Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Elf Portrait

This little weird Elf was guarding our house for about 10 years and now he's gone to Spain to live (with my husband's daughter). I hope he will be as happy house guard over there too.
Meanwhile I thought to paint his portrait using some sketches I made earlier.




Sunday, October 7, 2018

Whatcom artist studio tour 2018

For two weekends in October - 6,7th and 13 and 14th there is a Whatcom artist studio tour going on in the town of Bellingham and area around.
My husband and I visited a few artists on first weekend of the tour.
On Saturday, October 6 in our itinerary was Richard Bulman, really versatile artist working in variety of mediums including painting in oil and acrylic, drawing, making really original jewelry and hand engraved and painted stone. Reluctantly I have to limit myself showing only a couple of his artwork, but you can see more on his website Bulman Fine Art, his house and Whatcom Art Market


Egyptian Cat relief
acrylic on engraved stone



Oil painting - Masks of Chaas


Next we visited Terry Brooks - artist, friend and a teacher who paints Bellingham in a somewhat funny way. 






This will happen in a year 2100 after global warming will melt ice and flood streets of Bellingham.  :)



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Eagle Beach, Alaska

Gorgeous colorful sunset north from Juneau, Alaska on Eagle beach. Artwork size 12x12 inches, painted in acrylic on gallery wrap stretched canvas. Coated with UV protective varnish. I painted sides so you can hang it without frame.





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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Abstract painting Life As It Is

When I was growing up in Soviet Union there was no abstract art. There was only socialist realism. Well, there was abstract in museums but it was a "capitalism" art and we as "communists" were not suppose to do that.
So now I decided to dive deep in the art of abstracts and try to do a small abstract painting a day (or close to it). Small is not as scary as big, so I might handle it. Will see.
This one not the very first, occasionally I did some abstracts in my self-learning process, but it always felt like I don't know what I am doing. I still don't really know what I am doing, but I have ideas of color combinations, compositions and just go with intuition.
This particular work was inspired by Russian-German artist Wassily Kandinsky, his bold bright colors.
I called it - Life As It Is:




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Monday, January 29, 2018

African Mask

Recently I stopped at friend-artist's house, and saw very interesting made of dark brown wood African mask on a wall. I didn't copy it but instead painted impression of it at home by memory.




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Black Mask painting

Painting Black Mask I made using small sketch in my notebook (actually "morning pages"). I liked it's expressiveness.




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dragon's portrait

Lately I started practicing drawing dragons and other fantasy creatures. So far they are in sketchbooks, but one escaped on a small 6x6 inches canvas. It's called "Can you keep a secret?" because the dragon has somewhat inquisitive look. I made it with pen and ink, and color pencils. It is varnished with protective UV acrylic varnish, sides painted black, and it's ready to be hanged on a wall.



Stay tuned for more dragons.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Driftwood and Sunset paintings.



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 While living in Juneau, Alaska I spotted this interesting driftwood tree on Douglas island and made a pencil sketch of it. And a couple of days ago I made a small painting (just discovered that Georgia O'Keefe's Blue II looks somewhat similar, but much bigger size. Nice to have some similarities with famous. LOL ). So here it is, Driftwood,  9x12 inches, acrylic on canvas panel:





Another painting I did yesterday also has Alaskan origin - Sunset in Juneau, Alaska. It looks almost tropical, so bright colors.
9x12 inches, painted on canvas panel with acrylic, varnished.

Alaska Glacier paintings

Friday, July 29, 2016

Abstract Red Flower.in a vase.




It's so fun to paint abstract flower in abstract vases with bright colors.
Acrylic on 300 lb watercolor paper, mounted on stretched canvas.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Green Island Lighthouse.

We pass this island on Alaska ferry ship in the evening. I was already sitting on my bed - cot on a upper deck of ferry ship Columbia, when suddenly I saw that beautiful view. It was too unexpected and a little bit too dark to take a photo so I just sketched it really quick and made the acrylic painting at home.


I found that this is amazing lighthouse (actually it's called lightstation) with lightkeeper family live there all year around.
There is a wonderful post about the lighthouse, it's history and people in Eva Lazarus blog. That's how she describe it:
"Green Island, likely named because it’s not, is a rocky wasteland 25 miles north of Prince Rupert, eight miles from the Alaska border and the most northern lighthouse in the province. No trees grow on this lump of ice in winter, where 50 knot winds constitute a light breeze and last for weeks."

The painting is made on stretched canvas, sized 8x24 inches, covered with protective UV acrylic varnish.