Monday, December 30, 2013

Watercolorful Fireworks - Happy New Year And Lovely Holidays!

bright artwork

Cheers and best wishes to ALL in the new Year 2014. 

I am forever grateful for a productive, interesting, and unforgettable passing year. At some point it did feel that I had 2013 things to do; but step by step, I did it...

I have done many great artful things this year:

Painted and exhibited
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Studied and taught
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Sold art and bought art
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Inspired by traveling in the US and abroad
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Published a book and got published
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Met many cool artists
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 Volunteered for an art organization
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Created! Created! Created!

I can only hope to have the next year as exciting as this one :0)

Happy New Year to All!

And for my family and friend in Russia, where they celebrate Christmas on January 7th, 2014
Merry Christmas:


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


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Moving Or Still, Nude Or Clothed: Still Strikingly Stunning

realism human woman body

The blog post subject applies to a human body, in this case especially to a woman's figure. Yet, any body is beautiful: the lines, the muscles, the curves that Nature gifted all of us independently of gender, race, etc.; are stunning. 

From August through December of this year I had a great opportunity to be in a Figure Drawing Class with one of the best art professors in San Francisco Bay Area, Jane Fisher. 
In this class we learned the terms and definitions of human body anatomy; particularly the bones. 
The main reason that I've attended this class was a priceless chance to draw the live models from San Francisco Art Model agency.

"Study of the human figure has traditionally been considered the best way to learning how to draw, beginning in the late Renaissance and continuing to the present"
(Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw, ISBN 0395205484)

When our professor told us that she fell in love with human anatomy, especially bones, I was questioning it: how can you be in love with, let's say, skull or rib cage, or coccyx (the "tale-bone").. But after drawing quite a few sketches of skeletons and gestures of live models, I have to admit: The human body IS AMAZING. There is no straight line, all bones and muscles ARE meant to be in the right place for a right function! Unbelievable!

In this class (which is actually a first part of complete course of Figure Drawing) I've done probably more than 100 quick sketches of the fast (2, 5, or 10 min) movements; around 20 long studies of the body, many body parts drawings from anatomy books and old masters artworks. That was quite an experience. The class was intense, filled with condensed knowledge, lots of interesting slides, facts, and inspirations for a future research. 

Here are just a few drawings of the models. Some of them are in charcoal some in ink, some of them on white paper, others on toned: 

Nude woman

Sleeping On The Beach

charcoal drawing

Seated Woman

... and many more drawings are in the Nude gallery, which will be growing not only with classic studies, but also with somewhat abstract or romantic paintings.  


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



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pardon "Mon" French

decorative design
One day I was feeling like creating some abstract in yellow and purple (two complementary colors that can balance each other very well). The idea didn't have to wait too long to come. My inspiration that day was right at my desk in the studio: a bunch of French Curves

French Curve is a special tool that artists and drafters use to create a curvy line. I love the shape of the french curve for the soft organic forms, which when applied together can create an interesting whimsical design.

And that how the above artworks got created, not mentioning the next ones: 
watercolor

and the next:
French Curve Yellow Purple

All of those and many other French Curve creations landed in my Decorative Design gallery on FAA.

But my "feeling French" mood didn't stop at just an abstract artwork. I've decided to combine two of my favorite "French" paintings into one, creating a cute Hallmark style design..

And Vuola! I am happy to present:

realism in watercolor French painting

I thought that the portrait of a little girl, a daughter of my friend (whose mom, by the way, came to the U.S. from France); this girl would look very nice with the Eiffel Tower on the back and those fluffy purple clouds.
:0)


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



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Drawing Faces, and Beyond

realistic art

In the last several month I had an opportunity to draw many portraits with models and from the photograph.
Above is the portrait of my niece when she was just about 10. She is holding her beloved pet here, wrapping him in her arms like a cozy blanket. 

All other portraits were from studio time. It was fun to draw live; it requires sense of measurement, value study, and understanding an anatomy of the face.

female portrait


charcoal drawing head

Drawing

The last one below is the skull of the man above. Oh, no, the man was alive, thank God! I just had to imagine what skull he has by placing a tracing paper on a drawing above and tracing imaginary bones there:
Anatomical Study



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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Seashell Collection - A Great Beginning

watercolor art

This decorative collage with seashells, pearls, seaweed, and sea stars was a follow-up on my new collection painted on handmade paper. 
One of my students wanted to learn how to paint realistic water drops. I had a cool idea to teach while painting myself; but, not only plain water drops. As I like to challenge myself, I've set up a whole scene with my seashells collection, surrounded with pearls and water drops:


It was fun to paint not from photograph, but live, creating a composition on this lovely handmade paper. 
Here are the four first examples of the outcome. The paper has uneven edges, which makes it look authentically handmade. When scanning the artworks on my computer I placed a rough canvas behind to emphasize the edges of the paper:

realism in watercolor
(click on image or HERE to see the details)

I created the sand-like background using a toothbrush technique, when you load the watercolor on a toothbrush and then brush your finger (carefully!!) across the bristles creating uneven yet very cool texture:

water drops in watercolor
(click on image or HERE to see the details)

I had the sea stars, pearls and shells in my collection. But I had to find the seaweed online to see how to paint it:

Watercolor Realism
(click on image or HERE to see the details)

In this painting (below) it was a real challenge. When I pulled the masking liquid from the paper (where the shell is), the glue of the liquid pulled the first tiny layer of the paper for me... Thanks to handmade product! At first, I thought I've ruined my artwork. But when I started painting the seashell itself, the roughness of the paper actually helped to create the cool natural seashell body texture:
(click on image or HERE to see the details)

And that how my Seashell collection started. Huge thanks to my friend who gave me those cute seashells more than 5 years ago.

I've also looked at my previous watercolors with seashells (last post is here). And created one more collage with those shells:

painting sea shells

Somebody might say, oh she is crazy about those seashells! And I'd say YES. More than that: I didn't stop on painting those shells and creating collages. I've even got myself more gorgeous shells online: some seashells from Philippines, Mexico and India. So, there are more seashells paintings to come!

I guess I still have that Little Girl inside me that loves the ocean, fresh breeze, while walking on the beach and searching for the shells:
watercolor painting
(click on image or HERE to see the details)


My seashell collection is growing so much now, that I had to create a special gallery on FineArtAmerica, which I called 
 (click HERE to see it)


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



Recent Bestsellers - Art For Home Decor and On Merchandise

The last few weeks were very busy at my Online Gallery . Many art pieces from abstract to hyper realism were sold for a home interior ...