Monday, July 25, 2016

Watercolor Seascape - Pacific Ocean - Gualala

Pacific Ocean Shore Low Tide

During my stay at the vintage ranch that I wrote about in the previous post I also had a chance to have a nice drive through the woods and reach the Pacific Ocean shore, near the Sea Ranch. 

The small town Gualala is sitting right at the shore, making rare tourist or passing by person wonder about its beauty. There are no better words that the official website of this town says:

Gualala? What's That?

"Well, it's a name that's hard to pronounce and even harder to spell. Sometimes it's hard to remember. Some people call it gwa-LA-la, but the natives call it wa-LA-la. This comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian phrase, "ah kha wa la lee" which means, "Where the water flows down", which makes sense--for the river goes out to the ocean right across from the center of town, right by that big sand bar where the whales stop for lunch every year.    It's up on the coast of California, north of San Francisco a ways. Not a big place, like some of those expensive resort areas. But, you know, once you've been to Gualala you'll never forget the wonderful times you had there. You'd love it. Use the links at the top of the page to look around and get to know the place." 
(http://www.gualala.com/)  


I loved looking at the low tide revealing the shore, where the ocean was splashing rough waves to the sand line and all of a sudden the water stayed still right after that. I loved painting that uneven fence that goes miles and miles along the shore right from the Sea Ranch. The day was just perfect for painting this seascape in watercolor

And as always there are more seascape paintings in my

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Old White Barn At Sonoma Farm Anvil Vineyard & Ranch

watercolor painting summer hills and field

Last weekend I was visiting a beautiful Anvil Vineyard and Ranch that is hidden in Sonoma County mountains. I loved how in just a few hours drive from my home I got into a pure Nature space not touched by civilization and gorgeous in its vintage beauty.

For my painting I selected this old white barn in the grass field.

 I was amazed by a contrast of the Summer field, green trees, and lit by the sun old building. The mountains behind the farm were so stunningly colorful ranging from pale blue to the deep purple... 

A hidden Treasure of California! 

This art piece became a great addition to my Landscape Gallery on my website www.artirina.com 



Monday, July 11, 2016

Watercolor Stitches ?!!


One quite unusual request I've received from one International fellow artist recently. Her name is Hanita Yahotomi from Ukraine (http://vk.com/morra_design) and 
she asked to transform my watercolor painting of 
into a design for 
cross-stitching. 
I am so used to by now that my art is on Jams, Yogurts, SaucesMarmalade, and on other packaging materials for farms and Farmers Markets. But this offer was quite unexpected and really exiting. 

I was wondering how can the artist make the transition from stitch to stitch imitating my watercolor brush strokes. 
And, as you can see, she did it perfectly. 

I love it! 

Here is for comparison, my original watercolor:


There are so many interesting, exiting and unexpected ways to express the Beauty of the Art! 
:)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrating Fifteen Years

vivid painting Bay Area

Today I have two reasons to celebrate. 
First of all it is a National Holiday, the 4th Of July. But also, today is precisely fifteen years since I came to the United States Of America.

So many good things had happened in that period. After all, it is a third of my entire life. 
I had a great chance to explore by traveling in the U.S. and abroad. 
America is a huge country and each state has its own personality, traditions, famous visiting points. 

I've discovered and re-discovered California, South to North. I've visited state of Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Washington DC. 
Many times I brought with me my color palette and enjoyed painting outside.
For example, in Portland I was stunned by the rough ocean shore, gorgeous and powerful:
seascape in watercolor

In Arizona, specifically in Sedona, I felt as if I was visiting Mars not Earth. Monumental canyons caught my artist's attention:
landscape in watercolor

North of California amazed me with the peaceful Redwood trees landscapes:
watercolor forest

Pacific shore is so rich with impressive lighthouses, and I wish I could paint them all. So far, I am only done with three.
Lighthouse at the Point Arena:
watercolor landscape

Lighthouse in the little town of Trinidad:
watercolor landscape

And, Point Reyes Lighthouse:
watercolor landscape

And, needless to say, I've explored the area where I live, the famous San Francisco Bay Area. I will never be tired of painting its beautiful scenery such Golden Gate Bridge:
Bay Area seascape in watercolor

I love painting Bay Area parks and gardens. Here is one of my favorite places, Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:
watercolor landscape San Francisco Bay Area

Or, what a pretty place is hiding in Berkeley hills, Blake's Garden with its alleys and sweet poppy fields:
watercolor landscapes poppy field

I was lucky to travel abroad in the last fifteen years as well. I visited Russia many times; and, I admired gorgeous cathedrals and monuments there: 
Blood Cathedral Saint Petersburg watercolor
historical sketches

I also traveled to Paris, France; and, painted the famous Eiffel Tower multiple times afterwords:
Paris France watercolour

watercolor cityscape

After visiting Italy, I fell in love not only with Italian culture, but as well with Italian language. I've even decided to learn Italian and in the last two years earned AA in Italian language, hoping that one day I will return to this country again and be able to practice.
Here are just a few of my paintings that are devoted to Italy.
The town of Siena:
watercolor painting

A little town of Positano:
watercolor Mediterranean shore

Cozy cafe in Venice:
watercolor Italian Cafe

Speaking of education, besides studying languages, I was also earning an Accounting degree and Fine Art Diploma in these wonderful fifteen years here in the U.S.

After working half of this time for a corporate work; somewhere in 2009 I've decided to switch my course 180 degrees and return full time to my Life Calling. I pursued an art career and became professional artist. Little by little I built my Portfolio and my clientele. 

Today, I can say that my art has been travelling more than I do. The original and copies of my art are not only throughout the U.S, they are in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Malaysia, Russia, Spain. The illustrations that I painted for my International customers are originally presented in Ireland and Switzerland. And then, they will travel the world in forms of jam labels, yogurt labels, and various sauces
I am also exited that I was discovered by one Licensing Company and now my Fine Art is sold through venues like Overstock.com, Walmart.com, and many large brick and mortal stores. 

These fifteen years were truly remarkable. I know I put a lot of hard work into them. But, I also know I would not be able to do all of it without a huge support from my family, friends and my lovely clients.  

There are so many exiting projects are ahead. On one of them, I am actually working in the last three months, but it yet to be released. I will be sharing about this new project soon in the future posts.

Today, I am celebrating wonderful fifteen years in America that allowed me to open myself as an Artist, Traveler, Life Student, and a growing Spiritual Being 
:)

Cheers from www.artirina.com !!! 


































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