism and when I asked myself a question: what color are some dances such Tango, or Flamenco, or classical ballet? And this question led to an idea to create a several series of paintings:


When thinking of Dancing Water nothing but ballet come to my mind.. I guess it is from my childhood memories about a Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

I took cold colors (practically out of the tube) with addition of warmer green. The cool blues are: Ultramarine and Phthalo with a little Cobalt Blue. Purple Violet with the dash of Payne's Grey are implying deep sea. I definitely used plenty of water to move the paint around letting it spread as it wanted with minimal control. 

It was good to abstract. Now back to Realism :0)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

California Beach - Plein-Air - Art Festival in Capitola

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My artist friend Vera Lysenko invited me to visit an Art & Wine Festival in Capitola, CA last weekend. Bright sunny day with all the art and happy people around was great for a plein-air painting.  Making art outside in front of hundreds of people is quite different from painting in the studio or in some quiet place in the park. And even though I've heard a lot of compliments, I had to abstract my mind from what's going on around focusing only on the subject of the painting. The funny part that I got so lost in my mind that I forgot to use the sunscreen sitting under the Sun for more than 4 hours.Go figure: my chest now looks like that little girl's dress :0) oh well.. we have saying in Russia: The Beauty Demands Some Sacrifice ;0) 


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Original Paintings:
California Beach - 10"x14" Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed paper
Two Chairs on The Beach -- 9"x12" Watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed paper

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Friday, September 7, 2012

American Art Award Winner - Celebrate With Me!



Yesterday I received a notification that my Still Life Light Love Lemon won an American Art Award in 2012 Competition Realism Category 

It was judged by 25 famous art galleries across the U.S. and earned 5th place in a tough competition between numerous artists from America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, North Korea, Poland, Romania, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

Please celebrate with me. The first 5 people that send me congratulations by e-mail (please include mailing address) will get one of my handmade greeting cards with floral print) :0)



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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Love Strawberry - Jam Labels Project

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My last artwork for this season on Jam Labels Project turned out to be my customer's favorite. Not only I painted the strawberry that she one day cut and discovered the hart shape berry to her surprise; but, I also tried to make a composition meaningful as well. I thought that it would be great if these Little Girls with the flower in "the hair" were dancing some kind of Yummy Dance. And as you noticed they are dancing with Love :0)

To conclude the project, I think it would be nice to place my working materials with Jam Labels suggestions below. It was fun project to do; and, I've learned a lot:



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