Assorted Berries

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I really enjoyed painting those delicious berries! Actually, it was the first raspberries I ever worked on.


Black Coffee

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Oh, the smell of the coffee while I was working on this painting!  Never had a chance in my life to try cherries...on Desember 29! Love them! But, who doesn't?


December Leaf


This is a quick sketch of an autumn leaf in December. This is a gessoboard 5"x5". It's amazing how small the board looks, but when you're painting, it takes about an hour! Even though the painting is small, there is nothing small about the work it takes.




I really enjoyed painting the clementine, and will defenetly try it soon again. I brought this tiny cup from Russia (love it), which was easy to paint. Well, the cup was the easiest thing to paint today.


Lemon & Strawberries


I started painting strawberries again, because they finally appeared at the store! :) I decided to paint three of them, all surrounding the lemon. Hope you like the painting, and have a great weekend!



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I decided to title this painting "Memories". The dried rose and pearls are symbols from the past, and somebody is remembering a time long ago. I hope you like this painting and get your very own image and memory from this painting. 


Toy Puppy

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My model for today's painting was my daughter's favorite toy doggy that she brought with her all the way from Russia to the US. These toys are such good models - they sit very still and never complain of being tired of sitting :)


Baby Seal

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My 12-year-old daughter loves this toy baby seal. I've been going around it for a few weeks thinking may be I should give it a try. So today, while Sofiya was at school, I painted it. And I enjoyed it so much. I've been thinking of my childhood, how I'd have loved this baby seal!


Silver, Lemon & Orange

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This time I wanted to spend some more time on the details, in an attempt to represent the objects as true to life as possible.




One more study of silver reflections. It was harder for me to paint without milk to compare values. Can you see my reflection in the bowl?


Milk in Silver

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This is a 6"x6" gessobord painting. I made a goal to paint the creamer quickly and accurately, rendering the material (silver) in a limited number of energetic and free brushstrokes.


The White Flowers

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I picked these flowers when we got lost, and had to make a stop to see a map. It's been four months since we came to the US, but still don't know the downtown yet.  The flowers were all over the bushes; and I have know idea what the name is. Any suggestions?


Pansy in a Cup


Yesterday I received a package of gessoboards. I've never painted on them before, so it was unusual for me to work on such a smooth surface. It's different, and I need time to get used to it. I always gesso my canvases before I paint, but these gessoboards are unexpectedly smooth for me. I liked the feeling of discovering something new. It's refreshing. Thank you all for the comments!



I'm posting two of my recent paintings today ( completely forgot to push "publish post" yesterday). Both paintings on a stretched canvas, 8"x8" inch. What a beautiful autumn we have here in Georgia! I hope you all enjoy the season!

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Morning Delight


The creamer has recently been polished, so now it looks more... silver. I often use crackers and jam, since I do many paintings with the theme "breakfast".  This painting looks like somebody's breakfast, so I have named it "Morning Delight". 



Pink Dreams

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This painting is actually made-up. I had a red rose lying in front of me, but I decided to make it pink on the painting. The rose is like a pretty young girl in a pink dress, dreaming. What do you assosciate the rose with?


Romantic Tea


These roses remind me of a wedding, with the large white rose, and the white background. The teacup has appeared on previous paintings, and I think is the most graceful of my teacup collection. I really like the design on it, those lavender flowers. What about you?


November Flowers

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These are my November flowers along with the butterfly. The pansies' colors are a good example of autumn. I just noticed that the butterfly and the rose seem to be looking at each other.


Pansy Parade


These flowers aren't all pansies, actually, only the ones in the silver cup are. The smaller flowers in the background are violas. They were all picked from around Athens, I mean all the plants, and I arranged them in a Thanksgiving style still life.


Teapot & Autumn Leaves

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Isn't this a pretty teapot? It blends nicely with the leaves and the background. This teapot also appears on one of my sold paintings, "Fruit & Teapot". Now it stars in "Teapot & Autumn Leaves".


Hot Chocolate


To finish this painting took me nearly 6 hours. Maybe because of the book on CD, which I was listening to very carefully all the time I was painting. I feel exhausted but happy now.



Teacup & Rosebuds


And I'm still painting October leaves. This time I added a few rosebuds, that way more color will show on the painting. For my next painting, I'm thinking of adding tea to the cup, as somebody commented on my other Autumn painting. Thanks for the suggestion, Lowalady! Have a nice weekend.


Teacup & Two Strawberries


This is another one of my autumn leaf paintings. I gather the leaves from a field close to my house, and sometimes from my backyard. Since it's October, I find inspiration in these red-and-yellow autumn leaves. The strawberries add lightness to the painting and are also shown in the title.