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January 21, 2015

Put Small Object in the Pocket, Draw it By Feel.

That was fun! I had to  put a small object in my left pocket (or in a bag), put my left hand in the pocket. Draw it by feel.
The idea comes from Keri Smith's list of 100 ideas. When my head is dead calm in art ideas, I turn to my "magic well", pick a task and start work:
Brain was creaking during the task. These weak lines are not cow and elephant at all!

To show you the models I also sketched the objects by observing them, after I received the "outstanding" results of "draw by feel" experience.
The boy on the couch is quick sketch from TV screen, finished from memory.

January 20, 2015

January 19, 2015

Pine Tree.

A year ago, on 18 January 2014, a close friend of mine died suddenly.  Yesterday I went to the old cemetery in 30 km from Moscow to give her flowers. The place was so peaceful, calm and empty, it inspired me to memorize the day in the sketchbook.

January 15, 2015


Last summer I saw her in the zoo cage. She was white, rather old, indifferent to spectators, suffering from summer heat and walking nonstop across her small kingdom.
I had made some photos and found them yesterday in old "To sketch" folder.

January 6, 2015

Old Wardrobe

85x60cm, Gouache
Old wardrobe in art-studio where once a week I take painting class.

We are so different with my new teacher, she is like air and water, I am like fire and earth, if this comparison is suitable at all. Every time I struggle to start painting in the beginning of the lesson, every time I am happy and relaxed with the result in the end of it.
Some of her artwork here, Tamara Mamontova.

January 4, 2015

Sketching in the City

Yesterday I delivered one babushka (my mom) to another babushka (her sister-in-law). And I've got profit - chatting models for my sketches.
Also sketch in the cafe is added, I am so glad to get back to sketching outdoors.

January 3, 2015

January 2, 2015

Snow Storm Impression

30x40cm, Pastel on Toned Paper

It felt so good, sitting at the window inside warm and comfy place, looking at snow dance outside and trying to catch the feeling of the snow.

January 1, 2015

Last Drawing of 2014.

Last drawing of 2014.
This bird reminds me the morning after New Year celebration night: full stomach, weak wings can not support the body, mind left head for belly.
Happy New Year!

December 29, 2014

Still Life with Mirror

40x70cm, Gouache on wallpaper
Here I learned how contrast and sharp edges drive attention to focal point (if I succeeded, your eyes first looked at mirror, then at still life on a cupboard).

December 26, 2014

Copying Masters

20x15cm, Ink Pen

While studying the book "Drawing with pen and Ink" by Guptill (link here) I was amazed by variety and diversity of strokes of ink pen offered by the author.
So I decided to copy one of the illustrations, by Addison B. Le Boutillier. A lot of patience and accuracy required, not my strongest features they are.

December 25, 2014

Still Life with Kettle

70x55cm, Gouache
Next still life painted in one session in the drawing class.

Blue is the most frequent color I buy in art shops at a moment.

December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

This holiday card is modern interpretation of famous painting of Valentin Serov (link to the painting in Tretiakov National Art Gallery ).
Looking at the dropping rates of Russian rouble and our economy going down to nowhere, I wish to all my friends here in Russia and all around the world - artful creativity and emotional, productive, spiritual and physical profusion.

Merry Christmas!
Happy New 2015 year!

December 20, 2014


40x55cm, Acrylic on wallpaper

Last year my favorite color was orange, I imagined Malevich's type huge orange square in front of me and it felt so good.
This winter blue color in all its variations is my star.

December 19, 2014

Figure Drawing

Every Wednesday I go to live drawing class, but the results are so pity that I do not post them here.
But I have just finished reading/studying the Bammes' "Human Anatomy for Painters" and surprisingly the reading improved my human figure drawing skills, only reading without copying pages, making notes or any other way of memorizing..
Honestly, I am so glad to feel the progress.

December 16, 2014

Still Life with Pitcher

Another still life in one 3 hours session from my drawing class. 40 x 65cm (16" x 26"), gouache.

December 15, 2014

December 14, 2014

Sketching ManiPedi and Irrigator

Sketch of visit to manipedi; fast bamboo pen sketch of irrigator.
Good that girls did not realize I was sketching. I would be ashamed if they ask me to show the likeness..
To have a drawing idea at hand, I have started the new project, 6 weeks of drawings by Veronica Lawlor's "One Drawing A Day". This post is inspired the project.

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