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Overlooked Beauty

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

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

Glowing mountains – miniature

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I have so many pieces in progress that each one seems to be a never ending drawing journey. It’s good to switch gears between subjects and media all the time, but at the same time I would really love to finish at least something already. So, a something finally got finished:

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


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Fortitude – 9″ x 6″, colored pencil on drawing paper

“Fortitude” is an ode to the plant that grows in our patio. I can never remember what it is called. But whatever it is, it survived a serious frostbite last winter, had to be completely chopped out, and in a few months came back as lush and healthy as ever. Right now this plant with an unmemorizable name is taking over the patio despite the heat. I keep hoping that it will stop on its own and I won’t have to trim it. It would be difficult to decide which parts to take away.

Finished “Russian Ridge View”

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

This is the first work in a series of small landscapes that I plan to do. All places in the series will be from California parks and preserves.

The original drawing ($400.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.

Finished another big piece in colored pencil

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park - 16

Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park – 16″ x 20″, colored pencil on Bristol paper

I still consider 16″ x 20″ to be pretty big. Reference photos for this piece were taken more than seven years ago when my kids were much younger and often went to that park. The path along the creek is beautiful at all seasons.

Finished a big (at least for me) piece in colored pencil

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Winter Dawn - 20

Winter Dawn – 20″ x 16″, colored pencil on Bristol paper

This is my first 20″ x 16″ piece, inspired by the only winter sunrise I ever saw (I am not a morning person) at Donner Pass near Lake Tahoe. My previous artworks never got bigger than 9″ x 12″.