Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fine Art That Liked To Be Framed - Realism In Watercolor

portrait reading book

It is becoming a great tradition to post some pictures from my customers with artworks framed in their environment. 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and I am very happy to thank all my art collectors who not only purchased my art, but sent me photos of the framed art pieces. 

Here are just a few of them from this wonderful and productive year.

One of my great customers from Albuquerque, New Mexico ordered this commission painting of Ranunculus Flowers for her mom:
watercolor still life

Art collector and long time customer of mine from Alamo, California, framed this humorous painting Bee Happy for her friend. She also had one of my Fall paintings Still Life With Pumpkin on a wall renting it for last year Thanksgiving dinner:
watercolor realism

My dear art collector from Floral Park, New York, framed this White Jasmine painting in a cute intricate silver frame that gave a great feeling of continuation of the Silver-like mellow background of the painting: 

paint glass

I love how my art collector from American Canyon, California, placed painting of A Fashion Girl with white background into a light mat but separated it with complimenting color blue trim:
watercolor art

One of my new customers from Poca City, Oklahoma, chose exclusively colorful and cheerful mats for my Roses In The Blue Vase painting:
painting fine art

Art collector from Elk Grove, California, converted her bedroom in a magic garden decorating her house with my prints and original paintings:

floral art

New customer from Livingston, Alabama, chose my first two paintings of Seashells Collection for her living room:

realism in watercolor

Many thanks to the winner-customer of this year from Brentwood, California, for purchasing many large paintings for his private collection: 
I am glad that they all found a great wall to hang on and now they are bringing the joy, the beauty, and their stories to a nice family and its guests. 

Lemon Apricot Tulips Garden

As I have my paintings sold in the form of prints on Fine Art America, most of the times I have no communication with the customers. Yet one great customer from Malaysia contacted me through FAA, purchased the prints, had them framed, and sent  me a lovely pictures of the artworks ready to be hung on the wall of the new house:

Golden Gate Bridge California

As I pointed out at the beginning, it was productive year. It was great to paint commission pieces as well as the artworks of my choice. Also, I had a chance and honor to participate in Parkinson Cure Gala and donated two paintings. One of them settled at the house of an art collector from Vancouver, WA: 
Onion Peas Bellpepper Jalapegnos


For more photos with the framing ideas from my customers click HERE

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Caution!! A Few Beautiful Nudes

In order to see closer view, click on images.

watercolor painting Impressionism

Couple of weekends in a row, I was invited to paint with one local  art organization in Walnut Creek, California. 

I had a lovely opportunity to paint nude model in watercolor for the first time in my life.

The first painting (above) was painted in impressionistic fast brush stroke manner on student grade Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper.

The next one, I tried in realistic style on professional watercolor Artches 100% Cotton 140lb cold pressed. The difference in texture is obvious:
Nude art
(in order to see larger image, click on the painting)

And as a warm up before each painting session, there were a few gestures that the model did for 2 or 5 minutes. 
I am sharing here the most successful ones: spontaneous, fast, fresh

fast sketch



naked woman painting

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery - Art Show - San Ramon, California

I am glad to announce that two of my paintings are now in a juried Art Show at Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery in San Ramon, California. 

Running from November 9 through November 30 this Art Show includes more than 60 paintings that artists painted primarily in watercolor. 


Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery 
12501 Alcosta Blvd. 
San Ramon, CA 94583 
Mon-Fri      9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturdays - 9:00am - 1:30pm

Apples Geranium Lemon

Corn Gourd Apples Impressionism style

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Still Life With Sunflowers

Old Masters Realism Style

Above is completed still life with Sunflowers, lemons, and apples. I painted this still life following certain rules of composition, playing with colors and shapes.

Old Masters paintings, and in particular still life, always fascinated me. The details, techniques, the composition and perspective usually show a great deal of skill and many years of hard work learning and practicing.

I also fell in love with the fact that at the first glance simple objects placed on the canvas or paper get their own meaning, telling their own story, sometimes leaving the viewer wonder and imagine.
For example, in seventeenths century Dutch still life the Sunflowers were symbolizing faithfulness, divine love, and devotion. Fruits, let’s say a peeled lemon, were like life, attractive to look at, but bitter to taste. Apples, especially with a bite, would return us to a biblical story. Knife might suggest a transience of human life; but, together with some seafood, it would change the meaning towards the reproducing implication. 
And so on and on.

I placed the flowers and fruits not only because they are so pretty; but, also to show a combination of different colors, the gifts from Fall. My knife in the composition plays an important role as a transformation pointer. It connects one part of the still life (the one with apples and bottle) to a part with Sunflowers. I suggested that I cut the lemon with this knife before placing it on the plate.
Meantime the objects that are holding the fruits and flowers, each of them have a great history themselves:

- Metal vase with Sunflowers was an inheritance of my husband’s grandparents
- Elongated plate for cut lemon was given to me by my friend. It is a part of 1921 Bavarian set.
- The cutting board is made of salvaged 1800 century wood
- The ceramic bowl with apples is also special. I made it from clay 4 years ago.

It is interesting how simple objects of a still life painting can tell a lot; yet, just sitting there in the painting and looking pretty! 

For more still life paintings visit my gallery:
Still Life

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Published in Spirit Seeker Magazine

November Issue

I received an offer that was hard to pass. Spirit Seeker magazine asked my permission to publish a part of my festive painting on the cover. 

With headquarters located in St. Louis, MO; 
"Spirit Seeker Magazine is a comprehensive, inspirational, holistic publication for the mind, body and spirit. In its’ 17th year, the magazine is recognized for its’ rich content and thought-provoking features, consistently showcasing the work of cutting edge authors, musicians and leaders in health, wellness, and spirituality. In this age of uncertainty, people are now, more than ever, looking for ways to connect with something bigger. Spirit Seeker Magazine has always been ahead of the curve, providing a tool for optimized living and enlightenment. Spirit Seeker Magazine is distributed widely throughout the Midwest as a print publication in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, throughout Missouri, as well as published online, with national and international readers. Each issue is highly anticipated by both faithful and curious readers. Our readers are educated, spiritual consumers seeking information on products, services, and classes."
(quote from )

November Issue is colorful and filled with Fall Spirit:

I am glad they chose the part of the painting that contained a pumpkin and Fall leaves. They have the most contrast of all. However, because the cover has vertical format, the whole painting (which is horizontal ) did not fit. My initial artwork was a "play" between realistic and impressionistic art. For example, if the whole still life part was executed in realism, the landscape behind the window is pure Impressionism:

I also like that the magazine mentioned my name as an artist and published a small article about me (on Page 4) 

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