Abstract Ocean

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Purple abstraction

In these two artworks, which are part of my new Abstract Ocean Collection; I am sailing my artist’s imagination into exploring the ocean colors, and dramatic composition with moving waters.

The first canvas print contains the purple range of colors. The waters are rough. The waves are expressive and random.

Unlike the second abstract painting, which has the softer colors from sky blue to deep ultramarine. This artwork contains more structure. The waves are moving in a certain direction. Yet, the blue blue ocean is still quite chubby and animated:

Blue Abstraction
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Water On Color

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I am in the process of preparing a few paintings for one international art show in Rochester, NY.  The theme that I chose this time is about the water. Since I paint mostly in watercolor, I called it Water On Color series, where the realism in watercolor is mixed with the abstract pattern. 
The six paintings that I made helped me to create some of these collages. 
The above collage has a cool feeling with just a few splashes of yellow, when the collage below is full of “fire-like” strikes and hot washes:

Abstract and Realism in watercolor
The art show is taking place in July 2014, so I will post more details later on.

For now, I am just “splashing” some Water On Color 🙂 


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Twenty Shades Of Blue – Blue Blue Water

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Recently, looking at my painting of Oregon shore, I was asking myself how many times I’ve painted the water, waters of an ocean, lakes, sea or river? 
And even though the answer was MANY.. I was curious to see the difference in the shades of blue; the blue blue water.

Water for me has some personal almost human qualities. The colors depend on the time of the the day, the light, the shadows; and, of course, the artist’s mood, time put into painting, and  professional choice of the color.

And here are just a few waters painted in the different places at different times. It is interesting to see these fragments in one post close to each other, with almost no surrounding background/foreground interruptions 
(if curious to see the full painting, just click on the image or the name of the artwork).

Fine Art realism
 Slowly building, soon ready to crush waves next to the shore in Boys And The Ocean painting:
Fine Art realism
 Deep blue waters of the ocean during the sunny in Capitola, California.  Two Umbrellas At The Beach painting:
Two Umbrellas at The Beach
and a very same day just a few hours later.
Capitola California artwork
Here is a foggy morning with wild emerald green waves in Carmel By The Sea, California:
Impressionism
and the same day, when Sun appeared, it made the water shine 
California Fine Art
Almost unbelievable Thalo and Ultramarine blue water in the painting A Coupe And The Sea:
Water painting

Ready to storm yet still not dangerous waters in A Girl And The Ocean artwork: 
Romantic artwork
And, much more alarming waves of the waters when the girl “grows up”, and comes to visit ocean again.
realistic artwork
Calm reflections in the mirror-like Winter waters of Lake Tahoe painting:
realistic seascape artwork

From Ultramarine to Turquoise  blue in Monterey Shore sketch:
water painting shore

Quiet monumental waters of Norway Fjord:  
realism in watercolor
I have to admit, painting the waters next to the Golden Gate Bridge seems to be my favorite thing now. 
Here are the waves near Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Bay from Fort Point point of view:
California San Francisco Bay
Realism in watercolors
Point Bonita has different point of view to Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Lifted up fog just revealed graceful sailboats:  
California art
Soothing waters of the Bay reflecting the Golden Gate Bridge, is quite rare event: 
Realism in watercolors
Fine Art
Impressionistic green reflections of impressionistic waters in Water Lilies painting: 
impressionism in watercolors
And speaking of Impressionism, the Fall Reflections certainly colored those waters in Red, Yellow, Green, and Orange: 
Wet-on-wet artwork
If I were a poet I would write a poem devoted to Water; but, I am the Artist and I will keep painting Miss Water in all her shades of blue
:0)


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Feeling Blue in Naperville, IL

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Oh no no, I am not feeling blue and I am not in Naperville, IL :0)

Several of my artworks were juried into an Art Show, which is called 
The art show will be running in 
(Naperville, IL) 
during the month of March, 2014. 
I will be glad to exhibit the work above:

and I am absolutely happy that my other three works from Dancing Water abstract series  also caught jurors attention:

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blue watercolor
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So to speak: I am happy feeling blue 😉


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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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Healing Art of Watercolor – Published in Somatic Psychotherapy Today Magazine

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Big but pleasant surprise came my way when one of Psychological magazines asked for a permission to place my abstract painting Dancing Water on the cover of their Winter issue. 
On another hand, any abstract painting involves both, spontaneity and careful planing, either it is Artist’s intuition or years of practice, or both. And I guess, the abstract art does trigger people imagination. So, why not! Here is a pure psychology in full its glory:
The Dancing Water (made in watercolor)
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magazine publication
And here is the link for the Winter 2012 one: 
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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:
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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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Dancing Water – Abstract

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A little bit of Water and Color and my next Abstract Series came alive (click on each image to play with the prints sizes, frames, etc if you wish):
In this abstract painting the dancer is leaving and bringing away the rough weather letting us to enjoy the future calm and quiet
Here the girl just stopped dancing, but her skirt is still moving with the last sounds of music
In this abstract painting the ballet dancer is going up in the air and the waves below represent her dress and the energy flow
In this abstract painting I did not even dare to place a figure. The vortex of moving waters was absorbing everything. I have achieved an interesting texture that reminds a foam by sprinkling some salt on the paint while it was still wet
These few paintings are a second part of my Dancing Abstract Collection (in Abstract– Décor – Collage gallery). I started the series when needed to clear my head from pure realism and when I asked myself a question: what color are some dances such Tango, or Flamenco, or classical ballet? And this question led to an idea to create a several series of paintings:


When thinking of Dancing Water nothing but ballet come to my mind.. I guess it is from my childhood memories about a Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

I took cold colors (practically out of the tube) with addition of warmer green. The cool blues are: Ultramarine and Phthalo with a little Cobalt Blue. Purple Violet with the dash of Payne’s Grey are implying deep sea. I definitely used plenty of water to move the paint around letting it spread as it wanted with minimal control. 

It was good to abstract. Now back to Realism :0)


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Norway Fjord

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One of my dear art collectors sent me a photo of the beautiful
Fjord from her trip to Norway.
Fjord, from the norse
“fjörðr”, in English means “where you travel across”. Also,
it has the same origin as the norwegian word “ferd”, English
“fare” or “travel”.  (Source: Wikipedia.no). 
Created my moving glaciers more
than 2.5 million years ago, Fjords 
are some
of the most dramatic landscape features on Earth. Just imaging how the glacier
was “slicing” the mountains, moving the rocks aside: and, how later
on the sea found its way there.
When I was
painting this piece I admired the monumental silence of the
mountains, calm water and a crisp air. And I hope I could bring my admiration into
my art.
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12″x16″
Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed Arches 

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Lake Tahoe

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A couple years ago we brought my mom to see Lake Tahoe. It was my first visit there too. I always thought that people just used to say it is the great place to go, to see, to stay; and I was sure it is just another “tourist trap” as we say. But when I saw this place with my own eyes I understood that all “Awe” moments that I’ve heard of were true. This place is amazing, peaceful and really makes you feel serene, still and happy from inside..

Here are a few facts about this lake:
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada range of the U.S. It is located along the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. And it is the USA’s second-deepest lake after Crater Lake in Oregon. Lake Tahoe was formed about 2 million years ago. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.
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16″x20″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Arches Paper