Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Stockholm Sweden - Sketchbook Project


I traveled to Stockholm by Silja Line cruise from Helsinki. Only one night on the ship and you are in the most beautiful city of Sweden. Besides old downtown with its narrow streets and gorgeous King’s Palace; there are plenty of things to do for a historian as well as for a modern tourist who likes to shop in the old part of the town. Although, I was not denying shopping, one a very quiet and isolated area remained my favorite part of Stockholm. It is a well preserved historical place Skansen which is located on the small island of Djurgården not far away from the downtown. When you are there you practically fly in times and experience the old days Sweden with the countryside, old town quarter, small parks and gardens. You can feel, be, see the old village with its routines and tribal rules. And if you are lucky you can even witness how is the glassblower is making old style vases in the glass shop.
The sketch that you see is of my other favorite place where I happened to bring the group of tourists that I used to bring from Saint Petersburg. It is Stockholm City Hall (Stadshus) ; for some reason its tall part always reminded me Venice Bell Tower.
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In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Munich Germany Sketchbook Project


This sketch is about Marienplatz Old Town Hall, which is located in Munich, Germany. First built in wood it was completely destroyed by fire in 1460. Between 1470 and 1480, the old town hall was rebuilt in Gothic style by Jörg von Halsbach. I thing the Gothic pointing roofs and lace knitted architecture that what invites me in visiting Europe and particularly Germany. It is amazing how in spite the hardest time for Europe in 1940s its countries were re-born practically from ashes. In this scene the beauty of the yellow flowers compete with the beauty of another kind, the man-made one.

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Amsterdam Holland - Sketchbook Project




If I ever go to Holland I plan to start with its Capital, Amsterdam. Being built in early 13th century by 17th century this city became a center of world economy. The rise of merchandise, political stability, and economical success gave opportunity to a lot of artist to thrive and polish their skills. The Dutch paintings, specifically Dutch Still Life, a my favorite of that time of the world history of art. I am hoping to visit as many museums as I can to see the original still lives by many favorite artists (just name a few: Jan Brueghel the Elder , Osias Beert,Osias Beert, Clara Peeters, Jan Davidsz de Heem).

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The sketch is showing one of the historical places of Amsterdam, the church of Sint-Nicolaaskerk
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In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Big Ben Watercolor London Great Britain - Sketchbook Project

Watercolour Sketch of London Big Ben Parliament building


One of the sketches for my Sketchbook Project for NY Library - the Great City of London. London has been called "The World in One City". This tells a lot! With its diverse range of people, cultures, religious with its many attractions for the tourists from over the World London breathes the history and it's calling for a visit. In my mind I am already there walking down to Hyde Park, visiting British Museum and National Gallery, peaking at Buckingham Palace, and crossing the Millennium Bridge. And sure enough, the most recognizable London's view, 150+ year-old Big Ben (on my sketch) will not be able to escape my attention when I visit this beautiful City.

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

Friday, July 5, 2019

Eiffel Tower Paris France - Travel With Me - Sketchbook Project

As the second piece for my Sketchbook Project I chose a very recognizable subject matter. It is hard to believe that so many people (painters, poets, architects) thought in 1900s that this was a sore on the surface of Paris. I previously posted a few interesting facts about Eiffel Tower here. I've been to Paris twice with 12 years break in between. But each time I went there I still found something amazing for myself. Besides its obviously touristic atmosphere it somehow makes you feel wanting to visit it again and again. And I will certainly make sure I take tons of pictures when I come back to Paris one more time. The Eiffel Tower is fun; but my favorite places in Paris still are Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin with its gorgeous garden.
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Orange Watercolor Illustrations On Marmalade Labels And Packaging

Several month ago I worked on commission painting delicious oranges in watercolour for a large client, Fruitfield Company. And now tho...