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 […]
That’s my sketch on the go from earlier this week finished. I wanted to see how much texture could be built on Canson drawing paper with pencils only, without any other tools. To my surprise, the paper let be create quite a few nice subtle patterns. I especially like those crossing lines on the horse.
I started with lush lichen I saw here in Oregon during winter, but it ended looking like something that would be at home in the swamps of Florida. Sometimes non-committed sketching takes you to unexpected places.
Updated: January 5th, 2017 Decided to make progress with the horse first and with the window frame later. Both are going to differ a bit from my reference, and because the horse is more important I am going to figure out where his colors end before touching the window. I am now debating between natural […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Newborn” and “Fortitude” has been accepted into the Connections exhibit at the Main Street Cafe sponsored by the Fine Arts League of Cupertino: 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 […]
About a dozen of my artworks will be a part of the Silicon Valley Open Studios preview exhibit at the Art Ark Gallery. 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 […]
As usual, the ATC exchange at CAG today was a lot of fun. Here are my contributions to the event: 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:
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, […]
Just let the pencils have their way with the paper to tak em mind off two rather detailed pieces I work on. Not sure if the result qualifies for an abstract since there is definitely a figure in it.
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 […]
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 […]
University Art carries something I never saw before: a canvas mounted on a cardboard. 5″ x 7″ pieces are sold unprotected, unlike canvases and real sturdy canvas boards. They come in white and black versions. Naturally, I had to buy both to see what can be done with them. This white horse was done on […]
I planned to try something new with ATC for this exchange at CAG: galloping horse hooves, parts of horse faces, or something like that. Instead, I ended up with four whole horse heads. Maybe the fact that Newborn is taking longer than anticipated to get finished has something to do with it, I don’t know. […]
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 […]
Trying to exercise patient light strokes after dealing with canvas and rough watercolor paper. Somehow I got too heavy-handed for smooth drawing paper and with this little sketch had to stop and remind myself that the goal was to go with light strokes. As in, light on everything.