Friday, July 6, 2018

Sunshine

I have not been writing for a while because the weather has been wonderful here. When it is sunny and warm, I have the urge to spend as much time as possible outside. There are a lot of things happening in Edmonton in the summer so we are taking the advantage of nice weather and events whenever possible. Of course there are regular life things going on and I let them take over for a bit. However, I am ready to get back to serious work and continue painting and creating.

I love the University of Alberta Botanic Garden  and the new Aga Khan garden. We already went two time this season to visit - on the opening day and last night for the date night (for us that means bring the whole family!) . My son and I got to take a workshop with Taiko drummers http://boomingtree.ca/ and it was so much fun! It is a good workout too to play those drums! I love how they open the garden for special events in the evening - the light was perfect and there were hardly any people there.




Saturday, June 16, 2018

Love for love, emancipation day

It is important to keep toxic people out of our lives.

As years go by, I am grateful for wonderful friends I met, who became family to me, who love me and whom I love. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rare moments

I live in an urban part of Edmonton, and yet right now, there is no sign of human habitation in my neighborhood. All I can hear while sitting on my balcony is tree branches hitting each other, Canadian flag on top of the school vigorously making noise in a gusty wind, and a few geese flying over. It is peaceful.
It used to be a rare occasion when I was able to just sit and observe. I spent decades working crazy hours, in a survival mode. It is only in the last year or so that I have stopped in my tracks. I have managed to slow down and take it easy. It took a long time to let go of fear. 



Hear,See, Speak no Evil...
And of course Do no Evil. I still have to paint that one.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Today is the day

This is the motivational statement that always stuck in my mind. No time is better to do things you want to do than now. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, today is the best day to start doing it.
I try and work every single day, even though a lot of days are spent doing research in the nature or traveling or just thinking. There is a lot going on behind the scenes - finished product - a painting or a sculpture is a small part of artist's efforts.

I have been busy writing new proposals. I took a whole year off from doing this because it was emotionally draining to get so many rejections in 2016. I wrote about 40 proposals and every single one was rejected, and I was not able to secure a space to show my newest body of work in 2018. I have been very productive last year and this year, and feel it is time to try again.
Writing is not my strong quality, but I do what I can. I cannot provide verbal diarrhea required of artists today, and I keep things simple and to the point. No, I am not going to change the whole world with my art, or describe "human condition", or provide "narrative" to boggle deep thinking minds. What I hope to achieve is to give a sliver of beauty to the observer, create some emotional response in a world of a few people who find meaning in my work. I am sticking to my theme "Ancestors" this year - it has been quite a journey so far and I cannot wait to share more.

Roots, 11x23"

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Socializing

I grew up in a home where our door was always open to friends and family. A warm home where a guest was treated well and also fed well. It is a part of our culture to be welcoming. We did so many fun things with other people - sports, dining, vacationing, talking, enjoying coffee and food. I have found this welcoming attitude with a lot of friends in the USA, but Canada is definitely different in this respect.

Welcome, 11x23" acrylic media

I welcome the solitude. It has provided a heaven for my creative endeavours, and I have never been so productive. I have also learned to cook real well, and I exercise and take good care of myself consistently for the first time in my life.  Learning to love being alone and to love myself has been a long journey and solitude was needed to achieve this.

Belief 11x23", acrylic media

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Create!

I work more the more I work - this is my life's mantra. The key is that I enjoy what I do. When I was working as an engineer for decades, I loved solving problems and working independently to build new things. Even though I spent many years putting in crazy hours into work, it rarely felt too overwhelming because it was exciting and fulfilling to me. The same goes for art creation. I am so fortunate that I can be a full time artist now. 



Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

In 1915, following the Second Battle of Ypres, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a physician with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote the poem, "In Flanders Fields". Its opening lines refer to the fields of poppies that grew among the soldiers' graves in Flanders.

In 1918, inspired by the poem, YWCA worker Moina Michael attended a YWCA Overseas War Secretaries' conference wearing a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed over two dozen more to others present. In 1920, the National American Legion adopted it as their official symbol of remembrance.



Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Burden of Beauty


I have been working on this for a while. Went wild on texture - stems and thorns are sticking out everywhere. The sculpture is made of air dry clay, and this is the first time I am using it (Polyform from Michaels). I forgot to take a few pictures of the process, but I am sure I will soon be making more sculptures and I will document it a bit better. This lady is about 16 inches tall and base is 8" wide. I made the roses from Liquitex pouring media, and the whole sculpture is painted with acrylic paint. Black drawings are made with Molotow markers - my favorite!



This has been a challenging project on many levels - one is new materials, second is 3D, third is keeping the color palette minimalistic (just black and white allowed). It's been a struggle! So many times I wanted to splash some bright red on those roses lol. But I did not. I am on a quest to say as much as possible in my work without going overboard with color. Let's see how long that lasts.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sculpture making for fun

I have been working on a small sculpture off and on. It is a medium that is new for me, but I am having such great time with it that I am thinking that it may be my true calling in art. Someone a long time ago did tell me that 3D work may be something I would like the best, but then life got in a way and I did not pick it up until 25 years later. Let's see what happens with it, but for now I am really having a blast.

Since the weather got really nice, I have been outside a lot. It is amazing how much the energy levels pick up with a few rays of sunshine. Everyone in our family is participating in outdoor pursuits.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Varnishing time

This is another job that I do not particularly like to do, but it has to be done. I use different brand paints and mediums and they all have different sheen to them. Some are more matte and some are more glossy. Finishing the painting with multiple layers of varnish blends all these sheens together and the color just pops! It is quite satisfactory to finish the painting and especially the large ones - like I am varnishing today! My horses are almost done (waiting in between the varnish layers)



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