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

Damascus Open Studios Tour 2019

I will be participating in the Damascus Open Studios Tour May 17, 18, and 19, from 10 am till 5 pm each day.

Local artists and their guests will show awesome and diverse art in 6 studios in and around Damascus. You can find the map of the entire tour with all details here:  This is a wonderful opportunity to see how art is being created and talk to the artists.

Talented clay artist Brenda Scott will host me and a fine jewelry designer, Cheri Bosserman, at the studio #6 (25251 SE Bohna Park Rd, Damascus, OR 97089).

Stop by to see my original drawings, giclee prints, and greeting cards!

Updated May 20, 2019

A big thank you to to everyone who came to see my art and beautiful creations of my fellow artists Brenda Scott and Cheri Bosserman this past weekend. The Damascus Open Studios were great. Wonderful company, lots of good talks, and many sales. Could not ask for more!


Yelena Shabrova ~ Pause ~ colored pencil, 5x7
Yelena Shabrova ~ Pause ~ Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor colored pencil on Daler-Rowney card paper, 12 x 16 cm

Got notified that my card for Twitter Art Exhibit 2019 safely arrived at Edinburgh, UK. Phew! I was so unbelievably late this year that I was not even sure it would make it in time for the opening night on May 11.

For my artist friends who would like to participate next year, here is the TAE website: This year they support an Edinburgh based charity, Art in Healthcare, that organizes workshop programs for patients.

Updated May 15, 2019

Just got notified that my card has been sold! Yay!
The live Twitter Art Exhibit is over, but their fundraising for Art in Healthcare continues at

Updated May 16, 2019

Updated May 26, 2019

My little Jay that got sold at #TAE19 looks all pretty in its new happy home. Thank you for sharing the photo, Sharon! Great choice of frame! 

“Improbable Dreams of a Tree” goes to the HIP 2B Square show

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″

Delivered my latest drawing to the Sequoia Gallery today. It is for the HIP 2B Square show that benefits this nice and cozy cooperative gallery and its artist studios. The show opens on April 2nd with a reception and award announcements and runs through May 3.

Sequoia Gallery is located at 136 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm.

The gallery provided an option of a 12″ x 12″ Blick canvas or primed and cradled wood panel, and I chose the panel.

After the fiasco with an Ampersand panel it was interesting to try something different. To my delight, the texture of the gessoed wooden surface was strong but pretty even and was almost as easy to work with as good textured paper. I will do more with it, just maybe without cradles. Not a big fan of working edges of those things.

Updated on April 4, 2019

Silent auction for the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce

Changing Colors - pastel pencil on drawing paper, 4 x 6
Changing Colors – pastel pencil on drawing paper, 4 x 6

“Changing Colors” is going to the silent auction at the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce annual celebration night on February 23 at the Pioneer Community Center. The auction is going to help support the Chamber. OCCC is very supportive of arts in the local community, of TRAG where I am a member, and of events that TRAG organizes. It’s a pleasure to help them a little too.

Beaverton – Your Art Moment series 2019

Two of my drawings, Newborn and Sun Kissed, have been accepted into the first quarter of this new year-long, daily series showcasing artworks via social media to inspire the community to take a moment to reflect and appreciate art and artists. I love the idea and am pretty happy to be a part of this program.

One artwork will be posted per day and artists will be credited using the artist’s name, title of work, year created and mediums. All posts will carry the #YourArtMoment hashtag. Watch for it for your daily moment of local art!

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″
Sun Kissed - colored pencil on colored paper, 8" x 10"
Sun Kissed ~ colored pencil on colored paper ~ 8″ x 10″

Updated on March 12, 2019

And here is the first of selected images shown by the City of Beaverton on Instagram:

Updated om May 7, 2019

My little foal featured by the City of Beaverton!

Tsunago: the pencil sharpener that creates a never-ending pencil

The biggest problem with pencils is that you can never use all of them. There are always leftover stubs that become too small for your hand and must be thrown out. It may be not a big deal with graphite, but what about colored pencils that can be quite expensive?

I learned to split the stumps and either crush leads from them for backgrounds or use them whole in a clutch pencil. But apparently there is a better way to fight stump waste: a Tsunago sharpener that actually creates a never-ending pencil. I need to try it!

Before the light ~ sketch done with black Faber-Castell PITT and white Gelli Roll pens on Strathmore toned gray paper, 6″ x 4″ [SOLD]

Finished this during last weekend’s Holiday Art Show. It’s my first experience with the Strathmore gray toned paper, and because art shows tend to be busy, I chose a subject that allowed me to work in short spurts without losing focus. Loved small darker fibers in the paper, they add to the look of the finished sketch.

Before the light (or after, if you prefer) ~ sketch in pen and ink, 6" x 4"
Before the light ~ black Faber-Castell PITT and white Gelli Roll pens on Strathmore toned gray paper, 6″ x 4″ [SOLD]

Experiment with colored pencil on a gesso board

This is take two. Take one happened two weeks ago and went so wrong that the piece could not be saved. I started with darker colors thinking I would lighten distant ridges later. But apparently at a certain number of layers pigment clings to the surface for dear life and refuses to be lifted with any kind of eraser. So I am going with a much lighter hand now, and it seems to be better that way. The surface is not as smooth as it looks. I am glad it’s mountains and not some young face.

Updated: May 17, 2018

I am working on this between other things, but here is what I’ve learned so far. Darks are more work on a gesso board than on paper. Even canvas is more agreeable. It’s not that the board doesn’t accept dark pigments. It does, but the wavy texture lines on it that go vaguely vertical keep some narrow areas persistently lighter than the rest and require ongoing touchups. But I like the sturdiness of a gesso board very much. I am starting to wonder if maybe graphite or charcoal would be easier, but that’s for the next test or two. Also need to look up other brands in case some have a really even texture.

Updated: July 23, 2018

What I thought would be a quick experiment turned into a long argument with the gesso surface. Mountains changed their look at least 4 times, and I am not touching them again. The future sunset sky is all mapped, and the gesso texture that gives me so many headaches is showing in its full glory right now.

Updated: September 29, 2018

Well… I am going to admit the defeat. This is not working. The texture of the surface is too weird for colored pencils, and I am tired of fighting it. It will not cooperate no matter what I do. Time to move on!

Silent auction at the Oregon City Festival of the Arts

This was the first time I participated at the silent auction at the event organized by the Three Rivers Artist Guild of which I am a happy mamber. All proceeds from the auction go to support the guild. Guess I missed the memo before, I do that regularly.

This year I gave this one to the auction:

Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: rocky terrain ~ oil pastel, 6" x 4"
Rocky terrain ~ oil pastel, 6″ x 4″

Glad to help TRAG a little bit.

Character for TAE 2018 – colored pencil, 12 x 16 cm

Yelena Shabrova ~ Character ~ colored pencil, 12 x 16 cm
Character ~ colored pencil, 12 x 16 cm

Finally mailed my postcard art to the Twitter Art Exhibit (TAE) today. I blame Creatacolor pencils for the delay. It was my first time trying oil-based colored pencils, and as a Prismacolor/Derwent girl I found their behavior way too different.

This year TAE helps an Australian charity, Pegasus Riding For The Disabled of ACT Inc., All proceeds from postcard art sales go to the charity. If you feel like helping out, the deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018:

Updated on February 12, 2019

Here is how “Character” came to be.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Character ~ colored pencil, 12 x 16 cm

Copying Other People’s Art Can Boost Creativity, Study Finds

Creativity and copying appear to be the opposites. Therefore, it seems unlikely then that there would be a link between copying another artist’s work and being able to create fresh, original work of your own. However, Kentaro Ishibashi and Takeshi Okada, an architect and a professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan respectively, have been researching this topic for several years, and they found that copying may help facilitate artistic creativity.

The increased creativity is not really a product of the copying itself, Okada says. Instead, it’s about being pushed beyond the familiar, being exposed to other possibilities, questioning the other artist’s choices and thoughts.