Monday, August 31, 2015

Daily paintings. Colorful Butterflies.

After a "short" (in terms of eternity) time I am continuing my art blog.

My new painting routine is to produce small daily paintings. I often paint several at a time--like a warm up exercise--then give attention to those I like the most.

Also I am moving on to more non-traditional techniques, like painting with fingers, which  include scratching with fingernails, scraping with a palette knife, and/or using a new medium I recently discovered: water soluble crayons.  You can dip them in water and draw on canvas or paper; like watercolor pencils. 

After visiting the butterfly garden at the Seattle Center, I was inspired to paint butterflies.  I never had painted them before... I don't know why.  I love butterflies! And dragonflies!!!... By the way. (Mental note to myself - will paint them someday).

 I didn't try to do any particular kind of butterfly, although I used some photos taken in the garden for reference.

Here is the first group----


Butterfly Blues


                                                    Few more - smaller sizes 6x6 inches:

  Well Red Butterfly:

Happy Landing:

Eye On Yew:


Butter Sky-Diving:

I would be delighted to know what do you think about my new way of painting.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cool spider web photos and a new painting.

Very often walking in our Pacific Northwest woods, I see lots of spider webs, shining like jewelry on the sun.  One sunny autumn day I took the time to make a lot of photos

Beautiful diffraction on web's strings:

Interesting abstract in black and white:

And here my new painting - Still life with apples. This one painted itself almost entirely from my imagination.

Size 16x16 inches (41x41 cm) 
Painted in acrylic on a canvas mounted on masonite board.

Please visit my website for purchase information.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Winter in North Cascades

Winter here in North Cascades did not to start to be really cold and snowy yet, but it enough snow already on Mt.Baker ski area, and could be pretty stormy at times. Just look at those dramatic clouds:

On the "End of the World" day we had lots of snow and I had fun photographing it. It was all so grey and dark (remember, it was the shortest day - solstice)that I photoshoped some sun into the sky:

(snowflakes look dark on the lighter sky).

Some resourceful animals didn't stop in front of obvious obstacles, but we don't mind, we can feed a squirrel or two:

Anyway, year 2013 is started and one of the my resolution is to post more regularly.
And I wish Happy New Year to everybody who look in my blog!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Autumn in high country. Mt.Baker, Northwest WA.

Last Sunday it was beautiful warm sunny day, great for hiking in mountains. Views were amazing.

Bright colors of wild blueberry bushes:

And here are blueberries themself, covering ground like a thick carpet. Fortunate for us there was no bears around so all blueberries were just for us alone.:

Interesting "ghost" cloud around one of the Mt.Shuksun's peak:

More interesting clouds:

Mt.Baker itself apparently was not having a good time, as you see it has a pretty dramatic cloud with lots of wind on the top:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Painting. Beach Family.

Family of New Zealand Oystercatchers on a beach. 7x11 inches
I took photo of these two nervous cute birds while traveling in New Zealand.
This painting is submitted for DPW "Birdbrain" challenge. Painted with acrylic on canvas glued on masonite board. This is my 4th challenge painting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Painting. New Zealand seagull.

New Zealand seagull, acrylic on canvas board, 10x10 inches.  
This is another painting created for Daily Paintworks challenge "Birdbrain". I photographed this bird in New Zealand on South Island, in the marina of the small town near Christchurch.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lava flow images.

More photographs from our trip to Oregon lava flow.

All photos are available for purchase! Just send me a message!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Painting. Happy light bulb.

 Happy light bulb, acrylic on canvas 7.5x9.5 in

This is my entry for Daily Paintworks challenge. It was fun and hard to capture lots of reflection on the light bulb. I tried to make it more happy and colorful. Painting is done with acrylic on canvas glued to masonite board and finished in protective polymer varnish.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Painting. Nebula.

 6x6 acrylic


Nebula, one of my favorite blue space painting, painted with acrylic on stretched canvas, with painted sides. Available for sale on Daily Paintworks, now it listed on Auction.
Here are views of the painting from 2 sides:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Autumn leaves. Challenge painting for DPW.

Here it is - little treasuries of the fall. It actually was hard to choose just three, every little dry curly leaf is so different. As it was suggested in the challenge I left some bright magenta streaks of underpainting shine through blue background.
Painting is made with acrylic paint on canvas glued to masonite board and measures 11x7.5 inches. It's available for sale on AUCTION this week on Daily Paintworks.