My new happy place

I realised that I have written about my indoors painting  ( my bedroom) but I haven’t written about my outdoors studio- my new happy place. So I invite you for a little tour!

There are 365 days in a year. Here in Estonia we have 3 months of summer. Some year the weather is not very nice so it’s not even 3 months. This explains why I wait for the summer all the time.

I’m someone who loves summer. I love spring. Everything is waking up from long winter and starts to blossom slowly. I love observing it. It’s so beautiful. Being surrounded by nature is good for my creativity. Nature helps me to get my attention to the present moment and this way I’m able to get better ideas for my art. 

Maybe some of you noticed that last year I set up a little corner on my balcony for painting. This was the place where my Waves Of Life series was born. I was very happy with it but after some time I realised that the sun was shining too intensely and I spent more time on trying to avoid the sun than I did on painting.

This summer I got a very good idea. I sad on the balcony and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  I took a little break from painting indoors. I was looking the table and then I realised that there is a little place on my balcony where sun wouldn’t disturb me.

 I went inside and brought all my painting supplies to the balcony.

I was even able to find a room for my easel. I couldn’t believe how comfortable this new place was. 


I made a little video to show you my new happy place. It has been true bliss painting like this. I don’t think I could wish for anything better really.

Where is your workspace? Where do you like to work?

 

July studio update


Probably you have noticed that I haven’t posted new art on my website recently. There is a reason. I’m so happy to tell you guys that during the past few months I have been working on a new series. In this post I will tell you more about it. 

I believe being an artist is like being a river. You are in a constant flow and sometimes there will be rocks ( art blocks) that try to stop you from going but you will find a way just like water finds its way between rocks because your desire to create is bigger than all the art blocks and problems that might try to stop you.

All my previous paintings have been deep blue and turquoise. I really enjoyed painting these and I do believe they were very important part of my artist journey to get to the point I’m today. I felt like I wanted to move on to the softer tones.

All my paintings come from deep of my soul and they also will radiate the emotions that I’m feeling during the painting process. I always want to radiate positive emotions and bring something good to the world.

New series will be about sunset ocean paintings. I have been wanting to paint sunset for a long time but I just was too afraid to come out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad that I took the step and decided to make this series. This series is called Sunset dreams.

 

 

 

I hope that my new paintings will bring you as much as joy as they brought me when I created them.

And.. I will launch my new series in August.

To see more of my work in progress videos and pictures, make sure to check out me on instagram

P.S  Often times I go Live on Instagram to show you guys how I work. So be sure to follow me on Instagram to get the notifications when I’m Live.

A day in the life of an artist

 

Have you ever wondered how a day of an artist looks like? What they do all day? What they think or what are their everyday tasks. Today I decided that it would be a great idea to write a post about how the day of an artist looks like.

My day usually starts around 9-10 am. That’s because when I go to bed previous night, I usually don’t fall asleep immediately. In fact there are 100000 thoughts in my mind. It’s very difficult to just mute everything in my mind. Most of the time I get the best ideas for my paintings when I’m in bed at night. I keep a little notebook and pen next to my bed so that I can write down all the great ideas.

So, after waking up I eat the breakfast. Usually it contains green or black tea with sandwich. I also like to eat cornflakes with milk. I’m not very hungry when I wake up.

I quickly go through all my social media channels to see what’s new and reply to comments and also comment other amazing artists whose work I like. I love to meet other artists and interact with them. I believe creative people should stick together instead of competing with each other.

After I’ve finished going through my social media and checking my emails I go to my room, set up my easel and start painting. Actually there is something I need to do first. Before I start painting I need to get in the right mood. I put on my Youtube list which has many nice and positive songs. Basicly I sit there, listen to the music and sing and then one moment : BOOM! Something happens to me. I feel so inspired and in the flow. That’s when the magic starts to happen.

I start painting. First of all I just look my painting and try to understand if there is something that I need to change. I believe every day we see art in a different way so that’s why maybe today I might want to change something.

After I’ve made changes or if there is nothing that I want to change about the painting, I will continue where I left off the previous day. Usually I totally lose the track of time when I’m in the creating mode. Haha. If there wouldn’t be my stomach who starts sort of screaming that it needs food to function, I would continue painting till the late hours.

I go and fix something for myself. By that time I’m already so hungry I feel like I’m gonna run down all the walls and doors. That’s probably because sometimes I can’t finish immediately and that leads to low sugar level in my body, which makes me cranky. I need to finish painting a rock or something like that. I wonder am I the only one who gets very mad when hungry.

When I have finished eating, I continue painting and I usually paint about 2-3 hours. After that I start doing other things. This includes cleaning the brushes and my room. It takes a lot of time to get the brushes clean.

Once I’m finished with cleaning, I relax for a little bit. By relaxing I mean body and mind. When my body is sore, then I do a quick yoga session to stretch my body. Yoga helps to unite body, mind and the breath.  When I’m in harmony, I’m calmer and happier which means I will have more productive painting sessions. Besides, painting in the same position for hours is not good for my body.

I like to have things planned ahead. I start brainstorming ideas for my next social media posts. Sometimes I like to plan few weeks ahead, sometimes just 2-3 days. I get my ideas from google or Pinterest.  Also I make pictures ahead because not every day I have something to post on social media. It’s always good to have some images in folder.

When I have finished planning my social media posts, I sketch out ideas for my new paintings. Sometimes it takes just 15 minutes, sometimes it takes for hour.

Around 9pm my brain refuses to collaborate so I need to do something else for a while. I love to watch Netflix. I’m a huge fan of tv series.

Not all of my days are exactly the same but most of them are. Sometimes there are days when I need to do shopping, run some errands or visit a friend. Then I will plan my day accordingly. 

Occasionally I like to take a little breaks from painting and go on a little vacation to recharge and get inspiration for my new artwork. The last thing I want is to overwork and end up having a burnout.

This is how my everyday life looks like. I hope you learned something new about me and my artistic life. If you have any questions then I would be happy to answer them. Write them in the comment section.

 

 

What you need to start oil painting

 

If you have been thinking about starting to paint then you have come to the right place. In this blog post I will tell you what you  need to start oil painting. So get comfortable and take notes.

I remember when I first started. I had so many questions. Which oil colors to use? Should I use canvas or canvas paper. What on earth is medium? If you’re having any of these questions right now then I’m here to help you. I can’t say I’m an expert but I will tell you what I’ve learned throughout the years.

  1. Oil paint. There are so many different brands of oil paints. I would suggest starting with the oil paints created for students a.k.a beginners. They are cheaper and perfect for practising. When the time goes by and your skills get better, you can invest more money in oil paints.
  2. Brushes.  There are brushes for watercolor, oil colors and acrylics. Pay close attention to the signs so that you won’t buy the wrong brushes. Brushes come in different shapes. Each one of them has a specific stroke. When it comes to oil color brushes, they are made of bristle hair and sable hair. You can use bristle brushes to complete your whole painting but when you need to make finer details then you need to use sable brushes.
  3. Turpentine. It can be used to thin oil paint and effect the flow of paint onto the canvas.
  4. Newspaper ( to clean the brushes) Or you can use some kind of old clothes to clean your brushes. Whatever works better for you.
  5. Linseed stand oil.  It is a painting medium which will make oil paints more fluid, transparent and flossy. I use it a lot. The thing I love about linseed oil is that it is odorless. It’s not healthy to breathe in poisonous mediums.
  6. Charcoal pencil or pencil. They will come in handy when you start the painting. You can use them to sketch out the basic outlines for your work. This will make the whole painting process easier.
  7. Palette. You can buy a palette from the local art shop or you can buy it online. I personally have used one time use plates, also discovered that the glass from a picture frame can also be used as a palette.
  8. Comfortable clothes. Yes! Its very important to wear clothes that are not your most favorite ones. There is a high possibility that you might end up ruining your clothes when you spill some oil colors on it. I have personally managed to wash the oil colors out but it all depends on the material and fabric of the clothes. Also, you should consider getting yourself rubber gloves. It’s not good for your skin to get covered with oil colors.
  9. Easel or table.  I personally love to use both of them. With easel you have an opportunity to paint either by standing or you can use a chair. If you would prefer to have all your oil colors in hand, then you can paint on the table. Personally I can’t always paint on the table because I tend to get the neck pain when I spend too much time behind the table. So if you are a person who is suffering under neck pain/ back pain then probably this isn’t the right choice for you.
  10. Canvas. There are so many different brands who offer canvas in different measurements. When you’re just getting started with painting, I recommend you to start with smaller canvases. Personally I think it’s easier.

I hope this blog post was helpful and you learned something new.

New art: beautiful little paintings in the etsy shop

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Lost in time
Oil on canvas paper
32,5 x 28,5 cm

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So far away
32,5×32,5 cm
Oil on canvas paper

I got the inspiration for this painting from a movie: The pursuit of happyness. I likes the par where Chris told his son: “Don’t ever let somebody tell you “you can’t do something” not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you “you can’t do it”. If you want something, go get it. Period.

The waves in this painting represent all the obstacles and criticism that you might face your journey while you are moving towards achieving your dream. But don’t let these waves scare you. You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf. In other words all these obstacles will make you stronger.

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Awake my soul
32,5×32,5 cm 
Oil on canvas paper

This painting is about finding your purpose. What makes you smile? What are you passionate about? What makes you eager to get out of bed every morning?
Do what you love. The world needs more of that. You only have one life. So make it count, make it special.

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A moment to remember
Oil on canvas paper
32,5×32,5cm

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Harmony
Oil on canvas paper
32,5×32,5cm

The emotion that I was trying to capture with this ocean painting, is harmony. 

 

Originals are available in my etsy shop

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