Here is another work with progress steps. I know my fans will want to see the process of my painting :), with the final at the bottom with the signature.




Every meal in Russia is followed by a cup of tea. In addition to that, we also drink tea in between meals. Usually it is served very hot, either with or without sugar, and people might also add either milk or a slice of lemon to it.


Winter Sunset


This is a St Petersburg winter sunset city fragment. My family and I wanted to go there this summer, but with the return from America and the move to a different apartment, time and money didn't allow us to make the trip. Hopefully, next summer 2014, we will visit the beautiful city and see the sunset with our own eyes.


Pomegranate and Grapes

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 Here's my latest work - I got up bright and early, inspired by the snow swirling outside the window, and made the white background of the pomegranate the color of the snow.



Split Shells


The last few times I posted my works, I realized that I'd forgotten to take photos of my work in progress. This time I remembered to take a shot of the beginning stage of my work. Thanks foe watching!



I was so lucky to find this clementine with leaves on it at the store - it was the only one with the leaves still on in a whole basket of oranges.


Egg and Jug

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This is my favorite jug - therefore I paint it often. I think it looks best with an egg by its side. 


A Horse Called Ivy

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My daughter used to ride horses in America - and Ivy was her favorite horse there. I took a photo of her trotting Ivy in the field (about a year ago), and painted it quite some time later!


Red Grapefruit Slice


As I was slicing this grapefruit it occurred to me that it looked just like the ones I used to buy at Buford Highway Farmers' Market in Doraville, next to Atlanta, GA. As I was peering into the half-transparent red depths of this fruit, I thought for a moment that my return to Russia might have just been a dream and, as soon as my gaze finally resurfaces from the grapefruit flesh, I might find myself still in the familiar corner on the second floor of my Georgia apartment, where I used to paint my cups and fruits. This thought would not leave me until I finished painting this one. I guess I am missing Georgia.


Tea and Mandarins


I was looking for a good combination of blue and orange and here's what I've come up with.


Slice of Citrus

I've been painting larger pieces recently - mostly portraits. Today I have finally returned from the land of giants to that of Lilliput, so to speak. And this extraordinarily transparent slice of orange was the first to spot me landing and welcome me ashore.