Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Tale of Tzar Saltan,

...of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan.

How's that for a mouthful? That's the full title of Alexander Pushkin's poem that our Russian school put on for our Christmas play this year. Yes Christmas. Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, and with all the holiday festivities and the coordination of other Russian schools plays, we got the last possible time slot... But that's ok! Gave us all more time to procrastinate (ahem) and put on a great show!

I am once again honored to work with such dedicated parents, super creative individuals, and professionals who all volunteer their precious time and donate resources, so that our children can learn about their heritage in such a hands on way!

Here are a few pictures...yes only 15... Too many for a blog post? Perhaps. I couldn't take any as I was backstage, so these are all taken by the artist who painted many of the backdrops and stage props. She shared 445 pictures with me (which means she edited out at least 100!) I managed to get down to 15 to share with you, my readers... edited down to show the costumes as best as possible.. enjoy!!!
three sisters singing by the window
The Tsar chose his Tsaritza
the wedding dancing entertainment
more wedding dancers
evil sister plotting
mother in law plotting
the three comic relief characters plotting
the people reading the order
the best shot we could get of the very fast moving bee!
black hawk fighting with the white swan
swan wings in action
swan princess revealed to the prince
the magical squirrel
the bogatyr of the sea and his army
people taking a bow after all is well again...

Phew... and now I'm off to clean my studio....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

playing dress up

Things have been crazy around these parts...No time to blog, just sewing sewing, sewing... and some gluing, cutting and painting too. The final push before Sunday's performance.

Here are a few Instagram shots that I have shared over the last several weeks as I have been working on the costumes for our Russian School play "Tsar Saltan". You can read about the design stage here.






I'll share photos of everything in full glory next week and then it's back to artwork! Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

done farming

A bit delayed, but now finished! All the holidays have have taken away from my studio time... luckily this client wasn't in a rush.

Here I present The Farm home portrait! Ta da!
a bit of grass grows by the porch...
pine branches hang over the roof...
a photo of the barn graces the sky....
The Farm © Natalya Aikens
Now back to the costumes, and then starting on the next home portrait! Phew....

Friday, January 9, 2015

100 beginnings

This is a beginning of a new artwork. It begins with a plain photo of a plain NYC fire escape.
This is step one. It consists of playing with the color to make the fire escape not so plain.
This is step two. Play with several filters is what happened here. Less plain.
Stay tuned for further not so plain transformations....

And a PS, a very important PS: THIS ARTWORK IS FOR THE 100 FFAC FUNDRAISER ON FEBRUARY 4th, 2015. Click the link for all the important details! I am very honored to be one of the 100 participating artists. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Yep. It's not over! Today my family and all my Russian Orthodox friends are celebrating Russian Orthodox Christmas! Ded Moroz came in the middle of the night and there are presents under the tree!


I'll be back soon after all the celebrating with regular posts... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

wordless wednesday

wordless wednesday 2014
And this concludes the wordless wednesday experiment of 2014.... It's a funny Photoshopped quilt that I made here. Hope you followed the evolution of it! Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

and the winner is....

Me! Thank you everyone for taking a look through my art and choosing your favorites! And thank you for the lovely birthday wishes too!
First I'd like to feature a few of your favorites, because they are my favorites too:
Dormition Cupola © Natalya Aikens
The City © Natalya Aikens
Walls Between Neighbors © Natalya Aikens
Sunset © Natalya Aikens
And the lucky recipient of my birthday gift is Anastaija! Thank you so much for your kind words to all of you! and thank you for playing, you have all made this a most lovely day....

wordless wednesday

12-17-14

Monday, December 15, 2014

farming..

I have been hand-stitching every free minute during this busy season. Here is a short update on my farm home portrait. I have chosen to keep my stitches simple and straight...
roof lines
witches window
front window
porch
Wish me speedy fingers to get it done this week!

PS: last days to answer the question posed in my newsletter and put yourself in the running for a gift for you!