Winter Landscape Into Interior

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I found a great solution for a Winter landscape by selecting this silver frame. Cool colors of the metallic polish fit so well all the cool hues of the snowy forest with its tall trees of the Sequoia National Park. 

Later, I placed the framed painting into three different interiors. These interiors are very similar by their muted light colors. 

The painting fit all three interiors quite well. It brought rather interesting highlights into each home decor:


In The Garden

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realism in watercolor gazebo
I called this painting In The Garden though this name is
more applicable to a series that is getting bigger month after month.
Visualizing this landscape was easy for me. The whole
composition just popped up in front of my eyes, in my mind. And then I just
needed to apply what I imagined on the paper.

I imagined a soft breeze playing with the tops of the
cypress trees. Some pink and purple flowers in the flower bed are competing in
their beauty with the red geranium in the decorative vases. Only the songs of
the birds are interrupting the peaceful moment in the garden.

A little girl just woke up after a nice nap. She is sitting
on the steps of the house, and looking at the garden. Yet she is not along as
you can notice. The garden gazebo is welcoming some light figure there. Was
it a trick that the afternoon shadows were playing; or, a young lady is coming
up to the steps in her shimmering dress? Perhaps, she is a visitor from a
dream. The girl is half asleep. She is holding her favorite toy, her Teddy
Bear. The afternoon sun is warming up the ground and the tiles of the steps. It
is a beautiful peaceful time, when a dream mixes up with reality. It is a warm
Summer day, good for a daydreaming and a nice walk.  

Here is a few other paintings from In The Garden series that came out of my imagination recently:

Girl Reading book painting
realism in watercolor

The Field Trip

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Two men are resting in the field. Who are they? Are they farmers or hunters? Whoever they are we know they are happy on this farm field, a Summer ranch filled with light, grass,and flowers. 
I called this painting Farmers and Hunters Heaven as in spite of hard work these people enjoy their productive day. 

Bringing Fall To Central Valley

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Trees Red Yellow Autumn watercolor
I prepared this Impressionistic style painting of the Fall landscape for one watercolor lesson that I performed last Friday. 

The school is located in Central Valley, California (in Kings County), where Fall is coming either late or never. Oh no, of course, they will get a few yellow and red leaves closer to November-December. But now, all trees are green, farmers are finishing harvest, and the only indications of Fall are pumpkins in the grocery stores.

At the lesson, there were 36 students from grade 2 to 6. All of them were thrilled to try wet-on-wet technique and could not believe they can paint a Fall Landscape within an hour.. But we not only accomplished this, we even had a few minutes for a Pumpkin card project using an illustrative technique. 

Everyone had fun, even a couple of teachers asked to give them a brush and started painting :0)


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Best Golf Course View in San Francisco – Lincoln Park – 17th Hole

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Golden Gate Bridge View
One of my customers ordered this commission painting of the gorgeous view of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. I have not realized at the beginning that the park was a famous golf course on a top of the hill. And that precise view was from 17th hole of Lincoln Park

I liked the idea that the given picture had good three points of visual interest plus the personal meaning to the customer of course.
Starting the painting from the skies and the Golden Gate Bridge, I gradually moved to the foliage of the trees. When these two backgrounds were completed, I continued with paining the bushes and the flowers maze in the front. They had to be painted with the most details; and, by the way, took me the longest time “to build”.

Here are a few pix of work-in-progress that I supplied to the customer along the way. As usual, commission paintings take much longer time (compare to the artist’s choice art) due to the communications (agreements, suggestions, approvals), and constant updates:
sketches
Panorama

California Trees
Bay Area San Francisco
The Original Painting Lincoln Park – San Francisco is 9″x12″ Watercolor


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Inspiration Point – Orinda – California

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Orinda Inspiration Point
Last Saturday plein-air outing with CWA group brought us to Tilden Park in Orinda hills. Gorgeous place, and the name of the view point is quite matching – The Inspiration Point – beautiful California landscape

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Original Painting Inspiration Point is 10″x14″ on 300lb Watercolor Paper
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More Plein-air paintings are HERE


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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
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Pumpkin On The Window

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My Impressionistic landscape became a background for a still life with Pumpkin and its Company. In this painting I have married Realism and Impressionism and Still Life with Landscape. The colors on the window repeat the colors in the landscape, and that what Miss Fall is sharing with us: the bounty of the colors :0).
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Original Painting is 18″x21″ on 140 Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper 
The art studio remodeling is at its first important stage. Still, so much to do. And here is the proof: 
(All Men are At Work):
I feel spoiled as I am only cooking and cleaning here.. but I did have a chance to help painting the windows and doors too :0)
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My Impressionistic Autumn

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As the Fall knocking the door already, I got in the Autumn mood and grabbed my brush. Here I want to share a couple of Impressionistic style paintings.
The first one is actually a segment of a larger painting:
Click on the image to see Zoom-up
This is the view from the window of my Fall painting where I mix a still life with the landscape. The still life will be very realistic, detailed; yet, the landscape is mostly done in wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry… just like The Nature welcomes us with Autumn rains and dry gusty winds. I’ll be posting the final result in the next post.
Another painting was an inspiration and experimentation. And it is always a story coming around:
See this painting and its variations in my New Gallery Seasons
My artist-friend Vera Lysenko and I love the art of one wonderful Russian painter Konstantin Vasiliev whose short but extremely productive life produced more than 400 gorgeous paintings. Vera and I were discussing his painting about Fall; and, she asked me to paint a piece similar in expression for her. And even though Vasiliev was following more realistic symbolism shell I say; I decided to paint Fall forest in Impressionistic format using new for me techniques. First I painted all wet on wet with splashes of yellow, orange, and sepia. Then, I grabbed the brush and started splattering the “leaves” all over the artwork (the surrounding area also suffered for art: my computer display, desk, floor. Oh Well!). And when the painting was completed, I covered it with the thin layer of Acrylic Polymer that my friend can place it on a wall without framing (I fixed the painting with Auquarelle Fixative before applying the polymer). All of that made a very decorative colorful ready-to-give gift.
That’s how one realistic artist and one wonderful friend can trigger an impressionistic idea in another artist.
I found a short movie-presentation of Vasiliev art, if you are interested click below: you will have a delighted visual and musical experience:
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