Author Archives: Yelena Shabrova

Ghostly white horse

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Ghostly White ~ white Prismacolor colored pencil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Ghostly White – white Prismacolor colored pencil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″

University Art carries something I never saw before: a canvas mounted on a cardboard. 5″ x 7″ pieces are sold unprotected, unlike canvases and real sturdy canvas boards. They come in white and black versions. Naturally, I had to buy both to see what can be done with them.

This white horse was done on a black one. Even though the canvas accepts many layers of color the result is not purely white (hence the “ghostly” reference). Alas, colored pencils are not completely opaque.

The original drawing found a new home at the Midsummer Art Festival 2014, but greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.

A sketch a day: walking horse

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: walking horse ~ Sharpie on drawing paper, 6" x 4"

A sketch a day: walking horse ~ Sharpie on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

Fun fact: Sharpie marks sip into drawing paper surprisingly fast. So fast that even quick sketches like this one become a battle against ink blobs appearing in the most undesirable places. It’s kind of funny as long as I make the exercise short and repeat it rarely enough to forget that reaching for a Sharpie is not a better option than hunting for a normal drawing pen hiding somewhere in the depths of my drawers, bins, and cans.

Gathering II

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4" x 6"

Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

As busy as this year’s Silicon Valley Open Studios were, I managed to snatch up some time for drawing. The result is the second piece in the “Gatherings” series that was finished yesterday a couple of hours before the last day of Open Studios in front of the Cupertino Library was over.

Thank you everybody who came to see my art, to ask questions, share your stories, and support what I enjoy to do so much. Those were three wonderful weekends!

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

Artist trading card exchange at CAG

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I planned to try something new with ATC for this exchange at CAG: galloping horse hooves, parts of horse faces, or something like that. Instead, I ended up with four whole horse heads.

Maybe the fact that Newborn is taking longer than anticipated to get finished has something to do with it, I don’t know.

Here are the heads:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Brown Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Brown Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Chestnut Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Chestnut Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Gray Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Gray Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Gray Pony Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Gray Pony Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

And this is what I got from my wonderful fellow artists:

ATC from Dianne Daly ~ inks and pastel

ATC from Dianne Daly ~ inks and pastel

ATC from Sharon La Bouff ~ monoprint

ATC from Sharon La Bouff ~ monoprint

ATC from Donnalynn Chase ~ collage

ATC from Donnalynn Chase ~ collage

ATC from Marlene Bird ~ acrylic and collage

ATC from Marlene Bird ~ acrylic and collage

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2014

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It’s Open Studios time! Please join me and very talented artists with whom I will be showing through the first three weekends of this May. So wonderful to participate in this event again after a 2 year break!

WEEKEND ONE: MAY 3RD & 4TH
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With Amanda Krauss, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, and Holly Van Hart.

30 Sunrise Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025

WEEKEND TWO: MAY 10TH & 11TH
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With Rajiv Khilnani, Stephanie Maclean, Deborah Rockey, Slava Shabrov, and Arena Shawn.

750 Jordan Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022

WEEKEND THREE: MAY 17TH & 18TH
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With Ria Bhatt, Janki Chokshi, Sagi Erez, Helen Ju, James Lee, Colleen O’Connor, Masha Schultz, Slava Shabrov, Heather Sibley, Nina Uppaluru, Sid Veloria, and Carrie Zeidman.

10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014

Or see all sites in one place on my SVOS page.

SVOS Preview Art Exhibit at the Main Street Cafe and Books

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Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains  - colored pencil on Arches watercolor paper, 14.5" x 10.5"

Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains – colored pencil on Arches watercolor paper, 14.5″ x 10.5″

“Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains” has been accepted at the SVOS Preview Art Exhibit at the Main Street Cafe that will be open from March 29 till April 26, 2014.

Please stop by, have a cup of good coffee, and enjoy art by talented local artists!

Main Street Cafe and Books is located at 134 Main St, Los Altos, CA 94022
Open Monay – Saturaday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:30 am -2:30 pm.