Japanese Tea Garden Plein-Air

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Pond Iris Flowers San Francisco
Recently, when painting in Japanese Tea Garden of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, I had an interesting conversation with a few visitors. They wanted to know how long it can take to make the painting like that one above. I explained them the difference between sketching and painting in the studio. Difference, they asked?! Absolutely, there is a difference between painting in the open air (under a morning mist) vs painting in the comfortable studio :0)
Here is my painting of the Tea Garden that I completed back in 2008:
Realistic Landscape
SOLD
Here is all: a careful exploration of composition, great deal of details, many hours of painting, stepping away, coming back and painting again.

Yet I still like to challenge myself with a plein-air painting when you have to make immediate decision on composition, be fast with the brush strokes, not be bothered by landing bugs, and proceed no matter what the weather is like.

Luckily, the day I painted the fist sketch transformed into the nice one. I even was able to sit outside the Music Concourse (looks like Roman Amphitheater) next to the Academy of Science museum and finish one more sketch:
Roman Theater
And later on, while resting at the De Young Museum cafe, I caught my sister in the moment of drawing. She was so focused on the process that barely noticed me “snooping” at her:
Cafe Scene

More Plein-air paintings are HERE


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

Framing Day and Art Studio Update

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These two paintings and eight others got accepted into the Art Show at Art Passages Gallery in downtown Martinez, California (I’ll post the details after the paintings are hung and the reception date is announced).
 Today was a NO-ART day for me. I worked 8 full hours cutting mats and framing the art pieces until my fingernails got soar and my neck was stiff. But oh well, what wouldn’t you do for the Arts, even framing does not scare the Artist ;0).
The work-in-progress studio is looking so clean. New tiles are gorgeous. And my brushes are desperate to splash some paint on the new floor:
Although, I got kinda cozy already in my temp-studio in the living room corner:
(But don’t pick at the paintings on the desk! They are not finished yet)

Greeting Cards Hint

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In this post I wanted to tell where my art collectors get the cards with the images of the art works. I use Fine Art America that allows not only purchase prints, canvases, acrylic style decor but also order a variety of cards. Hot items now with Easter and Mother’s Day around the corner! On a top of everything Fine Art America even provided me with my own website. One of my client was wondering if these guys are reliable to order from. My answer was: absolutely YES! The quality is amazing, the shipping is super fast and if you order more than one card it comes in a cute box. I used their service myself not once already by ordering couple of my prints/cards for the friends and cards from my sister’s website and I was amazed by the quality and professional services. And what I like when ordering cards is that no matter what size is the original painting was it fits the standard card form; and, can make if not unique then almost unique small gift for somebody :0)

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

Spring in The Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, Japanese Garden, landscape, original art, San Francisco, Spring, Tea Garden

11″x14″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed
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This painting and few others were recently accepted in the Best of Worldwide Watermedia book by Kennedy Publishing for 2012. It was sweet to receive the e-mail from the publisher about their selection.
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This painting has a very emotional value for me. I love to visit Japanese Garden in San Francisco Golden Gate Park. And each time I am there the garden looks different even they don’t change the exterior much. But the blooming plants that what makes it different and interesting each time I go there. The painting was made in the Spring of 2009 when my Dad came to America for the first time to celebrate his 60th Birthday. I took the photo reference and painted the garden after my Dad left. And every time I took the brush to proceed painting I remembered the good times with my Dad.

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