Monday, October 28, 2013


"Pomegranate" 6" x 6" oil on panel
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I set up objects that range in intensity from bright to dull. Pomegranate and an apple are the brightest objects, a bread board and grapes are medium intensity subjects and white jar and background are low intensity. I also changed my natural light bulb with a warm light. I loved how bright my pomegranate became and green color of the apple became warmer.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

One Dollar Auction: Pumpkin!

"Pumpkin" oil on panel 6" x 6"
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I'm so happy to come to my studio and start painting again. I had a break after months of quite intense show preparations, 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I did go to my studio from time to time just for doodling or playing with watercolor and black and white studies.

Today I realized, it is such a pleasure to paint! I really forgot how much fun it is. I loved mixing oils, loved its texture, colors, everything. Well, breaks could be very good for recharging and appreciating process of painting again.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Proposal Rock

"Proposal Rock" 8" x 10" oil on panel
I spent Sunday afternoon at the beach plein air painting. It wasn't as nice as yesterday. The wind knocked down my painting box a couple of times . I was thinking about Roos Schuring and her plein air video, and it was helpful. She paints in all kinds of weathers. All I needed to do was to hold my tripod. Good thing one needs only one hand to paint. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Get Away and Plein Air Paint

"South Beach Get Away" 8" x 10" oil on panel
I looked back at my file with recent paintings and found out that I spent the entire summer in my studio. It is absolutely not ok, if you live at the Coast, especially if it is nice out. Summer is over but the Oregon Coast is known for its great weather in September and October. I quickly packed my plein air supplies, took camera and jumped in a car. I knew that it didn't matter where to go. All I needed was to get away from the town and my studio. I usually take my dog with but this time I wanted to be alone, so Ivan had to stay home. Believe it or not I found a beach where I had never been before. And it is only 40 minutes away!
I enjoyed everything about it: great view, sand, grass, sunshine, sunset, painting process...
I'm so lucky that I live here! And on the way back I stopped at a small seafood restaurant-store where I had the freshest oysters.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I did it!

I have to say it wasn't that easy as I hoped, but it was worth it. I ended up with a couple of paintings that I'm really proud of, some that not so much. I learned a lot about myself, about painting and made some new discoveries and found great artists' blogs. I experimented a lot, some were successful, some not. I learned a lesson that it is ok not to be perfect. Our life is not perfect, we are not perfect and our art doesn't have to be perfect. The most important thing is to be genuine and to do my best in order to grow as an artist... 

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