Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rush Creek

Posted by PicasaI painted this piece last week when I had several days of vacation.I enjoyed every minute of it.I painted 2-3 paintings in acrylics , experimented with watercolors ,hung around the Wet Canvas forums and sketched some stuff from their Reference Image Library. For this painting I used my own reference photo of the creek I took last winter when we went sledding with my daughter.I love winter,I love snow and all the fun they bring.Maybe because I could never get enough of it as a child.Anyway I come from a warmer country in south Europe.
This is the same creek that ruined our lives but isn't it beautiful?

Friday, January 25, 2008


We adopted Precious around Christmas last year.Our old cat Murphy was very ill and we had to put her to sleep.She was eighteen years old and her illness was due to her old age.Her life could not be saved.Murphy had lived with my husband since she was two months old.My husband missed Murphy a lot and started checking the animal shelter for another cat.He liked a seven -year- old cat named Ashley because she reminded him about our old cat.When he and my step daughter went to pick up Ashley they brought home this beauty as well.I fell in love with her right away.She is one year old very loving and cuddly,very charming an mischievous.I can't stop hugging her ,taking pictures of her and sketching her.This is my first painting of her and I believe not the last one.I tried to capture the expression of innocence on her cute face.She looks as cute and innocent even in the middle of the biggest trouble she is in.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cat Madonna

Yesterday I felt like painting something loose ,free and imaginative.Something out my head.Actually I had a sketch that i made in the car on our way to a party at the lake house of relatives of ours.It was in August last year .Later I decided it could turn into a good painting and put it in my to do list.Finally I came to it yesterday and this was the way it turned out.I am not completely happy with everything in it but I positively like the cat. And also the feeling in it.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Posted by PicasaThis is my new acrylic painting.I was kind of afraid of the challenge-I have never painted a rooster before.I was inspired to paint that rooster for my house which is in a process of rebuilding after the flood.I used a reference photo of this gorgeous bird from the reference immage library of Wet Canvas.I tink I am pretty happy with the result.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Posted by PicasaI've been working with watercolors recently and this is one of the pieces I like the most.This is a portrait of my daughter Sonya.I used a reference photo I had taken at the city fair.There were a lot of activities for the kids and one of them was riding a pony or a horse.So,I took a picture of her riding a horse and I could capture her feelings of joy and happiness.
I am glad with the results also because I had always had troubles with rendering peoples teeth and I used to avoid painting portraits with open smiles.This time Sonya's smile turned pretty good and the whole face look so natural.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Baby Sonya

My daughter Sonya is my inspiration and my model most of the time.When I don't have any idea or a project in progress I just grab one of her pictures or sit against her when she watches TV or does crafts and start sketching her.I have tons of drawings and sketches of her in my art journals.

This drawing is from the time she was about one year old.I remember I just bought a set of charcoal pencils and was impatient to try them.I used a reference photo which her grandma took when Sonya was in the bathtub.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Still Life With Flowers

Posted by PicasaI started this painting in the summer using the flowers in my husband's garden.Gardening is one of his hobbies.I picked up and arranged the flowers in the vase,took several reference photos, did a sketch and got the panel ready.I started the painting several days later when I had more ME time.Could not finish it and kind of lost interest.I came back to it and finished it in December,2007.I think it turned out pretty good.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy New Year to everybody!

Posted by PicasaI wish a happy and very successful New Year to everybody.
It is a fast drawing of my daughter Sonya with ink and colored pencils.I used a reference photo for that.She likes to make silly faces in front of the camera.