Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Roses and Pears

"Roses and Pears"
12" x 12"
oil on canvas
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Today I painted large, well, relatively large. You know what I learned? It is the same as painting small. The only difference it takes longer.

Another change I've been enjoying in my studio was my new light. I found natural daylight bulbs in a craft store on sale, and decided to give them a try. I remember somebody recommended those to me. I love it! It creates a very cool light and renders colors very accurately.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rocky Creek State Wayside

"Rocky Creek State Wayside"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
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I was another sunny day at the Coast. Today I came prepared - dressed well and I also listened to a fellow artist and found a spot where I felt warm and comfortable, and where the wind couldn't get me. At the first glance I found the scene too simple and after I started working I realized how challenging it was to find the right color and not to say too much but to say enough...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sandgren Oregon Coast PaintOut

"Ona Beach"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
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I finally could join the group of artists from around the country fro the annual plein air painting. I think they have been painting for a week already.

We met at Ona Beach State Park in Seal Rock, OR today. I usually plein air paint by myself, so this was a really special treat. I painted in the park once before and just loved its sand dunes and trees, and today I found them very inspiring as well.

Despite all my highest expectations to paint several studies I only managed one. Literally wind just kicked me out. I thought I was dressed according to my artist fellows advice, but the wind was freezing cold and just didn't stop blowing. I was standing at first, then I had to hide myself in the grass...

Tomorrow we are going to Rocky Creek State Wayside. I'm planning to get prepared better this time.

P.S. I have to say to everyone - if you ever decide to come to Oregon, September and October are the best months for plein air painting here at the Coast...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Salem Art Fair and Festival

A friend of mine recommended me to apply for this fair in Salem and I did. And the jury accepted me.

My Booth at Salem Art Fair and Festival

It was an amazing experience. I probably will sound too emotional to the artists that show at art fairs all the time but you have to realize that it was my first big one.I loved it! I mean I loved to interact with my collectors directly, and it was nice to hear people's comments and suggestions. I met a couple of artists that I hope to paint together sometime. I learned so much about myself and my work. For instance I know that I paint still lifes to study color. I can combine different objects and see how their colors affect each other...

I sold most of my work and that wasn't the most exciting part. I met lots of people who love art and appreciate artists. My work is now represented by Bush Barn Art Center. What more could one ask for?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yellow Rose

"Yellow Rose"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
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I painted roses a couple of times before but never was satisfied with the results. This time I focused on values trying not to use words like "petal" or "shadow", which would have caused too many details and a tired painting. Although I still have to work on my rose painting skills I'm pretty happy how my flower turned out..

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tea Cup and Strawberries

"Tea Cup and Strawberries"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
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Glass and reflective surfaces are very interesting to paint. That is why I enjoyed painting this composition. I love this dark blue tea cup for many reasons: its color, beautiful shape, silver rim and its unusual handle. I included strawberries for color and contrast and glass vase, that would add to a composition without overpowering the cup.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Basil and Tomato

"Basil and Tomato"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
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I was interested in practicing to simplify a complicated object, and this potted basil I just brought from a grocery store was a perfect model. Of course a tomato had to assist, although it became a center of interest in the end... 

I was focusing on the negative space around the plant and looking for angles and curves of the plant while painting...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Salem Art Festival

Come see me and the results of my 30-day-painting challenge next week in Bush's Pasture Park, Salem, Oregon.

I am very happy to be a part of this festival. I cannot wait to meet artists, art lovers and new friends. Please stop by and say hi! My booth number is 69.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20 from 10 am - 7 pm. Sunday, July 21 from 10 am - 5 pm.
WHERE: 600 Mission St SE, Salem, OR 97302

I hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Leftover Pansy

8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
A couple of months ago I planted pansies and have been enjoying their bright colors. Unfortunately they don't last forever. Especially when it doesn't rain and gets very warm at the Coast. (I love summer here!) Well, it might be me who has no idea how to garden.

This bouquet is what was left. I had fun painting this relative challenging composition. It usually takes me an hour for a 8" x 10" study and this took twice as long because of number of flowers.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Sunflower and Delphinium

"Sunflower & Delphinium"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
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I love sunflowers, so I wanted to know what it symbolizes. The Internet gives different meanings of the sunflower.

In Chinese symbolism, for instance,  the sunflower deals with long life, good luck and is considered very auspicious. It's yellow color signifies vitality and intelligence. It's a symbol of happiness too.

In esoteric Christianity, the sunflower is a symbol of God's love. The sunflower as a symbol can also represent the unwavering faith that guides the soul to the highest spiritual attunement. No wonder so many artists and photographers get inspired by it.

To me the sunflower is the reminder of my childhood. I used to spend every summer in the country and often went to sunflower fields. I really cherish that time...