Wednesday, January 27, 2016

the little hump backed horse

Hello! long time.... Happy New Year!

As you might imagine life has been busy. The projects in the pictures below have consumed my life for the past two months. It was fun, challenging and hard work. And now it's done. Here's proof (in order of appearance on stage):
Ivan and the magical horses
Magical horses again
Ivan and the Little Humpbacked Horse find the Firebirds feather
the bazaar scene
storytellers
The Tzar arrives
the Tzar and his Attendant
the Firebirds dance
and dance some more
I love this blurry image of the Firebird being captured
The Tzarina Maiden
the Moon and the Sun
the Fishes
Fish begging forgiveness from the King Whale 
more Fishes
The Tzarina Maiden with her Prince Ivan magically transformed 
storytellers
my favorite colorful players
how adorable are they?
and for good measure the Moon and the Sun again...
That was a lot of pictures I know, hope you enjoyed them, I could have posted many many more! Here's the English version of the story if you would like to read it.
Now off to clean up my studio and make some art!

Oh and I must confess... I stole all these pictures from my friend Ekaterina who painted the fish heads and horse heads for me. I have an excuse! I was back stage helping with costume changes! And she did give me permission. Really.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

year-end review

It's that time of the year again. Adding up the tab, checking the list, updating the books... how about I just share a few detail images to make your eyes happy? Not in a chronological order, just the pieces that I'm most pleased with in 2015.. Enjoy!
Afterglow © Natalya Aikens 2015
Atlant Spb 3 © Natalya Aikens 2015
Craven Lane home portrait © Natalya Aikens 2015
Street Signs: Dip, Crosswalk and Bump © Natalya Aikens 2015
Iron Spine 2 © Natalya Aikens 2015
Rhetoric © Natalya Aikens 2015
The Farm home portrait © Natalya Aikens 2015
Urban Perspective © Natalya Aikens 2015
Architectural Fragments © Natalya Aikens 2015
Daybreak © Natalya Aikens 2015
Spruce Street home portrait © Natalya Aikens 2015
Hope you have enjoyed your stroll down my memory lane, and perhaps clicked a few links for better viewing. Happy Holidays to all!! Thank you for visiting!

Monday, December 14, 2015

somewhat abstracted

I'm doing some year end inventory here, preparing for the December newsletter where I will be showing an overview of the artwork that I created in 2015. As I'm adding things up and checking things off, I noticed that I neglected to share a few pieces...
a detail first
Every now and then I get the urge to do something abstract. These four pieces came about because I was looking for specific scrap for something that I was working on and came upon my basket of trimmed off edges. Yes I do save everything...even the trimmed off edges of finished works. They were already collaged and stitched. So I collaged and stitched them some more!

The Architectural Fragments are 8"x10" and are mounted on Ampersand Hardbord with painted edges. They are $200 each if you'd like to purchase. Just email me: natalya @ artbynatalya . com
architectural fragments 1.1
architectural fragments 1.2
architectural fragments 1.3
architectural fragments 1.4
I thoroughly enjoyed collaging my scraps. It was a therapeutic challenge that's pleasing to the eye...

Friday, December 4, 2015

jumpstarting!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2016, run for the 5th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2016.

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters. There is SO much cool stuff to learn!

Throughout January participants get 25 downloadable videos from 24 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

video

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details:

http://nathaliesstudio.com/cjs

You get 25 videos for just $45 (USD) for a limited time if you sign up before December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm (EST)! But wait – it gets better: as my valued reader, you’ll get $5 extra off today. Just use this coupon code during checkout: cjs2016
*This is a limited offer valid from 10:00am Dec 4, 2015 to 11:59pm EST on Dec 11, 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here nathaliesstudio.com/cjs, and apply the coupon code during check out process. Thanks!!
I cannot wait for you to see my video, I had so much fun making it!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

shameless commerce

This blog post is brought to you by the shameless marketing division of artbynatalya.com... Just in time for the holiday shopper, here, consolidated into one blog post is what I have to offer for your gift giving....
detail of Nikolsky Cathedral
Original art from the St. Petersburg inspired City Love Affair series and Cathedrals series is available on the Artful Home website.
detail of Spring
Original art and prints from NYC inspired City Lines series are available on the Saatchi Art website.
throw pillow with a print of St. Pete Lace 1
Art prints, canvas prints, framed art prints, phone and iPad cases, tote bags, throw pillows, and laptop skins and sleeves are available on the Society6 website.
On Sunday, December 6th from 12 to 4PM I will showing small artworks, postcards and prints at ART for the Holidays with the artists of Northern Westchester Artists Guild at the New Castle Community Center in Chappaqua, NY.
detail of Urban Perspective
And as always my art is available on my website. Just email me at natalya @ artbynatalya.com ! Commissions for Home Portraits and other artwork are also accepted and encouraged!

Thank you so much for supporting my artistic endeavors! Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing a wonderful day of gratitude to everyone celebrating in the US. I am thankful to all of you who stop by this little blog to take a peek at my madness and give me encouragement. THANK YOU!
always grateful for autumnal treasures..

Friday, November 20, 2015

craven lane

My latest home portrait is ready to be shared! I shared it on Monday with my newsletter subscribers and as promised sharing more close ups on the blog today.

As you all know, I love the new challenges that come with each home portrait. The challenge with this one? Card stock was an adventure to stitch through! And this portrait was comprised mostly of wedding cards... I was delighted to stitch through the lace from the wedding dress and enjoyed figuring out the stitch shorthand for the stucco texture of the house.




Here are a few detail shots followed by the full image...
the diamond windowpanes
frosting like edge by the window
stucco stitching
roof shingles and the maid of honors words
wedding day blessings sky
top of the front door
Craven Lane © Natalya Aikens 2015
Hope you have enjoyed following along! Whose home will be the next portrait? Hmmmm....we'll see....
And now back to costumes!

Monday, November 9, 2015

so much to do!

Autumn is such a busy season in so many ways. School activities are in full swing, holiday prep is in full swing. This year I had the opportunity to be in many exhibitions, so that means packing and printing labels and gallery sitting. I've been hard at work on my latest home portrait, it's almost done and I'll be sharing it in my newsletter very soon.

And now another annual tradition has crept up on me... Costumes for my daughters annual Russian School Christmas play! So among the finishing stitches on the home portrait, I have been sketching costumes, making lists of children and dreaming of how to bring my ideas to life. And I do mean dreaming. I been having costume construction dreams quite literally.... now I have to start stitching in real life though.

This years play is "The Little Hump Backed Horse". I gleefully ran to my kids home library and dug up the book from my childhood, I have always loved the illustrations in it. We watched the cartoon version just get up to speed! We have yet to watch the ballet, but that I'd want to see in real life...

So I thought I'd share a few of my sketches here. They are of the more fantastical costumes that will be a challenge to construct...
the Little Humpbacked Horse and the three beautiful horses

the Moon and the Sun and the Firebird

the Fishes

the Tzar and the Tzar Princess
I'll be back with in-progress pictures of this motley crew in a week or so... You can also follow my progress on Instagram.