Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Repairing ..repainting..revaluing...

Pulling out the big guns ..And totally repainting this baby ..some people ask me why I repainting or do facelifts to old pieces instead of making new ones.. Well .. I have one but simple answer - It's soo much FUN!!!
Not to mention it's much needed..The paintings I'm recovering are asking for it, screaming for those "facelifts" 

I'm much happy with this piece already...The values are up, the colors are higher , the key is higher...

Monday, September 14, 2015


Gosh..It feels good ...Don't believe that happiness is just a moment ...It can last for a longer period of time ..weeks and even months ..I'm at its pic ...I think
Creating and teaching to create is a very empowering activity ...I have a best and the most talented students..They also have tons of courage, something I didn't have myself back in an Art school .
And that courage is translating into their art! it's amazing to see the transformation, the growth, and artistic maturity, fearlessness ...
I started a portrait class a week ago . Needless to say, that some of my dear guys have never painted a portraits before, yet they jumped into it with confidence and courage..I can tell, we are going to learn a lot ..Together..As I learn so much from them ...
Here is the painting from my demo in the class . "Tammy" oil on birch , 16x20

"Tammy" oil on birch, 20x16

Sunday, September 6, 2015

"Sophie's World"

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
― William Styron

"Sophie's World" oil on linen, 16x20


What is she contemplating? Life, destiny, event ..or it's just a moment of  stillness with no thoughts ? Does she pensive, sad or simply quiet? let's take a moment to feel it ...

"Pensive" oil on linen, 16x20 

"Endless Knot"

The "Endless Knot" is in everything, isn't it? In Life, in Love, in Art..
Nothing is beginning or ending ...Timeless moment is inevitable ...I experience it every day ...
Even now, working in my beloved studio, listening Joni Mitchell feeling so deeply connected with my little yet endless world ..World inside me ..When I moved in to this studio, I have no idea how much I would be affected by this atmosphere ...Positively reenergized, so productive and so at peace..Finding new friends and inspirations ....And here is a "Endless Knot" oil on linen, 24x18
This piece was accepted into juried  show of Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, where I hold a signature member status.
"Endless Knot" oil on linen, 18x24

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