Pacific Ocean Shore

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This Sailboat At The Shore painting was a great addition to my Sea Ocean Lakes and Plein-Air galleries.

I found this peaceful scene on one of my field trips to the Pacific Ocean, right next to the Hearst Caste (San Simeon) peer. 

The weather couldn’t be better. The sun was gently warming up the beach. The boat did not move as if it was sitting there in the waters just for me. The passing by tourists were asking me jokingly: “Have you hired this boat?”. Some complimented my painting: “Oh, it is exactly how I see it!”, and “Cool! Looks just like a picture!” 

I smiled.

I love painting plein-air (open air , outside) style. Lots of interactions and fast pace in painting, which call for fresh brush strokes, quick decisions on composition; and, of course, a feedback from the observers :0)




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Art That Liked To Find A Good Home

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It is becoming a great tradition to post some pictures from my customers with framed artworks placed in their environment. Sometimes they send me a photo, and sometime I take photo before sending the artwork. Each year I select a dozen or so to present in the blog post.

Above painting is from the customer that ordered commission artwork with the Iris Flowers for her husband. The painting is now proudly hanging in Avinger, Texas.

One local customer from Martinez, California got the painting of Garlic And Olive right from the walls of my solo artshow in the historical downtown:
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Another lucky art collector chose to purchase painting from the same art show, the Old Barn of Eugene O’Neil in Danville, California:
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A client from Oakland, California decorated his office space with the painting of Lake Tahoe:

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My dear art collector that keeps decorating her house in San Leandro, California with my artworks purchased these beach Summary paintings and sent me the photos in the interior:
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A customer from Overland Park, Kansas will decorate her remodeled house with this paining of a Garden Rose:
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And one customer from Spanaway of Washington state selected the painting of Japanese Tea Garden from my San Francisco plein-air painting collection: 

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Yet one San Francisco customer decided to decorate his restaurant with my original painting of Paris street with Eiffel Tower view:

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But not only originals are popular these days.

My dear art collector and long time art appreciator from American Canyon, California purchased the painting of Carmel By The Sea in print format and selected this framing option, which I liked very much:
landscape
International art collector from Brussels, Belgium wanted to invite home a print of my abstract painting of Waterfall:
acrylic

An original commission painting of Eiffel Tower traveled to Vancouver, Canada to find a new home in my customer’s dining room:
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Interesting framing choice of my art appreciator from Russia, who sent me this photograph:

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Another international art collector invited a painting-print of my artwork of Orchid to her house in Cuneo, Italy:

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The blog post length is not enough to post all paintings and framing choices that I wished; but, I thank ALL my customers and collectors for appreciating my art!!! 



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California Landscapes – Point Arena Lighthouse

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California Landscape

When painting this gorgeous landscape I had to practically “built”
the rocks layer by layer. It took me a couple of hours to achieve the texture
of the rocky cliff with its washes, cracks, grass, and clays. I was doing it
patiently with passion, thinking that Mother Nature did the same her way but it
took a few million years :0)
Here are a few interesting facts:
The Point Arena Lighthouse is situated on the closest point
of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States. The point is
surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean which keeps the area cool. This Lighthouse
is set in one of the most spectacular and peaceful surroundings on the northern
California coast. The Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast
lighthouse of significant height that you can climb to the top! Access to the
lantern room provides a panoramic view of the rugged California coast and of
the ocean.
A Little bit of history:
The first lighthouse at this site was constructed in 1870.
The brick-and-mortar tower included ornate iron balcony supports and a large
Keeper residence with enough space to house several families. In April 1906, a
devastating earthquake struck the Light Station. The Keeper’s residence and
Lighthouse were damaged so severely that they had to be demolished.
The new lighthouse began operation in 1908, nearly 18 months
after the quake. It stands 115 feet (35 m) tall, and featured a 1st Order
Fresnel Lens, over six feet in diameter and weighing more than six tons. The
lens was made up of 666 hand-ground glass prisms all focused toward three sets
of double bullseyes. It was these bullseyes that gave the Point Arena
Lighthouse its unique “light signature” of two flashes every six
seconds. This incredible optic, that held an appraised value of over $3.5
million, was set in solid brass framework, and was built in France. Prior to
the introduction of electricity, the lens was rotated by a clockwork mechanism.
The Keepers, or “wickies” as they were called, had to hand crank a
160-pound weight up the center shaft of the lighthouse every 75 minutes to keep
the lens turning. Light was produced by a “Funks” hydraulic oil lamp,
that needed to be refueled every four hours, and whose wicks would have to be
trimmed regularly. Later, two 1,000 watt electric lamps were installed to
replace the oil lamp, and a 1⁄8 horsepower electric motor was installed to replace
the clockworks.
Nowadays (since 1984) nonprofit organization called the
Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers takes care of this place providing diligent
historic preservation of this beautiful place.
(info:courtesy to wiki and pointarenalighthouse.com/)




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California Beach – Plein-Air – Art Festival in Capitola

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Detailed Image is HERE

Detailed Image is HERE
My artist friend Vera Lysenko invited me to visit an Art & Wine Festival in Capitola, CA last weekend. Bright sunny day with all the art and happy people around was great for a plein-air painting.  Making art outside in front of hundreds of people is quite different from painting in the studio or in some quiet place in the park. And even though I’ve heard a lot of compliments, I had to abstract my mind from what’s going on around focusing only on the subject of the painting. The funny part that I got so lost in my mind that I forgot to use the sunscreen sitting under the Sun for more than 4 hours.Go figure: my chest now looks like that little girl’s dress :0) oh well.. we have saying in Russia: The Beauty Demands Some Sacrifice ;0) 
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Original Paintings:
California Beach – 10″x14″ Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed paper
Two Chairs on The Beach — 9″x12″ Watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed paper
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Step-by-Step Painting Video – Boys And The Ocean

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It is time to place some step by step pix in one place; and, I thought a short video shot will really serve me well. Here is one more video created today:
https://youtu.be/Lv-3vTgK7EU 

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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore

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SOLD

This trio reminds me a little song that I was learning in my English class back many many years ago… My friend and I attended this class for fun. We were probably 16 or 17 and decided to learn English.. If only I knew that in 15 more years I will study English for real here in America. Good memories!…………………………………………………………………………………………… You never know what you have ahead; although, you should always think about a positive outcome and know that everything you do is for a REASON..

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5″x7″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Paper

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More seashell paintings are here:
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One of my favorite paintings that also includes seashells is the Girl And The Ocean artwork that became one of my bestsellers
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