Thursday, January 31, 2013

Out For A Walk & Back To The Studio

It was nice to step out of the studio last Saturday for a plein-air fun. The day was warm and allowed a couple of hours to paint. My husband and I go to the Martinez Marina quite often for a walk, never for painting. But there are so many things that can attract the Artist's eye. 

The wild life and vegetation in this park are protected by the state. Once we saw a deer, another time wild turkeys; and the birds such egrets, ducks, and gees seem to be permanent residents there. 
 It is a very nice area with shallow creeks, small pond, three wooden bridges, and narrow trails along the shore. From this side of Martinez you can see San Pablo Bay, beautiful hills, Benicia-Matinez Bridge, and the city of Benicia.   

After painting I came back home to my new cozy studio and finished the artwork giving it a few highlights and touches. 

Speaking of my studio: the remodeling is competed. Hooray!!! Just a couple of week ago we ordered the last but not least component, large spacious cabinets. And voila! Now I have NO EXCUSE but paint great art :0)
Here is a few pictures of my work space:

We placed the couch creating a reading area. It will also allow me to host an occasional company. The antique trunk is serving as the coffee table:

Two artist-tables are 15 feet long and can be tilted if needed: 

One of the tables is lower than the other. It allows me to place a large piece of art and paint standing if necessary: 

Floor-to-ceiling white cabinets are so humongous that I can rent them to other artists as living space if my art business goes sour ;0).. The huge help are the skinny shelves for the watercolor paper and finished art. No other cabinets could fit my 20"x32" artworks.

And a cozy fireplace will serve as a warm meditation spot in the Winter time:  

Original artwork Breezy Day At The Marina is 10":x14" Watercolor on 300lb Arches Cold Pressed

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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Watercolor Sunflowers - Bay Area Flowers Series

Being interested in different surfaces for my watercolors, I've decided to try Hot Pressed paper. I got a bunch of large sheets and started exploring why Some Like It Hot.

 I thought it would be great to do a series of paintings about Sun Francisco Bay Area Flowers. Living in this beautiful area allowed me to collect tons of photo references. 

These sunny flowers were growing in Lafayette. My sister and I drove through residential area once and discovered small field of sunflowers between the houses. What captured our attention is that the flowers were not turned to the Sun, they were lit from behind. We took bunch of pictures; and, I loved the one that my sister, Masha Batkova, had. 
Needless to say I wanted to paint it :0)

In my painting, I wanted to show not only the light penetrating the petals, but also the warm yellow against cold blue and cool greens. 

Original Painting Sunflowers is 27"x21" watercolor on Hot Pressed Arches paper

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From Jam To Jelly

The creativity of my customer who makes jams is triggering my imagination. Last couple projects such Pineapple Habanero and White Peach Strawberry made my senses dance.

This time I received an order to create Bell Peppers Jalapeno painting for Jelly jar labels. 
Hot! Hot! Hot! 
I can't wait to taste the jelly :0)
Original Painting is 8"x8" on 140lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Fabriano Paper 

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

Friday, January 18, 2013

Face-ing the Art Show

Six of my paintings were accepted into the Art Show Faces by Art & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County . I am glad I could pull them together as some were in private collections. 
My sister Masha Batkova took these photos and proposed that as soon the show's called Faces, my face should be next to each painting :0)

The art show is at Art Passages Gallery, which is located in historical downtown Martinez, 651 Pine Street, open until February 4th, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am  - 5:00 pm

Everyone is Welcome!!!

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

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That..

A quick update on what's cooking. 

I finished a commission request for New Blackberries painting for Jam Labels. Every time I paint berries my mouth is watering as I remember how tasty that jams are. And in return I pass the positive vibes to my art, and the berries start looking yummy :0)

The background painting is a sneak peek into my new art collection that I am working on these days. The unofficial name for this series is Some Like It Hot, official name is Bay Area Flowers. So far three large full sheet paintings are completed and I will be posting them soon. Many more to come.

Stay tuned! 

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

Friday, January 4, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For

While I see a lot of people are making New Year resolutions these days, I personally wanted to look back to my 2012 and see how it influences my new year plans. 

When I became a member of CWA-California Watercolor Association last June, I had a strong feeling that this relationship will be more than just paying annual fees. And my intuition did not fail: after the first workshop with Brownie Troop through CWA, I was offered to become a co-director for Outreach Program in 2013. I gladly accepted this position. And even though it will take a lot of organizing, coordinating, working with volunteers, etc. I still hope that I will have chance to teach kids and seniors (the main point of Outreach Program) this year.


Besides exhibition in San Francisco Cafe Coco, I was also offered to have a solo exhibition in the Art Room of the famous Martinez restaurant Copper Skillet Courtyard (by the way our favorite place for Sunday breakfast :0)..I chose to place 18 paintings for this show.

Some of them are flowers and still lifes:
Some are landscapes:
I am excited. The show is on until the 1st of February. Come and enjoy breakfast or lunch at 811 Ferry Street  Martinez, CA 94553. Make sure you check out the Art Room there.

Yesterday I've received another exciting call. Contra Costa Art Commission is setting up group show in Art Passages this month and my paintings got accepted. Yey!! (I'll place the details later on)

Meantime I am in the process of working on two different commissions for two different customers and started working on two series of works: one will contain large paintings and another miniatures. I'd rather not to release the details yet; but I can tell you right now my head is already spinning. Considering that fact that I am going to be a part time student this semester starting January 14th, life is going to be a wild ride for the next three-four month. But that what I wanted, isn't it :0) 

Today I was playing with a few abstracts that I've painted back in December. I was experimenting with the Plastic Wrap technique. It was quite fun. The paint is applied generously, next plastic wrap is crinkled on a top and after the paint dries, the plastic is lifted up revealing unpredictable interesting pattern. 

I was craving somewhat winter colors at first; and, I came up with "Frosted Window" series:

Then, I explored opposite colors and created Frosted Fire to keep my Artist Soul warm. Here is my imaginary Fireplace:


I am looking forward to a new busy but wonderful year! 
No resolutions, no regrets! 
Lots of plans and wishes though 


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

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