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.
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:
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:
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!