Thursday, December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEARrrrrrrrrrrr!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


#6, which painted on the base of 5th one.
... actually instead it. It simple covers the preview painting.
I use to re-paint these of my works that I feel discomfortable with the result.


I liked the result, but Andre didn't.
In some time I begun to feel uncomfortable with it too and decided to re-paint it.
So I did. You can see #6 - which came instead.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Andre in profile

Andre's "Roman profile" by Vanessa
Media: oil colors on canvas, grisaille

Folks, I really, but r-e-a-l-l-y didn’t mean, but look at it!
Isn’t Andre looking alike one of these Roman marbles?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Andre - self-portrait in hat

Andre - self-portrait in hat
Media: oil on canvas

Portrait of Andre in hat

Portrait of Andre in hat (#1) by Vanessa
Media: oil on canvas, grisaille *

* Grisaille (grɪʼzaɪ, -ʼzeɪl; French: gris, grey, French pronunciation: /ɡʁi.zaj/) is a term for painting executed entirely in monochrome, usually in shades of grey or brown, particularly used in decoration to represent objects in relief. Some grisailles, in fact, include a slightly wider colour range. A grisaille may be executed for its own sake as a decoration, as underpainting for an oil painting (in preparation for glazing layers of colour over it), or just as a painting technique.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vanessa - self portrait once again

Self-portrait (Vanessa) # 4
Media: oil colors on canvas

Just study - once again with " the most loyal model ever"...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The third me

Okay, here is the third one - small (16x20 cm) as well. I doubt if to show it or not - I look really weird here. As you can see, the art-reasons (I consider that the painting itself is very interesting) finally won lady's care to look good ;-)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Vanessa St Elena?

The second portrait is smaller (16x20 cm only), but it's much more successful painting. It is "another me" - You may to tell that it is not much looks alike, but I really don't care. Andre said that I'm looking there like St. Elena from Byzantine mosaic in Constantinople. Was it a compliment or what?

Self-portrait in hat

Today I was painting (3!) self-portraits. All of them oil on canvas. The sizes are vary. This one (the first one) is the biggest, its size is around 30x40cm and it's about natural proportions.

We use to look for special reason and for "hidden messages" in artist's self-portraits; but most of them, I believe, were painted not because of being narcissist or dare to look sophisticated person for future generations. Definitely they were not my reasons as well! So why I did then? LOL... No one was available to pose for me, and what for sure - no one ever would be so loyal to result. People, while posing, expect to see themselves good-looking. You never can experiment with portraits of others. Self-portrait allows to be a clumsy painter, don't hurry up and just not succeed. Anyway, in this portrait - the first of three, I tried to be nice to myself and even smiled. Hat and scarf should symbol winter time. Yes, it is - December is here, folks!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cat vs. dog

"Cat vs. dog" by Andre
Size: 21x29 cm
Media: pencil on Ingres paper

Saturday, December 5, 2009


"Friends" by Andre
Size: 20x18 cm
Media: Pastel, paper