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.

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

“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

Paradise – a miniature on canvas

Yelena Shabrova ~ Paradise (Miniature) ~ colored pencil on canvas, 3.5" x 2.5"
colored pencil on canvas, 3.5″ x 2.5″

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 original miniature ($35.00) is available in my online shop as a part of the “Miniatures” collection.

Artist trading card exchange at CAG – fall 2014

As usual, the ATC exchange at CAG today was a lot of fun. Here are my contributions to the event:

Yelena Shabrova ~ rocks in the mist - ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5" x 3.5"
rocks in the mist – ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ last leaves - ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5" x 3.5"
last leaves – ATC ~ colored pencil, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ marsh after sunset - ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5" x 2.5"
marsh after sunset – ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ sunset - ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5" x 2.5"
sunset – ATC ~ colored pencil, 3.5″ x 2.5″

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:

Dianne Daly ~ Persimmons in the Snow ~ watercolor
Dianne Daly ~ Persimmons in the Snow ~ watercolor

Dianne Daly ~ Persimmon ~ watercolor
Dianne Daly ~ Persimmon ~ watercolor

Gudrun Baumeister ~ Teachers Apple ~ watercolor
Gudrun Baumeister ~ Teachers Apple ~ watercolor

Karen Franzenburg ~ oil pastel
Karen Franzenburg ~ oil pastel

Corinthian House Art Show 2014

Corinthian House in Campbell has a new exhibit now, and several of may artworks are a part of it:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper, 16" x 20"
Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper, 16″ x 20″

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

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″

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, 2 – 3:30 pm.

After the Rain (miniature)

Yelena Shabrova ~ After the Rain (Miniature) ~ Derwent colored pencil on canvas, 3.5" x 2.5"
Derwent colored pencil on canvas, 3.5″ x 2.5″

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 very sharp pencils all the time. Unlike with paper or traditional linen canvas it is not possible to start with lighter colors everywhere and then go darker in as many layers as necessary. Darker colors on a digital canvas start to chip off relatively quickly if you are not careful.

So with a refreshed memory, I am now going to use digital canvas with soft graphite pencils only and leave colors to linen ones. Or maybe it’s worth trying to gesso a digital canvas and see if it becomes more tolerant to dark colored pencils.

The original miniature ($35.00) is available in my Miniatures online gallery.

A sketch a day: walk in the park

A sketch a day: a walk in the park - colored pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"
A sketch a day: a walk in the park – colored pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

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.

White Fantasy

This is my latest miniature partly inspired by a very cold and snowy winter of 2011-2012 and partly made because right now here in California it’s overly warm and sunny even by local standards. In the process of bringing winter closer to me I found out that a digital canvas can take a fair amount of scraping with x-acto knife which is pretty convenient for putting snow over heavily darkened areas.

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

Cover illustration for a book in progress

About two months ago I received a rather unusual request to create an illustration for a book that was not finished yet and didn’t have a title. All I had to go by was a short foreword and a few more details from the author. The interpretation and medium was left up to me. On one hand, it was very enticing to have that much creative freedom, on the other, it was as reassuring as walking through a thick fog. The temptation prevailed.

To make myself feel a little better, I sent the author a rough sketch of what I had in mind, and to my surprise she enthusiastically approved it. Since I didn’t know which parts of the storyline are going to be the most prominent in the book, I went with the main theme of an abrupt change from a farm teen to raising the son on her own in a city. The shadow in the illustration is the girl’s son in the end of the book, grown up and capable of supporting herself, her concern for years and a final reward. Today I turned the illustration to to the author. Thankfully, she loved the finished work which made me happy. She is till working on the book, hopefully the illustration will give her an extra creativity nudge.

Cover illustration for a book cover

colored pencil on drawing paper, 9″ x 12″