Christmas In July or December?

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watercolor poinsettia stockings and fireplace
Sure I know the answer :). Yet for me Christmas started practically in July this year. Those days I was painting snow and holiday themes for the book Bernard Goes To Music School. The illustrations were fun to paint. 

In these artworks, the story goes to the times when kids had to say bye to the teacher for their holiday break:
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And then our protagonist Bernard went home to celebrate:

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But something happened at the table after dinner. Of course, I will hold myself from telling in order not to spill the beans. I couldn’t reveal in July that I was “working” on Christmas; but, I am so happy that by the real Christmas time I can share if not the story then the art from the book I’ve illustrated 🙂

Those days there was a lot of snow settling in my studio.

Daddy and Bernard walked the snowy streets to the Music School when behind my window there were flowers blooming under 94 degree sunshine:
And then they went home from the school into the cold Toronto Winter:
Brrr, it makes me cold just think about them walking through that blizzard!!!

Together we made it to the real Holidays, and now, in December, I can happily say that the book has seen the bookshelves right on time, and it will make a great holiday gift for the kids whose parents enjoy spending time and reading good encouraging stories together. 

Happy Holidays Season To Everyone!!! 
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Christmas Gift Ideas – Live Report

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watercolor Holidays Decor
Just a week ago I created a new Gallery on my website www.artirina.com that is called Gift Ideas and as a token of my appreciation posted a little discount code for my customers ( GVVPSS at the check out point); as already my lovely customers and Art Collectors started purchasing prints from my website :).
It is so great that two Poinsettia paintings went to Palos Heights from the state of Illinois:

watercolor Holiday decor
Both of these Poinsettia paintings look so festive as Holidays interior decoration.

And the local customer from Bay Area San Francisco decided to greet the guests by placing my Christmas Angel painting in the hallway of a lovely home:watercolor holiday decor

Many thanks to all my dear Art Collectors, who purchased or going to purchase gifts from my website , for appreciating my art!
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Here are the galleries that are worth exploring in the spirit of Holiday Season:

and,of course, a new gallery:

Poinsettia Christmas Cards and More

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While working last weekend at the Gallery Concord, I’ve sketched a couple of cards; and, here they are:

And later on, I had fun designing Christmas Theme cards and Prints made with my watercolors:

Then my imagination ran wild and I even made Kitchen Towels and Christmas Plates (using Zazzle.com service): 


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When Visual Art Meets Music

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I am happy to present a young talented composer Rebecca Tripp with her lovely music. 


Rebecca creates short compositions and compliments them with Art from many great artists. I am so glad my Poinsettia paintings grabbed her attention :0)






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

Seven Minutes Before Christmas

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It’s probably the last Christmas painting for this season. 
Why Seven Minutes? I don’t know. 
As if somebody was moving my brush to place the clock-hands to that position. 

And here is a funny story: 
 I had to make the background wash several times.  Strathmore watercolor paper is not as pretty as Arches. It needs a lot of work and skill to have the wash the Artist want. So, when I was satisfied with the wash, moved on to the details of the fireplace (practically had to “build” that thing brick by brick) and so on; when I took picture and looked at the background I realized that there is a shadow (reflected on the wall)… Guess who is that?!! Right! That’s why my hand moved the clock to Seven Minutes Before Christmas :0)
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Oh, and later I made a cute Christmas card out of this painting with the holiday greetings:



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Original Painting is 12″x16″ Watercolor on Strathmore Series 400 paper 


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

Christmas Angel

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A little Christmas Angel spreads his wings ready to go on our Christmas Tree. My sister and I are decorating it this year. When we were kids we could not even imagine to have an Angel as a decoration. Soviet Union times prohibited all sort of things that imply religion. Even Santa was called Father Frost in order to avoid any religious meanings.

But we did make wishes on the New Year eve. The deal was to make as many wishes as you can while clock strikes 12. I had one wish per second. And now, in the Holiday Spirit I really wish for pretty much one thing (besides World Peace and Health for my Family and Friends and myself of course). I wish that my right arm would never fail and my eyes will be strong and sharp to paint more art.
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8″x10″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 140 Cold Pressed Fabriano
Photo Reference – Masha Batkova

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

Merging Feast and Christmas

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Preparing for the Art Show that I am organizing this Saturday I’ve decided to combine my Flower Garden with the Christmas theme. Mass media makes people think about Christmas way before Thanksgiving feast; it is now becoming so common to start shopping for Christmas even before the Halloween night.

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The Art Show will be held in a small retirement community and I am sure that residents will be more than happy to get some cute stocking stuffers from the local artists. It is only three-artist show but the company is very unique. Besides myself, there will be two of my friends, acrylic painter Vera Lysenko whose talent knocked the door in her early 50s; and, my long time friend Evelyn Smith, the jewelry creator whose awakening for the arts happened in her early 60s. One day learning how to make jewelry saved her (literally) from the heart attack. Both of these artists are self-taught and I am grateful having these people as my friends.
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I am sure the show will be fun. And I believe that there are three important things to make a great successful Art Show:
1. Be prepared
2. Do not get discouraged (no matter what!)
3. Shine (inside and out)
Besides acrylic paintings and jewelry there will be my watercolors and prints, note cards and notebooks, magnets and brochures. Every single item that I present will contain my watercolors; even scarves that I knitted ( I called them Knitted Palette) will come with the Giant Gift Tags made from my Poinsettia painting.
And we will have a lot of free gifts for old folks such 2012 calendars, bookmarks, gift tags, and cute postcards. After all, the great time of Holidays is approaching; we need to make if fun and generous!

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

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