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!