Thursday, November 29, 2012

Top 20 - Art For Kids

This year I created a new gallery Art For Kids on my Fine Art America website. And it is so nice to admit that my work was noticed by FAA art community; and I made into Top 20 artist in the 
Here are just a few recent designs from this gallery (more to come): 

It was fun to PLAY with letters. And, my ambition for the next year is to set up whole alphabet from my paintings. So far only 15 letters are created. I am going to post them on my new blog Art For Kids Room soon.

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

Friday, November 23, 2012

Art That Liked to Be Framed

I was asked several times to show how my art looks in frames. I shot a few e-mails to my customers and asked them to send me pictures with my art-on-a-wall. And some of them did. Here is the small art show from all of the World :0).. It is so nice to see how my customers put their hearts and a great care for the art!

This little girl's portrait is framed by my dear Art Collector from Great Britain:

The Eiffel Tower with Two Friends is now lives in Canada. My customer framed it to make a wedding gift for her girlfriend:

My client from Spain framed the art but had to take it off the wall while remodeling:

And here the art from my dear Art Collector from Russia:

Framed Art looks so great on the walls of another art collector from San Leandro, California

Beautiful Norway Fjord brought lots of good memories to my customer from Floral Park, NY: 

Even my self-portrait that one of my customers purchased got a special frame. Here it is: now "living" in San Rafael, California

Girl and the Ocean painting found her cozy home in Sacramento, California:

The Garden Tomatoes painting brought some Sunlight to one of Phoenix, Arizona homes :0). My dear art collector from Alamo, California purchased it for her friend:

Even prints when framed look stunning on my customers' walls :0). The Sleeping Baby portrait is bringing warm smiles to my customer from American Canyon, California. She loves her granddaughter's Angel Face. And she picked the beautiful baby-pink for the frame mat:

The Sunflower painting print (bestseller print on Fine Art America) looks lovely in my client's dining room (Mission Viejo, California; the original is landed in Canada years ago)

As you can see my Art Collectors are quiet artistic people themselves and have a very good eye for a good art :0) 

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When Still Life Goes Personal


Original Painting is 14"x11" Watercolor on Arches 140 lb Cold Pressed Paper

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

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Young Cowboy

Detailed Image is HERE

I am in the process of preparing a Family Calendar for 92 year old Grandma and this little goof-boy is her great grandson. The photo was so hilarious with his silly face, closed laughing eyes and in these cute cowboy boots and a hat, which are just so well fit as the Cool Dude's should. I couldn't resist and chose the photo for my painting.  
Original Painting Young Cowboy is 12"x9" on Fabriano Paper

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Freshly Painted Window - The Rose and Glass Rocks

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In my studio remodeling, I was responsible only for two things: to keep the dogs out and to paint the windows. And I did. But Artists is always the Artist and as soon the paint dried I've set up this Still Live and started painting. The painting is now completed. What I love here is the perspective. The front glass rocks are reaching the rose's size yet, we all know, they are just half inch or so long. It is all due to perspective we can perceive the realism of the space.

And my task of keeping the dogs out was really successful one, yet I was definitely supervised when painting the windows :0)

The original painting Rose and Glass Rocks is 10"x13" on Arches Watercolor Paper

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

She Still Sells Sea Shells...

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While ago I published a post She Sells Sea Shells... And today one more sea shell is created and gone. I talked about symbolism of the sea shells and pearls before. I just wanted to say, that it appears my customers love this subject very much, and I believe it is due to a symbol of eternity and love besides the wealth and beauty :0)

And here are the other shells that recently found their homes:


All original pieces were painted in 5"x7" size with watercolor

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

Friday, November 9, 2012

Apple Blossoms in November

blossom realistic painting
See Detailed Image HERE

I went to the garden yesterday and was quite shocked to see that our apple tree started blooming again. The weather was so warm for the last couple of weeks, at least 80 F (around 25 C) that the tree got confused and thought it is Spring. I admired that short time beauty; and, knowing that these flowers would probably never develop into an apple (the cold weather is right behind the corner); I've painted them giving a chance to live :0)..

And as an Artist I can also make that blossom becoming an apple just by moving my magic brush.. and viola, there it is:

Top Painting: Apple Blossoms is 10"x13" on Arches Watercolor Paper
Bottom Painting: Apple 5"x5" Watercolor on Aquabord

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Art Passages Gallery Reception November 7th

I am so glad to be a part of this art show among these great local artists:

A short interview was taken (which totally caught me off-guard ).. You can totally get I am from Russia as soon I am opening my mouth ..but I was always told my accent is cute ;0)

The link to the video is here:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

An Eggplant and In-a-Nutshell Update

Yesterday, at one party somebody asked me:"So, Irina, what are you up to?".. and I couldn't really put in one sentence what's going on in my life. So, I said: "Oh, I am fine and all is good".. in order not to bore the person with all exiting stuff that recently happened. But here, in my blog, I can talk and talk and talk. 

Here is a brief update.

Our garden this season was generous with tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, and even an eggplant:

Last Saturday Art Show at the Retirement community brought lots of smiles and great conversations over the  art works and incoming Holidays. The prints of flowers, scarves, and Holiday cards were the most popular there:

This Thursday I taught Brownie Troop from Elementary School in Clayton how to paint a Still-Life painting and Abstract Paintings. The photos of the results will be posted in CWA Newsletter later, and  here are the photo of supplies that I prepared. I took the print of my Sunflowers painting as an example for the realistic art, and we used leftover colors for a loose fast abstract. After the paintings of the still life was completed we placed them on blank greeting cards and into plastic sleeves. The girls had a blast. I loved teaching and seeing stunning results:

My studio remodeling is progressing. Last night we installed two new tables. Love them! They are wide and long, yet I am still hesitating to splash the paint over them :0)

The reception at the Art Passage Gallery in Martinez where I show ten of my larger art pieces is going to be on November 7th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm ( 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA)

And the last but not least news for the last week, we put our puppies "for sale". See the picture below and guess why... ;0) .. We sell them for only $650,000 and will through the house together with them:
Oh.. NO.. we will not apart with our Silly Pups for any money in a World!!! :0)

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

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