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

Friday, May 1, 2015

Painting#60 "Arboretum II"

I lost a sequence and an order of my paintings...No wonder :) So many beautiful things to paint and learn , so many interesting functions, meetings, concerts, art exhibits, home based business challenges, so many fantastic books to read ... so little time...:)))
One things is inviolable ... I still paint every day ...I'm almost done with small size paintings, and that's why I don't post daily anymore. However there is a bunch of great artists, face book friends, who posted often and sometimes come up with invaluable information. One of them is Thomas  J. Kitts. He actually wrote the whole esse about Sargent painting approach
I would highly recommend this, loaded  with a great information, art research. Read here :
Thomas Kitts
Ohh yes, and the painting # 60 - "Arboretum" plein air demo for my Monday class.Oil on linen, 12

" Arboretum II" oil on linen, 12x11 
x 11

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Painting 59 "Spring Cleaning"

"Spring Cleaning" oil on linen, 11x14

”– you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
something has always been in the way
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light. for the first time in my life I’m going to have
a place and the time to create.”
no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on welfare,
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
away, you’re going to create blind, crippled
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your back while
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire.
baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses for.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Painting # 58 "Rhododendron"

Data Proves Blue Is Hottest Color in the Art World

The Hottest color is BLUE...

You can’t tell by her expression, but blue is hot, hot, hot. Pablo Picasso’s Woman with Folded Arms. (Credit:
The hottest color in art over the past 100 years is blue.
That may sound like just one expert’s opinion, but it’s not. It’s the result of a computer analysis of nearly 100,000 celebrated works of art, most created since the year 1800.
A Swedish psychology student and data wiz named Martin Bellanderran the data and published the results on his blog, where theSmithsonian Magazine spotted it and highlighted its conclusions.
“There seems to be a reliable trend of increasingly blue paintings throughout the 20th century!” Bellander writes. “Actually almost all colors seem to increase at the expense of orange.”


A breakdown of most-used colors in the artworks, by year. (Credit: Martin Bellander)
The graphic shows his work. Paintings up to the early 20th Century barely had any blue in them at all. Instead, orange dominated the palette, along with some red and yellow.


A look at just the data since 1800 clearly shows the rise of blue. (Credit: Martin Bellander)
But over the last hundred or so years, blue has been on the upswing. (Green seems to be climbing in popularity, too, but not as much as blue.)
Bellander used online databases of paintings from sites like the BBC,Google Art ProjectWikiartWikimedia Commons, and various museums. He details his methodology on his site.
Bellander doesn’t claim to have a definitive explanation for the trend toward more blue. But he discusses four theories offered by his friends and online commenters.  
  • The aging resins have affected the original colors of the works.
  • Changes in price of different pigments.
  • It’s just a trend among artists.
  • People didn’t have a word for the color blue until relatively recently. (Bellander finds this one the least plausible.)
Blue pigment was scarce and very expensive until relatively recently in human history. The famous 20,000-year-old cave paintings in Lascaux, France, have no blue, noted the New York Times in 2012.
“Early mankind had no access to blue, because blue is not what you call an earth color,” Dr. Heinz Berke, a chemist who studied the history of blue pigment, told the newspaper. That started to change in the 19th century, however.
The availability of blue pigment may help to explain Bellander’s findings, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only reason behind blue’s rise.
“Of course the changes in color might be a results of a combination of factors,” Bellander writes.
He suggests that artistic trends are at least a partial explanation.


Gallery technicians carry Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘L'Allee des Alyscamps’, painted in 1888, past Mark Rothko’s 'Untitled (Yellow and Blue), 1954. (Credit: Getty Images)
“The marked increase of blue at the time of the First World War, might actually reflect a true trend in color use.”

Well...that was an interesting info , but let's get back to my own, painting # 58, which is nothing to do with color blue. I think I will regret about it in a long run, but love for a challenge makes me keep painting high key ....Here is  another one ..."Rhododendron"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Painting # 57 , " Strong Accent"

Every time I finish a new piece, I'm trying to continue the story behind the painting  with the flashy, interesting, meaningful title. I love giving short but deep names to my babies ( my paintings) . So this painting I called "Strong Accent" and I really hope it tells it all...I hope it will emulate some emotions,  perspective and energy and you will create your own story of this beautiful, strong woman with accent ....
Strong Accent oil on linen, 12x16