Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lightfastness ...

Today I had a question form my student  about lightfastness -   I must to admit that aways had a vague understanding of that term. Here is an answer.

"Lightfastness of a paint color or pigment is very important! It indicates how permanent, resistant to change, or how unaffected by light it is. Paint colors can fade or alter when exposed to light and time. This could change the look and quality of an art work.
The two most used rating systems are the ASTM and the Blue Wool Systems. The American Standard Test Measure (ASTM) gives ratings from I to V. (I excellent, II very good, III fair or non-permanent, IV and V poor and very poor).The British system (Blue Wool Standard) rates lightfastness One to Eight. (Eight being Excellent and One being the worst). "

Speaking of light...My Monday pleinair class started two weeks ago and it's going very well.
I can see how some of my students mood and attitude changing from being terrified and self-conscious of painting outside on public to just having fun and  letting go the fears of failure or pressure. 

 Let me know if you are interested.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Surprise, Surprise :)

Surprise, surprise !!! Look who came back to the Blog! Yes, I'm back. There is so much to report, to share, to brag about, to gossip and to spill out . I do love to share, almost as much as I love to paint. That's why I teach. 
I abandoned my blog for a very simple and trivial reason: limited time and convenience of a facebook's  immediate feedback. 
Every time I wanted to write something and share art tips, experiences, discoveries on here , I would feel such an intense  pressure of trying to to catch up on all  missed times. That guilt would  torture me and paralyze. Solving this dilemma took me 6 months. But I'm back - Happy, elevated, elated and...engaged. Yes I'm engaged to a wonderful and caring man. 

A few weeks ago I took a workshop with a wonderful artist and beautiful soul -Ilene Gienger-Stanfield. I felt an instant creative connection with her. Thank you for sharing your talent, Ilene. Here is a series of pieces we created on the workshop. Very quick ( 20 -30 ) minutes sketches. I love to take local workshops, where I would not only learn a lot, interact with fellow artists, but also would acquire new students. 
"Blue Raincoat" oil on linen

"Magnolia Tea" oil on linen 

"Purple Skirt" oil on linen

"Ready for Summer" oil on linen 

Friday, December 13, 2013


HOLIDAY SALE!!!! I put together a small holiday sale catalog. Every piece on this page is 200$ ONLY! Feel free to call me or email if you feel that you MUST have one of of these pieces. 3 more pages of original art paintings by Emiliya Lane are coming up. Enjoy, and Happy Holiday to YOU all!!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


My dear friends,

Time to summarize this incredible, warm, sweet, full of success and surprises summer.
Where should I start ?

First I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to my friends, family and mentors: my support system people. Thank you for all of your Love, trust and help!

This summer brought me great teaching and exhibiting opportunities.
I gained new talented students and have been invited to teach at Arts Umbrella in Bothell 
Classes started on September 5th and we still have spots available. 

Participation in two Plein Air art festivals was a fun, amusing and rewarding experience. 
At the Cle Elum “Fresh Air Artists” festival I was very happy to win Best of Show and to receive a second place ribbon. At "Paint the Peninsula", the first annual Plein Air festival in Port Angeles, I won Best of Show for my painting "Drifting" and took second place in a quick draw competition for "Merlot". As The Best of Show winner, in addition to a generous monetary award, I will have the honor of having "Drifting" become the image on the label of "Plein Air" – a Special Limited Vintage Wine produced for the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center by Camaraderie Cellars.
 “Drifting” will also be featured in next year’s promotional materials for the Plein Air Festival. 
I also received " A Quarter Page Advertising Award " in Plein Air Magazine. I am grateful to the organizers, generous sponsors and juror of this event Ned Mueller for being given this amazing opportunity to participate with all of the incredible artists that were there. I am happy, honored and privileged beyond imagination to compete and win.
"Drifting" oil on linen, 11x15 "The Best of Show" winner, SOLD

"Emerald Pass" oil on linen, 12x9

"The Magic Hour" oil on linen, 14x8 - SOLD!

"The Wee Hours" oil on linen, 12x9

In August I joined the Eastside Association of Fine Arts (EAFA). As a member I'm a part of the show "Splash" at the Seattle Design Center. Please join me for the  artists reception.  

Friday, August 30, 2013


I'm Incredibly honored, humbled and happy !!! My pieces " Red Chair" was just accepted into a National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Best of America Juried Show .Hurrraaayyyy!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"Red Chair" oil on linen, 12 x16

Long time no see, guys.. And all because of a heavy plein air painting traveling and a workshop I took with Zhaoming Wu. I highly, highly recommend this workshop to professionals and experienced artists. I learned a lot. And I'm going to adapt and incorporate some of Zhaoming ideas and philosophies to my teaching. For me, it's all about paint application, brush strokes  calligraphy and a very strong attention to a color temperature shifts
. To watch him demoing  was a revelation and  highest joy. Here are my attempts to paint in a style of  Zhaoming Wu. I think I'm completely sold! I will integrate his approach into my own creative  expression.
I also met incredible, warm and open hearted group of people from all over this country! And THIS is a biggest blessing of my art adventure. I LOVE every second of it!  Enjoy and thank you for being part of this journey !!
"Red Chair" oil on linen , 12x16 
"Interlude" oil on linen, 12x16 

"A short break " oil on linen, 12x 16 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Whidbey's Sunset

On this beautiful warm evening, when the Super Moon 2013 is spilling its cooling, indigo light upon us I wanted to pay tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez by posting his last letter. Don't wait until it's too late - LOVE YOUR LIFE and LOVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE!

The Puppet

If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, possibly I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely think everything that I say.

I would value things not for how much they are worth but rather for what they mean.

I would sleep little, dream more. I know that for each minute that we close our eyes we lose sixty seconds of light.

I would walk when the others loiter; I would awaken when the others sleep.

I would listen when the others speak, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream.

If God would bestow on me a scrap of life, I would dress simply, I would throw myself flat under the sun, exposing not only my body but also my soul.

My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hatred on ice and wait for the sun to come out. With a dream of Van Gogh I would paint on the stars a poem by Benedetti, and a song by Serrat would be my serenade to the moon.

With my tears I would water the roses, to feel the pain of their thorns and the incarnated kiss of their petals...My God, if I only had a scrap of life...

I wouldn't let a single day go by without saying to people I love, that I love them.

I would convince each woman or man that they are my favourites and I would live in love with love.

I would prove to the men how mistaken they are in thinking that they no longer fall in love when they grow old--not knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love. To a child I would give wings, but I would let him learn how to fly by himself. To the old I would teach that death comes not with old age but with forgetting. I have learned so much from you men....

I have learned that everybody wants to live at the top of the mountain without realizing that true happiness lies in the way we climb the slope.

I have learned that when a newborn first squeezes his father's finger in his tiny fist, he has caught him forever.

I have learned that a man only has the right to look down on another man when it is to help him to stand up. I have learned so many things from you, but in the end most of it will be no use because when they put me inside that suitcase, unfortunately I will be dying.

translated by Matthew Taylor and Rosa Arelis Taylor

Whidbey's Sunset