Monday, June 26, 2017

Venice Italy - Verticals Vs Horizontals

Italian Sketches Italy artworks

Visiting Venice on my business trip last month, I was astounded by all the vertical lines that strike the artist's eye: tall buildings, narrow streets, long endless canals...

In my painting, San Marcos Square, I wanted to "lock" vertical tower into a horizontal frame of Doge Palazzo arches to show the controversial view point: 

On another hand, in my digital art photography, I pointed at all the verticals of tall going-into-the-sky buildings that surround peaceful canals. The buildings are like jeweled frames where canals represent emerald, turquoise, or sapphire stones. And the color of that "stones" depend on the weather and can change any second.

Each artwork contains the ancient sights with the curious tourists riding in gondolas, exploring the beauty of Venice:




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Florence Watercolor Sketches - Such Young Such Different City

Italian city travel City


Visiting Florence for almost a week I had an opportunity painting there, learning its history, feeling its character; which allowed me to make a certain conclusion. 
Florence is actually a young city as Italians would say. Even though the beginning of the town goes back to medieval times, majority of the city was build in 18th Century.
Florence is so different to my artist's eye. One moment I was passing by all "framed in stone" buildings on the streets with not a hint of any greenery; and all of a sudden, I was in a gorgeous park without visible end with wild paths and fruit trees.

Above sketch was made in Boboli Gardens next to Pitti Palace. I loved painting the Fountain Island full of flowers and pots with lemon trees while hiding myself somewhere in the bushes of the huge trimmed hedge:


The other day I was stunned by the beauty of an ancient Basilica San Lorenzo. There were so many people around that it was hard to find a place to sit and look up at the gorgeous dome; but, I managed it:

The day was hot and the clouds just started forming. I wanted to show this monumental beauty, with its beige and brown of a solid stone cathedral against a gorgeous sunny sky:


Italy watercolor artwork sketch

In these two watercolors I pointed the difference between young greens of Boboli Gardens with their fruits and flowers of a new season in comparison with old gorgeous man made monolith that lasts centuries. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Children Book Illustrations


I am so glad that I had an opportunity to illustrate a book for children 

Bernard Goes To Music School

It was fun to try the Artist Illustrator hat once again:



I posted many illustrations and stories about their creations on my blog; all of the illustrations are collected in a special
devoted only to books illustrations.

And now, I am happy to announce that the book is not only available on Amazon, but as well it is in several libraries around the U.S.

Grand Rapids, state of Michigan:

Martinez, state of California:

Lake Worth, state of Florida:

Walnut Creek, state of California:

Palm Springs, state of Florida:

It is so wonderful that many people can read this book to their kids and I am proud that my illustrations are in this book! 


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eiffel Tower - Sunny Day In Paris

travel sketch of Paris France

I have painted Eiffel Tower many many times. It is easy to prove this statement just by showing my France Gallery , which has more than five dozens paintings and design with Eiffel Tower and streets of Paris by now. 
But this time it was a special treat for me to paint the famous Eiffel Tower in person, as French say tete-a-tete (e.g. in person) and in el plein-air style (as the same French say) practically meaning that I was sitting there and painting Eiffel Tower from that particular spot. 
Last month I was traveling to three wonderful countries for inspirational business trip. France was one of them. 
Lucky for me the day I was painting was more like a Summer day as if Paris greeted me with a beautiful sunlight and gorgeous shadows well suitable for a nice watercolor painting. 
I was surprised to find a street that led to Eiffel Tower, but no tourists were there. Only block of the buildings was separating me with the crowd gathering around and under the tower, and here I am in almost solitude making a first drawing in this beautiful city of Paris breathing in a summer like spring day enjoying every moment. 
It was wonderful experience! 
Truly artistic one, when you don't notice nor occasional person passing by, no time flying. I've only noticed that couple of hours evaporated quickly by looking at the shadows that changed drastically. Good thing I took an initial photograph of the place and was able to finish the paining in the hotel room, in my mini-art-studio that I improvised right there. 

Even though I brought my travel palette with me on the trip; I couldn't resist the temptation when passing by an old Charvin Art Shop on Seine river embankment. This company produces watercolor handmade paints since 1830. Just to think that famous impressionists were painting Eiffel Tower and Paris streets with watercolor of this company, created a strong desire for me to get one of travel boxes with French watercolors. That was the best souvenir I could bring from France: a handmade watercolors in the box, and painted with these watercolors Eiffel Tower, the Eiffel Tower that fit my suitcase!! :)

painting and palette

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