Paintings

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 gmail.com and we’ll work something out).

 

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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.” 

maenad

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

IMG_5516

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

Finally, an Update!

It has been ages since i’ve updated my blog here and part of that is just the craziness of school. It doesn’t leave me much time to post online. I have, however, started working in water color over the last few months and just this week, I tried my hand at a series of portraits, first in water color, then in acrylic. 

This is one of the few times that I bothered to take in-progress shots and I want to share them here. I find it’s always fascinating — for me as an artist surely but also i’ve found for  non-artists–to see how art happens. How does a painting go from being a blank piece of paper or canvas to a finished, recognizable piece. 

I started with an acrylic of myself. I figured if i’m going to do a number of portraits, I should start with myself. i’ve sketched myself before and even painted myself once in a much more abstract style but this is the first seriously realistic portrait that I’ve done. I was working off this photo:

mag photo of me

and I came out with this painting:

me

I gave myself a bit more hair. This is solely a study in portraiture so I really am just doing the face. 

Next, I started a watercolor of my husband. Here are a few progression shots: 

in progress water colo 1

the beard was fun to do. I couldn’t stop laughing and cackling as I painted it: 

in progress 3 in progress 32

and before you think i’m making up the hair or being particularly abstract about it all, i was working from this photo: 

sannion june 2016

The general response has been: “You gave him medusa hair” until i show them the photo at which point it changes to “DAMN, that really is his hair!”

almost there 5

and here is the final water color:

final watercolor

 

Then i decided to do an acrylic working from the same photo. At first he came out looking severe and like the Spartan king Leonidas!

pre leonidas leonidas lol

Once I painted in the beard and hair, i had to pay much more attention to the eyes and brows to bring out the laughter that he’s showing in the photograph. 

almost done acrylic san

and finally here is a pic of both portraits together:

both togeher

there it is, the progress of a portrait. It’s really amazing how painting the underlying scaffolding of the face really adds so much depth, even though one eventually paints right over it. 

More to come folks. In the meantime, check out my etsy shop. I have a couple of paintings and sets of greetings cards available there. 

Three New Pieces

I’ve finally gotten back to painting. I’ve been focusing more on my drawing lately, working on the basics and it’s only recently that I’ve painted anything with which I’ve been at all satisfied. My teacher has us focusing on abstracts now, in part because it forces greater focus on color and composition (and I find it far more difficult than representational painting. I mean, when I sketch or paint a nude, the composition is there. One can’t improve on mother nature, but with geometric abstracts, you’re really on your own. lol). Anyway, here are the three I did this past week. 

Architecture of the body

Geometry of the Body

Jeux

Jeux

Island of Polyphemus

The Island of Polyphemus

 

All three are for sale. Contact me for sizing and prices (krasskova at gmail.com).