A sketch a day: Frozen ~ pen and ink, graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: Frozen ~ pen and ink, graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 6" x 4"

pen and ink, graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

It started with a reference photo of majestic icicles which I managed to lose shortly after mapping some details in pencil. Not willing to dig through my huge and badly documented collections of shots taken over 15+ years, I decided to continue on my own and see where it ends. Somehow it ended in an abstract that has little to do with icicles or anything else of that kind, but it was fun to work through it without much commitment to the end result.

A sketch a day: horse head

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: horse head ~ graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"

graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Miscalculated where the horse should go on the piece of paper, but otherwise happy with the sketch. The subject was a beautiful chestnut, most likely a resident of the horse boarding facility across the street from our home in Cupertino, CA.

Colored pencils as eyeliner

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Did you know there are people who make eyeliner from colored pencils and use those on themselves? I did not. On the notion that pencils for kids are super safe, here how you do it:

Apparently it’s not a good DIY idea, though you could certainly come up with some awesome eyeliner colors. Crayola issued a strong statement about this:

Although our products are nontoxic, we do not recommend using them to make lipstick, eyeliner or other make-up and strongly discourage their use in this manner,” the company said. “They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose.

So what’s safe for kids may be not all that safe for your skin, and if pencils for kids are not good enough then no others can possibly be.

Forgotten flowers

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Forgotten Flowers ~ colored pencil, 3" x 5"

Forgotten Flowers ~ colored pencil, 3″ x 5″

It seems that the impending move to Oregon only leaves me time for quick sketches. My poor horse stays practically untouched since I defined main features of his face, several other serious drawings are also stuck at whatever stages they were when the decision was made.

Sorting out and getting rid of stuff (and now packing) is the exact opposite of fun, but sometimes nice discoveries happen. As I go through shelves of books I find all sorts of things in them: bookmarks made by kids, old postcards, images from copiers, and as of recently, dried flowers.

I am not even sure what kinds of flowers those are. They were very discolored, and as soon as I tied to remove them from a book promptly fell apart…

Paradise – a miniature on canvas

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A kind visitor at the third weekend of recent Open Studios came up with the title, not me. I often draw during SVOS. People like to see how art is created, and whatever I am working on easily becomes a conversation piece. Sometimes I get a free benefit of getting stuff named for me.

The original miniature ($35.00) is available in my online shop as a part of the “Miniatures” collection.

Gathering V (rocks in pen and ink, 4″ x 4″) finished

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering V ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 4" x 4"

pen and ink on drawing paper, 4″ x 4″

This last little drawing completes the “Gathering” series. It going to be a while before I want to anything other than single drawings.

The original ($80.00) and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Pen and ink” collection.

See the first four pieces in this series:

Gathering I, by Yelena-Shabrova - pen & ink on drawing paper, 4" x 6" Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4" x 6" Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering III ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6" x 4" Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering IV ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 4" x 4"

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2015

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I will be showing on the first three weekends of May along with many wonderful artists. Two of my newest pieces were completed just in time for SVOS, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Hope you will join us!

WEEKEND ONE: MAY 2ND & 3RD
Site 339

30 Sunrise Court, Menlo Park, CA 94025

11am to 5pm

With Amanda Krauss, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, and Teresa Silvestri.

WEEKEND TWO: MAY 9TH & 10TH
Site 111

1510 Oak Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024

11am to 5pm

With U. Q. Livd, Vaishali Sanghavi, Slava Shabrov, and Sarah Soward.

WEEKEND THREE: MAY 17TH & 18TH
Site 149

10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

Sat, May 16th – 10am to 6pm
Sun, May 17th – 12am to 6pm

With Janki Chokshi, Denise Howard, James Lee, Jessica Liu, Reynold Alex Martinez, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, Michele Smeulders, and Isabelle Stachnick.

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

A sketch a day: at the beach

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: at the beach ~ digital art

digital art

A joint effort of Corel Painter Mobile and Art Flow (both Android apps), with Painter carrying out most of it because it is so good at faking oil paints. I don’t like how real oils smell and how messy the entire process is, so digital looks like a nice alternative.

Connections – FALC Art Exhibit at the Main Street Cafe and Books 2015

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“Newborn” and “Fortitude” has been accepted into the Connections exhibit at the Main Street Cafe sponsored by the Fine Arts League of Cupertino:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14", horse portrait

Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, 9" x 6"

Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, , 9″ x 6″

The show will be open from January 31 till February 28, 2015.

There is a lot of great artworks in the show, make sure to stop by!

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.