Friday, January 31, 2014

Path To The Unknown - Exploring Yupo

abstraction art

I continue exploring a new surface for painting - Yupo. 
As I said in one of my previous posts, Yupo is a pure synthetic "paper", which has a plastic feel yet takes watercolor. 
Yupo allows the paint to move freely. It is easy for the artist to pick up the paint if needed; or, even wipe it off completely (back to the white surface). 
I think that this "paper" is good for some abstract art as it provides interesting unpredictable results at the end.
I called this abstract series "Path To The Unknown". The first artwork was created with Opera Rose and Violet watercolors. It reminds me some kind of magic rock, a stone with veins and minerals. 

The next one looks more like a landscape:
Watercolor On Yupo paper

Rich bushy greens could represent hills, blue for the sky; and, a beige "river" looks like a path with purple-pink flowers...

And the last one has somewhat 3D feeling. After the wet-on-wet dried, I placed a few brown dots on it and rotated the paper. This way Miss Gravity painted some unexpected lines for me:
Watercolor painting

It is fun to explore unknown path and try to find new ways with watercolors.

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

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Apple Fest

watercolor painting

A part of my large painting is completed: an apple part. While painting those little apples I was wondering how many times I did so (never though I painted apples in the water with watercolors :)..

I remember the times (20 or so years ago) when my teacher placed an apple as a part of a still life and explained that the roundness of this "object" will attract the viewer's eye. And it truly did, especially with the metal spoon pointing to that apple:
realism in watercolor

I painted apples big (a real size):
watercolor on Aquabord
(on a watercolor Aquabord )

And I painted apples as small as to fit on teeny-tiny 2"x3" paper:
watercolor miniature

miniature painting of fruits

Once, I've even created an instructional sequence on how to paint an apple in six easy steps:
watercolor artwork

It was cool to imagine how the apple "grew" on a white piece of paper:
I guess, for me, apples are really fun to paint: none of them, even though look alike, is the same. Each has it's own personality:

realism in watercolor

Just like these two Cuties above were pushing their Brother over the board; or, the freshly-picked apple below is happy to spread its arms-leaves under an afternoon Sun: 

Realism in watercolors

Like they say "an apple a day keeps the doctors away"; my apples , quite contrary, surely kept me busy and pretty close to my studio

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

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Love Is All Around - Looking To The Future

Heart and Flower Painting

I am exploring some absolutely new watercolor surface for me - 
a Yupo Paper. 
It is actually a pure synthetic "paper",  which has a plastic feel but does take watercolor. Some artists say it is the paper of the Future for watercolor. And even though it was fun playing on it; I think my usual 100% Cotton Cold Pressed paper will remain my favorite.

Yupo allows the paint to move freely, it is easy to pick up, or even wipe off the paint completely (back to the white surface). 
I find this "paper" being good for an abstract art. So, basically, when you pour the paint it provides interesting results at the end; in some sort, the paint paints itself (with a "little" artist's help of course :0).

That is how the top Heart painting and Flower Vase above were created. 

And that is how the Desert Sunset collage was made:

and Desert Flower:
watercolor abstract painting

When I created this Desert Flower abstract on yupo, and looked from the distance; I ,all of a sudden, saw the heart: 

LOVE is all around!

So, what did I do with those little Yupo Heart and a Flower Vase little paintings?
I created a couple of LOVE-ly Valentine's cards:
Happy Valentine

Watercolor On Yupo

Friday, January 17, 2014

Love Is All Around - Looking Left And Right

watercolor realism

I have finished this botanical painting right on time. It helped me to create some of my new floral Valentine's Day designs. 

My studio these days is like a Hallmark Headquarters ;)

On the left of my desk I have flowers.

Those little gentle purple flowers twisted in a beautiful shape of a heart:

purple flowers forming heart

Then, they spread around the card into a dynamic yet lovely composition:
purple watercolor flowers

Soon, another new painting with simi-realistic tulip bouquet was created:

watercolor painting

This bouquet inspired me for a several Valentine's designs as well.

Red Yellow Purple tulips Heart vase

A Symphony Of Tulips that sing "Happy Valentine's Day":
watercolor painting

and a classic (central composition) with tulips in the ceramic vase:
watercolor still life painting

On another hand, I wanted a little humor in my Valentine's designs.
And the Happy "proposing" Squirrel was created:
squirrel cartoon

Can't imagine a Valentine's Day without a Teddy Bear in love: 

Love You Teddy

This Teddy is a really good speller! 
A simple message from him even a baby can read :0)
Message from Teddybear

Happy Valentine's Day 
from Teddy and Me 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Love Is All Around - Looking Back

Valentine's Card

Only one month is left before Valentine's Day; and, I am working on Valentine's designs. This season I've started with a few images from my collection.
All of them, in my opinion, are well suited for this heart-full holiday.
The Tulips On Fire above were so good for warming up any heart; and the reach background might be loved by a person, who (like me) appreciates green.

Next design is definitely for purple color lovers. 
The Stripy Purple Orchid was a good match:

Happy Valentine Day Card

A written Love Note looks great on this still life with the Pen and A Red Heart:
Happy Valentine's Day card

An antique doll is inviting her Valentine for a Tea Party:
Be My Valentine

A Sweet Valentine note to her mom from a cute baby in a Heart shaped dream:
Be My Valentine watercolor card

And a few giggles from a Red Hat holding a colorful heart-balloons bouquet:

Red Hat With Sunglasses

And now, I am off to paint new artworks for new Valentine cards' designs.

Love Is All Around!!!


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

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Couple And The Sea

a couple in water

A newly wed couple at the sea.. I wanted to paint them in bright colors and a great contrast to emphasize the beginning of the family life: bright and cloudless (at least at the beginning ;).. 

They are looking at the sailboat far on the horizon. 

I wanted to have a sailboat in the painting as a symbol of light, full of adventurous future..
watercolor water

I painted the couple from the photograph, and I know that those days when photo was taken, the two went to the Baltic Sea for the vacation, warm weather allowed them to get their feet wet and have some time for just themselves. And by the way, the wife just broke a great news to her husband; it was a baby coming on board. 

Great new beginning, new life, new family, and ... 
a new painting :0)
He and She

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

Friday, January 3, 2014

It Is Time To Smell The Flowers

Lilli Tulips Magnolia

It is time to update my Christmas decorations and bring the holiday related paintings off the walls. I hope, it will give the flowers blooms an opportunity to push Miss Winter away :0) 

Just a few days left for my Poinsettia paintings and a Seven Minutes Before Christmas remind about a lovely Holiday season:
Realism In Watercolor

But on another hand, the flower paintings are always in season, aren't they. 
Out of that fragrant quartet of flowers above two are my very favorite:

The Magnolia bloom painting:
Watercolor flower bloom
The reason why it is one of my favorite is that Magnolia bud is gentle, fuzzy, sweet, pink and it is about a beginning; the beginning of a new life, a new pretty flower. 

And another "artist's pet" on that wall is a Pink Tiger Lilly:
floral painting
I think the wet-on-wet technique that I used while painting this flower's petals allowed to achieve the texture of the flower: glossy yet fuzzy, cold yet warm...And also, the full bloom of this flower tells a story about a short yet graceful life full of pink glory. 

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

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