Author Archives: Yelena Shabrova

UA Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

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Doctoral degree candidate from University of Arizona Jay Sanguinetti conducted a new study that was published in the Psychological Science journal.The study indicates that the brain processes and understands visual input that people don’t consciously perceive:

UA Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

The abstract for the research itself states:

“Traditional theories of perception posit that only objects access semantics; abutting, patently shapeless grounds do not. Surprisingly, this assumption has been untested until now. In two experiments, participants classified silhouettes as depicting meaningful real-world or meaningless novel objects while event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded. The borders of half of the novel objects suggested portions of meaningful objects on the ground side. Participants were unaware of these meaningful objects because grounds are perceived as shapeless.”

River of Light

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This is another piece in the “small landscapes” series that was started long time ago, survived a two year interruption, and is finally getting done. It’s always difficult to pick the pencils again when you almost don’t remember what you had in mind in the beginning. But as a nice exception to the rule, this little drawing was finished relatively easily. It was almost all about playing with colors and almost no struggling through the process.

The first piece in the series was Open Space, and if all goes well there will be three more.

The original ($140.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my Pastel Pencil online gallery.

Glowing mountains – miniature

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I have so many pieces in progress that each one seems to be a never ending drawing journey. It’s good to switch gears between subjects and media all the time, but at the same time I would really love to finish at least something already. So, a something finally got finished:

The original is available in my Miniatures online gallery for $35.00

First Friday at the KALEID Gallery, San Jose

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Due to life getting in the way big time, I haven’t been to KALEID Gallery for more than 2 years. And of course it’s still a fine mix of all kinds of art, just like before.

Mariya Milovidova - Memories

Mariya Milovidova – Memories

I thoroughly enjoyed the her entire sole exhibition, all the flowing lines and shapes floating around like a dream that can change from one subject to another any minute. Mariya’s style is beautifully decadent to me, with “Memories” being my favorite right now.

Lacey Bryant - The Baba Yaga

Lacey Bryant – The Baba Yaga

This one was a nice surprise. I like Lacey’s work a lot, but the last thing I expected to see on her display was one of the most famous characters from Slavic folk tales with legacy so rich and so controversial that I could write a saga and a half and just scrape the surface of it. Love the weary look on her face – “who are you and what are you doing here?”

Gathering (a rocky one)

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This one started as an exercise after I haven’t done any pointillism in more than a year. In the process of getting the feel of the pen again I began to see a composition in the bunch of rock textures and from that point treated the small drawing more seriously.

The horses came into the picture last to make things more interesting. I thought of lighter-colored petroglyphs etched on a dark rock surface and decided to reverse colors. That seemed to work better with the rest of my rocks.

There is another Gathering piece in the making already. Turned out playing with rocks in black and white is just as exiting as doing it in color.

The original drawing ($80.00) and high quality 4″ x 6″ giclee prints are available in my Pen and Ink online gallery

Explorations in Colored Pencil II

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Today the San Francisco Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America had an opening reception for their annual juried show, Explorations in Colored Pencil II. We drove down to the Coastal Arts League Gallery in downtown Half Moon Bay hoping to make it in time, and luckily for us the traffic was very bearable.

The show is great, and I am not saying this because I am very partial to the medium. It’s really a strong collection of different styles, techniques, and subjects.

The show will be open till October 6, 2013.


Malibu Succulents, by Phillip Zubiate III


Malay Lacewing, by Denise J Howard