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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blue Harmony

"Blue Harmony"
12" x 12"
oil on panel
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I wanted to challenge myself and try a different, out of my comfort zone, color harmony. I seldom use pink in my set-up. Not that I dislike it, I just forget about it. As you can see the painting has one color that all the subjects have - it is blue, and my pink had to have some as well. Nothing was painted without blue. The teapot used to have a lid. I broke it while working on the set-up for this composition. I actually like it better that way. It reminds me that things are often not perfect in our world...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Stainless Reflection or how to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

"Stainless Reflection"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
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I've been living at the Oregon Coast for 6 years, and every single February I'm about to move some place warmer, sunnier and happier. It happens every single February. Having said all above you can see why I paint a lot of yellow lately. I just miss sunshine and warmth. Now I understand people leaving Oregon Coast for Arizona or Texas or Mexico for winter time...
Anyway I'm getting smarter: every year I learn about different ways to deal with the lack of sun. Here are some of them: SAD light, vitamin D, tanning salons, meeting with your friends at least once a week and painting lots of yellow in your still lifes...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Primaries

"Primaries"
18" x 18"
oil on panel
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I've heard once from an artist that primary colors always look good together. I'm not sure if pure primary pigments exist in nature, I put together a composition as close as I could. To make it more vibrant, I added green, just couldn't help it. Red was asking for a little bit of contrast. It was interesting to paint different surfaces. My favorite was the glass bottle...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Blue, Yellow and Orange

"Blue, Yellow and Orange"
12" x 12"
oil on panel
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I've been collecting blue bottles knowing that one day I will use them in my still lifes. Two of them came from a Japanese restaurant after I and a couple of friends had enjoyed coconut sake. And I actually bought one in a restaurant here in Lincoln City, OR. Yes, they sell empty wine bottles! I guess people ask them all the time. I wonder if those people are artists...

I personally love blue and yellow together, so I didn't think long about what fruit to add to my bottles. Of course lemons! Although I wanted to see how blue will look near orange. It was fun to paint this study. It took me a couple of days to complete. Painting slow gives me an opportunity to see many nuances I probably wouldn't notice painting quick studies.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Antique Coffee Grinder

"Antique Coffee Grinder"
12" x 12"
oil on panel
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I borrowed a nice antique coffee grinder from a friend of mine. I was eager to paint something that had a character. As I expected it wasn't easy. I spent a couple of days working on it. Looking, studying, comparing and painting...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cups

"Cups"
12" x 12"
oil on panel
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I found so much pleasure painting bright colors and learning how colorful subject influence each other. Many books on how to paint say that only one color should be dominant, otherwise your painting "will be too busy". So I've been thinking about it. Often I compare life to painting. In life we all are so different, but this colorful variety makes our world a fun and more beautiful place...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Choice

"Choice"
12" x 12"
oil on canvas
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I got inspired to paint a busy composition. It means the painting has a sense of a bigger picture continuing beyond the frame of the canvas. I wanted to capture variety of color, shapes, surfaces in oreder to create an interesting painting.
It took me two days to finish this paiting. In the first day I made a drawing and started color blocking using thin layer of oils and OMS. The next day I continued with thicker layers of oil and painting medium.

The painting respresents variety in life. Today I see it as bright and exciting...