Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Holidays !
















Happy Holidays! and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Inspiration" is back!




















Snowmen
6"x6" Soft pastels on Canson paper

I added this work to the latest Collaboration project "Christmas Tree" from "Art Sharing 21".
Check the site and add your contribution!

"Inspiration all around us" is back! I also added my work here.
After a short break, Elena Malec took over the blog from Dana Marie,
so the art challenges will continue!
UPDATE: "Inspiration all around us" does not exist anymore. However the old site will continue as "Artistic Sentiments", hosted by Dana Marie.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Collaboration Project *Happy Thanksgiving!















A new project in collaboration with Chelsea Bednar and Elena Malec, just in time for Thanksgiving. This is for "Art Sharing 21".

My part -on the right side -was done with Oil Pastels on green paper.

Visit "Art Sharing 21" for more projects.
Happy Thanksgiving !

Monday, November 8, 2010

Collaboration Project * Halloween puzzle






















This is a new collaboration project at "Art Sharing 21" : "Halloween puzzle"

Rodica Voicu - black cat
Nancie Johnson - pumpkin

My part, with the cat, oil pastel and acrylic on Canson Mi-Teintes paper
More details about this project here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Collaboration Project * Tulip






















I joined a new beautiful and interesting blog "Art Sharing 21" created by Elena Malec, where artists and art lovers can meet and work together on a project -online, in order to create "in a team effort something beautiful in the spirit of peace and harmony" as Elena said.

First project was a "Tulip" (2 pieces: the flower and the leaves)
My part -the leaves - Oil pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes paper

After Nancie Johnson completed the flower and I finished the leaves, without communicating with each other, Elena assembled and finished the work.

Please check this site , enjoy and... join!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Corner with Flowers















5"x7" Oil pastels on Canson paper

It is just a corner from a beautiful photo with flowers, provided at "Studio Atelier" for this month's Challenge. Check this site to see the other works.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reflections




















detail (from 12"x16") Oil on canvas

For "Inspirations All Around Us" Challenge blog.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Royal Gala"















5"x7" Oil pastel on Canson paper

A new performance, two works posted in the same day!
This time is for "Paint and Draw Together" Challenge 9.
I tried something new, oil pastel.

Exploring Pastel















5"x7" Soft pastel on Canson Pastel paper

This beautiful rose is for "Inspiration All Around Us" September- October Challenge.
It is my first work in pastel.
I should name it "Rose Elena", because she gave me the first informations and lessons for working with pastels.
So, thank you Elena!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lemon















5"x7" Oil on masonite

This is for "Rookie painter", September challenge - lemon.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bizarre Autumn
















16"x20" Oil on canvas

An older, bizarre, unusual autumn.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Greedy Chipmunk"
















8"x10" Oil on masonite

For July, a little greedy chipmunk for Gary's "Wilderness Art Challenge".

Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Cute little frog"
















8"x10" Oil on masonite

This cute little frog is my submission for James Parker's "Windows to the Words Art Challenge" July. The submissions are here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Hydrangea"
















7"x9" Oil on canvas

A little bit of hydrangea for Dana Marie's "Inspiration All Around Us" July 6th - July 19th "Enduring Grace". Beautiful this flower!

Monday, July 19, 2010

"Cherries"















6"x8" Oil on canvas

It is done for the nice challenge blog "Rookie Painter" July.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Yummy"




















4"x4" oil on canvas

This is my contribution for Dana Marie's challenge blog "Inspiration All Around Us" - June.
It is done from a beautiful photo posted (on that blog) by Elena Malec. Yummy!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Mule Deer"
















8"x10" Oil on canvas panel

I submitted this work to a very nice blog, Gary Keimig's "Wilderness Art Challenge"
I love animals!

"June Paintout Hawaii"
















"Honolulu" 8x10 Oil on masonite

This is my entry to Bill Guffey's "The Virtual Paintout" - June.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

" Washington's Palouse "
















8"x10" Oil on canvas panel

This is my submission for Dana Marie' Blog
"Inspiration All Around Us" June challenge.
Check this site to see the original photograph
and the other interpretations.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"American Beauty"




















8"x10" oil on masonite

This is a challenge painting for another great blog, James Parker's
"Windows to the Words" -newly discovered. The submissions are

Above is the "American Painted Lady" butterfly through my eyes.

Friday, April 30, 2010

ADNW "Sedona Sunrise"
















8"x10" oil on canvas panel

This was done for another wonderful challenge blog "A Day Not Wasted".
So far, great pictures!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Something Older




















12"x16" oil on masonite

Another old reproduction of a painting "Mother and Child" by Camil Ressu.

Lately, I realized that in the past I loved to reproduce paintings that I liked.
As a beginner in painting, I tried to understand techniques and colour mixtures by copying.
Now, I like the paintings with simple compositions, expressive, with loose visible brush strokes, however I still love these old works.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Master














13"x19" oil on masonite

This older work is (almost) a copy of Camil Ressu's "Harvesters at Rest" (painted in 1925).
He lived from 1880 to 1962. I like his paintings and I have always been fascinated by the colours he used.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A few stages

Here are a few stages of the previous work -Renaissance.
Using a grid, I started drawing the image on a piece of
masonite (treated with acrylic Gesso).
Next, I used a wash of raw umber and turpentine.
Then I started to add colours. Checking often the original
image of the painting, I adjusted the colours, adding
layer after layer and blending-blending-blending.

The last image, RV at work :)











Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Italian Renaissance Study
























8"x10" oil on masonite

This portrait is done after "Christ, the Man of Sorrows" by Giampietrino (1500-1540),
a follower of Leonardo da Vinci.
I did it for Michelle Burnett's blog "Following the Masters" , March Challenge.
I enjoyed very much painting it.
Thanks Michelle for your wonderful blog!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dracula's Castle











12"x24" oil on canvas

Did you hear about "The Count Dracula" legend?
He is the main character of the Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula".
Although the novel is fiction, there are some historical connections between the character and Vlad, Prince of Wallachia (Southern region of Romania), best known as "Vlad the Impaler", faimous for his resistance against The Ottoman Empire and for his cruel punishments.
Bran Castle, commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" is described in the novel as the Count's home.
A few other interesting facts you can find here and here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

An old bridge















20"x28" oil on canvas

"Happy International Women's Day to all Ladies!"

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

FTM "Irish Girl"
































10"x10" oil on masonite
I did this for the "Following The Masters" blog, February's Challenge.

First image represents the original "Irish Girl" by American painter Robert Henri (1865-1929).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Waiting for Spring"




















12"x16" oil on canvas

We are now in the middle of winter. Some of us have a lot of snow, storms, strong winds, cold or extreme cold weather.
However it is nice thinking in a few weeks, spring will finally come.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Again

















10"x12" oil on canvas

Sometimes it is nice in winter.

Winter Time




















10"x12" oil on canvas

Winter time.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Portrait of "A woman"




















12"x16" oil on canvas

Happy New Year!
I have skipped the last challenge of my favorite blog DSFDF not wanted someone get upset,
however I post an older portrait of "a woman".