Coloring Book – Great Party Gift And Entertainment

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One of my dear followers mentioned to me that my coloring books:


will be a great party favor gift at the events like weddings or celebrations, or Birthday Party entertainment. And yesterday, I was a witness myself how true that statement was. 
My friend and I had an art field trip to a De Young Museum. It was educational and wonderful day. After driving in traffic back home, I realized how tired I was. When we landed resting after our productive “rest” in the city; I pulled my coloring books stacks and we started coloring, while listening to a nice relaxing music, talking and truly enjoy the end of the lovely day with all our hearts and souls. 

I am so glad that all my customers and followers can get a simple joy by just coloring the drawings, and be a part of a creative Team 🙂
Cheers from 

Live To Create!!!


Happy Birthday – Again?!!

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Happy Birthday
It is becoming a good tradition now to give myself a Gift of Art every year. 
This year in the month of my Birthday, I created Happy Birthday designs with the flowers from my virtual garden, most of them are the images of the paintings that were already sold. And now, they get a new, also very Happy, appearance in my Happy Birthday designs.

For example these lovely Sunflowers:
 I thought that blue and green background with yellow highlights will give them a good contrast:  

floral design   watercolor


 The gentle purple of the orchid called for lilac and purple shades:

Happy BD watercolor
Rich royal blue helped the Poppies and Purple Iris to be “framed” in a simple, yet romantic design:

Happy Birthday   Happy Birthday
As well as those Impressionistic Water Lilies, which are “floating” in the blue, water-like, surrounding:
watercolor design
 Juicy pink made my Hibiscus and the Rose with the Dew Drops even more gentle:

Happy Birthday Card   Happy
And a sweet miniature Tulips on the window were just a right size for this vintage feeling Birthday card:

Watercolor cards
Overall, I shell say, I went overboard with my Happy Birthday designs this year as I created dozens of floral Birthday cards.
 But what a great gift to myself!! 
Besides, I surely had lots of fun!
 :0)

More designs are in my Cards Gallery here

Red Hat Goes To A Tea Party

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Vintage China Antique Dolly
SOLD
(prints are available HERE)
This still life was created from several antique objects. The lovely china is from 1921. It was made in Bavaria, then one family from Russia purchased it and later on they brought it to America. The doll is from 50s. I borrowed it from my friend for the still life set. And the quilt on the background is made by my husbands great grandmother long long time ago when they did do each stitch by hand. 
I love the vintage feeling of the sweet coffee cups. It was a challenge though to paint them white-on-white (white cups against a light quilt’s background, but I kept it that way to bring a light to this art work):
orchid teacup
The most fun I had of course when painting polka-dotted Redhead Red Hat Girl. This lady really knew when to come for a tea party. Though she was waiting in the box for half century for that.
Red Hat
I’v even created a few designs with cards to celebrate the Old Times with the sweet messages:
greeting
Happy Birthday Celebration
In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Happy Birthday My Friend

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My Dear Friend from Russia turned slightly more than two times twenty last weekend. I made a virtual flowers bouquet for her and created a movie, where each shot (except the credits) represents one year of her life. 
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Link to the Movie is HERE 
(or you can watch it by clicking the movie below).

 I chose a little bit nostalgic music made by a composer from Saint Petersburg as it reminded me the times when my friend and I were just 16 years old walking along the Neva River in a beautiful White Night; and, we were discussing way too complicated topics for the teenagers about life, love, and purpose.
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Happy Birthday My Friend!!

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul