Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Autumn Dance

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I jumped into a pile of raked Fallen Leaves. They flew up to the air covering the Sun for a moment. A sweet, musky smell mixed up with the fresh cold air. The colors were Burgundy, Gold Yellow, and Sap Green. And I was a few decades younger...

These childhood memories were brought by the painting Autumn Dance when I loosen myself up letting the paint dictate a composition; and, the wet watercolors to imply where I should paint the leaves.  
Original Artwork Autumn Dance is 16"x20" on Watercolor Arches Board

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fruit Corner - Saturday Art Fair Preparation

Some old and some new art pieces, ready to see the world.

For the last week and half I am painting every grocery item in a house to prepare for the Art Fair. On a short notice, I was invited to participate there; and, it is coming this Saturday. The art show is in a small retirement community in Pleasant Hill (175 Cleaveland Road, Pleasant Hill, CA) and because it is a small art show I am going to bring inexpensive and affordable art there. So, our house became a Craft Shop. I have chosen to paint on the watercolor boards (5"x5" Aquabord by Ampersand) and I thought I'd play with some tasty fruits on each of them, centered, and with no background. 

I am also going to bring some cards (Thanksgiving theme and Christmas), Notebooks with my arts and various prints. I hope the folks like them. I think I will also have a small demo as when the last time I showed my art there some ladies were interested in the lessons:
Notebooks, Cards, Prints: all of these look so great on my new tile floor in the studio :0)

The preparation to the Art Fair was fun. The puppies were good sports. Yet, because my studio repair was still in-progress and I painted everywhere in the house but studio, something unexpected happened. I left a few watercolor boards unattended. Oops! Never do it when you have two Yellow Labs puppies in the house.

And here our pups, happy to see the studio-in-progress and looking for a trouble:

Then, they found a few watercolor boards and had fun:

And then they went to sleep.. peacefully:
I couldn't be mad, they look so cute, don't they!! :0)

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Briones Park, California - Plein-Air Painting

Detailed Image is HERE

Plein-Air painting day turned out to be a very nice and warm one. Besides the temperature 70 plus, the skies were blue and clear; and, a gentle breeze protected us from the heat. Briones Park is hidden between Martinez hills. Just a few minutes drive from my home and we were introduced to a wild nature, small cute farms with stables where horses were grazing on the dry grass waiting for a nice ride. 

CWA group of artists did their very best to capture the beginning of California Fall:


Original Watercolor Briones Park is 16"x20" 300lb Arches Paper

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

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Leaves - Fall Decor

Detailed Image is HERE

Detailed Image is HERE

I was always wondering how it is to be a commercial artist. 

Last week I finished an original art piece with Fall Leaves and combined four images together in some sort of Fall Kaleidoscope   . It was certainly fun and completely changed the composition of the original art.

Then I created several more "commercial" art pieces with this fall decor on my Zazzle shop

Took a lot of time and effort; but the results are impressive: 
and the list is going on and on! I think I used up all my creativity here ;0)
Full blown Thanksgiving Fall Theme is right HERE

One young music composer that I've recently met online told me that she likes my slogan: Live To Create! I told her that this very true; and even the slogan is not said by me originally; I really do love and live to create, am I not ? :0)

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Framing Day and Art Studio Update

These two paintings and eight others got accepted into the Art Show at Art Passages Gallery in downtown Martinez, California (I'll post the details after the paintings are hung and the reception date is announced).

 Today was a NO-ART day for me. I worked 8 full hours cutting mats and framing the art pieces until my fingernails got soar and my neck was stiff. But oh well, what wouldn't you do for the Arts, even framing does not scare the Artist ;0).

The work-in-progress studio is looking so clean. New tiles are gorgeous. And my brushes are desperate to splash some paint on the new floor:

Although, I got kinda cozy already in my temp-studio in the living room corner:
(But don't pick at the paintings on the desk! They are not finished yet)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin On The Window

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My Impressionistic landscape became a background for a still life with Pumpkin and its Company. In this painting I have married Realism and Impressionism and Still Life with Landscape. The colors on the window repeat the colors in the landscape, and that what Miss Fall is sharing with us: the bounty of the colors :0).

Original Painting is 18"x21" on 140 Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper 

The art studio remodeling is at its first important stage. Still, so much to do. And here is the proof: 
(All Men are At Work):
I feel spoiled as I am only cooking and cleaning here.. but I did have a chance to help painting the windows and doors too :0)

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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Two Old Still Life Paintings And Studio Remodeling

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Click HERE for Detailed Image

In the process of cleaning up my studio I found these two small 8x10 inch still life paintings that I brought from Russia when coming to study in America more that 10 years ago. I came here with a small suitcase. My luggage contained two sets of clothes, a spoon, a knife, a cup, a fork; and a few watercolor paintings that for some reason I decided to bring with me. I guess once the Artist is always the Artist, no matter what country we go the most important Treasure is our art.

Ten years plus past and now my art contains more than 200 pieces (considering that I am actively painting only for the last two years). Thank God major part of the artworks found their new homes and some are going to be exhibited. But still, my studio grew up tremendously: brushes, paper, books, other supplies. It took me a week to pack stuff and bring upstairs to clean up the studio for the remodeling. Thank God to my Husband, Son, and Father-In-Law do all the "dirty" work. My job during the remodeling is mainly cooking, supervising, and watching that our two cute puppies don't get into a trouble. 

That is how my studio looked before:

That is how my studio looks now:

And that how one of our bedrooms looks 
(not even mentioning the living room that temporarily became my "new" studio and a storage for the furniture) :

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Impressionistic Autumn

As the Fall knocking the door already, I got in the Autumn mood and grabbed my brush. Here I want to share a couple of Impressionistic style paintings.

The first one is actually a segment of a larger painting:
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This is the view from the window of my Fall painting where I mix a still life with the landscape. The still life will be very realistic, detailed; yet, the landscape is mostly done in wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry... just like The Nature welcomes us with Autumn rains and dry gusty winds. I'll be posting the final result in the next post.

Another painting was an inspiration and experimentation. And it is always a story coming around:
See this painting and its variations in my New Gallery Seasons

My artist-friend Vera Lysenko and I love the art of one wonderful Russian painter Konstantin Vasiliev whose short but extremely productive life produced more than 400 gorgeous paintings. Vera and I were discussing his painting about Fall; and, she asked me to paint a piece similar in expression for her. And even though Vasiliev was following more realistic symbolism shell I say; I decided to paint Fall forest in Impressionistic format using new for me techniques. First I painted all wet on wet with splashes of yellow, orange, and sepia. Then, I grabbed the brush and started splattering the "leaves" all over the artwork (the surrounding area also suffered for art: my computer display, desk, floor. Oh Well!). And when the painting was completed, I covered it with the thin layer of Acrylic Polymer that my friend can place it on a wall without framing (I fixed the painting with Auquarelle Fixative before applying the polymer). All of that made a very decorative colorful ready-to-give gift.

That's how one realistic artist and one wonderful friend can trigger an impressionistic idea in another artist.

I found a short movie-presentation of Vasiliev art, if you are interested click below: you will have a delighted visual and musical experience:

For more beautiful Art works please click 
watercolors flowers eiffel tower portraits

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

Monday, October 1, 2012

How Fast They Do Grow!

1993 Sketch of my son sleeping. He was only 4 year old toddler.

Here he is already 15 with our dog Maggie. Year 2005. 

And here he is a 23 year old man. I made this sketch today from a few month old photo.

How fast they DO grow!!

All original paintings are 8"x10" Watercolor

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

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