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

DAILY PAINTWORKS News: DPW Spotlight Interview: Emiliya Lane

DAILY PAINTWORKS News: DPW Spotlight Interview: Emiliya Lane: Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Emiliya's painting, ...

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!!!!