Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy new year!!!

Wishing you all an amazing 2015 Filled with love, health, art, your favorite people, good food and whatever you wish!

I know already my 2015 will be a SUPER year, plenty of new experiences waiting for me! Scary but exciting !

I haven't been painting one of my girls in a long while but I wanted to finish my year painting. It took me some time to get things right. That what you get when you don mix color for months!!!
I put down on the canvas something I like today, will keep working on it tomorrow :)
can't wait!

just  a quick pick!
work in progress!!!

Time to move to the kitchen now! I have been cooking so much lately!! I should have a cooking blog too ;)
Cantucci butter free tonight!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Love, oil painting on canvas.

New Love.
12x12 inches
oil on gallery canvas

A gorgeous Sunday here on Ocean Beach, chilly but sunny and beautiful.

The posting of today is the finished painting of Catherine and Arthur.
It was her surprise Christmas gift from her hubby. Lovely gift I have to say! :)

Enjoy the day everyone!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I love anywhere by the ocean.

I Love anywhere by the ocean

modeling paste, acrylic, paper and ink on wood.

size 2 x 3,5 x 1,5  inches 

Sometime ago while walking on Ocean Beach with Mona I found this cute piece of wood, nice shape and nice surface. I took it home, sanded it and waited for the right kind of inspiration to come along.

This original piece is for sale in my Esty shop:

Happy Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I have been spending some time off with my family this week, cooking, wrapping present, calling the family back in Europe...the usual holiday's business!:)
I want to wish everyone out there a joy filled holiday!

Lots of love from the Pilawski family!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sketches ....Catherine and Arthur.

These are a couple of sketches study I did in preparation for the same painting.
So happy and excited for this project!

 Catherine and Arthur, New love.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Doll. Water Mixable Oil, ink and acrylic on wooden panel. 12x16 in

12x16 inches
oil, ink and acrylic on wooden panel

Here is my last painting finished :)

The hair are and the flowers are ink and acrylic while the face is painted with water mixable oil,
a new kind of oil painting I am using now. Different from the standard oil painting, as their name says they are water mixable therefore they are not toxic. 
Easier to clean but more difficult to use.  At least for me . They dry faster and they are more stickier....but since they are stickier is also easier to leave brush stroke marks, which i like.

If you want to see the previous step click here

and here

Have a good Saturday everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sketches from last night, clothed figure drawing class.

20 minutes pose
pencil and ink

Another Wednesday afternoon/evening drawing away :)

As usual we start our class with 2 minutes poses followed by 5 min, 10 min and finally 20 minutes poses.
I have to say my favorite re the two minutes and the 20 minutes.
The 2 minutes are quick, you do not have time to waste in details, a gesture and few small adds, time is out.
On the other hand in the 20 minute you have plenty of time to play around with ink, colors or pencils, you can also mvd around the room looking for the best able to draw.

Here are some of the drawing from yesterday:

2 minutes
5 minutes

20 minutes 

Weather update from Ocean Beach.
It has been raining no-stop since early morning.
I am at the 5th bucket of water now...out living room door is licking!!!!!

The day can only can better!!!

Stay dry everyone! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My portrait of Picasso from a picture by Arnold Newman.

This is my last chiaroscuro assignment finally completed, after almost one month.

18x24 inches

The original b&w picture was taken by the American photographer Arnold Newman.
His B&W portraits are currentlypresented at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco.
An awesome  exhibition, a MUST SEE.
Differently for the photographer before him  Newman focuses on the sitter's habitat. Revealing personality and character not through physiognomy (the principle of classic portraiture ) but through the things artist gathered around them.

Here is Picasso picture before the chosen crop:

Newman crops it :)

Me and the original photo! Selfie :)

Me and my drawing! selfie work in progress:) 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Work in progress step2 : pencil, ink and and acrylic.

Work in progress day 2.
I redraw the girl on the wooden pane with a pence, then I went on top with ink and painted the larger area in back acrylic.

Next step is coloring the face.
Unfortunately this project is already on hold!
Few other things came up :) busy artist agenda :)

Hope to come back to this soon!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Work in progress, from the sketch to the wooden panel

Back to something fun this weekend!
I am only left with the final touches on my Picasso portrait( .....will complete it tomorrow!) so today I treated myself with something I love.....which is drawing faces, as you well know ;)

I really enjoyed doing my last painting on wood and I am planning to so something along the same lines, ink and oil together.
This time i will be using a different kind of oil, a water soluble type. They works differently from the standard ones...hopefully I ll get the same result!

Here is the sketch I did today:


I am starting to draw it on wood right now:

But having a break soon, off to the cinema today! Will keep working on it tomorrow.
Happy Sunday everyone!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Few sketches from last night figure drawing class.

Today I am posting some of the long poses sketches from yesterday figure drawing class.
The class start with 2 minutes, 5 minutes and 10 minutes long pose.
During the second part of the day we move into longer poses of 20 minutes, here are some of those :)

By the end of the class the model was exhausted...look at her face in the last drawing!
But she did an amazing job! I have to say, she was my favorite model till now.

Working the final touches on my Picasso drawing today, posting it tomorrow!
Happy thursday everyone!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to wear a twilly !

A twilly is a thin version of a scarf that can be tied in a lot of different ways. Very chic!!
 Planning to get one myself soon, I especially love the idea of tie my hair with it :)

Update from Ocean Beach: super rain today but after the storm .... a beautiful rainbow

Cloudy again now...taking the puppy out for a short walk!
Have a good evening everyone!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Statue profile.


This one my last drawings from my chiaroscuro class, down a picture of the work in progress.

Happy first of december everyone....honestly I cannot quite believe is already December!! 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A touch of violet. Watercolor.

I have been sketching a lot of girls with scarf lately.
Maybe you are wondering WHY ?!

My friend Zofia is developing a non-profit organization for a great cause, check out her website :

watercolor from my Sketchbook
Touch of violet.

Last day in the mountains for us today, we didn't get much luck with the weather! Too warm, no snow and today too wet and too rainy, still little snow.
We drove to Reno....not an impressive place I have to say .

Still we managed to have a good time.

I think we found the best lounge in town , amazing service, nice food and good wine... what you need for the best creative time!

Working on some more scarf-girls and almost finished with my Picasso!!! Posting it soon :)

A picture of the work in progress this morning.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Some sketches from today....Happy thanksgiving !

We arrived yesterday in Squaw Valley, not much snow around.... but this year I am not snowboarding so...still ok for me.
The problem with me not snowboarding though is that i am having a lot of free time...and I have spent most of the day today drawing and missing my doggie! :(
We didn't take her along thinking it might be the best thing to do...but we were OS VERY wrong.There are tons of dogs around and the place looks like the most dog-friendly place I have ever been.

Well....not much we can do now...we will buy some nice turkey treat for Mona !! Looking forward to see her on Sunday.

Let's start with the breakfast at Starbucks. I stayed one hour or so to draw the full view point from my table.

Then I had a lunch in a soup place, there was a tiny square outside, I sat in the sun drawing. It was very nice.

In the evening we went to a watch the 49ers game....and thank's God I had my sketchbook with me!! :)

And Grazyna with Michal's dad.

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving day!