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Silicon Valley Open Studios “Sneak Preview” at Art Ark Gallery

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

About a dozen of my artworks will be a part of the Silicon Valley Open Studios preview exhibit at the Art Ark Gallery.

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″

Art Ark Gallery is located at 1035 South 6th Street, San Jose, CA 95112.

Gallery Hours: Saturday, January: 17th, 24th & 31st 11-4 pm.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10th 6-9 pm.
Closing Reception: Friday, February 6th 6-9 pm.

I will also be sitting in the gallery on January 31, 1:30 pm – 4 pm.

Stop by if you are in the area, it will be great to see you!

Other participating artists: Lisa Babbitt, Rebecca Bangs, Leanne Bouwer, Trudi Burney, Jerry Carpenter, Gabriel Coke, Angela Cunningham, John Ediger, Marianne Eichenbaum, Liz Fennell, Yvette Head, Yvonne Head, Marilynn Host, Susannah Jackson, Leslie Lambert, Jim Lee, Alyssa Levitan, Oleg Lobykin, Stephanie Maclean, Daniel McLean, Dana Nehdaran, Dariush Nehdaran, Christine Oliver, Karen Olsen, Mohana Pradhan, Christine Rasmussen, Sally Rayn, Bill Sarnoff, Edwin Simon, Anthony Stenberg, Janet Trenchard, Nancy Woods, Helen Yang.

This preview is an opportunity to see some of the art and meet the artists prior to the Open Studios held in the first three weekends of May, 2015.

Artist trading card exchange at CAG – fall 2014

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

As usual, the ATC exchange at CAG today was a lot of fun. Here are my contributions to the event:

Yelena Shabrova ~ rocks in the mist - ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5" x 3.5"

rocks in the mist – ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ last leaves - ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5" x 3.5"

last leaves – ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ marsh after sunset - ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5" x 2.5"

marsh after sunset – ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ sunset - ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5" x 2.5"

sunset – ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5″ x 2.5″

I love how the fall edition of the ATC exchange happens around my Birthday. This year it’s on a day before, so I got four early Birthday gifts:

Dianne Daly ~ Persimmons in the Snow ~ watercolor

Dianne Daly ~ Persimmons in the Snow ~ watercolor

Dianne Daly ~ Persimmon ~ watercolor

Dianne Daly ~ Persimmon ~ watercolor

Gudrun Baumeister ~ Teachers Apple ~ watercolor

Gudrun Baumeister ~ Teachers Apple ~ watercolor

Karen Franzenburg ~ oil pastel

Karen Franzenburg ~ oil pastel

Corinthian House Art Show 2014

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Corinthian House in Campbell has a new exhibit now, and several of may artworks are a part of it:

Corinthian house is located at 250 Budd Avenue, Campbell CA 95008.

The exhibit is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday till January 18, 2015.

The reception will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2 – 3:30 pm.

After the Rain (miniature)

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yelena Shabrova ~ After the Rain (Miniature) ~ Derwent colored pencil on canvas, 3.5" x 2.5"

Derwent colored pencil on canvas, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Here is my newest tiny digital canvas. I haven’t done any for a few months and completely forgot my past experience with colored pencil on this kind of surface. It is a bit slippery and does not allow to build up really dark darks unless you carefully plan for them from the beginning and use very sharp pencils all the time. Unlike with paper or traditional linen canvas it is not possible to start with lighter colors everywhere and then go darker in as many layers as necessary. Darker colors on a digital canvas start to chip off relatively quickly if you are not careful.

So with a refreshed memory, I am now going to use digital canvas with soft graphite pencils only and leave colors to linen ones. Or maybe it’s worth trying to gesso a digital canvas and see if it becomes more tolerant to dark colored pencils.

The original miniature ($35.00) is available in my Miniatures online gallery.

Newborn (foal head in colored pencil, 11″ x 14″)

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Updated: September 12, 2014

Newborn won the Best Realism Award at the Fall Festival Art Show

Updated: August 29, 2014

And it’s done! I don’t think there is anything to add to it, but if I were to do this piece all over again I would approach it completely differently. It was a nice detour from fully realistic colors and a few purely technique-related things I usually use.

The original ($980.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.

Updated: June 2, 2014

He looks more like a living creature now and almost ready for darks to be added. The white stripe will need some gentle work first.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn, drawing of a foal head in progress ~ Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Updated: April 21, 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I started this portrait, several different small projects got in the way, but finally I am back to the little foal.

In the end, he won’t be nearly as colorful as right now (or at least I hope for that), but it will be interesting to see what bright violet and yellows will be able to add to regular coat colors.

Yelena Shabrova - Newborn, drawing of a foal head in progress - Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Original post: Jan 18, 2014

I think it’s been a terrible while since I drew a horse that fits on piece of paper bigger that 4″ x 6″. Time to change that, so here’s the beginning of a very young foal’s head. Because for some reason I chose rough Bienfang watercolor paper, it may take a while to build up colors in this one. And it’s not just rough, it’s somewhat slippery too. But we will see. So far it was mostly working on the background to get a better feel of the paper that is new to me before adding much detail to the foal.

Newborn, drawing in progress - Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"