Orange Orange Burning Bright


 I couldn't for the life of me come up with a name for this orange painting and my husband suggested "orange, orange, burning bright". At first, I wasn't happy with this idea but then I thought for a while and agreed.


Coffee and Mandarin Slices


One of the many things I miss about the US - is the soy creamer I used to put in my coffee! Here in Russia, there is no soy creamer, and I would just die for some! Mandarin slices aren't exactly the best substitutes for soy creamer...


A Pair of Friends


Although I told you a few days ago that I was starting a cityscape series, I just can't tear myself away from still lifes like this one - my favorite citrus. I just find them delightful to paint, especially orange and grapefruit - the sun reflecting in the fruit is a feast of inspiration on snowy winter days like today.  


Frosted Sunset


I walked around the downtown streets last night to get some good spots. It was an absolutely beautiful evening! This is one the oldest streets of my city.


First Snow


 I am starting a series of winter land-/cityscapes, the first of which is "First Snow", the out-of-window view of morning snow in one of my city's streets. The series will include the greeting of winter in my city (but not only), and the farewell of the autumn months.


Cup of Tea

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At first I wanted to name this piece "Tea and Grapefruit", but the fruit is hiding its face behind the cup, so I decided to focus viewers' attention on the cup of tea and name it that.
It snowed here overnight, but not as much as we might have wanted it to - but the content of this painting fits spring more than winter! Yesterday's piece, "Half Full", was evidently a premonition of the white blanket of snow on the ground as well as the background of the painting.


Half Full


 If the background of this painting reminds you of snow, it is not taken from outside my window. For some reason, there is still no snow in Russia, and it's already December. It usually starts snowing in the beginning of November or earlier, and lasts till April (record is June). But now the weather has decided to hold off its natural winter antics, so we will have to content ourselves with pretending that the half-full pot of gold is actually seated on snow rather than a white cloth!