“On the Way III” in the “Portraits, Figures, and Selfies” show

A woman walking while looking into her purse, painted from the back, against an abstract background that resembles a path
On the Way III ~ oil pastel on colored paper, 8″ x 10″

“On the Way III” will be a part of the “Portraits, Figures, and Selfies” art show in the Oregon Society of Artists gallery.

The show will be held both in the gallery and online for those who don’t feel comfortable getting out during the pandemic.

Show dates:
February 4 – February 24, 2021 (February 4 – April 1 online)

Gallery location: 2185 SW Park Place, Portland, Oregon 97205 (directions)
Open: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 1 – 4 pm

Stop by if you can, either in person or virtually!

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Bye 2020! at the Blind Insect Multicultural Art Gallery & Shop

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

So happy that “Gathering II” and “Gathering III” have been selected for the Bye 2020! exhibition at Blind Insect Gallery! The show will be up December 11th, 2020 – Friday, January 15th, 2021. Blind Insect is an amazing little gallery on Alberta Street, Portland, it’s always full of wonderful artsy gems, and I can’t wait to see what the show will look like.

Show dates:
December 10, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Gallery location: 2841 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211 (directions)
Open: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

There are so many amazing small artworks by 36 local and national artists, come enjoy them!





All three of “Delicate Beginnings” series sold

Delicate Beginnings I, mixed media drawing by Yelena Shabrova
Delicate Beginning I ~ mixed media, 5″ x 5″
Delicate Beginnings II, mixed media drawing by Yelena Shabrova
Delicate Beginning II ~ mixed media, 5″ x 5″
Delicate Beginnings III, mixed media drawing by Yelena Shabrova
Delicate Beginning III ~ mixed media, 5″ x 5″

The series of foals that I’ve created for the Art for the Heart show has been sold. The show benefited The Arts Center in Corvallis, OR.

A lovely lady bought all three as a gift for a former endurance rider who has her own horses. Happy to contribute and glad that all three drawings will stay together.

Last Traces of Fog – sold at #TAE20

Last Traces of Fog ~ colored pencils and ink, 12 x 16 cm

My little drawing has been sold at the Twitter Art Exhibit’s opening night in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The wonderful curator for #TAE20, Debanjana Bhattacharjee, gave it a permanent happy home!

The 10th Twitter Art Exhibit that this year is helping Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs. Watch the opening ceremony here: https://www.twitterartexhibit.org/live.

It’s always takes a lot of work to organize a big art show, but this year is extra challenging because of the pandemic and many uncertainties that came with it. I am very grateful for everyone who volunteered their time and talent to help with #TAE20.

The 2021 call for artists just opened, and a new cycle of creating and helping has began! I can’t wait to be a part of it again.

Art for the Heart 8×8 Gallery 2020

Delicate Beginnings I, mixed media drawing by Yelena Shabrova
Delicate Beginning I ~ mixed media, 5″ x 5″
Delicate Beginnings II, mixed media drawing by Yelena Shabrova
Delicate Beginning II ~ mixed media, 5″ x 5″
Delicate Beginnings III, mixed media drawing by Yelena Shabrova
Delicate Beginning III ~ mixed media, 5″ x 5″

Dropped my contribution to the Art Gallery for Art for the Heart that benefits Center for the Arts in Corvallis. I am not sure if the show will be an actual physical one or online only like many others. I haven’t been to the place since way before the pandemic, and it was so nice to walk in and enjoy the current show and new things in their gift shop. It was almost normal. Almost.

Three 5” x 5” drawings make the “Delicate Beginnings” little series. It would be four, but the forth one became a casualty of forgetting to cover the ink drawing with final fixative before attempting to mount it on top of the tissue paper with pastels and powdered bone. It will require heavy touch-up and maybe adding some color to the foal. I am not sure about color yet, but it’s a possibility. Maybe all four would benefit from some color.

More details about the show: https://theartscenter.net/call-for-artists-8×8-art-gallery-for-art-for-the-heart/

Updated September 25th, 2020

The Art for the Heart 8×8 Gallery is going up in the Corrine Woodman Gallery tomorrow.

The show will be up from September 26th till October 8th, 2020.
The current hours of The Arts Center are Thursday – Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm.

Masks and Social Distancing Required

Virtual Reception
The 8×8 Gallery reception will be held on October 1, 2020 at 6 pm online. It will be the first chance to purchase any artwork in this gallery.
Register for Art for the Heart by clicking here. Registration is free. Also visit The Arts Center’s Facebook page by clicking here for more info.

2020 BAM! Virtual Show & Sale

Yelena Shabrova ~ Improbable Dreams of a Tree ~ colored pencil on primed wood panel, 12" x 12"
Improbable Dreams of a Tree ~ colored pencil on primed wood panel, 12″ x 12″

“Improbable Dreams of a Tree” has been juried into the 2020 BAM! Virtual Show & Sale. COVID-19 pushed this one online too, and it’s good news considering that it could be just canceled.

There were 544 submissions this year, and the show has been made bigger than usual because there are no physical space constrains. I am so excited to see others’ creations, even though it will not be an in person experience!

The show will run for the entire month of October, 1-31, 2020.

Drawing Skin with ONLY 5 Colored Pencils

I love drawing with limited palette. It’s a great exercise in coming up with colors for which I don’t have a pencil. It eliminates the agony of going through a hundred and a half colored pencils trying to figure out which ones to layer (and in which order!) to get what I want. And as a bonus, it feels a bit like doing magic.

Here, Kirsty Partridge shows how to approach one of the most complex subjects, human skin, with just a few carefully selected colored pencils.

Digital collage with a blackbird

Digital collage with a blackbird ~  ArtFlow and Painter (both are Android drawing apps) and Photoshop
Digital collage with a blackbird ~ ArtFlow and Painter (both are Android drawing apps) and Photoshop

Digital collage with a blackbird, a joint effort of ArtFlow and Painter (both are Android drawing apps) and Photoshop. The bird took forever and some to get right. I could draw it on paper times faster, but somehow “digital” translated into “quick” in my mind. It’s not quick, at least not if you were born way before computers, tablets, and digital pens.

6 x 6 x 6 show at the Alberta Street Gallery closed

Although the show was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Alberta Street Gallery managed to sell 29 small artworks. One of them was my “Blossoms I.”

photo of the original artwork, Blossoms 1, mixed media (pen and ink on tissue paper collage) on primed MDF board, 6" x 6", by Yelena Shabrova
Blossoms I ~ mixed media (pen and ink on tissue paper collage) on primed MDF board, 6″ x 6″

I am sure there would be more happy visitors and buyers if things were normal. The gallery is going to do the show again next year, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

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Although the 6 x 6 x 6 show was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Alberta Street Gallery managed to sell 29 small…

Posted by Yelena Shabrova Art on Monday, March 23, 2020

Last Traces of Fog – my 12 x 16 cm contribution to #TAE20

Last Traces of Fog ~ colored pencils and ink, 12 x 16 cm

Got a word yesterday that my 12 x 16 cm drawing made it to the 10th Twitter Art Exhibit that this year is helping Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs.

The show was going to be held in Myrtle Beach, SC but is now in limbo due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I do hope that there still be an option to buy the cards online like in previous years, no matter what the fate of the live show. Then we still do good and all is as well as it can be.

Every volunteer who helped with the show is very much appreciated, as are many artists who sent in their little creations.

Also on social media

https://twitter.com/twitrartexhibit/status/1239552836016451587?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

2020 SWA Spring Show & Sale

Updated on March 17, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the closing of the Water Resources Center through the end of April, the SWA 2020 Spring Show is canceled.


Image of Yelena Shabrova's colored pencil drawing on a cradled wood panel titled "Ravishing", 12" x 12"
Ravishing ~ Caran d’Ache Pablo colored pencil on American Easel cradled wood panel, 12″ x 12″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Improbable Dreams of a Tree ~ colored pencil on primed wood panel, 12" x 12"
Improbable Dreams of a Tree ~ colored pencil on primed wood panel, 12″ x 12″

“Ravishing” and “Improbable Dreams of a Tree” will be a part of the 2020 SWA Spring Show & Sale in Vancouver, WA.

Show dates:
Thursday, April 30, 11 am – 5 pm
Friday, May 1, 12 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, May 2, 12 pm – 8 pm. Reception 5 pm – 7 pm
Sunday May 3, 12 pm – 3 pm

Show location: Vancouver Water Resource Center / 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA (directions)

More information on the Society of Washington Artists’ website: https://www.swavancouver.com/

I will be at the reception and may come earlier to pick up my art on Sunday. If you can attend, it will be my pleasure to meet you.

New Blossoms for the 6 x 6 x 6 show at the Alberta Street Gallery

Blossoms I ~ mixed media (pen and ink on tissue paper collage) on primed MDF board, 6" x 6" ~ Yelena Shabrova
Blossoms I ~ mixed media (pen and ink on tissue paper collage) on primed MDF board, 6″ x 6″
photo of the original artwork, Blossoms 2, mixed media (pen and ink on tissue paper collage) on primed MDF board, 6" x 6", by Yelena Shabrova
Blossoms II ~ mixed media (pen and ink on tissue paper collage) on primed MDF board, 6″ x 6″

These two new artworks were delivered yesterday to the 6 x 6 x 6 art show at the Alberta Street Gallery. Artists were free to create whatever they wanted as long as their art fit within 6″ x 6″ x 6″, and my choice was to do something related to spring that was all around me already.

I’ve spent more time experimenting with background collages than actually drawing and had to stop experiments at some point while I still had time to finish the pieces. It was fun, and I now have notes to continue playing with new ideas as time permits.

The Alberta Street Gallery is located at 1829 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR (directions)

The show is open March 1-22, 2020, Monday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 9 pm, Sundays 9 am – 5 pm.

If you can, stop by for the opening reception on March 1st.

See show details on Facebook.

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These two new artworks were delivered yesterday to the 6 x 6 x 6 art show at the Alberta Street Gallery. Artists were…

Posted by Yelena Shabrova Art on Monday, March 2, 2020

Holiday Art Show & Sale 2019

The first weekend of December means the annual Holiday Art Show & Sale with the Three Rivers Artists Guild! I will have the same booth #32 as before, and it will be full of drawings and jewelry.

Show runs for only two days: December 7 from 9 am till 4 pm and December 8 from 10 am till 4 pm.

Address: Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City

This will be my last show for the year. If you have time, stop by to see great local art and talk to those who create it!

postcard for the 2019 Holiday Art Show & Sale 2019 at the Pioneer Community Center, Oregon City

Updated on December 5th, 2019

The Holiday Art Show & Sale t the Pioneer Community Center in Oregon City will open in just two short days. Have a look at what will be there!

The Holiday Art Show & Sale at the Pioneer Community Center in Oregon City will open in just two short days. I will have…

Posted by Yelena Shabrova on Thursday, December 5, 2019

Holiday Boutique at Art on Broadway

Collage of drawings and jewelry photos that Yelena Shabrova will have in the Holiday Boutique show

These are some of drawings and jewelry that I will have in the annual Holiday Boutique show at Art on Broadway. The guest show accompanies the “In a Holiday Mood” show for all gallery members.

Both shows run from November 5 till December 24, 2019.

I will be there for the reception on November 8, 5 – 7 pm. Come to enjoy great giftable art, good wine, apple cider, and nibbles!

Art on Broadway is located at 12570 SW Broadway, Beaverton, OR (directions)

Updated on November 9, 2019

200 for under $200 fundraiser show at the Oregon Society of Artists

Image of Yelena Shabrova's colored pencil drawing on a cradled wood panel titled "Ravishing", 12" x 12"
Ravishing ~ Caran d’Ache Pablo colored pencil on American Easel cradled wood panel, 12″ x 12″

Dropped my new drawing, “Ravishing,” at the Oregon Society of Artists today. It will be a part of the annual “200 for Under $200″ art show. 125 participating artists from the Portland area and beyond, over 200 12″ x 12” canvases and cradled boards priced at or below $200. The opening reception is on November 1st, 6-9 pm. Come if you can!

The show is open from November 1st to December 5th, 2019, Monday – Saturday, 1 – 4 pm.

Oregon Society of Artists is located at 2185 SW Park Pl, Portland, Oregon 97205 (directions)

See more show details on Facebook

Updated on November 1st, 2019

Corvallis Fall Festival 2019

photo of a metal praying mantis by Yan Beyer

My insect themed garden sculpture collection is gradually expanding for no good reason. I do not collect this kind of art and not in love with insects beyond appreciating them in general. Still, two years ago a metal dragonfly by Doug Moore practically inserted itself into my hand, then my neighbor gifted me with a ladybug kindness stone, and this weekend the odd collection expanded with a praying mantis by Ian Beyer that I got at the Corvallis Fall Festival.

The weather seems to always challenge artists at this event, but this year it took the cake with heavy rains and even hail. As I walked through the show, part of me really enjoyed the art, but another part kept whispering “thank goodness I am not doing outdoor shows anymore.”

I do so appreciate every artist who does this, both those I know personally, saw before, or met for the first time ever. You are all amazing, resilient, and very motivated people.

“Fortitude” juried into the 2019 Beaverton Arts Mix!

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

“Fortitude” has been accepted into the Beaverton Art Mix! show. So glad to be included into it once again!

Beaverton Arts Mix! will be held October 3-6, 2019 in the Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton) (map) .

BAM! artists will be honored at an artist reception on Thursday, October 3.

A free Quick Draw event on Saturday, October 5 will be open to artists (BAM! and non-BAM!) of all disciplines and media.

Hope to see you there!

Updated on September 7, 2019

The artist reception will be on Thursday, October 3, 7 pm – 8:30 pm.

I will also be volunteering that day 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Stop by whenever your schedule permits, it’s going to be a good show.

Updated on September 25, 2019

Dropped my “Fortitude” along with matted prints and greeting cards for the Beaverton Arts Mix! yesterday. It was so well organized that I was in and out in no time. Much appreciation goes to organizers and volunteers!

Updated on October 6, 2019

Photo of my display at the Beaverton Arts Mix! show
My display at the Beaverton Arts Mix! show

Picked up my remaining items from the Beaverton Art Mix! show today. I was on the fence about bringing so many of my horse drawings, not knowing how well they would be received there, but to my surprise most of them have been sold. Thank you, horse-loving people! Thank you everyone who came to see the show, to the Beaverton Arts Program people who organized the show so well, to all the volunteers who helped them! I would love to be a part of it next year.

Daydreaming at the Salem Salon “100” show

Daydreaming ~ colored pencil on drawing paper, 9" x 6"
Daydreaming ~ colored pencil on drawing paper ~ 9″ x 6″

Brought “Daydreaming” to the Bush Barn Art Center for the Salem Salon “100” art show yesterday.

The show features emerging and established artists in Salem and neighboring communities within a ​75-mile ​radius of Salem. It coincides with the Salem Art Association’s Centennial Year and the annual Salem Art Fair & Festival, so there is a lot to see for you.

I was enjoying this art show for a couple of years as a visitor and am now thrilled to be a part of it!

Salem Salon “100” runs from July 5 till August 24, 2019.
Reception is on July 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. I hope to see some of you there!

The Bush Barn Art Center is located at 600 Mission St. SE Salem, OR 97302 and is open Tuesday – Friday, from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm, and Saturday – Sunday from 12:00 till 5:00 pm.

Updated July 5th, 2019

Nameless rose – work in progress

This is my first experience with Polychromos, and I probably would not splurge on them if lovely people from the Campbell Artists’ Guild haven’t sent me a very generous Blick gift card for looking after their website. It’s too early to see where these pencils stand in comparison to other brands I’ve tried.

Updated June 24th, 2019

Current state of things with the rose.

I like working with Polychromos so far except for one thing. There are tiny particles in some leads that make scratching sounds and make it feel like paper is being actually scratched. There are no scratches though, I’ve checked for that. I know it’s not the paper because I drew on this Canson Bristol before without this effect. So far it’s been more of an annoyance than anything else, and it’s not ok for $4+ pencils do that.

The rose is still unnamed. I thought I would come up with a title by now, but no. Not even anything to use as a starter.

Relations II and IV sold

Yelena Shabrova ~ Relations II ~ mixed media, 8" x 8"
Relations II ~ mixed media, 8″ x 8″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Relations VI ~ mixed media, 8" x 8"
Relations IV ~ mixed media, 8″ x 8″

Relations II and IV are on their way a new happy home in Silicon Valley, CA. Thank you, Vickie! Both are 8″ x 8″ mixed media on stretched canvas.

Both are 8″ x 8″ pen and ink drawings of Japanese maples in spring, with young leaves not fully unfolded yet. Each drawing sits on top of a paper collage secured on a stretched canvas.

“Relations I” at Around Oregon Annual 2019

Very happy to announce that my 8″ x 8″ mixed media piece on canvas has been juried into the Around Oregon Annual 2019 show. 

Yelena Shabrova ~ Relations I ~ mixed media, 8" x 8"
Relations I ~ mixed media, 8″ x 8″

“Relations I” is a part of the “Relations” series of four drawings that were originally created for the Four Eights show benefiting the Sherwood Center for the Arts. I’ve documented the creative process for it here.

Around Oregon Annual 2019 show will be held at The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333 (map) from June 20 till August 9, 2019.

The Arts Center hours are: Tues – Sat, from 12 pm till 5 pm.

I will be at the opening reception on Thursday, June 20 as soon as I can get there after finishing my shift at the Three Rivers Gallery and Gifts.

The reception is from 5:30 pm till 7:30 pm and is a part of the Corvallis Art Walk.

Please come if you can!

Updated May 2, 2019

See the full list of participating artist below:

Updated June 20th, 2019