A Little Bit of Nostalgia – Daffodil Paintings

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Every time I see daffodils they remind me a little suns that shine from inside. They also remind me of my grandma who grew daffodils in our summer house. Each summer she would bring huge bouquet of daffodils to the city and share with our neighbors. In our beautiful, 300 year old city where grass or trees are only in the parks; those tiny flowers were the gifts from beyond. The smell was astonishing. I can remember it when writing this right now. Very good memories! 

Since then I’ve painted daffodils many times; and, I believe I progressed quite a bit in painting manner and technique:

Still life with vase and daffodils painted in watercolor

And recently, several daffodils from miniature to a full size ones were included in my new Coloring Book – Botanical Flowers , Volume I:



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Three Fallen Leaves – Autumn Trio

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watercolor paintings
I am welcoming Fall with a new composition that is created with my watercolor leaves painted in realistic technique. 
And even though in California the season is not as pronounced now as it is on East Coast or Mid West; it is still so nice to see some trees turning colors and bringing so much joy to the artist’s eye.
In these three paintings of Autumn leaves I tried to capture not only the beauty of the leaves themselves; but, as well as the sunshine that allowed the gorgeous shadows to make the paintings more interesting and alive. 

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Pillow Or Scarf? Scarves Or Pillows?

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I was overwhelmed with happy creative thoughts when I’ve learned I can put my art on the pillow cases. Now the opportunity opened itself again as I found that I can place my art on the silky scarves through one of the companies that I work with.

The questions are:

Which art is looking good on pillows?

Which art is looking good on scarves?

Scarves or Pillows?

Pillows or Scarves?

And here I am creating restlessly. First I placed a few abstracts to see how it looks like. The Blue Abstract was one of my customers favorite in the vertical forms for pillows; but, I wanted to see how it looks like in dynamic and made the lines flow

Then, I grabbed my Fall Impressionism artwork and placed it on both, pillows and scarves.. Looking good, good:
orange and red design

orange yellow red design
But I really wanted something more repetition-al, something more settled on my designs. The Blue Geometry artwork helped me to succeed:
watercolor
Scarves with cold patterns
On another hand, when I placed more realistic work, in this case my Pink Lilies, in the pattern format, I all of a sudden saw a whole new approach to the visual.. I called this pattern Pink Lily DNA:
floral patterns
scarves
And of course, my personal favorite, are the Impressionistic Sunflowers, that in a bunch were looking even more festive on the dark background of the pillow cases and scarves:
watercolor art
yellow flowers watercolor
But the question is still up in the air:
Pillows or Scarves? Scarves or Pillows?
🙂


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Sunrise Sunset

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sun through the trees
Three recent paintings were added into a newly created gallery “Sunrise Sunset”.
This time, when painting these three landscapes I wanted to stick to a vertical format instead of the “landscape” one.
I think, when the scenery cut into an elongated painting vertically, it allows viewer to add his or her imagination on what could be on the left or right.
The top painting of the Sunset Through The Trees was an inspiration from my friend’s photograph. Her family traveled Midwest and she took a picture of a gorgeous view of a vanishing day through the trees’ shadows. The silhouettes of the trees like a frame of this artwork, and each section in between like a separate painting that tells the story.

Next painting that I called Bright Sunset has a good mix of yellow and purple that reveal a juicy red… This semi-realistic, semi-abstract painting has a good diagonal composition that competes with the horizon lines and the lines of the wavy waters:

watercolor painting
The third painting has somewhat mellow wash of the colors. It is the beginning of the day, a Nature’s awakening. It is a gentle Sunrise At The Lake. 
A little rustic boat is parked next to the shore. Perhaps a couple of friends or lovers were enjoying a night on isolated island of this still, peaceful lake. Who knows .. I paint a hint; and, the story can be continued by a viewer’s imagination:
At The Lake
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Abstract Florals

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red yellow brown design
From the realistic floral (in recent post) I moved to semi-abstract ones. 
I was in search of organic lines that might imply the flowers or leaves; but, meanwhile remain the lines allowing the colors and composition speak for themselves.

I started with warmer color.
And a chosen medium for these designs was acrylic paint. It is water based color; but, the good part, it allowed me to place nice and juicy brush strokes that had some kind of body (thick, visible, and distinguished).

And that how the top design was born. One can see there a flower, some leaves, even a seed pods full of life and color.

Then I moved to a flamboyant leaves that can be an implication of the flickering game of light in a fireplace: 
red yellow home decor

acrylic abstract

yellow red brown design
After warming up my heart and getting a good warm-up with my brush, I moved to a cooler color and this whimsical forest was created: 
blue green acrylic art
 Then even cooler colors came up (ultramarine and purple). They helped me to pour the waves and wind into these abstract floral designs:
organic painting
It was interesting to switch from realism to the abstract, from watercolor to acrylic. Once in a while every artist should try this; to me it helped to “abstract” from what I was doing before and tickle my imagination. 


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Sunflowers Rising – An Unusual Commission

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yellow blue watercolor
I’ve received an interesting commission request recently; an unusual one for sure.
One of my clients asked to paint sunflowers for her. Nothing unusual yet. I have painted sunflowers many times and my customer was sure I can handle the job. She liked the bunch of sunflowers that I have painted before:
Realism Impressionism In Watercolor
My client asked if I can finish already started painting of sunflowers. Her late father-in-law was a wonderful watercolor artist and died before finishing this artwork. 
His name was Palmer Stinson. He entered a world of watercolors when he turned 70; and he painted for more than a decade producing gorgeous landscapes, floral paintings, and still life artworks. He also loved to paint Sunflowers. Palmer started a series of sunflower paintings and had chance to complete two large pieces. 
The last one he started; but, late years and illness did not allow him to paint; and he had to stop before age 88. 
I have to admit, the request to finish one artist’s work was surprising and a little bit scary. But I was also curious how I will handle it. I had to work in collaboration with the artist’s spirit.
The Sunflowers were already drawn on a paper and the artist was able to place a couple of washes for the flowers:
I had to cover the work that was already done and mask the flowers and leaves for a background wash:

I chose bright ultramarine blue for the background, and started from small sections going up:

The last section of the blue background was tougher than I thought. The section was large and I had to go carefully around each petal (even they were preserved by masking liquid) as I didn’t want to ruin the beautiful artist’s work on sunflowers:
After the background was completed, I have started painting sunflowers’ leaves and stems:

watercolor
Then I placed the veins on the leaves and texture on the sunflowers’ centers.
The artwork was completed:
completed artwork
I did enjoy painting this artwork, working in collaboration with the artist that passed away; yet he was there in his artwork. 
One evening, when I just finished painting the first few ultramarine blue sections, a thought crossed my mind:

“What if there is a message that artist wanted to place into this artwork. I wonder if he was thinking to place some kind of symbol there; maybe… a heart”

Imagine my surprise, when I came back to the work-inprogress to continue painting, I saw an obvious heart, in one of the leaf. 
And not even one heart I noticed but two were there! 

And I have not noticed them before:
Conscious or subconscious ? Who knows! 
The message has been received
:0)



Impressionistic Sunflowers

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impressionistic floral design
Today I moved my brush from extreme realism to extreme impressionism. The victims of my experiment were those lovely sunflowers. 

The secret of impressionistic watercolors is to move the brush quickly, fearlessly, and with great deal of confidence. The trick is to remember that it is not an oil painting, and watercolor tend to mix/blend together, especially when wet paint is applied into wet. 

So, I had to be extremely careful, but still quick and fearless.

Results are above. I like the contrast and spontaneous feeling of this painting. 

First Daffodils Of The Season

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Fine Art realistic artwork
These gentle yellow daffodils popped-up in my backyard a couple of days ago. I couldn’t resist to pick a bunch and set up a still life.

I intentionally placed freshly picked flowers into an antique Wedgwood vase. It emphasizes the fact how small is the distance between beauty of a two-day-old flower and a century-old pottery. 

The beauty is eternal! 

And the waves and a maze of a pattern of this silk scarf adds the interest to this full of life and color still life.


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Path To The Unknown – Exploring Yupo

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abstraction art
I continue exploring a new surface for painting – Yupo. 
As I said in one of my previous posts, Yupo is a pure synthetic “paper”, which has a plastic feel yet takes watercolor. 
Yupo allows the paint to move freely. It is easy for the artist to pick up the paint if needed; or, even wipe it off completely (back to the white surface). 
I think that this “paper” is good for some abstract art as it provides interesting unpredictable results at the end.
I called this abstract series “Path To The Unknown”. The first artwork was created with Opera Rose and Violet watercolors. It reminds me some kind of magic rock, a stone with veins and minerals. 

The next one looks more like a landscape:
Watercolor On Yupo paper
Rich bushy greens could represent hills, blue for the sky; and, a beige “river” looks like a path with purple-pink flowers…

And the last one has somewhat 3D feeling. After the wet-on-wet dried, I placed a few brown dots on it and rotated the paper. This way Miss Gravity painted some unexpected lines for me:
Watercolor painting
It is fun to explore unknown path and try to find new ways with watercolors.


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Pardon "Mon" French

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decorative design
One day I was feeling like creating some abstract in yellow and purple (two complementary colors that can balance each other very well). The idea didn’t have to wait too long to come. My inspiration that day was right at my desk in the studio: a bunch of French Curves

French Curve is a special tool that artists and drafters use to create a curvy line. I love the shape of the french curve for the soft organic forms, which when applied together can create an interesting whimsical design.

And that how the above artworks got created, not mentioning the next ones: 
watercolor
and the next:
French Curve Yellow Purple
All of those and many other French Curve creations landed in my Decorative Design gallery on FAA.

But my “feeling French” mood didn’t stop at just an abstract artwork. I’ve decided to combine two of my favorite “French” paintings into one, creating a cute Hallmark style design..

And Vuola! I am happy to present:

realism in watercolor French painting
I thought that the portrait of a little girl, a daughter of my friend (whose mom, by the way, came to the U.S. from France); this girl would look very nice with the Eiffel Tower on the back and those fluffy purple clouds.
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In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul