Sunday, July 12, 2015

Anniversary


Toronto's skyline 20 years ago, watercolor 38 x 28 cm
This summer marks twenty years since my husband and I came to Canada. I will always remember the first scary days, when I felt like we have landed on Mars and there was no way back. Now, twenty years later, this is definitely my home.
And here is how this home has changed too. The top view is the city skyline back then, as seen from the port. Below is how it looks now. In the last few years high-rises have been growing like mushrooms in downtown. Everything changes...

Toronto's skyline - now, watercolor 38 x 28 cm
Here is another version of the Flatiron building from the previous post. This one is done almost entirely with ultramarine, brown madder and raw sienna. I also changed slightly the composition and did it more loosely.
Toronto's Flatiron building 2, watercolor, 40 x 52 cm

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Toronto's Flatiron building

Toronto's Flatiron Building, watercolor 40 x 52 cm
One of Toronto's iconic landmarks, still looking the way it did 120 years ago, although now surrounded by a forest of high-rises. Its real name is the Gooderham building, after the name of it's original owner. Flatiron is a description of its shape. There are a number of those in North America and around the world. Toronto's is one of the earlier examples and is quite prominent and attractive in its setting.

Toronto's Flatiron building, charcoal sketch

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sketches from my vacation

Windmills in Bodrum, watercolor 24 x 17 cm
Here are a few small watercolours and sketches I made while I was spending time with family in Bulgaria. A few of them are from a week-long vacation in Turkey. It was a nice break. Unfortunately, too short, as all vacations...

In the bay of Bodrum, watercolor 24 x 17 cm
The bay of Bodrum, watercolor sketch
The Bodrum castle, watercolor 24 x 17 cm

Wild flowers, watercolor 23 x 30 cm
Bulgarian mountain view, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
Sunset, watercolor 27 x 17 cm
Vitosha, watercolor sketch

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fire


I did these washes some time ago, and no,  they are not a reflection of my state of mind :) I haven't had the energy and drive to do much painting lately. I have had almost no time for bogging too, so I apologise to all my blogger friends for neglecting their posts. I am fine physically and hopefully, this is just a period that will pass. Keep painting! I'll try to join you soon...


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

By the sea

Sunrise over the sea, watercolor 38 x 28 cm
This sunrise turned out a little rigid and "plastic". One almost expects to see a few Cupids behind the clouds ;) I was trying to depict that edge of light around the clouds when the sun lights them from the back. I think the light came out well, and my brushes are happy that they finally got to do some work.

By the sea, watercolor sketch
I did this sketch on location a month ago. Isn't it a happy scene?!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Free and happy


Orchids, watercolor 28 x 38 cm
Orchids, watercolor 28 x 33 cm
I painted these directly with brushes, with no pencil drawing. Being unrestricted is such a nice feeling ...



Friday, February 6, 2015

Roses and Tulips

Roses and tulips, watercolor 28 x 33 cm

Teacup and flowers, watercolor 28 x 38 cm

Teacup and flowers, charcoal sketch


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More from Venice

Venice, watercolor 38 x 28 cm

Afternoon in Venice, watercolor 28 x 38 cm

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Murano and Venice


Murano, watercolor 38 x 28 cm

Venice, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Venice, charcoal sketch

Monday, January 12, 2015

Reflections 2

Venice Reflections 6, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
Venice Reflections 3, watercolor 23 x 30 cm
Painting is a true cure for the blues. For a long time I was finding it hard to get myself to grab the brushes, and the longer I didn't do it, the worse I felt. But over the holidays the vicious circle broke. I seem to have found a self-feeding drive to create. No doubt Venice, this inspirational subject helps.