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.

Stranger

Yelena Shabrova ~ Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of an owl)
Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

I was asked more than once why I don’t draw owls, and given the fact that they are my next favorite animals after horses it really begs the question. My explanation so far was that it’s far easier to obtain my own horse reference which is always preferred over free and inexpensive options that can be used by somebody else too.

However, the time keeps marching by, and my own supply of owl photos stays at zero. I do see owls every now and then which is very nice, but the lighting conditions are such that even the best camera in the world will not help my shaky coffee hands to make even a semi-decent shot. So I finally looked for other options.

So now I have my very own owl peaking out of a crumbling wall. Thank you, Lynton Bolton, for a great reference photo.

An observation: if an owl has light, fluffy feathers they will do everything they can to turn out a mess. They observe no rules, no order, nothing of what fur usually does.

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

Muncher

Yelena Shabrova ~ Muncher ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of a squirrel)
Muncher – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Squirrels are our little chatty neighbors who dig out everything I ever tried to plant in the patio. Even garlic is not safe with them. I would never believe that a squirrel can be interested in garlic cloves if I hadn’t seen with my own eyes how a squirrel hurries up a tree with a freshly dug-out clove in his teeth.

I suspect that at least some odd grasses, bushes, and trees that grow all by themselves are actually squirrels’ work. We never planted any of that, and nothing similar grows nearby. It has to come from what squirrels hide around the patio.

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

Furry explorer

Yelena Shabrova ~ Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (raccoon)
Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Raccoons are adorable as long as you do not stand between them and what they think is their food or keep a healthy distance from them in general. I imagine gardeners don’t appreciate living side by side with them, but not being one I enjoy every encounter, be it in the wilderness or in the city.

This is a Russian raccoon who looks exactly as his American relatives and can be just as feisty. I met him and his family in the Moscow Zoo more than a decade ago.

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

Artist trading card exchange at CAG

Yesterday at the meeting in the Campbell Artists’ Guild we had an artist trading card exchange. This is what I brought, they are my experiments with metal pens and markers combined with colored pencils:

artist trading card

artist trading card

artist trading card

And this is what I got in return:

Gudrun Baumeister - Sunset in the North Sea - watercolor 3.5" x 2.5"
Gudrun Baumeister – Sunset in the North Sea – watercolor 3.5″ x 2.5″

Barb Overholt - Golden Open acrylics, 3.5" x 2.5"
Barb Overholt – Golden Open acrylics, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Anne Olander - Zion National Park - acrylic, 3.5" x 2.5"
Anne Olander – Zion National Park – acrylic, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Pretty wonderful extra gifts for my Birthday! 🙂