Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring flowers

It is still too early to start my vegetable patch.It is too cold.After the warm wave it got cold again and quite windy.I can't wait for the warm weather to be back so I can spend more time outside.Today I went outside for a while looking for more signs of spring in our garden.The spring flowers started coming out really strong.The light was perfect and the pictures taken with my Kindle turned out pretty good.

Friday, April 24, 2015

At the Mall of America

Last weekend we had two fun days at the Mall of America in Bloomington near Minneapolis.I wish there were an educational part in it too but no.It was pure shop-and-relax trip.So there was a lot of shopping,eating out,swimming in the pool at the hotel and enjoying of the Nickelodeon theme park at the Mall.Although my daughter is out of this age it was nice to reminiscent about her favorite cartoon characters.Dora and Blue were some of her most favorite ones.Dora was such a good babysitter that when she was on my girl would be glued to the TV screen and I could actually have time for some house work.The curious thing about the figurines on top of the Lego store is that they have been made  of Lego blocks.The beautiful painting in the seventh picture was in Norstrom.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Stopping by just to say hallo.I wish you an exciting weekend as the weather outside is so beautiful.We are going on a trip.I hope I will have some sketching/drawing time while we are there.The illustration I am posting is an old one from two or three months ago.I saw the girl's face in a dream.I wish I had more dreams like that one.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Random post

Random pictures from my archive.My daughter was looking at the old pictures in the computer two days ago.She was amazed by these pictures taken in our garden.They were from August 2013.I guess I've forgotten all about them.I love the summer feeling in them when life is so easy.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Relaxing day

We had a relaxing Saturday yesterday.It was spent typically American way,eating out and shopping.Our newfound love is Texas Road House.The food is extremely delicious and yesterday I finally got to see the waitresses square dancing.
I don're want to get you bored with the shopping part but at the mall I had some spare time to do some sketching at the food court.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hiking in the woods

It was last Monday.The weather was warm and sunny and the urge to go outside was irresistible.My daughter came up with this idea and that was the best thing we did together that day.She showed me new trails,I didn't know existed.We observed the waking up nature and took lots of pictures.We admired the view from the top of the hill and had a snack break there.Spring brings us such wonderful times!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


An orange cat and bright colored oranges like little suns on a glumy,cold and rainy day.Some warmth for the soul and joy for the eyes.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Signs of spring

The warm sun,the first green leaves and flowers,birds songs in the air.The signs of spring are everywhere.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Good morning

Quiet day at home.Breakfast with coffee and biscuits and some house chores ahead of me.And may be some fun things...

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Hoping to find some time for art tomorrow.Life is so dull without it.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


                                Unexpected snow.A view from my window.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nothing changed

Nothing has changed with my other blog although I've sent a feedback to blogger.It is still blocked by a commercial that pressures me to buy a domain.Maybe that is what they call phishing.I don't know but if Blogger do not help I am thinking to move to Tumblr for good.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Hello,hello!Long time no see.I haven't posted in this blog for about five years and this post is just an experiment.I don't know why blogger decided to block my other blog vanyasartjournal not letting me open it trying to make me buy a domain I don't need.If they are going to blackmail the users for money there are so many other services that offer blogging for free.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!
I wish you a lot of inspiration and creativity during the New year.I wish to all of you and your families to be healthy and happy and to enjoy life!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Finally done

I am finally done with this painting.It took me a while to finish it.I hope you can understand my relieve.I got stuck on it and I thought I would never finish it and I do not like to leave my business unfinished.So I am more than happy that I am done and I like the results.I really like how it turned out.
Just to remind you I got inspired by a photo in Velonews magazine and I painted it as a present for my husband who is a biker and loves to watch Tour de France on TV.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My friend Tony

I am going on with some old pieces of mine.I did this drawing of my friend Tony from life more than twenty years ago or maybe less.Is is pencil on paper.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Still life with fruit

This one is an old attempt to explore the subject matter with oil paints.I painted it maybe six or seven years ago.It seems to me the background is kind of boring.
I think I should start painting with oil more.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Purple Crocuses

This is a quick watercolor sketch straight with the brush.For a reference I used my own pictures of the flowers in our garden. The size of the painting is about 7x10 inches.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tour de France-WIP in oil

As my husband loves to bike and Tour de France is one of his favourite events to watch on TV
last year I decided to make him a present- to paint him a painting depicting this exciting event.
As a reference I used a photo from a last year's issue of Velonews Magazine.The pictures in this magazine are great.
So,slowly but surely I go on working on my painting and I hope I will be able to finish it for my husband's birthday which is in July.The only problem is that oil paints dry up so slowly.
The size of the painting is 16x20.