Author Archives: Yelena Shabrova

Overlooked Beauty

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Yelena-Shabrova ~ Overlooked-Beauty ~ colored pencil on wood panel, 4" x 4"

Overlooked-Beauty ~ colored pencil on wood panel, 4″ x 4″ ~ $45.00

Lady’s smock (cuckoo flowers) are tiny and very unassuming when we walk past them or over them. Their beautiful purple, lilac, and whitish colors is about all that can be easily appreciated when they form a patch. I love shooting and drawing little things like these and then look closely at the shapes, lines, and colors that make them up and draw it all bigger than in real life.

This was my first attempt to use colored pencils on wood and do a three-dimensional piece. While it was an interesting experience spreading a drawing over more than one plane I think I will stick to my usual two dimensions. But I do want to continue experimenting with drawing on wood. It adds a unique glow that shines through pencilwork and makes it look quite different. I like that.

As it turned out, I need to be careful placing strokes over wood; the same color will look differently as wooden textures change over the board, as strokes are laid along the fibers, across them, or at an angle. And forget about scanning the finished piece. A lot of fine color details get lost along with the wonderful glowing effect of the wood.

The original is available in my Colored Pencil online gallery for $45.00

Running Free is a part of the SVOS Preview Art Exhibit at Saratoga Library

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Running Free - pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″Running Free - pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″

Running Free – pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″

“Running Free” has been accepted to the Saratoga Library Preview Art Exhibit that will run from March 4 till May 1, 2014.

Saratoga Library is located at 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga CA.
Open Mon-Tue 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Wed-Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

A sketch a day: walk in the park

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A sketch a day: a walk in the park - colored pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"

A sketch a day: a walk in the park – colored pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Trying to exercise patient light strokes after dealing with canvas and rough watercolor paper. Somehow I got too heavy-handed for smooth drawing paper and with this little sketch had to stop and remind myself that the goal was to go with light strokes. As in, light on everything.

White Fantasy

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This is my latest miniature partly inspired by a very cold and snowy winter of 2011-2012 and partly made because right now here in California it’s overly warm and sunny even by local standards. In the process of bringing winter closer to me I found out that a digital canvas can take a fair amount of scraping with x-acto knife which is pretty convenient for putting snow over heavily darkened areas.

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