Out For A Walk & Back To The Studio

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It was nice to step out of the studio last Saturday for a plein-air fun. The day was warm and allowed a couple of hours to paint. My husband and I go to the Martinez Marina quite often for a walk, never for painting. But there are so many things that can attract the Artist’s eye. 
The wild life and vegetation in this park are protected by the state. Once we saw a deer, another time wild turkeys; and the birds such egrets, ducks, and gees seem to be permanent residents there. 
 It is a very nice area with shallow creeks, small pond, three wooden bridges, and narrow trails along the shore. From this side of Martinez you can see San Pablo Bay, beautiful hills, Benicia-Matinez Bridge, and the city of Benicia.   
After painting I came back home to my new cozy studio and finished the artwork giving it a few highlights and touches. 
Speaking of my studio: the remodeling is competed. Hooray!!! Just a couple of week ago we ordered the last but not least component, large spacious cabinets. And voila! Now I have NO EXCUSE but paint great art :0)
Here is a few pictures of my work space:
We placed the couch creating a reading area. It will also allow me to host an occasional company. The antique trunk is serving as the coffee table:
Two artist-tables are 15 feet long and can be tilted if needed: 
One of the tables is lower than the other. It allows me to place a large piece of art and paint standing if necessary: 
Floor-to-ceiling white cabinets are so humongous that I can rent them to other artists as living space if my art business goes sour ;0).. The huge help are the skinny shelves for the watercolor paper and finished art. No other cabinets could fit my 20″x32″ artworks.
And a cozy fireplace will serve as a warm meditation spot in the Winter time:  
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Original artwork Breezy Day At The Marina is 10″:x14″ Watercolor on 300lb Arches Cold Pressed
In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Drifted Away With Lines – Oakland Marina, California – Plein-Air

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Last Saturday I went to a plein-air painting to Oakland Marina, next to Quinn’s Lighthouse. What a beautiful place! The weather allowed us to paint from 9:00am to 11:00am and then it started raining. Rain, as you know is not the best friend of watercolor artists. So, we had to hide in the restaurant for our critique; which was actually not bad at all. With the hot coffee, french fries, and warm environment, the critique spread to good couple of hours. 
We gathered all out paintings into a middle of the dining hall.
Masha Batkova’s Watercolor and Ink artwork depicts a nice morning at the Marina
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Original Painting Wind Drifter is 12″x18″ on Strathmore 140lb Cold Pressed watercolor paper.
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

California Beach – Plein-Air – Art Festival in Capitola

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My artist friend Vera Lysenko invited me to visit an Art & Wine Festival in Capitola, CA last weekend. Bright sunny day with all the art and happy people around was great for a plein-air painting.  Making art outside in front of hundreds of people is quite different from painting in the studio or in some quiet place in the park. And even though I’ve heard a lot of compliments, I had to abstract my mind from what’s going on around focusing only on the subject of the painting. The funny part that I got so lost in my mind that I forgot to use the sunscreen sitting under the Sun for more than 4 hours.Go figure: my chest now looks like that little girl’s dress :0) oh well.. we have saying in Russia: The Beauty Demands Some Sacrifice ;0) 
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Original Paintings:
California Beach – 10″x14″ Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed paper
Two Chairs on The Beach — 9″x12″ Watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed paper
In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

San Francisco Bay, Richmond – Plein-Air – Landscapes That Were Only A Few Feet Apart

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Last Saturday plein-air trip brought two absolutely different views of one Bay, in one day, which were just a few hours apart. First, took rough  300lb Arches paper to paint the morning. The sun was rising and the fog was lifting up uncover a gorgeous scene. When the first painting was done, I moved my head on the right and saw a peaceful sky with almost still waters (that what couple hours can do!); and, in the middle of all this beauty three Giants were standing at the dock. I grabbed my brush and made rather minimalistic seascape emphasizing the solid Nature and the industrial invention that came together in one.

Many artists from CWA painted that day; and, as many beautiful paintings came out of it:

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10×14 “Sailboats- San Francisco Bay” Watercolor on 300 lb Arches Paper
10×14 “Richmond Docks” Watercolor on 140 lb Arches Paper
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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




Crab Cove in Alameda, California – Plein-Air Painting

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The hazy cool morning in Alameda Crab Cove grew later into a lovely sunny day; but in my painting I wanted to pick up the beginning of the day when the bird is thinking of its breakfast, the tide is getting lower, and the wind surfers on the background just started setting up their sails for an active weekend fun.
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And here the report from my fellow artists and their arts. It was great to be with the group of them to discuss our art works, laugh, share, and inspire each other:
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12″x16″ Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed Arches
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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