Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Rose Valley

Rose Valley, watercolor sketch
The Rose Valley is the name of a region in Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan mountains. The valley is famous for its rose-growing fields. This is a centuries old industry that makes Bulgaria one of the major producers of rose oil.

This year I happened to visit this region during the rose picking season, when the fields were in their full glory. I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the landscape with lush green valleys, surrounded by rolling hills and framed by the high peaks of the Balkan in the background.

These are a few sketches I did on location, while enjoying the lovely spring weather.

Balkan Mountains, watercolor sketch

Panitsite Valley, watercolor sketch

Kalofer, watercolor sketch

Pelargonium, watercolor sketch


Sunday, April 2, 2017

What to do during a flight


Required materials:
- a thin sketchbook
- a water-brush
- a former eye-shadow palette turned into a mini-watercolor box
- an apple core.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Who raided the minibar?

Who raided the minibar?, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Friday, March 17, 2017

Winter sunflowers

Winter Sunflowers hanging in my yard
This is an acrylic painting I did back in the summer to help me go through the long an cold winter. Well, this year the winter has been neither so cold, nor I hope, so long. But it is still nice to look out the window and see flowers in the yard :)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Happy vases

Happy vases 1, acrylic 23 x 18 cm

Happy vases 2, acrylic 23 x 18 cm
The stress at work has been draining my energy, so I haven't painted much lately. I love these bright little vases. The frosted glass they are made of proved challenging. It wasn't easy to detect the difference in values that light and shade create. I can think of much more interesting compositions with them, so maybe I'll get back to them again later

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Roses on the wall


Roses on the wall, acrylic on canvas 50 x 40 cm
Painted from one of my photos from Tuscany last spring. I wanted to make a larger size painting, so I started with a sketch and a study a few weeks ago. Finally yesterday I gathered the courage to start it. And I couldn't stop until it was done.

charcoal sketch 25 x 18 cm

Acrylic study 23 x 15 cm

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Green apple


Yellow and Green, acrylic 23 x 18 cm

Red and Green, acrylic 23 x 18 cm

Yellow and Green, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers, acrylic on canvas panel 22 x 18 cm
Acrylics continue to be an interesting challenge for me. It is a bit of a battle with the cheaper paints I'm using. Mostly hues instead of the true pigments, so they are more transparent that they should be. My red is "cadmium red hue" and it is a cool color, so I had to mix it with orange to make it more red. on the other hand I find that if I use more expensive materials while learning, it makes me stiff and the results are not so good.

Red apple, acrylic study on cardboard 22 x 15 cm

Pear, acrylic study on cardboard 22 x 15 cm

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Together

Together, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blue Campanula

Campanula pot, watrecolor 40 x 30 cm
I have never been a "long-stem-roses" kind of girl. A small bunch of violets or bellflower  are enough to make me happy. (someone please tell my husband...)
When I started painting this one, I found myself getting lost among the little bells, feeling tempted to see and depict each one of them. Then I thought how I could simplify the mass of little flowers and tried painting it a second time. I took photos at each stage, so here is the step-by-step:
Photo of my Campanula model

1. After a rough drawing, painted the background,
leaving hard edges on the side from where the light comes

2. After drying completely with a blow-dryer, painted
the cast shadows. Carried these also into the shaded part
of the objects and softened the edges there

3. Painted the flowers as a purple cloud of varying colors,
focusing on values - lighter  on the left and much darker
on the right and bottom. Tried to hint the shapes of
individual flowers at the edges. Also painted the pot.

Campanula pot 2, watercolor 30 x 22 cm

4. The last stage was details - green stems and leaves,
the ribbon, some details of the pot wrapping


And then I had to try it in Acrylic:
Blue Campanula, acrylic on canvas board, 23 x 18 cm (7" x 9 ")