Another exhibition is over, 5 my works were at the Ku Ring Gai AS autumn 2022 event. I put there couple Camden Head watercolours - and one of those was bought - the one I liked the most:) This strange feeling when people buying my art which I love myself, and I understand it's a good thing to share with the world what I wanted to show - but in the same time...our precioussss.... Anyway.
Somehow it's already the first 3 months of the year gone! How did it happen?!
After all the turbulence of 2021, finally life seems to be getting back to normal. Sort of.
During the harshest lockdown in July-Octiober 2021, when our "areas of concern" plagued Western Sydney were only allowed to travel within 5 km radius, and our "leaders" reminded us we have the waterways here in the West - no reason for us to be jealous for beach suburbs:) Um, yes. Sure. I have quite a few Western Syd Waterways paintings from that period - honestly, I think that was painting that kept me sane during that crazy time.
Anyway, that's rapidly becoming a history - and new things are happening, and new paintings, and I'm looking forward to all the new whatever that the 2022 is about to bring.
It's now becoming a tradition for me to go on holidays/painting retreat - all by myself - in February, just after the school holidays and other massive holidays are over and all the crowds are off back home.
Mid North Coast is my forever love and inspiration, the area from Crowdy Head to Port Macquarie. Crowdy Head NP was my very first traveling/camping place, I started exploring Australia from there when I just arrived to the country almost 20 years ago. Lots of memories, and somehow soothing feeling that the ocean is still the same, beaches, forests. mountains and lakes are always the same and always there for me. I walked a lot, swam a lot, eating local seafood by tons and painted. It is also interesting to compare the last year's painting from the same plate to the new ones - and be pleased by the progress. Well, sort of pleased. Lots to learn and lots to master, but I'm definitely getting better - by my own standards (And my own bar getting higher as well).
Overall, recharged for the beginning of the year, some plans are already made, few exhibitions are on the horizon, will see where it will take me.
Just for a refresher, I took part in Konstanting Sterkhov Watercolor workshop - love learning from masters!
Lots of new ideas, fresh look at the old ones, overall new energy and inspiration.
What a love inspiring carefree beautiful vacation I just had - mid North Coast NSW, Camden Head - my new and forever love!
A week of just walking, swimming, painting, reading, meditating and sleeping - and not a worry in a word:) I just tried to forget everything work and home related, take it all out of my head, and just feel myself in the world, in an air, in the water, in the rain and fog, in the coach, in the music, in the bed:)) - just pure me as I am now. Magnificent experience, sort of a soft solo artist retreat I organisied for myself:)
(It's surprisingly hard to keep the blog up to date - especially when there are few of them in different languages:) But I'm really happy to tell here that my pastel featured in the previous entry, the one from Port Arthur, Tas - was selected as a Finalist in the Art of Sydney exhibition, the annual Australia Day even in Australian Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.
Also on the few other events - I took part in Ku Ring Gai AS exhibition in St Ives - and even sold a few works there, that was very timely I should say, just before the total lockdown. Also few my works are currently on display in Multicultural Art Society exhibition in Prince of Wales hospital in Randwick. So, lots of things currently happening despite the quarantine and all that Covid 19 related things. I also moved the house (Imagine that! just when all this COVID started, and I could not even ask friends to help, had to manage all by myself, quite a challenge I have to admit - but survived and settling happily now in the new place). Hope to breath out and start painting again in no time!:)
(I also went to couple of great workshops, pastels and watercolor, I'll tell everything about it in the next entry - below my work from the Pastels one, "The Big Ships"
Patels somehow have taken my attention lately, love the vibrant colors and this magic in different appearance under different light. On the other side, gosh they are fragile! I finished and was framing this coastline bushes, and with one wrong move of my hand I've smudged the good chunk of painting! Had to redo that, luckily all the color were still on the plate so I managed doing that clean! I don't like the fixatives as they altering the colors, so just trying to put the works away accurately as fast as possible when they're done. And now all framed and ready to October Ku Ring Gai Art Society Exhibition.
That was a bit of a rough journey since the 2019 started - on a personal level. A lot to remember and to learn again, turned out I really suck in all that separating/single living business. Trying to remember now how it feels to be an independent and if not happy but at elast not too unhappy everyday. To become suddenly unloved is quite a challenge for someone who used to be loved for many years unconditionally. And I must say art is a great healer for a broken heart. Regualr drawing in Royal Art Society, organising art events and planning a lot for our Multicultural Art Society (MARS) (btw marsart.com.au - check it up!) - so much to concentrate on and to think about. Also the parcel from Jackson's art (there was a sale for Schminkes!) - my nesessities restocked, with all those cobalt and french ultra blues, lapis lasuli - just need to sit myself onto the chair, put on Tom Waits on Spotify and do more sails! And more. And some. And then the spring eventually comes and everything will be better than now.
Happy New Year 2019!
I"ve spent almost entire month of January travelling across Australia, from cloudy banks of Huon river, Tasmania to the tropical Queensland parks near Rockhampton, from sophisticated labyrinths of MOMA museum in Hobart to the very top of Sandy Point, Fraser Island.
Was painting and drawing and sketching all the way, some of my travel sketches are now in the Sketches link here on my site. This time it was not a dedicated painting trip, and I rarely had enough time to properly set up and to spend a few hours of plein-airing (also the sandflies, marshflies and moscitoes have no respect at all to focused artist!). But what an inspiration, all the fresh ideas and colors and air and expressions to digest and think of and translate into art for the upcoming weeks!) Starting my year all inspired and recharged!Analytics@benchplatform.com
Also for those who interested in my travel settings, I use the advantage of my Russian heritage and some of my art materials and things are from Moscow. Some of the brands there are of the high professional quality and cost a fraction of the world known European, UK and US ones (Like White Nights watercolor and oils, Podolsk easel, Rubleff Colinsky brushes etc) - with the language and context knowledge its easy to orientate and choose the best fom everywhere:))
Speaking of that, Podolsk easel is one of my favourite Russian things here, despite of ugly look of Soviet conversion product, with all the bolts and scrudges, its actually unbreakable thing with very light aluminium legs that will never shift, rust or rot because of the soil/grass dampness, bolts are there keeping any angle and the manual skrews there mean it's impossible to break it and anything lost can be replaced anytime. Light wooden box set up so the wet painting can be kept inside without touching the wall, and it's made with the walking, not driving, painter in mind, so it hangs conviniently on the shoulder. And all this for the cost of less than $100! Of course, the modern extra light Strada easels are much much better - but for the fraction of price, Podolsk easel is a gem! My mum brought it to me few years ago, and it's my favourite thing since then
BTW if you need any advice or help on what to buy and what not in Russian art market, student/artist grades of brands etc - I'm happy to do that, just comment below or contact me
Now back to the weekly Royal Art Society drawing evenings, and I'm looking forward to a great inspiring year ahead!
The Mission to Seafarers 2018 exgibition is almost over, no prizes this time - but I sure will participate in the future! In the meanwhile, the live pastel drawing classes in RAS got to Term 4 - and that's the best night of the week for me now, The Drawing Tuesday - not only to practice live drawing, but more importantly, talk to people, discuss recent art events, chat about art and artists and everything. Just love it!
Also I made a birthday present for myself and ordered the new big set of pastels from Jackson's. Senellier 80 half-sticks, very soft and vibrant, working together with Schminke beautifully, what more to wish!