Nov 1, 2013

My "Hair Styles" At Urban Hair Salon

The other day I was approached by hair salon's owner Michelene. She asked me to display my "Hair Styles" paintings on her salon's walls. What could be more appropriate place to hang my "ladies" than at a hair salon? This quaint establishment's name is Urban Hair & Co., which is located in Fairfield, CT.

If you live in the area, you can get a hair cut and/or a color and enjoy art at the same time. Or just stop by to see my paintings in person. Click HERE to visit Urban Hair & Co.'s website for directions.

Jul 29, 2013

Charcoal Drawings

My life has been a bit busy with many of my interests. Between my drawing and painting and knitting and crocheting, I also try to learn the business of promoting my art (and crafts). Recently - out of the blue - I was hired to teach knitting. And I totally love it. On top of that people enjoy my teaching techniques and for me it is great to be among happy souls that are creative, or that are learning to be creative.

So lately, when I am not teaching knitting, I am working on a piece for the Westport Arts Center's call for artists with a theme "Home Sweet Home". Let me tell you, that is quite a tough one. As an artist, I do want to kind of stand out. Which I usually do. However, that can be outside of the NYC art scene quite a draw back. I feel like painting a house and call it "Home Sweet Home" is not just good enough for me. Then my wild mind (I do not want to call my thinking crazy, because it could be demeaning or unflattering expression since any artist's "crazy ideas" should be seen more or less as different and progressive) goes into a high speed and ---- creates art that not everyone can appreciate. It takes a special person to like my work. So if you are that special person and like my art, keep fingers crossed for my drawing to be accepted into the above mentioned show.

Feb 27, 2013

"Somebody" Portraits

About two years ago I bought a set of firm pastels. I tried them and I just didn't like them as much as I liked soft pastels. So, I put them aside. Couple of months ago I was drawing with my soft pastels on the paper, which had a smooth surface, this time. But I had hard time to keep the pastels to cling to the surface. I just had to re-color the area several times, whenever I tried to do some blending. It was very annoying. (Who said that art is easy is wrong!)

Few days ago I decided to pull my firm pastels out of a drawer and draw an imaginary portrait. I used a different technique with these pastels and I love to work with them now. I am ready to draw many portraits.

Maybe I should put my soft pastels on the shelf for a while? No, actually I will use both of them at the same time. I like that idea. And I will use a pencil too. And perhaps even watercolor.... and oil stick... and ........ LOL

Above drawing is "Somebody #2" and drawing below is "Somebody #1". I call these portraits "Somebody", because they are actually nobody. Hmmm, should I call them "Somebody Nobody"? They are just figments (is that English-English or American-English or both Englishes expression?) of my mind. And more to come. I love this technique....

CelloPointe Performance In Manhattan, NY

Dear Manhattanites (and all art lovers from surrounding area),

If you haven't seen CelloPointe performance (ballet/cello) yet, you could make time to see this small ensemble in action. You'll enjoy it - that is if you like classical music and ballet like me.

The performance is @ mmac, 248 W 60th, New York, NY on March 24th 2013 @ 3pm.

Purchase tickets ahead of time and you save $5

You can LIKE them on Facebook.

My drawing, which was inspired by CelloPointe performance, is on THIS PAGE (if you  didn't see it yet).

Perhaps, I'll see you there :-)

Feb 24, 2013


CelloPointe is a company that puts together ballet/cello performances.

I created a drawing inspired by their performance and the drawing now is being used to raise some money for this company. You can donate money to their cause and CelloPointe will send you an 11'x18'' poster, which looks just like the original.

I no longer have the original, but I do have a print :-)

If you wish to donate in exchange for the poster all you have to do is click HERE.

Feb 21, 2013

Another Art Show In Hamden, CT

Dear Diary,

I am sorry I haven't written anything in you for a while.....

That is how I should start my post tonight. I have been so busy lately, that I haven't kept up with my blog. I had 4 shows within 4 or 5 months. And two days ago I received a call: "Would you want to exhibit in medical offices in a near by town?"

I graciously accepted, as it will make me feel great that all visitors will "stare" at my art while waiting in the waiting room and wonder what my paintings could possibly mean.

So, tomorrow I am hanging twenty or so pieces, and besides that I have to get ready for another submission. Busy, busy, busy....

Oh, and I have been knitting and writing patterns too. That is my other vice, art is the first one.

I desperately need lot more hours to my day. I really do. Not enough time for all my ideas, and projects... sigh

Jan 3, 2013

SHAPES - Solo Show in Easton CT

Friends, art lovers and art collectors,

First of all - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 to all of you.

If you are living or visiting an area near Easton in Connecticut, you are cordially invited to see my solo show in Easton Public Library now open until February 12, 2013.

691 Morehouse Road
Easton, Connecticut 06612

See the map HERE.

Below are my thoughts on my "SHAPES" show.

“I was always mesmerized by shapes and outlines. They are usually a part of any art expression. In my latest drawings I take two or more abstract shapes and connect them, entwine them, and, by layering them, make them appear 3D. What is most amazing is that there is such a vast number of possibilities. The “Shapes” series is based on one drawing style, yet each piece is very different from the next one.

One of the inspirations for “Shapes” is the great Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher, whose very complex black and white pencil drawings I admire so much. “Shapes” is influenced by nature, such as clouds or stones, twigs in the forest, or maybe even microscopic bone tissue. You can see the shapes are tangled together and even occasionally connected with what appear to be unraveled pieces of yarn - an idea borrowed from my other passion, knitting.

 My desire is for you to look at my pencil and charcoal drawings and try to “connect” the shapes that you see with ordinary objects from your own lives. My satisfaction with these drawings, which I hope you will share, comes from having turned a chaos of disconnected and jumbled shapes into a balanced and orchestrated series of compositions. I will have been successful if you experience the same peace of mind in viewing this series of drawings as I experienced in creating them.”