Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Where Egrets are Dancing", Pastel.

"Where Egrets are Dancing"
 11 x 14' (approximately) on U-art 400. Pastel.

My latest painting I just finished last night. One more version 
of the same scene I painted before - Wildwood Lake
wet land sanctuary in Harrisburg, PA.
Regardless how many times I painted that place -
it is always a joy!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

"Redhead" pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Redhead", 8 x 10",
Pastel on sanded paper.

This piece was painted on location in CT this October.
I was in love with the turning tree by the marsh land
and had great time painting it.
Finished in studio by memory. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Sunlit Marsh", pastel.

"Sunlit Marsh", Pastel.
8 x 10' on sanded paper

Painted after out trip to CT with my friend Claire, earlier in October.
I'll be working on series of those marsh painting.
Studies will be available on e-bay.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"When the Sun Goes Down" , Pastel.

"When the Sun Goes Down"
11 x 14", Pastel.

Painted this after our CT trip in early October.
Hammonasset Park salt water marshes. Sunset.
Pastel over oil on sanded paper.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Dune Dancers", pastel.

"Dune Dancers", 9 x 12", Pastel.

Latest finished piece, painted 80% Plein Air and finalized in my studio from memory.
Beautiful Dunes of Cape, full of Sunlight and movement.
This was outside of Dennis Port, MA. I loved it there, one day I'll be back.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Touch of Fire", Pastel.

"Touch of Fire", 8 x 10"
Pastel on Pastelbord.

Painted this small piece mostly from memory as I have painted it before.
I started this as demo painting for my pastel class I teach
this month at Mechanicsburg Art Center and Galleries.
In this class students learn about various ways of
utilizing of underpainting for pastel work.
This piece combine value toning of the surface
with watercolors and finished with pastels.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall at New England... with some pastels!

Untitled 6 x 9" location sketch.
Pastels on Wallis paper.

We with my friend Claire Barnwell just returned from our trip to CT,
 where we were painting and enjoying beauty of New England's Fall.
I ended up with only 4 paintings this time, but brought
much reference materials to play with.
We were blessed with wonderful weather,
met some of my old friends, and I was happy to introduce m
my friend to my favorite Pastel-Guru, Richard McKinley.
We had wonderful time, many adventures and
some repeated misfortunes with our car...
What didn't prevent us from painting.
I will be posting more photos with the time, as I get to it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Drama Queen", Pastel.

"Drama Queen", 12 x 12", Pastel on Wallis.

This is my latest pastel piece painted on no more available Wallis Belgium Mist
sanded paper. I still have few pieces of it, love it, but no reason to keep it precious...
When it all will be gone I'll switch to UART and see what happens.
After all, sanded paper is and only sanded paper...
this is a portrait of one of our Garden Lillies. I'm not sure what kind she is.
We got this single bulb on Lilitopia show at Longwood gardens.
 I didn't know they will have anything for sale and only had few bucks of cash on my pocket..
So we ended up with this beauty with no name. Beautiful, dramatic, especially in the dark.
I'm glad I finally got a chance to paint her... Love my lilies!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Waterway with Lilies", pastel.

"Waterway with Lilies",
12 x 12", Pastel on Pastelbord.

Sometimes, when revisiting one of those old favorite paintings, 
I starting to think :"What if..."
What if I would have done this different, or that different,
 soften that edge, play contrast here or there...
Well, good news, when I'm looking at one of my PASTEL paintings,
it all is still possible.
"Paintings are never finished, just abandoned..."
I think it perfect description of pastel paintings. 
One can always go back... if only one has a desire!...
With this in mind I spent my evening playing with this piece.
It is a risky game sometime, but today it just worked out for me.
So here is a new version of 'Waterways".
I like it. I hope You do too.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Creek study, Pastel.

Another study of my beloved Cove Creek,
two miles or so down on a road from where we live...
This one was done on U-art 400 with some underpainting.
I used my Plein Air set of pastels to do this painting.
something I do off and on in studio setting
to stay comfortable with lesser color choices.

Friday, August 14, 2015

"Koi Play", Crepe de Chine.

Another finished silk piece, this one is Crepe De Chine,
 very different "canvas" to work on... but it was fun.

I will be holding another silk painting class later this fall.
Please feel free to contact

The Art Center
for more information.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Keystone National 2015 and more...

This season I'm keeping my art show list to the bare minimum,
however I'm happy to share recent news about one of my latest pastel pieces,
"Coast Guard Beach" being accepted into
 Keystone National Works on Paper 2015.

As some of You know, Keystone National will run from September 11 till October 2
with opening reception being held on September 11 from 6pm to 8pm @
the Art Center School & Galleries in Mechanicsburg.

Meanwhile, in August I will have two of my other paintings 
exhibited at Art Center as part of "Student and Teacher show",
what will run from August 14 to 29.
Reception for this exhibition will be held on the last day of show, 
August 29  from 1 to 3 pm.
If You around - stop by to see some art work and enjoy some ice cream!

Monday, July 27, 2015

"Starry Night". Silk painting.

"Starry Night", 11 x 11",
Dupont silk dyes on Habotai silk.

Latest silk piece, made as demo for my students.
Double-steamed to preserve background effects. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"In Those Grasses", pastel.

"In Those Grasses",  11 x 14", Pastel.

Another piece painted in memory of summer 2014
when we went to see our friends in Massachusetts.
Field of wildflowers full of light and color. 
Never getting tired of those.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"English Garden", Silk Painting.

"English Garden", 11 x 11"
Dupont silk dyes on Habotai 8 mm silk.

Happy to share my first silk work done with those famous French dies...
I hear a lot about those basically main things was -
not to be compared to anything else...
Guess what?.. That is right! Love that stuff! Totally amazing possibilities.
Need to mention, being a primary pastel artist, I'm lazy when it comes 
to color mixing... However I only bough a primary pallet of French dyes
to try those out... So it was whole brand-new experience for me.
Yes, it CAN BE done only with 3 colors, however I would add black to it.
Little reminder:
I'll be instructing silk painting class at
Mechanicsburg Art Center and Gallery.
You still have some time to sign up!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

"California Poppies", finished!

"California Poppies", 54 x 8"
Silk fabric, dyes.

Finished and steam silk painting.
It was a total joy to work with.
More will be coming.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Poppies in silk... almost finished!

One more update on my poppy painting...
The painting part is done. Tomorrow evening I'll steam it and then
it will be truly finished.
It will be one more update posted for this work, as it is nearly done...
Stay tuned!

Monday, June 29, 2015

More progress with those poppies!... Silk painting.

Last night I steamed my poppies, what set colors in
and now I have permanent underpainting.
I leaf along background and treated flowers with
flow-stopping agent. As soon it dried, I finished all details.
You can see the difference in blocked in side (on the right) vs 
finished one (on the left). After second side will be finished,
this piece will be steamed one more time and my work with it will be done...
Probably will take me two more days. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Silk Poppies in progress.

Another update on my silk scarf with poppies.
Now it is all blocked in and ready for steaming.
I'm going to do second touch-up after that,
 but mean while... keeping my fingers crossed
that steam will do good job...
More updates will be coming in a day or two.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Poppies on silk. Work in progress.

"California Poppies", dyes on silk.

One more painting in progress. Will post more as it goes.
Enjoying those reds on rainy day.

Monday, June 22, 2015

"Reflections of Spring"

"Reflections of Spring", 8 x 10",
Pastel on mounted U-art

Back to something smaller. One day project.
Spring Marshes, painted from photo I took during my last trip to MA
earlier in May. We drove by this place to get to our friend's house
and I knew when I saw it - this scene will make good subject for my painting.
I may just do more then one, but so far I painted this little piece.

"Afterglow", Pastel.

"Afterglow", 18 x 24" Pastel over Oil Stain, U-art 400 2015.

This summer I'm planning to play with few bigger pieces
what will be painted after smaller studies I did (or going to do) prior that.
"Afterglow" is the first one of this kind. It is painted after "Marsh Glow" 8 x 10" study
what I did last year... That study was sold right after it was painted.

In those two works I utilized two different forms of underpainting.
"Marsh Glow" was painted on U-art stained with warm sepia tones
(fluid acrylic) and afterglow was done on much more strong
reddish/brown undertones of Oil. I also changed composition a bit.

"Marsh Glow", 8 x 10", Pastel 2014.

Both works have its own merits, but the most important part is -
I'm satisfied with how this new project  going for me and looking forward
to start another piece sometime soon.... And let see what will happen.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Two more silk pieces - finished!

 Happy to share with You those two newly finished pieces -
Iris Garden motif - green version
and second reproduction of my "Spring Joy" design with schnauzers.
Same as my first one "Spring Joy II" already has an owner.
Irises are still available. Contact me about this one, if interested!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

More silks in progress.

This week I'm working on two silk pieces at once.
One is actually sold already, even it is not yet finished.
Those are the same design I used before, but with some modifications.

I'm posting a fragment of one of those works. Tomorrow it is going to steamer,
as well as second piece, what is almost done.
Keeping my fingers crossed on both... hope they turn out beautifully!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

"Evening Vista", pastel.

"Evening Vista", 11 x 14"
Pastel over Oil stain on Wallis paper.

My latest painting finished after our trip to Cape Cod National Seashore area.
This is a view from Fort Hill, late spring, right before sunset.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Light Swept", Pastel.

"Light Swept", 16 x 20" Pastel on Pastelbord.

Another moment of Cape Cod dunes. End of day, sun goes down,
light changing to very warm, but still - it is so bright, one needs  sunglasses
to stay out there on a beach and not be blinded by it....
Biggest size of pastel painting I'm done to this date... Enjoy!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Silk Painting 101.

I will be offering Silk Painting class for beginners at The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg.
Classes are starting at July. All supply will be provided by Instructor. Call to the Art School, reserve Your seat and let have some fun this summer! No experience necessary.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

"River dance", pastel.

"River Dance"
Pastel on museum Pastelbord, 11 x 14"

My second entry for Camp Hill Plein Air 2015 competition was painted
from the boat lounge near Liverpool, PA.
It was a hot day, but we found a nice shady space, got comfortable
and I started this painting.
This time it was all about those groups of trees by the river.
They reminded me young girls gathered for group dance, and this is how 
title of this painting was born. Something lyrical, mystical, something about river, fog,
something about dance of light, dancing elementals between water and sky...
And so I painted it as I called it.

Above: both of my painting framed and ready
for 3 days Plein Air exhibition at Camp Hill.
It was many beautiful painting there, but not that many pastels.
Event is just about over now,
I'm getting ready to start another painting soon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Camp Hill Plein Air 2015.

Regardless of busy schedule I managed somehow to find "Me time"
and work on my Plein Air entry to Camp Hill Plein Air 2015 competition.
Here I am - fist painting day, painting by the creek at Fort Hunter.
Needless to say - this is my favorite painting spot, what I visited more then once.
I never get tired of it, place is just beautiful, yet - quiet enough.
If You lucky enough to get there on a sunny day - light effects on a water are 
totally mesmerizing... This is what I was after - 
capturing play of light and color on a water surface.
Easy to say, not that easy to accomplish, considering the fact -
not only light is changing by the minute,
but also water surface going through constant changes... 
Now it calm and then it has ripples from the wind or current or small animal seeming across,
and as water surface changes, so do reflections...
I have to say it was real fun to work like this...
chasing constant change in hope to capture it - beautifully.
The other challenging factor was a fact that I decided to get out of my "Plein Air comfort zone" 
and for once paint bigger. Normally I would work in 8 x 10 or 9 x 12" format.
This time I went with 11 x 14", what is almost twice bigger
compare to my "normal" Plein Air paintings.
It took me two sessions to finish this work, but it is done
and I'm happy with what I have here.

"Liquid Mirror", 14 x 11" Pastel.

...and tomorrow I have a free day and weather should be nice and I'll be back 
to more painting!...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Hillside", pastel.

"Hillside", 8 x 10", Pastel on U-art 400.

Today some of our SVPAP gathered together to paint at Lindenwood.
Place is gorgeous, people are very friendly, weather is great,
just add some pastels to it and You have a perfect day!
This is my today's painting effort.
I was captured by play of light and a shadows on a hillside
and painted my story of it.
Had truly great time in it! Looking forward to go back
one of upcoming weekends.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Coast Guard Beach study. Pastel.

8 x 10" Pastel on Wallis paper.

This is my first pastel work what I did after returning from Cape Cod in my studio.
I got some really beautiful photos to work with and now will pull some of those
out and paint... Of course AFTER all the commitments related to Camp Hill Plein Air.

I'm looking forward to go back to Cape at September,
do some more exploring and bring back even more material to work with...
Mean while I have enough and just looking forward to paint...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Dune-Dancers." Pastel, Plein Air.

 Last week I spent painting at Cape Cod with group of pastel painters
mentored  by Richard McKinley.
It was a time before the tourist season is starting, so we had very little interruption
by whoever was showing at our painting sites... What were beautiful.

This is one of the painting what I did on location.
Most of us were staying right on the parking lot of one of local beaches.
We were surrounded by water, dunes, blooming Beach Plum bushes
 and some not-invited personalities what were trying to 
hand out some of brochures of religious nature...
(We all know well those polite guys who usually working in small groups of 2 or 3,
always neatly dressed and just a bit too sweet)
Soon their brave troopers gave up on us and move away to some place other....
We were continuing working on our paintings and enjoyed the scenery.

Richard did his demo later in a day and ironically we ended up
painting the same subject, what was a group of pine trees on a top of the dunes.
After I finished working on my painting I decided not to do another,
but went  around with my camera hunting for more beautiful  views.
Now as I'm back home it will be more paintings coming.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Purple Irises", painting on silk.

Last night I finished my latest silk painting with purple Irises.
Still need to steam it one more time, but guess what?...
It will have to wait as today we managed to run out of propane!
If we will be lucky enough, we may have it delivered next week,
or I'll have to figure out something else...
Silk steaming is important, but so is making of food.
So we need that propane, of working hot plate,
or some other sort of kitchen solution.
Sooooo.... I can not fix those things at the moment, but I still can paint those!

Above - detail of Iris-painting on habotai.

Above - first stage of painting vs second stage.
You can clearly see the difference.
I think I enjoy working in two sessions to get the maximum
from my painting.
Hope You enjoy those! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Purple Irises, Day 2.

Second day of me working on this scarf.
It is ready now for steaming session to set the colors.
Above - elements of painting.
Below - scarf on its stretcher frame.
I'm ready for more, but that will be tomorrow.

Monday, April 27, 2015

More silk paintings in progress.

 Today got to work a bit more on my silks.
 Finished my rose painting (below). Now it waiting to be steamed.
Spent some time working on design of purple irises
for another scarf. Made it work and even blocked whole thing to the silk.
Tomorrow - steaming of roses and finishing of blocking those irises.
Looking forward to it... Should be very exiting! 


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