Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Elena Goubar "Intuitive Painting"

 We are getting ready to host Elena Goubar "Intuitive Painting" workshop.
            Here is the flyer and a link to pay for workshop!

          Or you can simply use my email to send your payment -

Monday, December 21, 2015

"In Pursuit of Happiness"

I'm happy to announce that 4 of my 5 submitted paintings to "IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" show was accepted! This art show is curating by talented June Sekiguchi. Opening reception will be held at University House Wallingford on February 18, 2016.. will post more details later .
Here are accepted pieces:
 "Aloha" 20x16 oil on linen

"Magnuson Majestic" oil on linen, 20x20

"Sunny Farm" oil on canvas , 18x24

Friday, December 18, 2015

Featuring Artist on DPW

A fantastic news came just in time for my birthday and Christmas !!! I've been invited to be one of the featured artists of Daily Paintworks. Wow..That is Big..And I'm happy beyond myself
Here is the my DPW Spotlight Interview
And you can also bid and win my little painting called "Wedges"

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

From a very early age (three to be precise) I knew my identity, I knew I was an artist. I was just painting and drawing day and night. My parents recognized this and were very supportive of my artistic abilities and enrolled me into art school at age seven. I've been constantly surrounded by the visual arts ever since. I graduated from art school at age sixteen and was accepted into University, aged seventeen. Altogether I had fifteen years of art training.

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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Emiliya's interview.

Did you have any stops and starts in your painting career?

I had a good ten years break from painting, when I was juggling with family and two businesses. I came back to my painting after my husband passed away six years ago. I realized that it was time to return to my roots, my creativity, in order to heal.

What mediums and genres have you experimented with? Which ones have "stuck" and which ones have fallen away? Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

I worked and experimented with many mediums including watercolor, acrylic, gouache  - but the texture of oil always will be my favorite and to this day I'm learning and playing with this medium. The flow-y, rich, textured stroke movement feels heavenly.

Who or what inspires you most?

Although I paint with bold and bright colors, the subject that is most inspiring to me is the subtle transitions of color, emotion, feeling, light... intangible passes... soft wind, mystical shifts.

Chasing Shadow
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What does procrastination look like for you?

I procrastinate creatively - If I need to pay taxes or bills, I will just paint myself to exhaustion.

What techniques work to ensure that you make time for your art?

I don't make time for art, I have to make time for other things. Art IS my life. It's become like breathing to me. Most days, I get up at 6am, do my yoga and meditation and then go to my studio to paint. I come back after 10pm. Though yesterday, I'm embarrassed to say, I came back after 12am. I
also teach art two days a week. So for many years now, I've painted daily.

Midnight Snack
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How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

Ideas for my paintings are out there, everywhere. Nature is the most amazing, limitless, timeless subject for inspiration. I live in the most beautiful place an artist can be. The most banal, predictable, practical or seemingly boring thing is an inspiring subject to me - a lemon, a glass of water, a rose in a tea cup.

How do you keep art "fresh?" What techniques have helped you avoid burnout and keep your work vibrant and engaging?

The only technique or gimmick I use, to help my art stay fresh and let my soul sing, is to just paint even more.

Ocean at His Fingertips
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What do you feel you are learning about right now as an artist? What makes you happiest about your art?

Right now I'm learning about how to express and paint an emotion on canvas, learning how to paint not the subject but a sensation of the subject; lot's of textures and manipulation of paint application and the moment it's happening, bringing an intense joy and happiness. Also to see how my students grow and develop, to see when they "get it" is the most rewarding feeling... A fulfilling happiness.

Thanks, Emiliya!

© 2015 Sophie Marine

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Hint of Joy"

A few  of my latest, daily paintings, honoring the  Holiday Season. Hint of Joy ..Just a hint for now ..:)
All this pieces you can buy on my dailypaintwork site. Here is the link ..

"Hint of Joy" oil on linen - 250$ - SOLD!!!!

"Midnight Snack" oil on linen - 200$

"Polka Dot" oil on linen, 200$

My Christmas Spirit artists challenge

  In honor of this date, An International Artists Day,  and as an artist challenge I will post small, fresh paintings every day till Christmas. All pieces will be listed for sale at ridiculous prices 
I will continue to post daily in the spirit of upcoming Christmas here and on my facebook page  ..You can bid or buy freshly painted pieces every day for 15 days!!!!
Here are few ....
"Twilight Wine" - 200.00

"Water under the bridge" - 200.00

"Dreaming of Summer" oil on linen, -200.00


If you, like us, are putting the Christmas shopping off till the last moment - You are in luck! 
Come this upcoming weekend, to Magnuson park and be part of the last minute Christmas Shopping Extravaganza!
Building 30 West will be hosting craft show Renegate and studio 204 are having an Open House with 4 fabulous artists offering one-of-a-kind art pieces at affordable prices....
Please join us to celebrate the Season and pick a exquisite, original gift for your Loved one.

Also music, good wine and refreshments are guaranteed! 

Read artist's statements here:
Emiliya Lane - 
Valentina Voron -
Sarah Gascoigne -
Elvira Konisheva -

 How to find us : 
We are located at Magnuson Park on the shore of Lake Washington in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle.
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

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I returned home from Russia with a colorful range of mixed feelings: happiness, excitement, fear, relief, sadness, love, pain, pride, shame, remembrance and hope. I was so happy to finally see and hug my aging parents again, but I felt shame that I wont be able to  spend every minute of my life with them. I also felt  fear to have to leave them again and at the same time I experienced an elevation of the deep LOVE I feel for them. I started to think creatively of how I can improve their lives and make any transitions easier. How I can maintain their health for as long as possible. At the same time I missed painting and my art friends, who have become like a second family to me.

 I now know one thing for sure, at this moment my parents are the most important people in my life and I want to protect them and make their lives as comfortable as possible. I'm so relieved to have been able to arrange the care-giving and I will go back to Russia in 6 months to make sure my parents are happy with that arrangement. I'm now so incredibly happy to be home, to see my friends and students, to start creating, painting and thinking like an artist again. Finally I'm back home. 
Home Sweet Home!!!!

Monday, October 12, 2015


Dear Friends,
My eight months saga of awaiting my Russian passport, all the walking around the offices of the Russian Consulate, up and down, has finally come to an end! My passport is ready and I'll be flying to Russia on November the 4th. So I'm taking a month off from teaching but not from painting. I'm planning to paint while I'm there.
A big thank you to everyone who has kindly been asking about my parents and supporting me over this difficult year.
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to a few events, where you can see my latest paintings in person and hopefully be inspired to buy something. So please mark the following events on your calendar.
I was juried into a great exhibiting venue at the University House Wallingford, a show curated by June Sekiguchi. Two of my works, together with many other works by talented artists were selected for this unique show, called "Foundations: Circle, Square, Triangle". Artist's Reception and Gala will be held on Thursday, October 15th from 5.30-7.30 at the University House Wallingford 4400 Stone Way, Seattle Wa. Please call to RSVP 206 454 8400 before October 12th.
I also cordially invite you to my second Open Studios tour at the Magnuson Park Building 30West on October 18th from 1-5. It's going to be a spectacular event with 30 studios open to the public, wine tasting, live music throughout the building and a great Greek food truck will be parked across the street.
Another great opportunity was presented to me, by Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, when I was selected for a very limited artist's show in a private Rainer Club. Please let me know if you want to attend the opening Gala on October 27th 6-8. By RSVP only.
Last but not least - you can bid and buy lot's of my small work at a very low price on two great selling platforms:
Thank you for your continued support, interest in my art and friendship.

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

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