Magic Watercolor Flowers

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A small act of kindness can go a long way. And the giver sometimes can not even guess what a big huge deal for the recipient it could be. My story starts sad but it has a happy end.
Last Saturday I was recovering from an illness; and, I was under a house arrest for a couple of days in order not to pick up extra germs. Feeling Blue is usually not in my vocabulary unless it pertains to the art show in Naperville, IL, with that exact name where some of my paintings were participating a while ago (previous post is right HERE). The idea of holding a pencil or a brush did not even cross my mind on Saturday. In fact, when you are feeling blue, no ideas at all would float in the head. 

My dear friend, knowing that I am not accepting neither company, nor I am willing to go out; she simply drove more than an hour to my house and left me a magical colorful message on my front porch. When later that afternoon I looked through the window, I saw a gorgeous flower arrangement and festive balloons are calling my name. 
What a great surprise! 
When I brought them into the house, my mood started changing minute by minute. The beautiful petunias, marigold flowers, sweet allysum, and blue little flowers were quite amazing. All of a sudden, I decided to paint the flowers. Considering my morning feelings it was truly magical turn. I grabbed my art supplies, before the desire disappeared. I comfortably sat in my studio. Needless to say, I forgot all my troubles for the next 4 or 5 hours that day. And I didn’t even want to get up until the painting was done completely. 

I can definitely say, the painting process healed my soul and my body. And I hope I was able to reflect these cheerful healing powers onto my festive decorative design

The business-like thinking came after I was done with the painting. After all, I am a professional artist 🙂 !!
Now my customers can order not only paintings with these flowers, but as well as cute bags, home decorative items such pillows, and summer items such beach towels


The imagination has no borders when it comes to the ART!!!
🙂

Farewell To The Summer

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When my friends started asking me this week how was my Summer vacation, I had to admit that I haven’t left the house for more than five days in the raw. 

I asked myself:”Oh, Gosh! What I actually did this Summer?” as it flew by so very quickly.

Besides finishing two large commission pieces.

bicycle basket cats flowers window
and
sorrento lemon
and wrapping up the Yogurt Labels project with one Irish customer:

This project included sweets like Blueberries and Raspberries, Lemons and Forest Berries, Rhubarb and Vanilla; and, even Caramel Fudge images for yogurt lables. But the most interesting challenge all of them were in the black and white, were placed on different backgrounds in special PNG format of the image. A totally new approach for me as an artist, who mostly painted in watercolor.
So, I guess, instead of going on long vacations, I did take a mini-ones, mostly for the inspiration. 

The Trip To The Woods (my latest post) was a good example of it.

Or, going to San Francisco museums left a good impression and inspired me to  research an Old Masters paintings, such William Turner (the post pretty soon will come up) or Dutch Still Life Masters art
I’ve even painted one seascape following a good traditions of Great Britain masters this Summer:
Old Masters tradition
This Summer was really big for me in understanding better the illustration part of my art business.
I started creating many images with Floral Patterns (ha-ha, Summer really helped to get into the flowery mood :0) 
I also got kinda crazy about ballet and ballerinas silhouettes, which led to the opening a whole new Dance Gallery. I will elaborate on this in one of the upcoming articles. Here is a sneak peek:

Abstract Watercolor

And the last but not least I have added a Baby Room Gallery to my website; that became a quite popular among my customers and art collectors.
Just recently a client from Pinehurst, North Carolina purchased a bulk of cute pillows with my designs:

Wow, my Summer was big, BIG!! No wonder that I didn’t travel much in the last three months 🙂

Instead, my art did. This Summer my artworks prints traveled to the states such CO, NY, FL, AZ, NC, CA, NV, TX, MA, MI, IL, UT, CT. And some of the artworks ended up in  England, Ireland, Kuwait, and Australia. 
I envy my art is traveling more than I do 🙂

But I do have to admit, if I didn’t spend so much time in my studio this Summer, my Summer wouldn’t be so successful!! 

Big virtual hugs to all my Followers and Art Collectors!!