Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

painting of Bay Area


Before the clock strikes 12, allow me to wish you a very Happy New Year; and may you get all possible success in all imaginable areas in the year 2015 and beyond.  I wish you to achieve all your goals. And, when the New Year arrives, my best wish is that it brings many new creative ideas to make our lives better. 

Happy New Year!

In this watercolor painting I've combined an abstract floral fireworks and the silhouette of the city over San Francisco Bay.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Good Old Sunset


Today, I would like to share oh-so-old and not so old sunset paintings.
The first two (above and below) were painted almost twenty years ago. Recently, my friend from Russia sent me the photos. These photographs reminded me the good old days when I painted miniatures and sold them in Saint Petersburg art galleries back in 90s:
impressionistic artwork

Next artwork is a Sunset In The Mountains. I painted it from memory from a trip to Tenerife Island in 1998:
watercolor painting

A few relatively recent paintings, a Golden Gate Bridge from 2010:
Bay Area Sunset

And a Sunset In Paris from the memories of my trip in 2007:
France cityscape

Good old sunsets from different beautiful places and from different years of my art journey; the art career, which is luckily yet is not at the “sunset”; and, as I truly believe, my best Sunset painting is still not painted :0)





Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Onion Soup Recipe

onion soup

My onion soup recipe is extremely easy:

Take different kinds of onions, including my latest one, a Red Onion With Bay Leaves
(believe you or not I painted this one for an Onion Marmalade label, I had no idea you can make onion marmalade):

realism in watercolor

Add some cut Bell Peppers:

Throw a few green peas:

Also, add as many other things as you wish; and, voila, a watercolor soup is ready!!! :0)







Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Pillow Fight


Art to pillow

 Today, I am glad to announce that my hosting website (FineArtAmerica) is now offering a new option for the clients: throw pillows in various sizes. 
It means that each and every painting on my website www.artirina.com can be transform not only to canvas, metal, acrylic print or cell phone cover, card and so on; but, as well into a cute pillow.

Being curious to see how it would look like, I went to my Abstract Gallery and created a few pillows myself.

It was an interesting transformation of a two dimentional artwork into a three-dementional object.

My Abstract Sea artwork brought some kind of dream-like feeling when it was "placed" on a pillow:

art to the pillows

On another hand, the vertical lines of Abstract Waterfall were delivering some serious statement:

art to pillows

Meditative serene Abstract Landscape in green invited to have a good Beauty rest:



pillows cases art

Meantime, small squares of my Geometric Abstract artwork brought cozy and warm feelings into a pillow design: 



art on pillows

The variations of the designs are practically endless.
A curious mind can play with images and find an artwork for desirable pillow with no fight by visiting my art gallery

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Going Green

watercolor on canvas

Here, I am presenting a few recent abstract works that I have painted on watercolor canvas. 
The green soothing colors reminded me a glow of emerald crystal, sometimes deep green with a blue tint and sometimes grassy yellow..

I called this part of my abstract landscape series an Emerald Flow.

Emerald I and Emerald II are below:
watercolor on canvas
The model on a couch is Fred, my puppy, he was posing so good that I couldn't resist and placed him "to guard" the peace in this green room.
And to be fair to my other dog, here is what he was doing while Fred was "guarding"..
Prince George was "deep-ing" in Blue :0)



Monday, December 1, 2014

Relish Labels Sweet And Spicy

Sweet and Spicy with a dash of salt
realism in watercolor relish label

I was lucky to paint these vegetables as a part of my Jam Relish and Marmalade labels project. Lucky, because it made me feel quite warm in a chilly November days.

Great combinations were selected for the relishes project.

Sweet Red Bell Pepper and spicy Yellow Onion:

realism in watercolor relish label

Oh so hot Chili Peppers with Sugar:

realism in watercolor relish label

And a Vinegar Bottle with fresh cut Cucumbers will certainly make a Happy Pickle relish one day:

realism in watercolor relish label

I am glad that in this relish labels project I had an opportunity to paint not only vegetables themselves, but as well a porcelain and a glass bottle. I am sure it adds some more realistic feeling to the artwork, inviting the viewer to a kitchen to try these sweet, spicy, with a dash of salt relishes.



Published Art

My watercolor painting Dancing Fire is published on the cover of the booklet of Oncology Symposium that takes place in Kolkata, India ...