Friday, July 17, 2015

Happy Change!!!

Big changes are happening my Friends!  :)
I finally have a studio, yipeee! and I'm getting ready to move in and settle in Seattle’s "Home for Arts and Culture in Magnuson Park", building 30 which is a gorgeous facility. I'm so happy to be joining a family of some 40 professional and dedicated artists. Let's celebrate my new adventure with a Party and Open House Exhibition and you are all invited!
Please come on Sunday, August 2, 11-5 
Magnuson Park, Building 30,  studio 204.
All studios and a Gallery will be open for public

I'm also starting Oil Painting and Color Mixing classes at the new location, Magnuson Park Art Studio on Mondays.
Classes are taught in the Russian Impressionist tradition or ala prima (direct style).
The emphasis is on composition, design, color mixing and paint application.  Learn the foundation how to create a painting, concept of seeing, describing, analyzing and applying color..
Understanding artistic terminologies and creating a vocabulary. 
Becoming familiar with the various masters that have influenced this painting method is an important part of my class. Classes are structured in a way that is relaxing, comfortable, packed with demos, individual painting time and most of all fun. All levels are welcome and I have 2 time slots.
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Cost is $35 a class (paid monthly in advance and non refundable, except  change is on my part). 

Contact me to secure your spot, as space is limited to 6 students per class by emailing to

We are located at Magnuson Park on the shore of Lake Washington in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle.
To reach my Studio, enter the park at 74th Street, turn left on 63rd Avenue NE. Building 30 West is immediately on the right.
Building 30 West
7448 63rd Avenue NE
Studio 204
Hope to see you all!!!
"Azealia  Line" oil on linen, 9x12

"Quiet Backwaters" oil on linen, 9x16

"Red Silk/Young Bride" oil on linen, 16x20 

Third place win at Willamette Lavender festival !

While I was  teaching a private workshop in Cle Elum - I received a terrific news .. I was awarded a third place cash prize at Willamette Lavender festival !!!  Feeling very lucky to win, as I was competing with 100 artists! Thank you Aimee Erickson for judging the competition! Special thanks to organizers and personally to Kathy Johnson, chair WV Lavender Paint Out !!!
Here is a group of paintings from the festival, and more from later....All of 'em are for sale.

My winning piece from Willamette Lavender Festival
"Deep Purple" oil on linen, 9x12 - $ 300.00

"Lavender path" oil on linen, 11x14 - $ 300.00 

"Lavender and Roses" $100.00

"Purple Miles" oil on linen $ 300.00

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Discovery II"

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” said Cezanne, and I agreed :) Try to express your deepest thoughts, incentives through your art ...Leave the fear, shame and insecurity at the door of your studio - paint, sing, be wild and messy ..get yourself a permission feel vulnerable...cry ..laugh ..BUT paint...create ..keep mastering your own voice ..
The energy will flow into your work with confidence,  and confidence can be build up with time and perseverance... so paint every day ....Here is my plein air painting from yesterday..
"Discovery II" painted in Discovery Park.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

"Santa Fe"

I stumbled upon an incredible blog ..Guys, whoever you are: my student, follower, or a friend interested in art, that is a must read material, if you want to get deeper into world of color, design and creative spirit !!!
It's long article but worth to read every word of it...

In a meanwhile , here is my latest demo painting for the Thursday class at Arts Umbrella

"Santa Fe' oil on board , 11x14 

Friday, June 26, 2015

"In the Shadow of Chapel "


…as if, all along, you had thought the end point
might be a city with golden towers, and cheering crowds,
and turning the corner at what you thought was the end 
of the road, you found just a simple reflection,
and a clear revelation beneath the face looking back
and beneath it another invitation, all in one glimpse:
like a person or a place you had sought forever,
like a bold field of freedom that beckoned you beyond;
like another life, and the road - the road still stretching on.
David Whyte .......
"In the Shadow of Chapel" oil on linen, 10x10 

"First Mums"

Im pretty happy with this painting's been awhile for me to experience a satisfaction about my own painting..I know what they say ; "If you feel like you are in some kind of stagnation despite painting every day like mad, it's mean you are about to undergo a  breakthrough" Well, I hope so :)
But it did feel like I'm on something in this still life ..The main sensation I was experiencing and eventually what gave me  the result, was the urge to let go ANY control over your painting ...letting go any pressure about creating a Masterpiece..The whole time I was painting I felt so liberated feeling the desire to mess this painting up and just have fun with brush strokes applications. And then, at the highest point  of fearlessness , miracle happened ...I DIDN'T CARE ..I was free ...Limitations left me ..So  what I want to say in this post- try to exercise your right for creative freedom every time you are in front of a blank canvas... Forget about other artists,  forget to compare yourself with Masters, forget  juries, committees,  critics ....Paint like you DON'T CARE about selling this piece ..and paint every single freaking piece exactly like this ....You will unleash your creative's there inside of's always been there, just buried under heavy rocks of  pressure of the society, pressure of being SUCCESSFUL  and ACCEPTED by social network......
So here it is ..."First Mums" oil on canvas , 18x24

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Recent plein air paintings

Yes, it's been a month since I posted in here. Busy creative and personal  life take its toll. Since the last piece form Arboretum uploaded on here and counted as # 60  , I travelled quite a few great places in pursuit of perfect light, color, space, and painted at least 20 paintings. There is no possible way for me to go back and systematize  them all  now..;)
So uploading about 6 plein air paintings in one post will somehow solve the problem :)
Here we are!
"Morning haze" ...

"Azalea Lane"  oil on linen, 9x12

"Palouse Sky" oil on linen , 11x14

"In the NOW" oil on canvas9x24

"Kenmore Air" oil on linen, 12x12

"Meadow" oil on canvas 12x16