It is spring once again here in New York. My favorite time of year, my favorite smell in the air, my favorite color of the sky.
We have repainted our apartment anew and are ready to start selling it. I hope we will have a buyer soon and a new chapter in our lives will start. We are all talking of the country now, kids want to plant apple trees near our new house, I can't wait for a space that could be my studio with a big window and some greens outside to look at, and the cats are just anxious and anticipating some big change. It feels like it is time for a change, like this chapter of our life is coming to a conclusion and something different will take it's place.
Monday, March 11, 2013
May be it is more for me to remember, but I do want to remember these days. Travelling here is like recharging my battery of inspiration and creativity. I do not have time to draw or paint here with 3 kids running around. I try to show them as much as I can and try to make it fun and interesting. And if there was no rain it would be perfect, but it does rain much of the time. But NEVER THE LESS. it is wonderful! I think I will paint and paint and paint when I get back home.....shoes, tomatoes, river, dome, rain, umbrella, pigeons, dogs, trees, mermaids, narrow streets with lamps
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Life is very very very busy these days. I have not painted anything serious in 3-4 weeks...And I'm not happy with myself in this aspect. However I decided to make a list of things that I do and that I have learned. Just to keep myself positive and thinking in the right direction. It is hard to think all the time of the things that I DO NOT do. So here it goes, things that I DID not know how to do a year ago: I have learned to make and use ginger tea out of real ginger roots. Lime has become a regular item in our shopping bag. Spirulina and chlorella don't sound scary anymore. I have cooked several raw desserts and enjoyed them. I have added grape fruit seed oil and food grade peroxide to the kitchen cabinet. I have made several green juices and loved them. Ok, ok, ok...it sounds like it's all about food and health. Let's see if anything interesting happened somewhere else in my life. I know a lot more about robins, larks, mocking birds and starlings. Teaching a NYC nature class was a wonderful endeavor so far. I have discovered the "Little HOuse on the Prairie" series and our family has loved it so far. And last, but not least the Little Nicholas books have been thoroughly enjoyed by me and the kids. It's not much, but this is what I have.. Oh, and my favorite flowers are in bloom and sold at Trader Joe's:)
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
We are looking. Looking to find a new place to live. Our family of 5 plus two cats has outgrown our a
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Watercolor is so light. It is full of light. The more I work with it the more I feel that what I do is too heavy, less is needed. Less strokes, less effort, less information. It should be more free. I am attempting to do something slightly different in this series I am doing for Storybird. I will be painting a number of little gnome watercolors, posting them on Storybird for stories to be made and selling the originals on Etsy. I feel I have to do little simple things now. This post is mostly self reflection, it will take me some time to get used to proper blogging after such a long break. Please bear with me.
Posted by Vita at 8:47 PM
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I had my little baby Ilya who is a walking and almost talking joyful little person as of today. He loves animals, books and tries to draw. He is in total awe of his older brother Andrei and makes us smile many many times every single day. Artwise, I have been doing some fun projects lately, lots of custom illustrations and one book collaboration project. I will post just a few highlights of the things happening around here lately and wishing you all the very very best in the New Year will send you all a big greeting and a cheer.
Posted by Vita at 12:26 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
New York has gone through a terrible hurricane as all of you probably have heard already. My family is fine, but what we have seen the past week was something we will remember for the rest of our lives. But like one of my friends said , New York is strong and it will make it through the toughest of times. Cheers to my fellow New Yorkers who have accepted this last challenge with such dignity and kindness to one another. I have found a wonderful little animation that I would love to share with you. It is called "The King forgets", and in summary it is about a king who forgot what he went out of the palace for and got his army together but instead of fighting ordered them to sing..and thus the war ended. Peace to all of you!
Posted by Vita at 8:27 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I have been neglecting this place lately. Please , please , please dear freinds if you are on Facebook join me there--I am much better at posting short updates and pictures . You can find me at HERE. I will be be so happy to reconnect again!!! And as promised a few new pieces some listed on Etsy already and some not listed yet
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Monday, June 11, 2012
And here we are -June already! Days are long, sun is making the city hot again and we are venturing out to the parks and beaches more. I am still mostly taking care of the little guys, although every now and then I manage to get some painting done and do a custom piece here and there. The littlest guy is getting to be not so little anymore. And the oldest one is starting to get an attitude of his own and I'm struggling with that. But otherwise everything is wonderful. Life is full of colors and busy moments, but I like being busy.
Posted by Vita at 9:35 AM
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
This is also going to be a photo report mostly. It's finally warm and sunny here and we try to spend as much time outside as possible. Kids found a bird's nest next to our house and we have been quietly observing the mothers comings and goings from it. Waiting for the babies to start coming out from the nest. I opened up my sewing machine (it only took 8 month to get it out of the box!) and so now I am trying to remember the long forgotten days when in our sewing class in school (6th grade I believe) we were taught how to sow underwear. That was the most funny and ridiculous thing back then, and the boys had the best time taunting us about it (they did woodwork at the time) but I think I remember how to thread the machine and how to press the pedal and that is a start. And the kids love the mere fact of having a sowing machine. A few little painting here and there. I went back to my old technique of coffee/tea dyeing the paper before using the watercolor, it gives it a nice soft color and a very gentler look. And as far as books go, I have really loved this one. Lots of wonderful projects for the family, simple yet tasteful designs and fast implementation (which is crucial in our case when there is always not enough time for something BIG to happen) And here are the photos. Please visit my Etsy shop for the newest watercolors and felted animals!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Still not much time to write. Most of the time I spend teaching the older kids and cooing with the little one. Time seems to be playing tricks with me. Sometimes a week feels like a day. I try to enjoy and take in every moment with the baby, since now I painfully realize how fast that time goes. Ilya is a true bundle of joy in all the sences of these words. Andrei and Anna turned out to be excellent older siblings and my heart sings when I look at them together. As for me....It looks like a new awareness of the environment and the food that we eat has come toward me. We have always tried to eat healthy , but lately I keep bumping into various resources regarding animal cruelty and treatment of cattle on big farms. For example I never knew that cows were fed a diet with an addition of other dead cows. It struck me as such a horrific truth, that I am still getting over the fact. Probably many of you know this, but for me it was a very scary revelation. It looks like I am heading toward a vegetarian lifestyle, or something close to that. Also I have been discovering more and more of Waldof education and I must say that I am very pleasantly surprised. What was just a hint of a vision somewhere inside me turns out to be a well developed phylosophy and I am eagerly reading more and more about it. Here are a few quick pictures of us and the work that I managed to get done:)please visit my etsy shop for new pieces.
Posted by Vita at 7:26 AM