Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Day 45.."Golden Gardens"

Yeeeaay- The first plein air session and a class of the season! We really enjoyed it. The weather in Seattle  is spectacular and we have so many amazing parks to paint.
This one painted in Golden Gardens , in Ballard ...Luckily I live 2 miles aways :)))


"Golden Gardens" oil on linen, 9x12 

Day 44.."Peachy"

A lovely little piece, depicting fruits I eat daily ( I"m 80% fruitarian ) The whole point of this painting is a composition with the extreme bird eye view ...I like this contemporary, modern approach to composition. All close ups has an abstract quality to it.
"Peachy" oil on linen, 6x6

Friday, February 20, 2015

BoldBrush competition FAV15%

How did I miss it? My paintings was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in three consecutive months on BoldBrush Painting competition. It's an honor, and means that I might be featured inhttp://informedcollector.com in the coming months. Really happy about that!

"Evening Tea' oil on linen, 8x8 SOLD

Day 43 .."Orange Haze"

This is another demo for my class and another difficult harmony. I had an interesting and intense class of my own yesterday. So I set up a pretty advanced still life, in colors and values, like the one I've just finished. All my students work really hard and show phenomenal progress. They work on overcoming their fears and insecurities and they always create something beautiful! Maybe I'm pushing them too far?.. Not all of them will ever be professional artists and some of them don't have any intention of being. But I keep pushing them a little further each week. Trying to teach them to see and analyse and then apply that knowledge to their canvases. Often, students don't realize how much mental and physical work, there is in painting. The pace of painting daily puts you in the right mindset and that's when you start to see great advances in your own development
We often discuss a safety tips and exchanging ideas about less toxic materials we can use. Here is a great read , and I"m ordering that stuff right now:)

"Orange Haze" oil on linen, 8x10
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-maynord/art-practice-goodbye-to-turpentine_b_1479346.html


And here where you can find the "stuff" :)
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day 42.."Red Silk"

I have about 4 larger paintings on my easel ....It's like I paint non stop but don't have anything to show for 4 days. Well today, I finally had a quick, 3 hours , alla prima portrait of a beautiful  daughter of my fellow artist Fong Baaz, finished.  To finish painting in one setting is biggest thrill. I can never achieve the freshness and immediacy painting for weeks. But of course, I will always try..
So here it is " Red Silk" oil on linen, 16x20
"Red Silk" oil on linen, 16x20 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Day 41.."English Tea form Cherington"

A demo for my Ballard class. I painted this with a good friend in mind, who actually lives in Cherrington :)) 
"English Tea from Cherrington" oil on linen, 8x10

Day 40 .."Retired"

Is the Valentines day over yet? Yes? Ohh good!!!
Of course,  I'm so grateful to have all those beautiful people in my life who showers me with Love, care and attention on Valentines day( especially one) , but  aftermath, of this emotionally elevated celebration, is not always that pretty ..I'm having a difficult day today and lowest energy in months...
Having troubles even to meditate ...On the brighter side, it's a gorgeous day, here is Seattle. We are stepping into a Spring, and nothing can overshadow that Glory !

"Retired" oil on linen, 8x10