March 3, 2015

February 20, 2015

Night Sea and Lamppost

Drawing of night scene is a new challenge for me. I draw it with oil pastel sticks and help from my memories of night sea views in Montenegro.
The darks in the original drawing are much more colorful than the camera version of this work.

February 15, 2015

The Winter Day

I try here to catch the monochrome of ordinary winter day and make it a little more colorful.

February 6, 2015

Urban Sketching in Moscow.

I am back to sketching my city. This time I was waiting in the car and sketched the view in front of me in ink pen and pencils.

February 5, 2015

Colorful Portrait

A3, Pastel on pastel paper

I keep collecting ideas in the book "One Drawing A Day" by V.Lawlor.
This time it is portrait drawn in pastel, fast and without deep analyses.
To give freedom to hand, to imagination, to color.

February 3, 2015

At the Window

I missed my watercolors so much, decided to give them a chance here.
But looks like that after so many gouache experiments I have lost the transparency of the medium.
I will keep working to find the right direction.

January 27, 2015


85cm x 60cm, Gouache, Paper, Fabrics
This gouache painting includes collage technique: pieces of news paper (toned with gouache), magazine pages (pictures on wall, wood texture on planks), cotton fabric and hemp rope (on top of clay jug).
The work was executed in my new drawing class in two sessions.

January 26, 2015

3x 30 Minutes Portraits.

 I am still in the middle of 6 weeks Drawing Course (Amazon link here).  Day 9 offers to draw portraits in pencil, ink and charcoal, each session no longer than 30 minutes.

You think I am narcissistic artist, drawing myself three times in a row? No, I am not - where else can one find more obedient and disciplined model for artful experiments, than in the mirror?
I like the one in the middle - big eyes, no wrinkles, nice hairdo. But my mom says, that the first one is the closest resembling of her dearest daughter.

January 21, 2015

Put Small Object in the Pocket, Draw it By Feel.

That was fun! I had to  put a small object in my left pocket (or in a bag), put my left hand in the pocket. Draw it by feel.
The idea comes from Keri Smith's list of 100 ideas. When my head is dead calm in art ideas, I turn to my "magic well", pick a task and start work:
Brain was creaking during the task. These weak lines are not cow and elephant at all!

To show you the models I also sketched the objects by observing them, after I received the "outstanding" results of "draw by feel" experience.
The boy on the couch is quick sketch from TV screen, finished from memory.

January 20, 2015

January 19, 2015

Pine Tree.

A year ago, on 18 January 2014, a close friend of mine died suddenly.  Yesterday I went to the old cemetery in 30 km from Moscow to give her flowers. The place was so peaceful, calm and empty, it inspired me to memorize the day in the sketchbook.

January 15, 2015


Last summer I saw her in the zoo cage. She was white, rather old, indifferent to spectators, suffering from summer heat and walking nonstop across her small kingdom.
I had made some photos and found them yesterday in old "To sketch" folder.

January 6, 2015

Old Wardrobe

85x60cm, Gouache
Old wardrobe in art-studio where once a week I take painting class.

We are so different with my new teacher, she is like air and water, I am like fire and earth, if this comparison is suitable at all. Every time I struggle to start painting in the beginning of the lesson, every time I am happy and relaxed with the result in the end of it.
Some of her artwork here, Tamara Mamontova.

January 4, 2015

Sketching in the City

Yesterday I delivered one babushka (my mom) to another babushka (her sister-in-law). And I've got profit - chatting models for my sketches.
Also sketch in the cafe is added, I am so glad to get back to sketching outdoors.

January 3, 2015

January 2, 2015

Snow Storm Impression

30x40cm, Pastel on Toned Paper

It felt so good, sitting at the window inside warm and comfy place, looking at snow dance outside and trying to catch the feeling of the snow.

January 1, 2015

Last Drawing of 2014.

Last drawing of 2014.
This bird reminds me the morning after New Year celebration night: full stomach, weak wings can not support the body, mind left head for belly.
Happy New Year!

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