Made In USA – and – California Grown

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My latest large painting is complete. 
I picked such name, Made In USA, as I remember my husband joking: If I ever get a tattoo, it shell be “Made In USA”.. I find  it very patriotic indeed :0)..

So, I picked the subjects for my painting: 
All Are Made In USA.

First, I painted the dogs: Fred and George – Made In USA
realism in watercolor
Then I moved to painting apples, one by one: proudly grown in our garden, by ourselves..and… Made In USA
realism in watercolor
Then I took Hookers Green and Grass Green paint by Daniel Smith Co (made in USA) and painted flowers, foliage, and grass:
foliage green art
And the final, Golden Centerpiece of this painting is my husband, who is also “Made In USA”, in fact, in a beautiful Golden State of California. 
He is proudly washing apples. And, by the way, those apples were sweet, sweet!! :0)
Apple Harvest realism In watercolor
It certainly takes a long time to grow apples. It took me more than a season to finish this artwork.

George and Fred cannot believe they were so small one day!


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

Dogs And Bones

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My two cute puppies are playing: Fred (the Blondy) was almost a year old, and George (the Red Head) was just a couple or three months. 

This is a fragment of a large painting that is still in progress. I just wanted to share those two brothers’ conversation. George was always picking on Fred; but, he was also learning…

I wonder what kind of lesson he is receiving here? 
Dog knows!

And speaking of learning, in my Figure Drawing class we are working on a lot of bones and body parts.

Here are just a few of them:
realistic drawing
And a few more:
drawings body parts

And a glorious torso of Mister Skeleton himself:
illustration Halloween scary
Aha! Something spooky for upcoming Halloween :0)


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




An Eggplant and In-a-Nutshell Update

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Yesterday, at one party somebody asked me:”So, Irina, what are you up to?”.. and I couldn’t really put in one sentence what’s going on in my life. So, I said: “Oh, I am fine and all is good”.. in order not to bore the person with all exiting stuff that recently happened. But here, in my blog, I can talk and talk and talk. 
Here is a brief update.
Our garden this season was generous with tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, and even an eggplant:
Last Saturday Art Show at the Retirement community brought lots of smiles and great conversations over the  art works and incoming Holidays. The prints of flowers, scarves, and Holiday cards were the most popular there:
This Thursday I taught Brownie Troop from Elementary School in Clayton how to paint a Still-Life painting and Abstract Paintings. The photos of the results will be posted in CWA Newsletter later, and  here are the photo of supplies that I prepared. I took the print of my Sunflowers painting as an example for the realistic art, and we used leftover colors for a loose fast abstract. After the paintings of the still life was completed we placed them on blank greeting cards and into plastic sleeves. The girls had a blast. I loved teaching and seeing stunning results:
My studio remodeling is progressing. Last night we installed two new tables. Love them! They are wide and long, yet I am still hesitating to splash the paint over them :0)
The reception at the Art Passage Gallery in Martinez where I show ten of my larger art pieces is going to be on November 7th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm ( 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA)
And the last but not least news for the last week, we put our puppies “for sale”. See the picture below and guess why… ;0) .. We sell them for only $650,000 and will through the house together with them:
Oh.. NO.. we will not apart with our Silly Pups for any money in a World!!! :0)

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