Sunday, 28 December 2014

One small summer dream - new painting 'Under the Sun'

I am happy to introduce new just finished painting called 'Under the Sun'. I must admit how nice it made me feel to work on bright and summer painting in weather like is here. Now there is actually winter, with all its charms: cold blue sky with glittering snowflakes and roof covered by airy white duvet, all fascinating, yet freezing to look and feel.

Even though I love winter, I was somehow very happy to work on this summer painting with its warm colours, bright green grass, summer sky and lady in such a light dress, imagining the feeling of sun touching my skin and light fresh air playing with a few hair, which were happy enough to run off a clip. Just to walk amongst trees with fresh green leafs and meadows with flowers, passing all those people admiring blue summer sky and sunlight shining through old trees. 

Under the Sun is an acrylic painting on canvas with height 60 and lenght 50 cm. This artwork deals with the theme of Summer, of course, but also with the 19th century and its fashion. 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Farewell to the Autumn - A new painting 'November'!

After some time, I am happy to present to you my new painting. It is called 'November' and as the title indicates it deals with the theme of Autumn. It belongs to the same series of paintings as 'The Dance of the Rose', which I prepare for an exhibition in Bílovec, Czech Republic. 

November is an acrylic painting on canvas. The height of this artwork is 50 and its length is 60 cm.

This painting shows a lady in long dress, with hat and gloves calmly sitting on a bench, amongst falling leafs, expressing the Autumn as an lonely distant season, that give us time for contemplating and wandering around with feet in fallen foliage - completely alone. 

While working on this artwork I combined figure in naive art style - focusing on the woman in dress, with the silhouette and details - with abstract style for the background. 

In regard to the official first day of winter, this painting is my goodbye to the autumn, which was cold (here) but after all impressive.  

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Shortly: Mural Art 'Lady in Red'

'Lady in Red' is a painting on wall in living room of an private apartment. It's an acrylic painting with height 220 cm and width 225 cm.

This work is (on request) made in the same style as the canvas painting 'The Dance of the Rose', but we agreed on red and dark red colour and mask in hands.

This painting was my reason for stay in Písek, Bohemia and I am happy that there gonna be one more, on which I am about to start to work next Monday. Anyway it's a beautiful town, about which you can read, here.

Municipal House and 'Vital Art Noveau 1900' in Prague

Today I would love to recommend you an exhibiton in Prague. It's called Vital Art Noveau 1900 and takes place in Municipal House - it's exactly the case when anyone who loves Art Noveau can't resist - 19th century, 'La Belle Epogue' and all those beautiful artworks, dresses and accessories, all permeated by these times quality and elegance, which is in a word echanting. 

But let's start with the building, because it's fascinating by itself. It's civic building in Art Noveau Style where usually take place a lot of events, concerts and exhibitions. You can find there even a restaurant and café but mainly famous Smetana Hall.

Municipal House is also perfectly located. It's next to the Powder Gate, the historical centre of the city. If you would have gone through the Gate and than continued along Celetna Street you would got to Old Town Sqaure and from here easily to the famous Charles Bridge or Estates Theatre, where took place premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni in 1787.

Back to the Municipal House - it's definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague. It was decorated (also) by Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler, Max Švabinský and Mikoláš Aleš. When  you enter the main door you'll be amazed by all the glass, marble and mosaic - simply the grandeur of everything around. So it seems to be a perfect place for such a events as the exhibition of dresses made by Blanka Matragi or the exposition of Alphonse Mucha's works, which took place here last year.

And now to the Vital Art Noveau 1900. The expositions includes some of the most interesting and well known Czech and European artworks from this period of time. There are works made by Alphonse Mucha, Toulouse Lautrec and many others. You can find there great examples of decorative art, too - furniture and accessories - as unique and cultivated as it can be.  

For everyone who has even a small weakness for those days clothing it is a small paradise. There are so many kinds of dresses: day and night dresses, winter coats, tuxedos, lingerie, corsets. Everything is perfectly made - every detail fits and matches with the rest, apparent is also the quality of textile and careful work. I can't omit accessories, demonstrations of shoes, gloves and hats, but mainly jewellery - all diamonds thoroughly fitted in necklaces, rings and hair clips.

Yes I am a bit enthusiastic about it, but I think Art Noveau and whole 19th century is one of those with which is not difficult to fall in love. 

All photos of interiors are taken from the Municipal House's official websites.
Direct link to the exhibition, here.

You may like to read: Písek - Enchanting Bohemian town!

Monday, 8 December 2014

New Painting: The Dance of the Rose

I am happy to introduce new painting called The Dance of the Rose. It is an acrylic painting on canvas, 60x60 cm, inspired by the theme of spring.

This artwork captures woman with long flying dress in motion, expressing the feeling of freedom and lightness of spirit. The arch around figure represents blooming fields with tulips and levander in corners accompained by simple blossoms and leafs of wild roses.

'What it would be to dance as a rose, elegant and impressive, live in gardens amongst blooming flowers and by a simple movement spread all the scent.'

Friday, 5 December 2014


Friend of mine asked me, what I consider important when working on my artworks, talking about technique. I prefer don't limit one's self by school learned techniques, use sences and intuition and technique comes out itself. I find out that knowledge comes with creativity, but also experience, sometimes such a kind of experience one wouldn't expect, which brings me to, what I've learned from the ballet and music.

Ballet is one of the most remarkable ways of expressing emotions and feelings. I always admire the seeming simplicity of all those movements - which are usually impossible for most of us. I love this way of dance. The strenuous training, which all balerinas have to take, can teach us how important is every small detail. Even only a few centimetres deflected position of leg and whole movement losts it's symmetry. This is what fascinates me so much, the way of perfectness and the need for things to look natural and make sence. 
For those who are interested, there are some demonstrations pervaded by this quality: The Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, Entrance of Swans from Swan Lake and a part of my favourite Eugene Onegin, it worth to watch this preview of Eugene Onegin too, for its costumes and stage settings, but also for splendid capture of the theme of whole story.

And music. This is also why in my oppinion is Mozart's music so enchanting - it's deep, elegant, bright, it goes gently and seems simply, yet it is not. Every note has its meaning and sense, and finally together they create incommutable symmetry of tones. Just listen. Or Vivaldi's Four Season, maybe the Winter.
Classical music is wonderful, teaches us so many things. Someone said than in past times was music created for it self without all the personal mess some people tend to put in it these days - art created for art, and you must agree it has its charm.
And all those painters: Dalí, Rembrant, Carravagio, Goya, DaVinci, Mucha...

Even fashion designers: Coco Channel, Blanka Matragi...

From who else we should learn than from those, who manage to gain genius in their work. 

So, everything must make sense. Talking about my way of creating anything - even here is every line as same important. One unnatural line and you create often unpleasant disconnect, while the right way of lines can give your character on paper or canvas life.

About these two drawings. Both of them are from the Eugene Onegin ballet and both capture Onegin and Tatiana and their beautiful yet unfulfilled romance accompained by atmosphere of old Russia. 

Ballet Romance, pencil on paper (the first one on the right) 
'Love, devotion, trust. Beauty of movement and mystery of love. Ballet Romance is a pencil drawing on paper inspired by Onegin ballet, capturing the movement as natural expression of love and devotion, with the emphasis on the beauty of love and emotion expressed through dance.' 

Ballet Affection, pencil on paper (the second one on the left) 
'Affection and attachment. Beauty of movement and mystery of love. Ballet Affection is a pencil drawing on paper inspired by Onegin ballet, capturing the ease of movement and full value of true emotion in dance.' 

Both those artworks are for sale, if you'd like to purchase any, just visit this link.

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