Saturday, December 29, 2012

Flemish Lilies. Second color layer.

This is second color stage on my Flemish Lilies.
Almost everything is here... just one more step to go.
I totally love working on this painting!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Flemish painting in progress. First color layer.

Today I finished first (out of 3) color layer on my first 7-layers
Old Masters style painting. So far so good. This one is going to dry,
hopefully I can start working on another one... whichever looks ready.
I have 8 of those little paintings in progress now and trying some different
things on them... different solvents fr instance,
just to see what works for me the best.
Sty tuned, more to follow!..

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Flemish technique in progress. New 6 x 6 " floral series.

This is my new project what I'm going to stretch from 2012 to 2013.
I will be working on several small florals what will employ so called 
"Flemish technique" of Oil painting.
I will be using flat panels, more suitable highly detailed work.

 Above - beginning stage. Outlines of future painting transferred to the board
and over-drawn with India ink. Ink drawing then sealed with Imprimatura layer.

 After all of above dried, I'm working on foundation of my future painting
and using just one color of paint. Traditionally it is a burnt Umber.
It may take two of more applications, all depends of complexity
of future painting. for this one It was two Umber layers. 

 After Umber layer is dry it is time to start with so called "Dead Layer".
This layer is needed to establish half-tones of future painting.
It is my personal favorite stage.

Dead layer for my first painting is finished. After it will be totally dry
(patience, patience!) I will start with color glazes.
Mean while I will be working on several next paintings in the same style.
One is drying, another one is in progress... this is whole idea.
In interested, check back soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Big Sur coastline. Oil pastel study.

"Big Sur Coastline"
8 x 10", Oil Pastel on canvas panel.

Latest small work in my "California Dreaming" series. perhaps a study for something bigger.
It was a pure joy to work on this small painting, I want to do more...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Lavender Dreams", oil.

"Lavender Dreams"
11 x 14" Oil on panel.

Last one of 3 latest "Daily Paintings" what I did during last few days.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Poppy Field", oil.

"Poppy Field"
11 x 14", oil on panel.

This one one of 3 latest "Daily Paintings" what I did during last few days. I'm not biggest fan of
 "painting-a-day" movement, but I want to be able work faster without loosing much quality.
 Therefore I'm going to dedicate more time to my Études.
Like all my small oil paintings this one will be available on e-bay.

Above - work in progress on my table.. or should I say "on my easel"?

Click here to go to auction.

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Sedona", Oil.


8 x 10", oil on panel.

This one one of 3 latest "Daily Paintings" what I did during last few days. I'm not biggest fan of
 "painting-a-day" movement, but I want to be able work faster without loosing much quality.
 Therefore I'm going to dedicate more time to my Études.
Like all my small oil paintings this one will be available on e-bay.

Click here to go to auction.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hibiscus WIP.

Started working on this painting few month ago and now I'm glad to be back to it.
So far I'm working on so called "Grisaille ", what basically mean
any painting technique in which translucent oil colors are laid over
a monotone underpainting.
I still on underpainting part with this one, it takes most of time
and has to be done well...
When I'll be done with this B/W stage and it will be dry enough
, I'll be able to finish it with 
color glazes. Love this technique, but sure it is very time consuming.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stone Bridge. Oil on panel. Finished.

"Stone Bridge - II" Oil, 12 x 12"

Call this one finished. It was lovely and relaxing process.
So far it will dry and I can go back to my Oil Pastel and hopefully finish that one too.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stone Bridge. Oil on panel.

Another version of beautiful stone bridge at Fort Hunter, what I painted before.
This time I'm doing it in oil and using underpainting in burnt sienna.
Little fun project, something to do before I can go back to my Oil pastel
what needs few days to get harder.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tetons in Oil Pastel.

"Tetons Magic" 12 x 16" Oil Pastel.

Started this one this spring... One of my somewhat bigger pieces,
mixed Oil pastels on Ampersand Hardbord. I used two different primers,
solvent work and direct application. 
It is still in progress, but getting there...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Orchids in Ruby Glass II" Pastel. Finished.

"Orchids in Ruby Glass II"
11 x 11" Pastel on PastelMat

Last evening I called this painting finished. Very happy I did it,
because otherwise like all my unfinished work it would finish
in my big and bold trash can. That simple.
I guess now I better pull out another unfinished project
and work on that one till it is done... I have a few of those
sitting around waiting... hopefully for something good to happen.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Orchids in Ruby Glass - II" WIP, pastel. Soon to be finished.

I'm pleased with the progress of this painting and hope to see it finished soon.
Working on PastelMat is a total joy. I almost forgot how I liked it.
I think my next post will be finished version of this painting. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 22, 2012

"Orchids in Ruby Glass -II" Pastel.

Back to finishing this project I started at spring of 2011.
Good thing about pastels - You can put them away and then pull it out,
as You was working on it yesterday. I was not ready to finish it last year,
but now after the long brake I feel I can do it. So... stay tuned, I'm
going to post more as it progresses.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Orchids in pastel. WIP.

"Into the Light 2" Pastel version.

Latest project in pastel. Mixed pastels and pastel pencils on La Carte.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"California Dreaming " #3. Blown with the Wind. Pastel.

"Blown with the Wind"
11 x 14", pastel on Wallis.

Latest one in California series... Very experimental. Some underpainting. some SpectraFix spray
and layers and layers of pastel until it finally started give me the right feeling. 
No to say - "it is perfect", but I really like the end result.
Ready for more.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

California Dreaming #2 - "Point Lobos Arches". Oil Pastel.

"Point Lobos Arches" 11 x 14"
Oil pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord.

Latest finished Oil pastel painting, one more in my 'California dreaming" series.
This time - Oil Pastel.
I loved all about this painting from beginning to the end 
and could continue working on it endlessly...
That is over, but it is OK... it will be another one.

Monday, October 1, 2012

International Guild of Realism - IGOR - 7th Annual Exhibition 2012 Video.

Official video clip of the last show and IGOR's events at Carmel, California 2012.

Friday, September 28, 2012

ALLIED ARTISTS OF AMERICA, INC. 99-th annual exhibition.

Have another wonderful announcement to make... Yesterday I found out that my latest floral Oil Pastel "Illuminated" was accepted into the ALLIED ARTISTS OF AMERICA, INC. 99-th annual exhibition.
Show will ran from November 9 to November 18 2012 @ National Art Club Galleries, NYC.
Artists reception - Sunday November 18.

...but this is not all!..

Today I realized that the same very painting was also accepted into
The American Artists Professional League
84-th Grand National Show.

I'm totally happy about both and will need to start work on making of plans
how-to-ship-it and if we can go and attend this year's reception at
National Art Club.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lake-side rocks. Pastel in progress.

Just what it is. Some lake-side rocks from Minnesota.
Good times, good memories.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

California dreaming... first finished study.

"Point Lobos"
11x 14" Pastel on board.

And finally after few days of paintings and not painting
(not painting was a dominant part of the process) I finished this study.
Not to say 'I like all about it", but some things I like alot and perhaps
need to do few more try-outs for the same just has too much to offer.
Love it. Hope to do more...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"California Dreaming" in progress.

11x 14" Pastel on board.

Progress on my study of Cedar Grove @ Point Lobos, California.
This study is done on primed board. Light oil stain is used for underpainting
and creating of additional structure. Web-structure of oil stain becomes trunks of trees
and creating of grass. Coarse storks of  pastel-primer turning into structure of stone and tree brunches.
Very enjoyable painting process. I have too much fun with this one!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

California Dreaming...

 Yesterday we returned from big show in California. It was my first trip to West Cost.
What to say? Impressed, inspired, tons of memories and just about as much of beautiful pictures.
Going to paint, of course. Mean while working on my first pastel study of Point Lobos.

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Golden Hour" Pastel study on Wallis.

"Golden Hour" 9x12"
Pastel on Wallis.

Pastel study on recycled Wallis board.
I used this board during 2011 workshop for Plein Air study.
Then pastel was washed off, board dried and then I did this painting.
Charcoal and oil underpainting, pastel finish.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tetons Magic. Miniature pastel.

"Tetons Magic"
4x4" Pastel on board.

One of my "to-be-miniature-show-entries" for this fall.
Painted after our 2011 trip to Wyoming. Grand Tetons are behind of my back,
I'm facing nice quiet piece of Wet Lands. Love it too.
This is not the first painting of this spot I did and I'm pretty sure - not last one either.
More to come.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tetones in miniature. Pastel.

Just finished this one very small version of Marsh-Land in Tetons National forest.
This one is only 4 x 4" and hopefully will be entered at one of upcoming miniature art shows.
I love to work with those small painting. Lot of fun, yet - very challenging.
Especially in pastel.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Somewhere in Tetons.

"Somewhere in Tetons"
11 x 14", Pastel on primed board.

Painted this after our last year's trip to Wyoming.
One of those works I had on hold for a while
and finally finished after we returned from Minnesota.

"Next Level Pastels" Minnesota 2012. Chapter I.

 Just like I mentioned before, his month was filled with impotent events, 
but this  trip was something I was especially looking forward to..
I had wonderful opportunity to join Richard McKinley
and his mentored group of advanced students in "Next Level Pastels"
Plein Air workshop in Minnesota.

It would be very hard to pick up more impressive location. Majestic lake Superior,
rushing rivers, beautiful rock formations and waterfalls - we were surrounded by all those wanders.
Not to mention the forest... what reminding me forest of my native country -
white birch, aspens, lot of light.
With all this in mind it was very hard to choose what to paint.

 I decided not to attempt come home with some finished paintings,
but rather dedicate my time to in-deep sketching process and learning techniques.

In this post I would like to share some of my works on different rock formations.
None of those is really finished, but all those studies
had to offer something interesting and I truly enjoyed working on it.

All works are 8 x 10" and smaller, Wallis paper, mixed pastels.


...To be continued...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pastels in Minnesota A La Plein Air.

 Last week we had  wonderful time in Minnesota painting out with Richard McKinley mentoring his "next level" Plein Air pastel group.

 I do not have much time (normally) to paint Plein Air, therefore it was a very special treat - to get out to some place so beautiful, stay along with nature, paint and get some great advice from person so knowledgeable and talented as Richard.

 I did a lot of quick sketches and even managed to finish one or two more complex paintings. Plus as always took enormous amount of picture for future references. 

 So far I was painting, Jim had great time stacking some rocks here and there.

It was totally wonderful week and I'm already starting looking forward to repeat it sometime.

But now have to get ready some show entries and whatever else I need to get ready for our upcoming trip to Carmel California next month. I only hope for the good weather.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Mr and Mrs Smith" wedding Cake.

 Last week instead of painting I was sculpturing ... and baking!
Our little girl was getting married and we were on quest to surprise everybody with
one-of-a-kind wedding cake. Incredibly delicious and well... unique!.. 
It was fun to make and everybody loved it.
Whole preparation process took about a week.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Out of comfort zone.

"Down to the river" 
14 x 11" work in progress.
Just need to do something more challenging... and different.
Because I didn't work with portraits forever, this is what I would like to do this time... for change.
Not sure if this is going to be the final version, or just study for another work, we will see, how bad it will be progressing. I'm alright with it for now, but being a portrait I need all the help I can get with this one. 
So far I'm done with drawing in general, enlargement and background under-painting... just to set a mood. Under-painting is watemedia this time, I will be finishing it in pastel... let see what happen.
The same evening - finished study.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Progress on those lilies.... Oil Pastel, WIP.

Today I rearranged few things in this painting (some of foliage)
and I think I like it better now.
Look like I pulled it all together to my total like and now just need
 to take some more time and finalize everything. 
I even tried it with new frame I had in mind or this painting.
I custom ordered this one two years ago for my other floral work
 and it turned into a brilliant communication failure between painting and frame...
And so much for talking... Just need to go and finish it.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Something about those lilies...

 I wanted to do a painting of white lilies for a while... but always something was getting on my way -not the right lilies, not sure how I want to paint them, not sure, not sure...
Finally this spring Irina discovered in our garden this beauty in full its glory.
I went out with camera and soon  I had my reference and my inspiration.
It is going to be one more floral Oil pastel on Pastelbord, mean wile I just finished under-painting
in Gouache and watercolor. I'm happy with what I see here and ready to start rendering in Oil Pastels.


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