Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Poppy Art - I Love Poppies!

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Poppy Flowers At Dusk is an acrylic and oil painting which has been highly textured with grungy warm colors and then layered with impasto thick oil paint! There are so many poppy paintings around which are very daylight beautiful, and I have already done those myself, that this time I wanted poppy art to be warm and darker, more quiet then usual. That being said, I adore poppies no matter how they come :)

Here are some I have done in the past.

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All of these are mixed media.

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The next is one that is a dedication to Frederic Leighton as I painted his lady [literally reproduced her] from the painting Flaming June where he sought to show the tiniest link between sleep and death.

I only see life in poppies and to sleep in a field of poppies would be my delight.

I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Fine Art Photography Of Hugo Bussen - Featured Artist

A Masterful Life In Imagery

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Hugo Bussen is a Dutch Master at his craft of photography with a career that spans over 40 years. His work has been exhibited in many countries around the world as well as being a published photographer in many art magazines.
Mr Bussen does not go into lengthy detail about himself; it's one of the most interesting things about this particular artist and his photography; he lets the work speak for itself, and speak it does. I'm sure many of you have heard the words "If a picture paints a thousand words", and that describes, at least for me, Hugo Bussen's Mastery of his craft. His photography speaks emotively and romantically in soft tones which are neither too feminine or too masculine. Hugo Bussen has the Mastery of touch which completely balances the Yin and Yang of his craft.
The still life art pictured above is a classic example of an artist stirring the viewers imagination of tables romantically laden with vases of softly perfumed flowers and tender arrangements all in gentle lighting.

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With Landscapes Hugo Bussen is equally as Masterful in his craft as he is in the Still Life Photography. Can you feel the air as you walk? Can you feel the chill or the warmth, can you smell the delight of forests and woods? Look at the light, the atmosphere that calls you to walk on. It is my opinion that this is the true craftmanship of a photographer - to make people feel something; smell something; remember something - anything that is beautifully haunting because Hugo Bussen's artwork is unforgettable.
In closing I shall leave you with a most romantic castle and please, make yourself a cup of your favorite brew and take out 15 minutes from your day to explore the beauty of Hugo Bussen's Portfolio where Prints can be Purchased from a site I can personally vouch for as being extremely high quality. Click the link below the castle.

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My most gracious thanks goes to Hugo Bussen for granting me permission to feature his Fine Art.
-Zeana Romanovna

Friday, 5 December 2014

Different Art And Different Moods

The question often arises as to how moods affect what an artist does. I have always found it very difficult to answer that question whenever I have personally been asked, but this past few weeks I have watched my own artistic performance - or lack of.

I suffer terrible insomnia and always have to varying degrees, but the past few weeks have been a nightmare. It isn't that I can't sleep, it's that I can't fall asleep in the first place. Goodness knows why I go through these times, but surviving on sometimes 2 hours of napping per day can really wear the feathers to the bone.

Tsunami Abstract and Sunset After The Storm are two abstracts created while severely sleep deprived and it's exactly how I felt at the time - overwhelmed.

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At the same time as the insomnia my auto-immune disorder decided to really kick up it's heels. This meant severe pain as well as the insomnia, and I doubt one helps the other, but I refuse heavy medication at this stage.

Abandonment at Nightfall was an artwork born under a lot of pain and sleepiness and yet even though I have slept for one night [might just be good fortune for one night] I still quite like the artwork, and I am my worst critic ever.

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Depression continued - yes, I get very depressed with so much pain and lack of sleep and "A Castle on A Cloud" came of that.

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After a little sleep in a recliner - not in bed which was becoming an anxiety booster the minute I lay eyes upon it, I felt a little more "with it" and had a great deal of pleasure bringing out the beauty in a bird - a vulture. People either like them or seem to love them. Personally I love vultures.

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During this time I also completed 2 commission paintings and restored several old photographs, so despite what I felt I still worked and for me, my art certainly helps with problems that affect many of us. It was just interesting to see the differences in my art according to how I felt.

Stay Well, and do not drive when sleep deprived!

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Einstein and The Art Of Genius

To me, the term "genius" doesn't necessarily mean someone who is born with an immeasuable intellect, but rather someone who has the focus and aptitude to intake data and information as a pleasure, which in turn creates the genius that he or she has become through this thirst for knowledge, hence the books reaching the sky - symbolic of "the sky is the limit". In Latin there is a term "art artis gratia", meaning "art for arts sake". The same could be said for knowledge, "knowledge for the sake of knowledge."
Albert Einstein is only one of many who have inspired many of us to study and learn, always seeking and challenging our own thoughts rather than the thoughts of others.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Vintage Memories Of Love

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Memories are special to each of us and I think that our first love is someone we remember forever.
That first bloom of love and romantic feelings - the bloom of feelings never before experienced. Passion ignites and although it may fade with time, the memory lives on.
The water is wide. I cannot get o'er
And neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row my love and i
I leaned my back up against an oak
I thought it was a trusty tree
But first it swayed and then it broke
And so my false love did unto me
Oh love is handsome and love is kind
And love's a jewel when it is new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like morning dew

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Do You Like Vintage Art? Modern Vintage Art Is My Current Love

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A few weeks back I started a new position doing photographic restoration and painting. As a side-kick or incentive for me to accept the position a new course was also offered to me and I took the job with pleasure just so I could do the course.

I know Photoshop, in fact I know it backwards, but this course isn't about Photoshop, it's about mixed media and the way we as artists think. In my not so humble opinion I feel the print on demand work can have an artist trying to please his or her public rather than do what he or she would love to do, or feels within.

At the moment I adore the Vintage Style Art, but I sure am doing it because I love it and not to please any customers. If they are pleased and like it, that is simply an added bonus to enjoy.

So here is my week+ worth of work whilst not creating, or setting out to create just "pretty pictures".

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I think you get the idea, right? I thought so. If you happen to want to see a larger version please click on the images :)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fascination With Ship Art - With A Discount For You!

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Once again I have been beset by another fixation; this time on ships. In truth this has been going on for some time and many were left unfinished for rainy days, or simply awaiting inspiration from my muse. After a couple of months I finally finished "some" of my ship art.

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Each are in different mediums with a couple that are purely hand digitally painted photographs rather artistically designed with textures and effects. Others are paintings from reference material, and then again there are a couple of rather distinctive vintage style images that were designed to look very old - oh how I love mixing media and using traditional paintings layered with digital effects - it's so much fun and very much like creating one's own movie set with all the different effects that can be worked up. Yes, it takes time, a long time to do it this way, but I find it most rewarding.

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Whilst the image above does not have the tall ship as a main focal point it was an artwork where I wanted really saturated oranges and yellows, so what to do? Set the harbor on fire :)

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After the passionate fury of fire there is a need for softness, so a short trip into cooler and softer territory is the answer to the artwork above. It was rewarding to play with tones and colors that created different moods, and for me, blue is certainly a cooler,softer mood than the rather warmer images.

The following art print is definitely a vintage work, or faux vintage as none of it is true vintage being as it's created this year! Regardless, the map you can see reasonably clearly is very old and is deeply integrated with the image itself.

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If you look very carefully you will see that the ship in the second image and the ship in the last image are one and the same - amazing what can be done when the mind is allowed to be free. It's a wonderful feeling to be creative and every day I create something I am so grateful to my parents for having handed me such a gift. :)

To better see the artworks, you can click on them and view larger versions and even click and zoom in to see details.

For something special - yes, it's discount time on a Limited time Promotion Art Print of a New Artwork, which I seldom offer.

If you click this link below you will be eligible to purchase the giclee print on canvas for a highly discounted price.

This is the image you can purchase - so what are you waiting for?

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Happy Weekend and Happy Buying Art :)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Vintage Fruit Preserves - The Prints Plus Free Textures Just For You

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Vintage Fruit And Vegetable Preserves are a few painted photographs of selected vegetables and fruit where color delights the senses and the tastebuds. All colors are very slightly muted to create a Vintage era effect where more people preserved what they grew or shared in towns and villages.

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There is very little extreme fine detail as I wanted the overall effect of color and aged authenticity to dominate - besides which, ordinary food images are bountiful and I like to be au contraire and really do love the vintage era.

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I hope you like my luscious jars of fruits and vegetables and think about making some of your own, and if not - there's always a print. :)

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Textures - you like free textures? Of course, who doesn't?

The textures you can click on - this will take you to my website and click the image again and download "full size resolution". They are quite large and all are rather vintage in style. I hope some of my readers enjoy these, and if so, please share my blog post around so that others can also benefit.

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Enjoy and remember to share :)

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Painting And My Longing For Storms And Skies

No, I don't mean I literally wish to live in constant storms, but I have a deep fascination with how they affect the sky during different phases of the storm or even a simple change in weather pattern.  Take the below as an example -:

Romanovna Fine Art: Abstract Expressionism Realism Art &emdash; Eye Of The Storm

These are the type of images I love to paint.  Either that or my creative brain is going through a change of wanting to paint sky after sky.  I've no idea of where these thoughts come from, or even the longing to keep doing this, but it seems my fascination with skies is quite deeply embedded.  I don't really see anything wrong with it.  Some people only ever paint flowers or landscapes, so here is me wanting to paint skies.  

Is there such a thing as a sky painter?  Personally I've not heard of one, which may just place me in the strange category, but I think most people have worked out I'm a wee bit different by now, and if they haven't then they have now :)  

What would you think of an artist who wanted to paint skies and nothing but the sky?  I don't mean I'd never have a little bit of landscape below, but that would by no means be my focal point, so I'm interested in what others think.   These skies would be done in oils - I really cannot see myself getting into skies in pastels or mixing too many mediums with skies.  Besides, I want a thick and juicy impasto look.  

So whether you're an artist or just anyone who has an opinion, please share it.  What would you think of a sky painter?  


Thursday, 9 October 2014

One Week Of Vector Mixed Media

One Week Of Vector Mixed Media - HMmm. Let me tell you - it's tiring work. This won't be a long post because I am literally falling asleep and I don't want to be rude or appear so for lack of paying attention to you, my Dear Readers.

Romanovna Fine Art: Modern Contemporary Art &emdash; Japanese Colorful Lady

Japanese Colorful Lady is an Artistic Vector Artwork which is bold,colorful and very cheerful. Parts of the design are art nouveau in style and yet are still very modern-contemporary in both design and style.

This art work is also available in black and whiite and sepia. I do not do this with most artworks, but with Vector Designs people seem to have a different taste in color or lack of color. I think I like the color in this work, then again.......

Romanovna Fine Art: Modern Contemporary Art &emdash; Retro Geisha Girl

Retro Geisha Girl is a design of vector and watercolor layers placed into the theme of a contemporary portrait featuring a Geisha Girl and older Retro Colors.

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If you wish to see more of my vector designs in either digital or mixed mediums, please visit my Contemporary Art Gallery - the link is below.

Until Later Good People :)


Friday, 3 October 2014

Vintage Cracked Rose - My Love Of Vintage Art Continues

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Vintage Cracked Rose is an artistic representation of a highly processed photograph of a beautiful super macro rose. It was originally red but I was seeking an image that represented the changing of eras but still within keeping of the beauty of the rose. Black and White, or even sepia seems to hit that sweet spot for me. The image is post processed to create a film grained and cracked appearance which is rather 3D in appearance. A very vintage style natural hand created cracked texture has been placed in between layers of grain and cracks giving an old, and yet still very modern appearance.

If you wish to purchase a print of the absolutely stunningly beautiful vintage cracked rose you can click the link below and simply make your selection :)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Mandala Art - An Art Form That is Zen To Create

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Yes, believe it or not but the mere creation of Mandalas is extremely relaxing; sometimes energizing depending on the form and color of Mandala being created.

They have an intriguing beauty because of the intense ornamentation and the differing Geometrical types and styles of Mandala. It is an art form I truly love doing and yet I must admit I keep saying "No more of these", but they are addictive!

This weeks offerings is quite varied as you can see.

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Okay, that isn't a mandala but I like how it turned out :)

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Oooops, neither is that a Mandala but I think you might like it.

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That is quite a week of work, don't you agree? Of course you do :)

Have a Beautiful Weekend and Relax - Buy some Prints - aka click on images above.