Story Of An Artwork Creation

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My series of the painting that I named Dancing Fire moved emotions of so many people. Besides declaring itself to be one of my bestsellers, this body of art inspired some for articles (example is HERE), some for poetry (Examples are HERE and HERE) all over the world. 
Yesterday, I was contacted by an Advanced Art Class student whose assignment was to write an article about her favorite painting. She asked me about a creation process. I was very pleased that the Art Schools are focusing on the contemporary artists these days. I also, thought that sharing about the process of an artwork creation, especially an abstract piece like this one above, would be a great addition to my blog.
Here is the part of the interview.
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Question: 
When you were creating this piece of art, what were you thinking of and what were your emotions?
Answer:
 When I created this piece of art, I was conducting an experiment of some sort. I wanted to see how the watercolor from yellow to red, beige, and brown would flow into each other when placing the paint on paper using wet-on-wet technique. 
I had some hot yet classic music playing on the background that day. And while listening to the music, I was happily applying the paint with circular brush strokes. Then I peacefully, with the interest of a curious artist, watched how the paint “melted” and moved on its own. 
After the paper was bone dry, I’ve looked at it for a moment and the idea to add a dancing woman figure popped-up into my mind. 
It was rather spontaneous decision. I wanted to emphasize the flow of the paint with the movement of a dancing body and with her skirt curling in unison with the direction of the paint. 
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I am so happy I can share my thoughts about creation of this Hot Hot series dancing fire 🙂

It is ALL about FIRE 🙂

Abstract Paintings

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abstraction for interior of the home

After working on several commissions that involved not only the strict suggestions, artist’s discipline, and realistic paintings techniques; I really wanted to rest my imagination on the abstract art. Researching recently how to work with mixed media, I applied several of those techniques to my watercolor paintings when created a totally new (at least for me) abstract artworks.

Needless to say, it did involve imagination and artist’s skill; but this time I was moving the “brush strokes” applying only feelings and trying to abstract my mind from the realism.

And that is how a new Mixed Media additions to my Abstract Galley got created.
The warm yellow and brown fascinated my imagination. I saw some earthy, wavy, rocky texture; and, I called these series The Terrestrial Brush Strokes.

Another one was definitely reminding me a strong ocean filled with dynamic movements.

I called it The Sea Of Emotions:

brown yellow abstraction
When I introduced these earthy designs to one of my dear art collectors, I’ve heard a reasonable question: Why it is so brown? Can it be in some cooler colors, like for example purple, too?

I thought: There is nothing impossible for the Mixed Media and a wild imagination; and, the Purple Reflection series was created:
cool color organic art

 And later, for Some Likes It Hot, I’ve managed to put my artwork on fire an ignited the art designs that can make anyone warm 🙂

square art
These and a few more Mixed Media designs found a great home in my Abstract Art Gallery; and soon they will travel the world in forms of prints, canvases, metal, and acrylic prints.


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Abstract Florals

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red yellow brown design
From the realistic floral (in recent post) I moved to semi-abstract ones. 
I was in search of organic lines that might imply the flowers or leaves; but, meanwhile remain the lines allowing the colors and composition speak for themselves.

I started with warmer color.
And a chosen medium for these designs was acrylic paint. It is water based color; but, the good part, it allowed me to place nice and juicy brush strokes that had some kind of body (thick, visible, and distinguished).

And that how the top design was born. One can see there a flower, some leaves, even a seed pods full of life and color.

Then I moved to a flamboyant leaves that can be an implication of the flickering game of light in a fireplace: 
red yellow home decor

acrylic abstract

yellow red brown design
After warming up my heart and getting a good warm-up with my brush, I moved to a cooler color and this whimsical forest was created: 
blue green acrylic art
 Then even cooler colors came up (ultramarine and purple). They helped me to pour the waves and wind into these abstract floral designs:
organic painting
It was interesting to switch from realism to the abstract, from watercolor to acrylic. Once in a while every artist should try this; to me it helped to “abstract” from what I was doing before and tickle my imagination. 


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Watercolor Sunflowers – Bay Area Flowers Series

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Being interested in different surfaces for my watercolors, I’ve decided to try Hot Pressed paper. I got a bunch of large sheets and started exploring why Some Like It Hot.
 I thought it would be great to do a series of paintings about Sun Francisco Bay Area Flowers. Living in this beautiful area allowed me to collect tons of photo references. 
These sunny flowers were growing in Lafayette. My sister and I drove through residential area once and discovered small field of sunflowers between the houses. What captured our attention is that the flowers were not turned to the Sun, they were lit from behind. We took bunch of pictures; and, I loved the one that my sister, Masha Batkova, had. 
Needless to say I wanted to paint it :0)
In my painting, I wanted to show not only the light penetrating the petals, but also the warm yellow against cold blue and cool greens. 
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Original Painting Sunflowers is 27″x21″ watercolor on Hot Pressed Arches paper
In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul