Sunday, September 30, 2007
Airplane painting, Oils - Aviation -

20x24" Oil on Canvas
Now, not many people know this, but I actually studied in Ukraine in a pilot prep school. I happen to love the skies and the airplanes fascinate me. Everyday, when a big metal bird rushes by in the heights, I look up like it's an angel waving hello at me. I always smile and wave hello back!

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Saturday, September 15, 2007
The Good Life, Oil Painting on canvas, fish in a martini glass

Ahh...think the Good Life. A happy little clown fish is swimming in a martini glass(possibly, blue curasau?) 'neath what looks like sparkling, icey mountains; and the glass itself appears to be glowing in the dark! Part of my Liquid Creations collection.

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Friday, September 14, 2007
16X20 pastel painting on canvas, nude "The Mask"

It seems like eyes are a recurring theme in my paintings. Eyes in this painting are one blue, another one green which was hard to capture with the camera(the colors in real painting are even more brilliant). When I started the painting, it occured to me that I wanted to see her eyes; of the things I considered were mirrors in the background; then bubbles(the soapy colorful kind that shine like Swarovki's) with her reflection in it; and then came "mask" which allowed me to transfer the intensity, strangeness, depth, and of course, the passion.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Eye See You! Oil Painting on Canvas.

Eye See You is an Eye candy. Now it is hanging in my living room and it adds so much dimension to my wall that it is like a 3-D image, you can't take your eyes off of it, it draws you right in! Originally started as a cup of coffee, I did not plan the eye in it, I just waited to see where the painting will take me. The background is sandy beach and the seashore with waves crashing in the distance. I must confess I fell in love with this painting and will have hard time parting with it!

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Thursday, September 06, 2007
Cupid - Sweet Little Baby Angel - Pastel Painting
11x14 Pastel on watercolor paper; framed.

Lovely Pastel Cupid Painting, on Arches watercolor paper. I just love his fluttery violet wings! I find myself returning to this particular violet color again and again (in portraits, and in backgrounds).

His mouth and eyes are wide open; he seems surprised; maybe my Cupid is contemplating his next victim, or maybe his arrow just unexpectedly shot somebody unintended. In heart matters, there are many surprises and our little Cupid has a lot of work to do!

Definition from Encyclopedia Mythica: Cupid -- The Roman god of love and the son of Venus. He is a small, winged boy, carrying bow and arrows. The arrows, once struck the heart, makes the victim fall in love. He is also portrayed as a young man with his beloved Psyche, with Venus or with a small group of winged infants (the Amoretti or Amorini). Some traditions say that he was born from a silver egg.
His Greek equivalent is Eros. The name is derived from the Latin cupido, "desire".


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Saturday, September 01, 2007
Liquid creations - start of the series - OIL PAINTING

If you've been wondering where have I disappeared in the summer, worry not...I have a lot of wonderful developments on the horizon. I am working on a professional website, meanwhile I have a LIQUID CREATIONS collection of gorgeous oil paintings that I'd like to present over this week, and more! I have been working exclusively in OILS since I have received such an immensely positive feedback, and painting about 8 hours a day has become my daily routine. I also went "knee deep" into pastel portraiture so more about that soon!
What do I like to paint? I don't want to lock myself into any particular niche just yet, but I've found that I like fantasy. I like to take something real and turn it unreal. So this brings me to...
Introducing "Liquid Creations", my August 2008 collection. Everything you can drink of, but with a twist!
I am starting innocently enough, with "HAPPY HENNESSY"
8"x10", length-wise, done in old masters/Flemish technique, "Happy Hennessy" by Angela Leppard. There's a word "Happy" written on the bottle of Hennessy, and a blue violet flower is nodding proudly from the sniffer glass. Founded by Irishman, this cognac has won over roalty and well-known names, linking its image with prestigious places and special events, and earning a reputation of a top quality, luxury product. Through this glorious painting, 240 years of Hennessy history are shining through and the viewer is mesmerised by colours of golden glow and blue reflections.

This ageless masterpeice will cheer many hearts and will fill any room with a feeling of "HAPPY"! Objects in the painting appear to be glowing with a warm, orange colour against a completely black background.

The canvas is a highest quality portrait grade duck cotton, which I sized myself and primed with 50% acrylic primer/ 50% modeling paste, making it very strong and eggshell-smooth, like a panel board. I do not use any extenders or thinners for my technique, and the paints I use are a combination of Maimeri Puro and Robert Doaks, which have the highest pigment load and handle exceptionally. Notice the intensity of reds. All pigments are extremely lightfast, even the black one - they will never discolour over time.

How I paint: I am very passionate about painting, so I paint fast, the paints are literally flying everywhere and stuff is falling around me constantly. I am always painting in the "momentum", and I take breaks before I lose it, tire, and before my heart stops beating fast. I think this is the key to inspired, fresh painting, -- a painting that I feel has a life of it's own. If I stopped to doubt, to read a book, to open a computer file, it would not work. I let the painting do the teaching, while I enjoy the process, that's all there's to it.

Liquid Creations...When I came up with them I hoped to put more emphasis on "creations", rather than "liquid". After all, drinks are just a human factor, which does not belong to the sea. They can be enjoyed in space, in the air, in the water, and on the ground/and under! We like them everywhere. Drinks have become essential part of our living, a ritual of a certain point in time and space. Where would the wedding be without a champaigne? What ballgame can you imagine without a beer? Who would be murdered without my morning coffee?
Anyways, I've been told to NOT interpret my paintings, so why don't YOU see your world in them and read them for me?


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