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!!



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Caramel Fudge Yogurt Labels

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label
The most interesting challenge for me in the yogurt labels project for one International company was Caramel Fudge illustration. 

The customer wanted to have a small black and white image. My task was to make it happen; and, achieve the recognition of the objects that will be put on small yogurt labels.

In this image I had to picture sharp glossy edges of caramel candies with crumbly soft fudge squares.

I decided to put the fudge on the bottom to make a sweet “base” for the smaller caramel cubes.
But before the final decision there were many trials and many different compositions.
My studio looked like a Fudge Shop with only one exception: I was “cooking” my candies on the paper with pencil and ink, instead of the cookie sheets in the oven. 

After tons of sketches, the original design (above) was selected:



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A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That..

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A quick update on what’s cooking. 

I finished a commission request for New Blackberries painting for Jam Labels. Every time I paint berries my mouth is watering as I remember how tasty that jams are. And in return I pass the positive vibes to my art, and the berries start looking yummy :0)

The background painting is a sneak peek into my new art collection that I am working on these days. The unofficial name for this series is Some Like It Hot, official name is Bay Area Flowers. So far three large full sheet paintings are completed and I will be posting them soon. Many more to come.

Stay tuned! 
:0)


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

Love Strawberry – Jam Labels Project

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Detailed Image is HERE
My last artwork for this season on Jam Labels Project turned out to be my customer’s favorite. Not only I painted the strawberry that she one day cut and discovered the hart shape berry to her surprise; but, I also tried to make a composition meaningful as well. I thought that it would be great if these Little Girls with the flower in “the hair” were dancing some kind of Yummy Dance. And as you noticed they are dancing with Love :0)
To conclude the project, I think it would be nice to place my working materials with Jam Labels suggestions below. It was fun project to do; and, I’ve learned a lot:

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