First paint, then think, then looking at your own art realize who you really are.

Sometimes I see a flower on a street and snap a picture and paint it later. Sometimes I snap the flower, put it in a vase and paint it. Sometimes I drag my easel to the flower and paint outside. But there are times, when painting comes into existence and I don’t even know how.

I had this photo I snapped while literally running after my husband in one Italian village this past summer. I didn’t even stop to look at the pots. Because he was strolling, and I kept stopping at every flower, gate, old window etc. He was annoyed. I had to move if I wanted to remain married.

So during this late and cold spring in Toronto I was flipping through my photos, looking for some inspiration when I came across this photo. “What is that? Is that how they grow stuff?” Half the plants looked kind of dead. Where those steps even lead? There was no gate or anything on top of them. That mystery mesmerized me. I kept mentally coming back to this photo and thinking about those Italians until one day it occurred to me: “Maybe that’s how they are!” They take something that was there, do a little something to it and leave it to almighty Nature and go drink wine or something. They do seem very relaxed when you fly over there from North America. Clearly those pots were put there and abandoned. Yet that beautiful chaos of plants and decay worked very well to my liking. Nature took its course and made everything better and Italians didn’t mind.

So I painted it.

While painting I accidentally “fixed” a lot of things in that scene. The angle, tidied up that plant chaos somewhat, brightened up colour of those pots… When I look at the painting vs photo one part of me thinks “you let a this woman into a scene she will tidy up and make it look shiny and ready to sell”. Did I totally ripped this scene off its rustic charm?  Another part of me says “Maybe you just made it look prettier and more appealing…” Which one do you think it is?  I honestly don’t know. What I do know though is that I couldn’t help it. So when an artist says “My paintings come out of my soul” or “my paintings are me” or something like that, believe them, because I really can’t control these things. My love for order and taking care of things didn’t allow me to depict the beautiful chaos, but made me clean up and polish it in the painting.

End of the day, no matter what I think I’m going to paint, I will paint exactly what’s in my heart in that moment.

Flower painting gallery updated

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2017 began with inspiration and a lot of studio time. I have been painting a lot this year! There are at least 20 new paintings in my studio that haven’t seen the world yet. I say “at least”, because believe it or not, I don’t count them any more. Unfortunately, “computer time” was compromised. Of course, something has to be and I don’t feel bad about it at all. I feel great about all the painting I have done. You can imagine what is summer like for someone who likes to paint nature, overwhelmingly inspiring. Now that we move into the fall, I begin to photograph and upload my work here and to my online stores. It will take me a while, but you can see a few new works in the “Flower painting gallery” page here.

This is my latest stillife with apples, sunflowers and watermelon – all my favourite things about summer. From carefully picking apples at a local farm, to finding unexpected sunflower in my own backyard, to catching first sun rays in the morning on my kitchen window – this was one inspired piece of art!

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Summer story, 24*20 inch, oil on canvas, 2017, available.

Speed painting video – tulips on blue, oil on canvas

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Speed painting video

Speed painting video is finally OIL ON CANVAS! This technique is my absolute favorite!  This is what I do, this is what I teach and this is what I sell the most of.

This technique of “Liquid oil” allowed me to finish a painting in one sitting and be happy with the result – something I was working on about 4 years.

It looks so easy and after you develop the skill, of course, everything is easy 🙂 It only took me about 10 years to get here 🙂

 

This particular piece is quite simple and small size, I specifically chose an image like this to make a video that I would be able to record and process. I will slowly go to more complex paintings and will try to show you how I paint them as well.

Thanks for watching! I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

 

There is so much I want to tell you, so much is going on in my art business, but I’m just so exhausted today, it has been a busy week. I will wait for inspiration and get in touch later!

 

Portrait painting video – Halle Berry

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Portrait painting process start to finish in under 2 minutes.

This is another recent portrait painting video I made of my process.

I cut out the talking part altogether. See if you like it better this way 🙂 Feel free to tell me what would you like to see from me (more talking, less talking, oil painting, portrait painting, etc.) I will be happy to improve. Its been a pleasure filming (basically I just paint with a camera behind), but I still have to get better at editing and especially promoting them on social media.

Honestly, when I don’t feel like doing anything else I usually can still paint. I hope you find something that makes your heart sing. I have done all kinds of subjects and techniques and this new dry brush technique I discovered is definitely one of my absolute favorites! It makes portrait painting fun and fast! (it always used to be a pain for me, UNTIL NOW!!) if I had to do the same with a pencil, it would have taken me at least 3 times longer.

 

 

You can buy this painting here

And! you can order your custom portrait from photo here

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