Another Trip to the Met

I recently had the chance to study a painting that I’ve been obsessing over for months. I found out it was at the Met and spent saturday visiting. I wrote about this on my other blog.


I spent Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum (in NYC) with two friends. I’d gone there specifically to see and study this painting, the “Crowning of Apollo.” It depicts the castrato Marc’antonio Pasqualini (one of the foremost singers of his day) being crowned with laurel by the God of music Apollo, with Marsyas the satyr bound in the background. I’ve written about this before, analyzing the story of Marsyas and Apollo and that whole piece is largely a visual representation of that article.

apollo crowningThe singer depicted, M. Pasqualini was a member of the Sistine Chapel Choir, a composer in his own right, and the leading singer in numerous operas. Andrea Sacchi was a baroque painter of some note who received regular patronage from the Vatican. He had a flourishing school and his style was noted for its exuberance.

I wanted to see this painting in person for two…

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Interview with Hudson Valley Art Speak

A couple months ago I did an interview for Hudson Valley Art Speak. I knew it would be available on youtube by the summer and I”ve been looking forward to posting it. Well, here it is. A little at the end is out of date: I no longer show my work with RiverWinds in Beacon or The Gallery in Rhinebeck, but you can find it all at my Etsy shop and in the occasional show.


Three Paintings Now For Sale

I don’t usually sell the originals of my Shaman series. I become too attached to them during their creation. At some point though, one runs out of room for storing one’s art! lol. The end result is that I’ve chosen to sell two of them:


Title: Oracle
Size: 14×18
Medium: acrylic on canvas
wired and ready to hang
Price: $125 plus shipping and handling.

shaman in ochres

Title: Shaman in Ochre
Size: 22×28
Medium: acrylic on canvas
wired and ready to hang
Price: $125 plus shipping and handling

I’m also selling a watercolor study that I recently did:

Playing Van Gogh

Title: Playing Van Gogh. — SOLD
Size: 12×16
Medium: watercolor on Arches paper
unframed, unmated
Price: $30 plus shipping and handling

The shipping and handling will vary. With the paintings, I need to bubble wrap them and secure them between two pieces of cardboard then put that in a proper box in order to guarantee that they’ll arrive undamaged. The last thing anyone wants is to purchase a painting and then have it arrive with the canvas torn and the frame broken. I generally ship via UPS and have them pack it too, just to be on the safe side. 

For the two paintings, I’m asking $100 each shipping and handling. I will absolutely refund any excess, should the shipping not cost that much. I”m estimating based on other paintings that I’ve shipped this way. 

For the watercolor it’s a bit easier. I should be able to just put it in a photo mailer and send it that way. I may still sandwich it between cardboard just to be safe so S&H for this will be $15 and again, if it’s less, I’ll refund the difference. 

Contact me at Krasskova at if you’re interested in purchasing any of these. 

Two New Paintings for Sale

I’ve just uploaded two new paintings on my Etsy site

The first is another sweet naked lady in need of a good home. Drawing from classical motifs, this female nude is titled “Modesty” and shows a woman, standing with hip cocked depicted in vivid cadmiums and pink. 

modesty on easel.JPG

The second, which I just finished this morning (or rather decided it was finished after leaving it on my easel for a month, glaring at it): “Still Life in Blue,” which depicts a glass vase of roses in a  beam of light, rendered with spontaneous brush strokes in a rather abstract style.

stil life in blue on easel

Both are for sale (at a sale price) at my shop. Check it out, and check back here regularly for further updates.  

A Naked Lady Looking For A Good Home ;)

Krasskova_ Magdalene

I have just posted this painting for sale (at a greatly reduced price) in my Etsy shop. It is one of my favorites of all the nudes that I have painted and I’m finally ready to see it find a good home. This is your chance to own a piece of original art. (Usually I’d price a painting of this size at $250-300 but I promised to do a sale in the spring).

This painting is a lush depiction of the traditional reclining nude, an odalisque. It’s rendered as an abstract figure in a vivid, highly textured, sensual array of colors and spontaneous brush strokes.

Title: Magdalene

Size: 12×22

Medium: acrylic on canvas. The back is wired for hanging.

Price: $110

I have quite a few other pieces up at my Etsy shop and i’ll be posting more of my work over the next few weeks, including other abstract nudes. Check it out. (I’ve got these listed for shipping within the US only, but if you are outside the USA and interested ,please shoot me an email at krasskova at and we’ll work something out).



Be sure to check out my other sites:

Wyrd Curiosities at Etsy

My page

My amazon author page.

Walking the Worlds Journal

My theology blog.

My blog about all things strange, weird and medieval.

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Upcoming Interview

I was interviewed last week for Hudson Art Talk. The interview will  will air again this Wednesday at 9:00pm and 9:15pm on the Carmel Comcast community access channel.

Channel 8 serves Beekman, Brewster, Carmel, Kent, Mahopac, Patterson, Pawling, Putnam Valley, Somers, and Southeast. 

Eventually the interview will be up on their youtube at which time I”ll post it in full here. 



Latest Work

We’ve started doing pen and ink technique with our watercolors and I’m loving the architectural aspect of it. I doubt I’ll ever do architectural drawings primarily. I fear the detail required makes me a little anxious, but I do love the results. This, for  instance, is the first landscape I’ve done in water color that I like:

july 29 lighthouse

Likewise this one. 

July 2016 lighthouse

It may be cliche, but I really enjoy painting these lighthouses!

Then here is my latest portrait, “Maenad.” 


And finally another botanical…this one done in a purposely loose style. 


I think they’re all for sale except the first lighthouse. that one I framed and plan to keep for myself.