Share my thoughts and ideas with you

I thought I would talk about several aspects of my work, of my art, which is presented in my Etsy shop here. It is called “NaturelandsAndCo”

How did it all start?

Why the name?

What is actually there and why they are all so… different?

Well, it started a long time ago. I love art – that much is obvious, and I tried my hand in painting small landscapes. Oh, how difficult it used to be in the USSR – it was next to impossible to buy any art supplies, canvas, paints, brushes, anything! God, getting them took so much efforts, cunning and money, but I was young and persistent and I managed.

Then everything changed so wonderfully and abruptly! When the “perestroika” started (in the 90s the USSR ceased to be, everything changed and for a while there was so much hope for the new… but this is a different story), there opened a lot of opportunities to SHOW what you could do, what you could create. A huge open-air exhibition was opened for everybody in a Moscow park. Amazing time! Anyway, several of my fellow artists and I were noticed and Russian TV run a program about us.

Then a lot happened in my life and I had to postpone my art for a while. But I couldn’t stop entirely, you understand. So, I begun painting again, this time here, in England. I started with what I loved and what I used to paint – landscaped in oil.

"Winter Village" Size : 15 cm x 12.6 cm; approx 6"x5" Medium : Oil Material : primed panel

“Winter Village”
Size : 15 cm x 12.6 cm; approx 6″x5″
Medium : Oil
Material : primed panel

"Moonlit Night" Size : 13cmx18cm; approx 5"x7" Medium : Oil Material : canvas

“Moonlit Night”
Size : 13cmx18cm; approx 5″x7″
Medium : Oil
Material : canvas

I exhibited some of the them in a local art gallery but I felt that it was not quite the right place for my small landscapes and then my daughter told me about Etsy. I opened the store there and it was really good. I called it “Natureland” at first as nature was what I painted :)

Later I had to change the name to “Natureland and Co” – because one day there appeared a company, that is  different style paintings of a different subject.

Here we come to my lifelong love of cats. I had cats all my life, since I was a child. I loved all of them and always noticed what great individuals they were, each one a persona, with it’s own habits, manners, etc. So I thought: “Why not paint them but with a twist?” I tried to convey the inner characters of the cats rather that just their exterior. I did it in a stylized way and also in a new media, acrylics. I called them Fantasy Cats:

 

"Two Cats Waking Up" Size : 51 cm x 40 cm; approx 20"x15.7" Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

“Two Cats Waking Up”
Size : 51 cm x 40 cm; approx 20″x15.7″
Medium : Acrylic paints
Material : canvas

"Two Cheerful Cats" Size : 30cm x 30cm; approx 11.8"x11.8" Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

“Two Cheerful Cats”
Size : 30cm x 30cm; approx 11.8″x11.8″
Medium : Acrylic paints
Material : canvas

"Musing Cat in Cinnamon" Size : 13 cm x 18 cm; approx 5" x 7" Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

“Musing Cat in Cinnamon”
Size : 13 cm x 18 cm; approx 5″ x 7″
Medium : Acrylic paints
Material : canvas

Now, the third type of art in my collection is cushions. Art? Sure it is. My love of handcrafting materialized in creating these handmade appliqued decorative pillow cases. Designing them involve creating a concept of the future cushion, drawing a sketch, finding the right materials and then – lots and lots of painstaking work :) Here are some results:

"Polar Fox" cushion

“Polar Fox” cushion

"Curious Koala"

“Curious Koala”

Cushion cover "Black and White Cats"

Cushion cover “Black and White Cats”

This is the story of how my collection and the Etsy shop was created and I just wanted to share it with you and to invite you in the shop. Welcome!

 

Beauty in little things

I love flowers. Roses are my favourite (surprise!) – but, honestly, I do grow them in my garden, put a lot of work and effort in it and so I can say that :)

But sometimes little modest spring flowers take your breath away as well as the most gorgeous ones…

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“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
–  Percy Bysshe Shelley

Here is my new painting – at last!

I started this painting a while ago but the spring gardening (see previous post) interrupted the process :)

Presently I’ve finished it and am presenting it to you. Please, welcome the “Affable Cat”:

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“Affable Cat” Size : 10 cm x 20 cm; approx 4″ x 7.8″ Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas on board

 

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It looks good with his “brothers” :)

 

You can see all my other works in my on line shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo

Sorry for my absence!

greenhouse

This is the reason I haven’t written anything here in ages, haven’t painted anything or done any sewing for the same period of time.

The SPRING has come and it is the one to blame.

There is just so much to do! Consider this: tidy up the garden after all those winter months of neglect. Prune the roses, fruit trees, anything untidy or scruffy.

Saw the innumerous amount of seeds, vegetable and flower. Look after them, thinking all the time “Will it sprout or not?”

Well, they did. All two million of them. Then I had to replant the seedlings, etc.

Then I run out of the windowsills in my house. So up went the greenhouses (see the photo above)

All this busy time I stopped from time to time and looked around. And what I saw reconciled me with all the labour done or which is still to come my way:

spring garden3

I am really happy, really, to do all these jobs as I know that the result will – eventually! – be my garden full of beautiful flowers, bright colors and buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. In one word – my own private paradise! It will be worth it. It has been, every year.

spring garden2 spring garden1

But you know what? I started really missing my art… Hmmm… Break in gardening and comeback of art? I think so!