Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

That will be probably my last post for this year...
so much accomplished, so much work ahead of me in 2015.
Two paintings what I have posted here are my the most resent studies
done on various sanded papers with my beloved pastels.

 Finally I got a chance to rearrange my "Dakota traveler"
Plein Air pastel box. I replaces some sticks what I never use, 
some broken ones, some repeated colors
and some very soft Schmincke sticks on more durable
and more useful for Plein Air varieties.
What I have here now is combination of Girault, 
Holbein, Terri Ludwig, Unison and  Great American
with addition of few other brands....
Everything looking clean, makes sense and ready to go.
I'm happy with what I got here.

On other hand... I just got to operate my new toy what I got
(shame to say!) about 3 years ago and never tried it out.
This is one of most simple models of dry-mounting machines.
Naturally my ides was about making of my own pastel panels.
have some gun and save some cash. As most of my pastel works 
rarely exceed 11x14" size, this is a perfect model of press
for making of smaller panels at home. I purchased some rugmount
adhesive what came today at New Year Eve and 
put my little press to test... BINGO! Everything works like a dream!
About 5 min with all preparations and brand-new panel is ready.
It is a dream what came alive. I can make my own boards
for Plein Air sessions and/or for working with solvents.
being do-it-yourself kind of person, I feel very happy.
I do need those panels and now I can make my own ones with no mess
and waiting time as when I have to use a glue...
So... with this in mind I feel ready for approaching 2015.
Maybe I even will start another painting tonight... 
Or maybe I just will have another happy night with my family.

Happy New Year to all my readers!
See You back in 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

"Once Upon Vermont", Pastel.

"Once Upon Vermont", 11 x 14"
Pastel on U-art 400.

My latest and on of the last for 2014 pastel paintings.
This one is a reflection of our trip to Danville, Vermont,
 earlier this July.
Our group had wonderful time painting and enjoying
surrounding us beauty.
This is the gimps of it to bring colors of summer back..

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Endless Fields", Pastel.

"Endless Fields", 8 x 10", Pastel on U-art.

One more version of beautiful farm fields around the horse farm
what belongs to our friends - Karen and Kent Durr.
I just can not get enough of that place.
Hope You like it to.
To see more please visit my web site.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Lakeside Flowers", Pastel.

"Lakeside Flowers"
8 x 10", Pastel on sanded paper.

One more small painting painted after our trip to Mount Rainier
National Park. We drove by this beautiful lake and I had to stop
and take several pictures of it for the future painting.
This is a smaller 8 x 10" study on U-art toned with fluid acrylics.
It brings back memories of our trip and memories of summer...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Memories of summer", Pastel.

"Memories of summer", 8 x 10" pastel

Small pastel study. Painted from photo taken two years ago during our trip
to Minnesota. Marshy area surrounding lake Superior. Sunset. Enjoy!

To see more of my paintings please visit my web site and blog.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tetons Study, Pastel.

"Tetons Study", 7 x 9", Pastel on U-art.

Another study of Tetons.
Painted from photo taken during our trip to the West few years ago.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Dunes", Pastel study.

"Dunes", 5 x 7" Pastel on U-art.

Quick study of dunes in Cape Code. This is rather unusual angle - painted from the bay side.
We were out on a sea on our friends boat when I took several pictures of those dunes.
This is a first attempt to paint it... I'm going to do several more.
This study will be currently available for nominal fee at DPW auction.

To see more of my art works please visit my web site

Monday, November 17, 2014

"European Otter", ACEO.

"European Otter", ACEO, 2,5 x 3,5"
Acrylics on Encausticbord.

Latest Artist- Trading -Card - sized painting.
Acrylics on miniature panel.

SCNY Thumb-Box Exhibition & Sale.

 "Evening at the Lake", 6x6", Pastel.

"Guardian of Dunes", 6 x 6", Pastel.

Today I was informed that both of my submitted works were accepted into
SCNY Thumb-Box Exhibition & Sale -
"The Biggest Little Painting Show Ever"
in the Upper & Lower Galleries - November 24, 2014 - January 1 015
Location: Salmagundi Club, NYC
(212) 255-7740
Forty-Seven Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10003

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ACEO horses.

"Morgan Mare", Sennelier Egg Tempera and Ink.

Our of my personal collection, now up for bid on e-bay.

 "Eyes of Arabian"  , Acrylic.

Another piece out of my personal collection, had it for several years,
now up for bid on e-bay.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Playing with acrylics.

 "Hay field study", 8 x 10" Acrylic.

"Poppy Field Study", 8 x 10" Acrylic.

Last few days did some of those colorful uncomplicated paintings.
Very limited palette, what gives a good reason to play with some color mixing.
Both works are available on e-bay auctions. Will make a nice gift.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Garden Dweller", ACEO, ATC.

"Garden Dweller", ACEO
3,5 x 2,5", Acrylic on Encausticbord.

ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions.
This small painting is done on museum-quality panel Encausticbord by Ampersand.
Art-grade Acrylic paint. Those little original paintings are highly collectible
and for the limited time I'll be offering another run of those original miniatures on e-bay.
Great for gift-giving and for Your personal collection. Hand-painted, one of a kind.

Friday, November 7, 2014

"Coastal Trees". Pastel.

"Coastal Trees"
5 x 7" Pastel Study on board.

Just a small study of cypress trees along 17-mile drive, Monterey, California.
Currently available  at my e-bay auction.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Who is that pretty Girl?.." Pastel.

"Who is that pretty Girl?.."
11 x 14", Pastel on Pastelmat.

My latest schnauzer-project. Pastel pencil drawing on French paper.
This painting/drawing was very time consuming and will be not for sale.
Stages of this work in progress You can see below... Enjoy!

 I started this work from careful drawing with using of ingenious grid method
 introduced to me by my friend, very talented watercolor artists Larry Lombardo.
This is none-traditional grid what somewhat speeding things up with initial drawing.

I'm starting my drawing of general outlines with graphite pencil
and then finishing it with pastel pencil. All grid lines have to go.

When it comes to all those small pretty flowers, there is no way 
and need to copy those with using of grid. I just had those drawn free-hand.

After m,y drawing was finished in pastel pencil,
I did alcohol wash over it, to make things more soft.
It also embeds pigment to the paper.

 Next step - pastel pencils. I work in my very favorite brand Caran D'Ache.
Those are really amazing pencils, what I truly love and enjoy.

When I finished working with pencils, I did some dry-brush blending
 where needed and finished this work with few touches of soft pastels.
Here they are - my beautiful schnauzer girls - Gigi (on the left) 
and Lusha (on the right).

This is my first work in new for 2014/2015 schnauzer series.
More will be coming. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Who is that pretty girl?.."

"Who is that pretty girl?.." 8,5 x 11" Mixed-media.

Painting of two of our schnauzer girls,
done from photo taken this summer.
Combination of watercolor, gouache, ink, pencil and pastels.
Original is NFS, prints will be available.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Woodland study. Pastel.

Woodland Study, 10 x 8", Pastel.

Latest work in pastel. Stared during workshop
with Master-Teacher Albert Handell.
Just finished in my studio. Enjoy!

Currently listed at DPW auction.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Sequoia Borealis", Pastel.

"Sequoia Borealis", 14 x 11",
Pastel on Wallis Belgium Mist.

My latest pastel work on toned sanded paper.
Painted in remembrance of our trip to West Coast last summer.
I owe name of this painting to Irina.
Originally I was going to call it "Cathedral Light". But idea is the same.
Deep forest. Majestic trees. Light from above. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Invitation", Pastel.

"Invitation", 8 x 10", Pastel on paper.

This week I was lucky to participate in workshop with Master-Painter
Albert Handell. Weather was not pleasant, so we had to combine
work on location and in studio. This piece was done 90% Plein Air
and finished after I returned back home. 
We all learned a lot during this 4 days session. I hope to be able
to repeat this wonderful experience.
Thank you, Albert!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Touched by Light", Pastel.

"Touched by Light", 8 x 10"

Original small Californian landscape.
Various soft pastels on U-art sanded paper.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Timeless" accepted into Dega Pastel Society National Exhibition.

"Timeless", 9 x 12" Pastel on sanded paper.

November 1 - 30, 2014
Garden District Gallery
1332 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

To see more of my works please visit

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 The Sylvia Maria Glesmann floral exhibition acceptance.

Honored to find out that my Oil Pastel "Trinity"
was accepted into The Sylvia Maria Glesmann floral exhibition
at Salmagundi Art Club.
Show reception will be held on Tuesday, September 30th, 6-8pm.
Forty-Seven Fifth Avenue | New York, NY.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Kissed by Summer", Pastel.

"Kissed by Summer", 12 x 12", pastel.

I came across of this dreamy sight  this July, when Jim and I
were visiting our friends in New England.
We stopped by some wet land preserve and I got out
with my camera to take some pictures of Marshes.
As I walked frothier into the forest looking for the opening
to get down to the shore line, I discovered this beautiful spot
all covered with while flowers. Totally NOT what I was looking for,
but perhaps something even better... I knew: I'll paint it!

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please visit my web site:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Glowing Skyes.

 It is not hard to find painting inspiration, when World around is so beautiful.
This evening we went to the farm to take care of horses and it was magic in a sky.
I'm happy I had my camera.

 I can not wait to start working o another pastel, after witnessing all this beauty,
but have to finish one I just started first...

Just stat tuned... more coming soon!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Marsh Glow", Pastel.

"Marsh Glow", 8 x 10" Pastel.

Latest pastel study on sanded paper (U-art 400).
Oil stain underpainting. depicting marshy area outside of
Plymouth Massachusetts what we were visiting this summer
with my husband.
Currently available (thee painting, not thee husband!)

To see more please visit

Saturday, August 30, 2014

"July", Pastel.

"July", 11 x 14" Pastel on mounted U-art paper.

Study of hay field on a way from our house to our friends horse-farm.
Always beautiful, always wanted to paint that.
I'm sure I'm not going to stop on only one version.
Available on e-bay.

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Melody of Forest", Pastel.

"Melody of Forest", 10 x 8", Pastel.

Another one of my Plein Air pastels, painted during our trip to Vermont
earlier this summer. This was the last day of this painting trip
(and gorgeous Day it was!). We all worked on and around of beautiful property
what belong to Mark and Claudia Seymour, who generously offered
this opportunity to our group of Pastelists leaded by Richard McKinley.
We all had wonderful time there. Great weather. Great views. Great art.
Much to remember.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Sun-Dance", pastel.

"Sun-Dance", 10 x 8", Pastel.

This is one of my Vermont pieces painted during my 2015 workshop
with Richard McKinley.  About 90% of this work was done on location.
Below - some pictures from the place where we all were working this day.
Truly beautiful and peaceful.

 Above - sours of my inspiration for this painting.

 Above - Richard helping out one of his students.

Above - my easel with half-finished painting.

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