Author Archives: Yelena Shabrova

2014 Bay Area Wildlife Exhibit at Filoli

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I will have three small pieces on display at Filoli from Tuesday, September 9 through Sunday, October 26, 2014:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (raccoon)

Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Muncher ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of a squirrel)

Muncher – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of an owl)

Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

The exhibit will be held in the gallery at the Visitor and Education Center of Filoli. The address is 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California 94062

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm), Sunday 11:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm)

General Admission: Adults $18 / Seniors $15 (65 & older) / Children $8 (ages 5–17)

Meet the Artist’s Weekend: October 11 – 12. Hope to see you there!

“Truckee River” earned the 1st place at the Campbell Artists’ Guild 16th Annual Art Show

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“Truckee River” earned the 1st place at the Campbell Artists’ Guild 16th Annual Art Show in the Drawing category.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9" x 6"

Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

“This is a little gem. I like the composition very much, focusing as it does on a small pocket of water off the Truckee River. The colors are delicate and exquisite showing good variation and are very convincing.” ~ Jeff Bramschreiber, juror

We had a wonderful reception today, thank you everybody who made it to the Rose Shenson Gallery.

The show will stay open till August 31 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12 pm – 4 pm at the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, California. Stop by if you are in the area, there is a lot of wonderful art to see.

Summer Exhibit at the San Jose Bridge Club 2014

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“Plum Blossoms at Los Gatos Creek Park” and “On the Way III” were accepted into the Summer Exhibit at the San Jose Bridge Center 2014 that will be held from July 29 till October 28, 2014.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper

Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper

Yelena Shabrova ~ On the Way I ~ Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8" x 10"

On the Way I ~ Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8″ x 10″

There will be no reception for this show.

The San Jose Bridge Center is located at 1300 White Oak, Suite 103, Campbell, CA.

Campbell Artists’ Guild 16th Annual Art Show

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A few of my works will be on display at the Rose Shenson Gallery of the Triton Museum of Art:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Changing Colors ~ pastel pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 4"

Changing Colors ~ pastel pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Sleepy Creek ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 4"

Sleepy Creek ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

Yelena Shabrova ~ The Old Oak ~ charcoal on drawing paper, 4" x 6"

The Old Oak ~ charcoal on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9" x 6"

Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

The show will be open August 1-31 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12 pm – 4 pm.

Reception is on Sunday, August 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m. There will be festive music, a plethora of delicious finger food and libations, and an opportunity to meet many talented artists.

The Rose Shenson Gallery is located behind the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, 1505 Warburton Avenue.

Stranger

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of an owl)

Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

I was asked more than once why I don’t draw owls, and given the fact that they are my next favorite animals after horses it really begs the question. My explanation so far was that it’s far easier to obtain my own horse reference which is always preferred over free and inexpensive options that can be used by somebody else too.

However, the time keeps marching by, and my own supply of owl photos stays at zero. I do see owls every now and then which is very nice, but the lighting conditions are such that even the best camera in the world will not help my shaky coffee hands to make even a semi-decent shot. So I finally looked for other options.

So now I have my very own owl peaking out of a crumbling wall. Thank you, Lynton Bolton, for a great reference photo.

An observation: if an owl has light, fluffy feathers they will do everything they can to turn out a mess. They observe no rules, no order, nothing of what fur usually does.

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

Muncher

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Muncher ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of a squirrel)

Muncher – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Squirrels are our little chatty neighbors who dig out everything I ever tried to plant in the patio. Even garlic is not safe with them. I would never believe that a squirrel can be interested in garlic cloves if I hadn’t seen with my own eyes how a squirrel hurries up a tree with a freshly dug-out clove in his teeth.

I suspect that at least some odd grasses, bushes, and trees that grow all by themselves are actually squirrels’ work. We never planted any of that, and nothing similar grows nearby. It has to come from what squirrels hide around the patio.

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

Furry explorer

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (raccoon)

Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Raccoons are adorable as long as you do not stand between them and what they think is their food or keep a healthy distance from them in general. I imagine gardeners don’t appreciate living side by side with them, but not being one I enjoy every encounter, be it in the wilderness or in the city.

This is a Russian raccoon who looks exactly as his American relatives and can be just as feisty. I met him and his family in the Moscow Zoo more than a decade ago.

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

MidSummer Art Festival at the Triton Museum of Art on 6/28/14

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MidSummer Art Festival poster

Join me and over 80 talented artists and enjoy a day of art at the Sculpture Garden and Redwoods behind the Triton Museum.
 There will be art demos and hands-on art activities for children and their families throughout the day.

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Free admission and parking.

Food Trucks:

Grilled Cheese Bandits – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ZoomCaffe – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Scoops – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Live Music:

Tim Green – 10:00 a.m. to noon

Rudy Ramos – noon to 2:00 p.m.

Goldentones – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



A portion of the proceeds benefit the Triton Museum of Art.

Triton Museum of Art is located at 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA

A sketch a day: striped sunset

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: striped sunset  ~ ink and Koh-I-Noor oil chalks, 6" x 4"

A sketch a day: striped sunset ~ ink and Koh-I-Noor oil chalks, 6″ x 4″

I had a different look and feel in mind when I started this sketch, and to add to that I grabbed some odd oil chalks (not even sure what that might be, it feels like something between a wax based colored pencil and an oil pastel stick) instead of normal pastels for coloring. The result is a complete accident.