Friday, October 3, 2014

Live Drawing

Every week, on Thursday, at 5 PM I am going to that big chilly dark room at Fine Arts. Drawing a live nude keeps you on your toes. First year students and professors are equal here. No artistic bs, no freedom of self-expression. For these two hours you have to be a realist. You just have to - no matter what is your artistic credo. Feels like home.





Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hooray to coffee!


Did you know:

The Guinness-recognized oldest cat ever Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old, drank coffee every day. His he owner, Jake Perry, supported his cat's caffeine adiction, mostly because he was also the owner of the previous record holder, Grandpa Rex Allen. He was a coffe drinker as well and died at 34!

The northernmost land mass on Earth is called Coffee Club Island, or "Kaffeklubben Island" in Danish. This small island lying off the northern tip of Greenland and it's a part of Denmark. It was named after an informal "coffee club" of geographers that met regularly at the University of Copenhagen.

Originally coffee was not a beverage, but sort of an energy bar. Arabian tribes used to mix coffee berries with fat and form little energy balls.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on Earth. The first one is oil. It's also is the second most popular drink on Earth after water.

It would take between 80 and 100 cups of coffee for a lethal dose of caffeine for an average adult. If you think it's a lot, you would like to now that legend has it that Voltaire drunk 50 cups of coffee per day, that daredevil. So, drink up!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Introducing my new fall collection!

Leaves are falling, school started, the art season is back and business activity on the rise. Don't forget your seasonal home maintenance. Pantone declared Mustard Yellow, Cognac and Radiant Orchid the trendiest colors for this season. Welcome, Fall!





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunar eclipse

I spent a good portion of the last night on my balcony with a camera, taking picture of the total lunar eclipse, aka "blood Moon". It was a pretty chilly night, so I put on every piece of clothes I managed to find in a dark apartment. My hubby was sound asleep.








Thursday, April 10, 2014

Famous artist in the house

Celebrated LA visual artist Synthia Saint James spoke yesterday in Washington State University. Doctor St. James was sporting one of her many Chinese silk jackets: this one was  a lovely turquoise blue with rich embroidery.  Great painter with an impeccable instinct for shape and color, she is also a uber-ninja of self-promotion. Excited public went "awww" after every announcement of her next progressively humanitarian and socially important project. It's funny how being in a spirit of doing good and making positive change in the world makes an artist unmistakably trendy.


I am sure that she's a perfectly nice lady and I know that she is an exceptionally talented artist with bold, unique vision, but I couldn't help but wonder: is she ever do something that wasn't aiming for Nobel peace prize? And does any speaker needs to be presented not by one, not two, but three people?And it wasn't helping that everybody, including people in the documentary they shown us, spoke about Ms. St James achievements in terms of quantity: she created this many book covers, made this and that many projects, won this and that award etc. And what with all the name-dropping: starting with people and ending with countries? Maybe I shouldn't be that sarcastic, but instead learn how to do marketing from a real master.