Thursday, June 30, 2011


Dancing men. I was trying to reflect joy and inner peace of spirituality in everyday life. It could be a holiday or someone's celebration. Freedom to express your feelings and share.  I played with textures and movements and had fun with ink and Twin Kuretake  brush pen.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29.

Sketched for a few min people I met on my way with antique triangle pencil.

Fellini sleeping.

Snapped him on my phone. Enlarged. Is not he adorable? Thats the only time when he gives me some freedom, poor mutant.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Porch with Blackwing 602.

Sketched with Palomino Blackwing 602 while talking to my friend about drawing, feelings, life. Drawing not always bringing peaceful and calm pleasure, very often if burns you from inside and you feel helpless and nervous. I think we are so much the same in a lot of ways. So more reason to love.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Sketch with little red barn and cows in ink in Moleskine.

View from the bedroom balcony.

Really quick sketch before breakfast from the bedroom balcony. Moleskine paper doesn't allow any movement  of the ink.  Start outlining with Uranus, but left for breakfast.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In a process.

I got my Blackwing 602 and started to use it trying to make it smaller so it will fit into my pencil case. Didn't finish this drawing yet.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Small town Upstate.

As one of my favorite poets Anna Achmatova said once :" If you only knew from what garbage  poems grows..." Hard to translate, she is not translatable, once I wanted to buy her in English translation for my daughter, I looked through the book and almost puked with horror. I decide I either have to read it to her in Russian or she'll grow up without knowing Achmatova.
Anyway, this drawing grew from yellowish greasy spot right in middle of the paper, now gently blending with the sky. I started with ink, but decided to add some color and end up using all my colorful brush pens Kuretake, Faber Castell and few Bienfang pens. Outlined with Uranus Multipen. Took way too long, but I am glad I did it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Men reading. Ink on 140 lb. paper.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Exhibited at 5th Ave and 55 street in Manhattan.

And one  with the Shul is in front.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 20 sketch.

Started with hard antique triangle pencil, finished with softer Palomino Blackwing. I ordered Blackwing 602, which suppose to replicate  famous Ebernard Faber Blackwing.

Sketches on the train.

Riding on a Subway with little square hand*book.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Last piece. Shul with music coming out. I did some notes in gold, it doesn't scan well, doesn't show, but will play under the glass. Tomorrow I will bring it to the City, frame it and help with hanging in the place.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Father.

Happy Father's Day to everyone.

Dancing women.

Ink and red Kuretake on aged paper.

Dancing Men adjusted.

Slightly adjusted.

Dancing men.

Still doing it, making color deeper and clear up details on a distance.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Square hand*book.

Sketched on the way running through the day with my antique triangle pencil and a little bit of ink for jar of pickled herring.
I wasn't able to finish because we got called in.
I wrote names of the songs I like and want to get in total darkness. I still have 3 works to finish till Monday.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Sleeping beaut.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reb Shlomo.

I really wanted to depict emotion in this drawing, allowing a little bit of color to stand out. In composition his eyes looking down and hands lifting you up, to the sky. And of course appreciation of ink texture, puddles and dry scratches, deep shadow and outline.  I learn something: joy is the key.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier amazing photographer.

Discovered after her death, mystery figure. Her work was discovered an auction in Chicago.  It includes more than 100,000 negatives, thousands of prints and undeveloped rolls of film. I really like compositions and characters. What an amazing woman.


Another Shlomo Carlebach, singing with prayers. I played with texture to create another dimension and add color to guitar to emphasize emotion. So far this is my favorite among 4. I am hoping it would work.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Manhattan, lo...

Drawing of Manhattan in ink and touch of color with Kuretake pens. Sort of nostalgic feel, pained, a bit too personal.
Matted, framed and given.

The Singing Rabbi.

I am doing series about Shlomo Carlebach, The Singing Rabbi. Trying to juggle many things at once, hate to admit that it is not easy.  Want to do all. Here is with old European  town on the background.  I used ink and Kuretake H20.

Thursday, June 9, 2011



Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The portrait of a car. I experimented a bit with watercolor paper from  my old sketchbook. I like that one ink broke into couple of colors. I used ink, Kuretake Twin brush and Kuretake H20.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Onto the bridge.

A bit experimental and nostalgic piece, ink on Arches paper.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wisteria in black.

I inverted Wisteria ink in PS, like one artist suggested, I should try, I love it! It is like a night scene and no association with Proust anymore, but may be Kafka on the background. :-)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sketch on wrapping paper.

It is actually piece of wrapping paper, I had around my mylar paper and decide to try what I can do with it. I used a little bit of everything: ink, Multi-color pencil for pink, Stabilo, few Kuretake pens, white gel pen, Tradio pen,  couple of Pitt pens to outline and adorable Uranus double end pen. This is in Brooklyn, a little bit run-down house, surrounded by blooming garden.


Another corner in Brooklyn done in ink and touch of color with few Kuretake pens on watercolor paper from old sketch pad. It brought to mind In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower: In Search of Lost Time, by Proust.

Sketching in square book.

I took this little book with me and sketched on the way. I like to have with me this little buddy in case I need a highlight over a dark spot. Mostly it just hanging out in my orange pencil case along with white pen.
People waiting and eraser. On the train back I was socializing  instead of sketching.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Blue pencil.

Pencil drawing got interrupted by the guy hitting on me. So I beautified the page afterwords with this turquoise pencil made with few Kuretake pens.

Cyrille Aimee
Just love her music, very talented.

Friday, June 3, 2011


I didn't notice that summer came, and got hot, and people wearing shorts, and shadows got sharper, and white is blinding. This muscular truck was parked on the backyard long enough. I used ink and Kuretake on watercolor paper from big sketchbook. Interesting that this paper does not allow thin lines. Where is the paper which does?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Central park, entrance.

Central Park. I used ink, Namiki Falcon pen for few outlines and red Kuretake pen brush on thin paper. The day was beautiful and people, playing on a distance, looked so happy. I may want to repaint this scene, because, I think, my own feelings prevented me from being objective.