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Portrait of Olya

My second order…

When I finished my irst order, it was a bit sad time, I thought, yeah how it was good to have an order… But when I will get new next order, how to get it… But funny thing just yesterday I had meeting with Kate, we had a tea, a conversation about finished paintings and etc… And tomorrow, at the next day, when we had 2 work day, I had accidental conversation with one woman. She liked my paintings, and she liked the last two portraits, and so she decided to ask me could i help her tomake a gift for her daughter birthday. It will be at the next week. And that it is so good that we talked today, because she was so lost, she couldnt make any good present and didnt have any idea. So at the next day her daughter came at the evening, that i could talk to her and to make some photos of her. Her mother also brought me some her photos. I made a quick sketch. And her mother was glad. So at the evening, when I met Olya, i asked her: “Do you remember our Last Conversation, I told you that I am painter, listen, I need your help. Currently I work on one painting, very big, there will be 3 girls, so I have two. But I need one more. So could you make me a favour, I will sit you, and wll make some photos of you, because you are very close to idea i want to explore in this painting, so deal, ok??? No matter what dress you have… She ah, wow, painting wow, interesting of course i can. So I made shots, and in next three days her portrait was done completely. Her mother wanted a classical portrait, like a portraits by Borovikovsky. And the angel in the sky is also her idea.
Weird part, she, daughter was a bit fat in that time I painted her, and her mother asked me to make her a bit less. So I did, and in next month her daughter changed to her portrait look.


My third order… I just finished my second order, portrait of Olya… And I had a conversation to Tonia, one lady, she was like a friend for us(me and my mother) in that time. She was wonedering to see my recent order. And when she heard that i paint for order a present for birthday(Portrait of Olya), she decided that she willl make such present for her daughter too. Plus the birthday will be very soon. So we decided to do , but i needed Alyona, or her photos. Good thing in that time I spent too much time with her. And plus in that time I was working on one photo serie “Little People”, fantasy style. Alyona, she is a little girl in summer 2007, she was 10 years old. We talked together, she was asking me all the time to tell her anecdotes, or any funny short stories. Also she like when I used her like a model for my photos, and then show her the done product. So for me was not so hard to make another serie of photos of this little fairy. She likes fantasy A LOT. So decided to make her like a little fairy, plus she has an interesting face, like a face of girl from paintings of Boticceli.
I made some quick photo editions with her photos I got, and talked to her mother, found some photos of fantasy forest. I also remembered one fabulous weird evening online, i spent in messenger chating with one person, we used the background, something like a fatasy forest and pond, and for me it was more weird because i listenning the beautiful music of a Bach, Air…
So I began to paint very quickly, but then I felt how I was bothered by the days which we were working, and how I wanted just to do my paintings, and nothing more. So it disturbed me, and that’s why i had some problems at the final part, when I felt that I would like that this painting was more fresh, and not filled with this feeling of desturbing.
But anyway I found it intersting, and the work process, I like a lot to make surprises, i am not so glad to get gift, I am more excited to make gifts, presents, surprises… I like this process. And also I like to have a seret, from someone, and then to show it… It is interesting for me a lot. So while I was working with this painting, I as painted, as was busy with surprise and secret :)

Two Portraits of Kate

My first order… At the first time of my life I got order… I was happy really. So it was Febrary 2007, we lived in St. Petersburg. And the owner of that place where we lived, she had a friend, and this Kate one day decided to meet us and to see my painting.
So we have a long conversation with her. She explained why she would like that i painted her, she wanted with this painting to begin a new chapter of her life. And to find a man, who she would like to psend her life with. So we decided we;d meet next week, and I will make some sketches, and she will bring me her photos. So well, I began to work, on my first real order. So I made some sketches. And we met with Kate, funny thing, we met in McDonalds where day before was bomb :) Ok, Kate likes my sketches. And we decided I’d begin. And next my free days she will come to sit. So I made a first layer. And Then I was painted her from real Kate. The only problem , it was first work, plus Kate is not easy person, she has a lot of things, I mean, she is very different, she changed. While she was sit for me, I spoke to her, we all was speaking. My mother in that time was like my art agent. She helped me to find orders, find gallery, and also when I have a problem in Paintings, I talked to her, and we discussed it. So I could very quickly to fix the problem. Anyway portrait of Kate was very difficult. Especially the reflex of her in the window glass, one time I was SOOO angry, it was the period I was already about to finish this my work. But this second face, looks, like drank, like it laugh at me. My mother was tired, and slet I am tried to awak her, to ask, may be she see any clue how to fix it. But I saw that she is sleepy, and it is impossible to awake. SO I looked again to reflex of Kate. And Kate with face of drank bitch looked at me and laughted… I felt she laught that I couldn’t paint her second face. It makes me so hot, so I just took my paint brush, took the dark blue and green color and put it on her face… The went, made me coffee, drank some coffee, came back to Kate, cleaned her face with diluent, took out some layers of paint, and decided to paint it again. Over one hour I got that face that this painting has now. Anyway I need one more sit of Kate, and we decided to meet in Saturday. But in Friday Kate called me, and said, that accidentally she decided to travel with her friend, and she will return over a week or week and a half. Something from Letter & Poppies... Just like VermeerI was sad, but day before it I said my mommy, I know, I made all wrong, and I know the best way how to paint Portrait of Kate, she likes Delft, she llikes Holand, I needed to paint her like a girl reading letter by Vermeer. It will be best. And when I got this call from Kate. I said to my mother, quickly I have one week and a half that to paint second portrait. We went quickly to one gallery to buy clean canvas, and we didn’t have too much money to get again in the second time to net, so we just quickly came in one book store, where I quickly found paintings by Vermeer, and found Girl reading letter. I painted very quickly. Yeah I also was working in that time, but anyway if to count days, I spend only 3 or 4 days, and protrait was done. Then I finished without Kate the first one, and when she came back. And came to us to check portrait. First I showed her the fisrt portrait…She was glad to see changes. She likes what I did in this First one… But then I said: So Kate, we have not only one portrait… she said yeah i see, I and the reflex of me in window… So I have two portrits… I said: No Kate, you misunderstood… We really have 2 portraits. And I showed her the second portrait which was hidden. In this moment she was really wondered… She fell in love with second one too. I asked her, so you can choose, to take one or another, she said, but I want to take both… So it was really good idea to paint 2 portraits, good practice, and money twicely…

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Night Fantasy

I am about to begin one new painting. Better said that I have begin it last night. As I think this one will be on 6 or 5 canvases, depends of girl fairy who is sitting down at the ground. I am still deciding will I add a canvas for her head or I will draw her in one not squared canvas. The idea is to try to make and interesting way of using few canvases for one work. The three girls are a fairies, background will be night fantasy forest. I ‘d like to paint this work in mood like I painted portrait of a fairy. And ok the fairies will be naked, what will add a bit of mature content. Last night I was working on first the most little canvas, but it because this night I finished one work, which is a surprise, and that to show that I was worked, I quickly make a sketch of a moon, and put all first layer :)

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