Over the summer I worked on exploring and experimenting with composition and colour, sharing very little with others and trying to ride the ‘production wave’ to the max. Now that winter is around the corner I’ve slowed down and took this as an opportunity to reflect. I’ve finished over 20 new paintings, which look like an entirely new body of work. Most of it is abstract and is quite different to what I used to do a year ago.Read More
After years of painting I can confidently attest to the fact that producing art is a lot like being an athlete. It requires dedication, thorough technique, discipline and experimentation. Although its hard to say which component is more important, the experimenting part is definitely vital if you want to keep on growing.Read More
The last year has been a lot about new beginnings. I’ve started teaching full time in September and I must admit that painting was pushed to the background a little. Although I’m constantly searching for new inspiration and ideas to channel into my work it has been quite challenging to keep both of my occupations equally productive.Read More
It’s been some times since I intended to share some insight into how I create my studio paintings, my monotype pieces. Explanations into what is a monotype and why I spend my time on this are part of this post.Read More
I’ve had this post on hold for sometime. Just want to share with you some insight on the benefit of painting outdoors or as the french call it "en plain air".Read More
What I do for a living is very strange. I spend hours creating semi abstract images on paper that reflect moments and feelings. Sometimes inspiration hits hard and I start getting ideas out of nowhere in my mind and the urge to put it on paper is a priority. The past few weeks where exactly that. I was so mesmerized by the blooming spring, although spring lasts about 15 minutes nowadays it was enough time to take it all in and produce fresh work.
For those of you who might be visit Saint Petersburg, you can pop into an amazing place called Demetra Art Hotel, aside from being a heritage building and a romantic getaway spot, they have my new collection hanging in their art gallery for display until August. Thank you guys!
Over the past year I’ve discovered for myself a new way of painting, which involves working on paper rather than canvas. I’ve grown found of it and developed a strong level of comfort doing so. Working on paper rather than canvas is somehow less fragile and there is an element of lightness to it and the results look more effortless.
I also realized that my work is both about thinking and feeling at the same time. Drawing is mostly thinking, where i plan the shapes out and overall composition. Colour is mostly intuitive and depends a lot on the mood and feelings of the moment. Learning to switch between thinking and feeling at the right time is a recipe for success!
Conceptually, I'm still very much drawn to various feminine images, incorporating fashion elements and trends into my recent series, creating a body of work with a unified aesthetic.
Special thanks to Sokos hotel in Saint Petersburg for showcasing my most recent works at your premises this weekend.
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It is not everyday you get to visit a country like Abkhazia. At first glance this place looks like it has been frozen in time and has no interest in what’s going on in the world around it but then you just have to look closer. This holiday season me and my friend had a chance to visit a place that wasn't touched yet by globalization.Read More
Even if you don't plan to become an artist, a little sketching wont hurt. Just as you go to the gym to keep in shape, drawing is your mental gym.Read More
Art supply stores can be overwhelming and scary places. You end up buying things you don't really need and spending a fortune without noticing. Instead of showering you with endless options I decided to share my little 7 secret essentials I use on a daily basis to paint in oils. In my bag:Read More
If you are into cozy, beautiful interiors then this blog post will be interesting to you. I use to work small, and I still do somethings but when it comes to hanging artwork on walls a small size painting can simply get swallowed by your room and with it the money you have spent on it.Read More
Have you ever noticed that your hand writing improves if you use a better pen? Same principle applies to fine art. Find out what’s in my tool box and why. Aside from coffee here are the 3 things I can't start my day without.
To start drawing you don't really need much, using your finger on a send will due, however if you are working improving your art and perhaps taking it to the next level, the choice of your tools and mediums can make a difference.Read More
This past week I was entirely absorbed in the studio production in search for that perfect shade of grey. Grey is an intermediate color between black and white. It is a neutral or achromatic colour, meaning literally that it is a colour "without colour”. Grey can be cool or of warm depending on the added hue. Adding little red will make a warmer grey, and adding a little blue will make for a cooler silver grey.
I like to deal with grey pallet both in direct painting and in my printmaking practice. Grey is defiantly the most complex colour to deal with as it is easy to turn it into muddy choky looking colour which kills painting. At the same time grey is the one that has the most potential, with its infinite shades. I learned that the intensity of any colour will depend on the amount of grey around it. The supportive role of grey is fascinating, it sets the stage for other colours to sing.
Sometimes work can be very frustrating. Getting the desired result does not always happen, and sometimes there is nothing we can do but just tray again and again, in hope it will happen in the next attempt. Its ok..not every painting is destined for the wall of fame, and thankfully there is no “art police” anywhere in my studio. So I decided to stop beating myself every time my painting drawing, or any art work piece is not perfect. In fact I find myself enjoying the process more then i have a few years ago. Yes #Doitfortheprocess! even if sometimes its grey. 'Grey City' was created through a process of trying new different greys, both cool and warm. You can view it in my shop.
Speaking about the process, there are some very exciting things happening behind the scenes! And I wish I could boast about it right now this very moment, but I have to be patient and dust the chairs for a little bit longer :) Be sure to sign up for my email list below this post to be the first to know!
As a visual person as soon as I walk into a living space I can’t help but to notice the Art on the walls or the absence of it...and of course I start analysing the look and feel of everything around me rearranging and pulling it apart in my mind. You probably wonder what difference does all of it makes? and who cares really? but its not exactly so...whether consciously or not..we all do care.Read More
Last week a wonderful team of kissedbylight featured a short and fun interview with me and a few shots of my most recent art works. In their NYC style like, beautiful loft of a studio, with magic light and enticing energy I revisited my past role of a model – which was ever so cool and uplifting. Fashion industry is where I worked for most of my early twenties, and had a chance to observe and learn from the most talented artist of our time.Read More
I’ve had this post on hold for a while now because I’ve been having hard time wrapping my head around the direction my art has evolved in the past three months. For an artist who spent years deciphering the “how too" secrets of classical realism, to diverge into a more experimental and spontaneous direction was a big surprise, first of all for myself!Read More