Serving Brunch

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Although there is not much food on this table, I named this painting "Serving Brunch" because I think I already have a painting named "Serving" or "Making Breakfast". Hope everyone had a great Christmas! 


Finished Chekhov

This is the final Chekhov painting. I didn't have a chance to paint a "daily paintwork" today, so I am posting this last version.


The Red and the Redder

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Sofiya was delighted that she got three bids on her "Candy and Lemon" piece from yesterday. I was calling, "You have a bid!" I could hear her running down the stairs. She couldn't believe that someone would actually buy her painting. Thank you for the bids and comments!


Candy and Lemon - by Sofiya Almeteva

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Well, this is my daughter Sofiya's first real painting on a gessoboard! For the first time, I let her use my equipment - a 5"x5" gessoboard, all my brushes, and oil paints. She kept asking me, "Really?! I can use a gessoboard? An easel?!" The "SAY" signature are her initials - with the middle name in the wrong place so the initials make a word. :) I can imagine her delight if someone buys her painting!


Mandarin Bowl

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Every time I sit down at my easel and stare at my 6"x6" gessoboard, I wonder how I am going to fit all of my still life set on that teeny tiny platform. I start painting, and as a result, my composition on the gessoboard always turns out bigger than the one on the table. All the objects that I've painted are larger in size and not how I planned them to be. So, my point is that I am probably going to try moving to bigger sized gessoboards and make more out of my brushstrokes. Painting on a bigger size will not make my details seem as big, and I think I have a tendency of painting large, so I'll experiment with other sizes and see where that leads me. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Yellow Flower

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Although this still life looks like a yellow daisy and two oranges, it is actually one of a chrysanthemum and two lemons. The lemons are the special miniature "Meyer's".


Citrus Bowl

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These are tiny lemons I recently got in a grocery store; they are more juicy and are more sweet than sour. When I was peeling the lemon in front, my hands were soaked with the juice, and the lemon was expelling a sweet fragrance.


Tea & Jam

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For your convenience, I have created this painting on a 5"x7" gessoboard, so, as I have heard from buyers, it will be easier to find a frame for this piece.


Sunday Tea

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Rather than coffee, people in Russia drink tea three times a day, after every meal. And a couple more cups between meals!


Cup of Gold

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I had another debate with my family about the name of this painting. We finally settled on "Cup of Gold". The teacup and saucer are outlined with gold, the chocolate spheres have shiny golden wrappers, and the present in the background is pale gold with a bright golden ribbon. So there was no other logical name for this piece than "Cup of Gold".


Christmas Candy

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Merry Christmas! This may seem like an early start, but I saw this bag of chocolate spheres and I knew I had to use them as models. Their shiny color makes them look like Christmas ornaments, doesn't it? 


Red Reflection

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This is the companion for "Green Shadow". It is actually supposed to be called "Red Shadow" instead of 'reflection', since it is the companion, but the shadow in this piece is not the most important detail. We had quite a discussion in our family about how to name this piece. "Red Shadow"? No. "Red and Orange"? No. "Bottle and Oranges"? No. "Little Charming Red Bottle"? Umm... "Red Reflection"? Yes.


Green Shadow

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I noticed this green bottle right when I was about to checkout. I quickly bought it and a red one just like it. I am going to paint something different with the red bottle as well. Be on the lookout! :)