June 19, 2015


40x60cm, Gouache

It was fun to learn English translation for this flower's name. Impatience is exactly the right word to describe the behavior of this little nature's miracle. I do not know where it finds energy to bloom non stop all over the place. So beautiful, it lives on the balcony to give pleasure and joy.

My colors are juicier than painting's photo conveys, anyway they are much more weak than variety and life of the original. Please enjoy:

June 18, 2015

Figure Drawing Skill Building Online Resources

One minute poses, http://www.youtube.com/user/onairvideo/videos

I have already mentioned the challenge "Draw 50 figure sketches every day for 90 days" I participated in during early spring.

I was really happy 90 days later, when the last day was crossed out on the wall calendar. At last I could relax and forget about nude figures looking at me for a while. The experience was exhausting but really helped me to feel more confident in drawing human body.

If you are interested and want to try the challenge, here are the links to the useful online places where I found inspiration and models.

Croquis Cafe, the artist model resource, many videos with various timed poses, my favorite http://www.youtube.com/user/onairvideo/videos

Quickposes, huge library of photos and timed slideshows

Photos of nude and models in clothes, timed slideshows

Posemaniacs, so famous you know about it for sure

Photos of people in clothes

Photos of figures and faces

Now faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears are awaiting for me.

June 17, 2015

Going to the Market

My new business card. The card together with on-line Russian shop, opened in February, new custom domain to blogspot blog and new site decoration had surprisingly high therapeutic effect. Now I feel like I am a professional artist with all the attributes.

The stuff I want to share with you if you are interested in new blog decoration. I found the instructions via Google. The instructions are clear and my zero knowledge of code was not a problem almost at all. All the links are about Blogger blogs.
If you want to add page navigation at the bottom of the blog.
How to install "Scroll to Top" button.
How to center headers.
Page redirection.

June 16, 2015


40x60cm (16"x24"), Gouache on watercolor paper

June 15, 2015

Figure Sketching

Pleeease, pleeease be still for one minute! Oh no, you moved again...

June 12, 2015


Lilac in the garden. How to express the sweet scent?

June 10, 2015

Face Study

In January I joined "Do 50 figure sketches in 90 days" challenge and fulfilled it! 4500 quick and not so quick sketches are now please me and fill with pride. I can not say I became an expert. But I feel much more confident about the subject, human proportions, muscles and forshortening.

Now it is time to get into face study, so difficult and so interesting subject.

Here I was trying to sketch my mother while she was on the phone with my aunt. About 20 minutes. "At least now it looks like a human face", - was mom's reaction.

June 8, 2015

Exhibition Site

I did this sketch while waiting for my client to arrive to the exhibition site. Actually new ink pen (Lamy Safari) was tested here and I was very much satisfied with the S nib and especially weight of the new pen. This one:

June 4, 2015

Auto Repair Shop

Hi friends! How are you today?
I plan several posts with my quick sketches from life drawn during last month, to give some juice to my drying blog and to see the sketches published, to feed my vanity.

The sketch is about me waiting in the line to change my auto's shoes from wintertime type to summer one.

May 2, 2015

Sewing Machine

Watercolor sketchbook still life fabrics and sewing machine

The variety of colors and textures made the photo of sewing machine so very interesting to me. So I tried to catch this variety with watercolors and pencils.
We are in the beginning of the spring now. This time of year makes me happy and presents amazing colors and feelings. I made this photo yesterday, in the moment between the sun and the rain.

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