Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunflowers and Green Apples

Sunflowers and Green Apples
10" x 8"
oil on panel
I went with my friend Kirk to a winery in Salem for a late lunch. I didn't regret driving for an hour to that place. It was worth it. Beautiful location and food outside in a beautiful settings. Weather was great also. It was warm. It is something I miss sometimes living by the ocean. It never gets very warm here.

When I was loading my 18-month-old into the car I noticed an apple tree. I asked the owner if she wouldn't mind me getting a couple apples for a still life. She was happy to give me more than I needed...

I like painting flowers, especially sunflowers. In this still life I focused on getting the essence of the subjects without overworking them. I limited my time to an hour and a half which helps to keep my paintings fresh. It is very hard to put my brushed aside when the timer goes off.. I'm pleased with the result. Even that the flowers don't have much information, they read well I think. Also I like a little gaps in the leaves showing background color.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Back to the studio

"Green Apples on Purple"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
It feels so good to start painting again. I had a long break and I had no idea how much I was missing.

You know sometimes you feel like something is missing in your life and you look in different places and search for answers and don't seem to be able to figure out what it is. It happened to me. Today I finally went to my studio and started painting. And there is was - the answer. It felt so good to finally paint. Mixing colors, getting paint on my bristle brush, laying it on the panel. Everything felt so good. I felt relieved. Amazing feeling.

Have you heard that some artists felt that they just had to paint or blow glass or sculpt or draw. I know exactly what they are talking about. Today I am a happy artist. All it takes is just show up in a studio and start painting.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Art Show Announcement

It's been to long. I have exciting news! My art is going to be on display at the Chessman gallery in Lincoln City!
Come join me and Sasha (aka Alexandra, my daughter) for art, wine and chocolate!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Last Tulips

"Last Tulips"
oil, 8" x 10"
not for sale
It's been a year since I posted last time. A lot had happened since then. I had a baby in January. It's a girl. Her name is Alexandra and I am in love. When the baby was two months old, my husband died in a car accident during his daily commute to work. It's been not easy for us. Thanks to many friends and family we are ok. There are amazing people around us...

This painting was painted the night before the accident. Dave, my husband, was watching our baby after work while I was painting. He always brought me flowers. Every time different ones. His favorites were tulips. That day he brought home red tulips. It hurts thinking that he never will come home carrying a bouquet. But this painting will always remind me of him. Art is powerful. It means so much to be able to capture a moment of life...   

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Antique Oil Can

"Antique Oil Can"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
sold
Today I took my bristle brushes and started painting without hesitation, without worrying about small details. I finished a study in an hour and was surprised how little it needs to say what I wanted to say.

I borrowed the oil can from a friend of mine, an illustrator artist. She collects all kinds of interesting subjects for future use, say, for her drawing classes. The can has a great long spout which I couldn't fit into my composition, so it was cut off.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pepper and Green Onions

"Pepper and Green Onions"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
sold
Every time when grocery shopping I cannot walk by those gorgeous colorful peppers. Today wasn't exceptional. Before making a salad or stir fry them (I bought home a yellow, red and orange ones) I made a little study adding some onions I also brought home. To capture the onions I mixed different greens - warm and cool and kept the shape intact with just a little value variation.

I enjoyed having a little break from painting flowers. Being honest I never thought I would get tired of them, but here I am. Does it only happen to me? It seems like there are artists out there who are focused on one subject matter, and wish I could do that.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Poppies

"Poppies"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
sold
I had so much fun painting the background of this small painting. I mixed all kind of greys - some cooler, some warmer, some reddish, some bluish, greenish etc.

I've been focusing on color lately, and flowers as a subject are a great way to study color. The flower itself is so interesting and complicated, and the challenge to simplify it in order to capture its essence makes me very excited.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Almost Twins

"Almost Twins"
 6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
sold
The reference photo I took earlier this spring had a very dark background. I wanted to paint a happy, light painting, therefore the background had to become a lighter value. The two flowers look very similar, so I painted one more detailed and a little bit more saturated than another. The second also has cooler highlights. I think it is reflected light from the sky.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Row of Irises

"Row of Irises"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
sold
Today my goal was to paint a high key painting with red-green color combination.

It was so much fun mixing all those greys of the background. Some are warmer, some cooler, and together they create an interesting interplay. One of my favorite greys is a mixture of Alizarin Crimson and Viridian.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Yellow Iris

"Yellow Iris"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
sold
After experimenting with watercolor last time I decided to paint the same flower with oils today. My goal was to create a high key painting with yellow as a dominant color. I achieved it by changing the background dark value of the previous version to a middle value.

For some reason my watercolor painting is more realistic, more "pretty". I think I focus more on details when I paint with watercolors.

I used a photograph I had taken at an iris festival this year. I finally convinced myself that it was ok to use pictures. I think if I use them as an artist, which means thinking about what my color and value dominance is and what composition I want to create, therefore changing them the way I want. I try not to copy a photograph, I interpret it.
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Yellow Iris

"Yellow Iris"
8" x 8"
watercolor
NFS
I wanted to paint with watercolors for a long time. I use it occasionally for making quick sketches. I thought it would be fun to paint flowers using it. Yesterday I decided to go to an art supply store in order to buy some watercolor brushes and paints. I don't know about you, but I can spend hours looking at what they have. Anyway, I ended up spending a couple of hundred of dollars on art supply. It was a bit more than I expected but I hope it is worth it.

I spent hours making a careful drawing and layering paints. It was a lot of fun... 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tan Iris

"Tan Iris"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
Sold
Last week I visited an iris festival for the first time in my life. And I never felt happier. I love flowers. I can spend hours enjoying them at a flower stand. This place was a paradise for my eyes. I've taken about 500 pictures! I probably stopped at every flower in the garden.

I used a photograph for this painting. In order to feel the flower better, I put a real one besides me. Its delicate scent was accompanying me throughout painting. What attracted me was the delicate tan color, as delicate as iris itself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

White Rhododendron

"White Rhododendron"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
Sold
Lately many "flower opportunities" keep finding me. It looks like I am supposed to paint flowers... I was invited to paint on plein air in a local garden. As I didn't paint outdoors for a while, I was happy to accept the opportunity. So I spent a wonderful afternoon painting and chatting with visitors.

I got so inspired by this one time, that decided to paint outdoors once a week. I invited a couple of fellow artists to join me.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rose

"Rose"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
Sold
The complex and fragrant rose is a symbol of perfection and passion. It is associated with love, earthly and divine. It signifies fertility, virginity, or beauty. Unfurling from a bud, it represents secrecy and the mystery of life.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rainbow Carrots

"Rainbow Carrots"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
Sold
I missed orange color. These three rainbow carrots gave me an opportunity to mix different oranges. Not only there were fun to paint, but also very delicious in my salad.