Saturday, January 7, 2017

Developments


I have been working on a series of fat matryoshka. This was the first in the series that keeps expanding. My fiancé, Tony Rosano, was the inspiration for this one. One of my friends kept telling me that I should dive into sharing my cultural background with my audience in the work I do, so I tried it and I think he was right. It seems that people really like this new track I have taken. I'll see where it leads me. I'm certainly excited about making these into greeting cards and seeing how well they will do on my Etsy shop when I do finally put them up there.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Competition


I have neglected my blog. A month ago I quit my teaching profession and decided that I will not go back to the public school system. Instead I will delve head long into the art business. While I have no clear idea of one path to success (there's not a fool proof manual on how to succeed as an artist), I do have some ideas of ways to become more visible to the general public and hopefully in the process catch the eye of the right publishing company, art director or gallery.

I think my ultimate goal is to illustrate children's books. I am not positive that this is my optimal niche. I feel as though there are other fields of artistry that I am not familiar with that may be better suited for me, or that I need to become better suited for myself. At any rate I am working on finessing my own artistic style and vision in my pursuit of business success in a creative industry.

The next day after resigning from my teaching profession I entered into a call for entries in the Society of Illustrators annual. Among several other pieces, I submitted the one above. Unfortunately I did receive notice a few weeks back that my entries did not make it into the annual, but I tried. This is my second time in life applying to this annual. Both times the jury did not pick me. I don't know why they did not pick me, but I'm okay with it. I'll keep trying.

The piece above is called Gamayun. It is a mythical creature in Russian folklore thought of as a bird of paradise. Originally the bird had no wings or legs and was said to fly with the propelling force of its tail. Its presence foretold the corruption and abolition of government institutions. As the bird continued to evolve in its form, artists gradually gave it wings and legs and the face of a woman. Popular artists such as Vasnetsov and Block gave it a new two sided meaning, one of happiness and one of sadness as they often portrayed the birds in bright colors and happy facial expressions for good omen and in dark colors with sad facial expressions to foretell tragedy. This piece is simply my take on the bird of paradise and its good fortune.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Caterpillar



As a child, I drew a lot. I think it was my main occupation. As a teenager my drawings became more complex and I swore to myself that I will never become an artist because the amount of focus and work it required seemed daunting to me. I always had an image in my mind of what I wanted the end product to look like and I felt very impatient to get the drawing to finally reach it's final stage.

Ironically, I studied illustration and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Many years have passed since I finished art school and my art has taken a long slumber. In the past year my wish to become an illustrator, dormant for fiver years, reawakened. As a full-time elementary school teacher, my schedule is replete with responsibilities, but I come home and find the nooks and crannies of minutes and hours to spend on my art. With time, patience and perseverance I hope I will achieve my goal. It is always inspiring to find modern illustrators that are successful, for if they can achieve it, it must be possible.