A Couple And The Sea

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a couple in water
A newly wed couple at the sea.. I wanted to paint them in bright colors and a great contrast to emphasize the beginning of the family life: bright and cloudless (at least at the beginning ;).. 

They are looking at the sailboat far on the horizon. 

I wanted to have a sailboat in the painting as a symbol of light, full of adventurous future..
watercolor water
I painted the couple from the photograph, and I know that those days when photo was taken, the two went to the Baltic Sea for the vacation, warm weather allowed them to get their feet wet and have some time for just themselves. And by the way, the wife just broke a great news to her husband; it was a baby coming on board. 

Great new beginning, new life, new family, and … 
a new painting :0)
He and She


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

Chocolate Lab – Cocoa’s Christmas

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This was a commission painting that my client ordered for a friend. The dog’s name is Cocoa. As you see she was just interrupted from exploring a new neighbor in the green scarf. Cocoa realized that Christmas is right around the corner when she was dressed in red outfit and the room was filled with jingle bells. What a wonderful time! Merry Christmas!!

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8″x10″ Winsor&Newton Watercolor on 140 Arches Cold Pressed Paper

Girl’s Portrait Study Phase V

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This time I am identifying the body parts; but, not finishing them completely. Everything is touched and everything is needed perfection at this stage (ears, nose, eyes, lips) . I would call this period the most unsatisfying as I really want it to be completed but know that it is impossible to see unity unless you work on whole face at once. At least my Girl now gets more character, doesn’t she? 🙂

Kids Portraits

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Lately I am painting a lot of kids from ages between 6 and 12. And it is the great thing. I guess the Universe heard me saying: “I wish to practice painting more kids’ faces” and Vu-O-la, I’ve got it all. I’ve even got a very interesting commission the other day to paint a Black-&-White paining of two kids. It is in process right now.
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On the first painting you can see a sister and brother hiding behind the Agapanthus bush. One day we were walking with our niece and nephew in the neighborhood and found that flower-less bush (which is pretty difficult in California, everything is blooming!). We told kids to hide behind the bush and pretend that they are flowers. They did a good job, they were just happily glowing like a real flowers 🙂
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Next painting of a cute blue-eyes blond is the girl that lives in Holland. I was talking with my friend through Skype and she sent me a picture of her family. At that time I was under serious commission and was pretty stiff with all the details. I needed to loosen up and I decided to paint the little cutie. Needless to say, when I sent the image to my friend, the sister of the girl was kind of jealous that I had not painted her. I had no choice but do it ;),  And I enjoyed it so much.
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Descriptions of the Artworks:
Peekaboo (Flowers) – 8″x10″ Fabriano 140 Cold Pressed
Both Girls are on 8″x10″ Canson 140 Cold Pressed (yet the different techniques have been used: Blond is done pretty much in dry brush, the Curly Lock was made mixing Wet-On-Wet, Wet-on-Dry)

In The Book Store

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In the century of Kindle and Internet it is so nice sometime to find an interesting book and crash in the book store cafe reading it. Like in good old days! I ended up with a pretty significant collection of Art Books at my house that way 🙂 The moment what you see on this painting is when my sister and I had a lovely time at Barnes & Noble book store in Walnut Creek California this Summer. Yes this is my Baby Sister.
She visited us for three months. We had such a great time together. She just left 23 hours ago but already miss her. Now I have my sister with me all the time 😉
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9″x12″ Winsor & Newton watercolor on 140 Cold Pressed paper