Nov 042011
 
Nottingham Lace Museum Original Plein Air Sketch in Pastel A3
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Now GB £14.84  
Product Description
This is an original one of a kind artwork done in the center of Nottingham, UK around year 2006.

The picture is measuring about 34 x 26 cm (13 x 10 inches)

Unframed

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product
I love doing plein air sketches.
Materials Used
paper, soft pastel, pastel fixative

 

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Mar 112011
 

Ipomea Original Miniature Artwork, pencil, watercolourIpomea Original Miniature Artwork, pencil, watercolour. A Sketch of an wild ipomea flower done in summer 2010 in Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Oak on Trehafren Hill. Original ACEO Miniature Card from Newtown, Powys Wales

An Oak on Trehafren Hill. Original ACEO Miniature Card from Newtown, Powys Wales

Quick recent outdoor / plein air watercolour, pen and pencil sketch of an old ivy-covered oak tree on the hill in the center of Newtown, Powys, Wales, UK.

There is a nice white house visible on another hill.

It was a drizzly owercast morning in mid November. Clouds were touching the surrounding hills from time to time.

Size of the image is about 3.5 x 2.5 inches (9 x 7 cm), unframed.

 
 

Nottingham Brewhouse Outdoor Original Painting

Nottingham Brewhouse Outdoor Original Painting

Mixed media sketch/drawing on quality card. Done on the spot in Brewhouse yard, Nottingham, East Midlands, England, UK.
approximate measures:
Mount 10 x 13 inches; 26 x 34 cm
Apperture 6 x 9 inches; 16 x 23 cm
Drawing without mount 7 x 11 inches; 18 x 28 cm


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 March 11, 2011  Posted by at 14:46 drawing, floral, landscape, Newtown, Nottingham, plein air, sales No Responses »
Nov 152008
 

I’ve stumbled upon an interesting photo from 2 or 3 years ago in my archive. Its from a medieval Robin Hood Pageant in Nottingham where different times and cultures meet. Not at all that I am advocating for this but I think people often forget that there was a tradition in Europe for women to cover their heads with scarfs and hats.

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Nov 122008
 

Right, me and my children were… I think its called “verbally abused” for two days in the row by a couple of local high school teenage girls. I almost didn’t noticed them yesterday. As we were passing them by on the way home from school they were asking each others in unnatural loud voices “How to say f… in Polish”. Not actually being Polish I just thought “what a sad life the local girls have” (me and my family, we don’t swear and are trying to keep the kids away from this).

Today in the morning, when we just have leaved our entrance door, they unmistakably shouted at us something like “Polish scum” & f. word (a lot). As I started taking pictures of them, they got scarred and walked quickly away towards the Hope Church. I should admit it was the first time I actually almost went to report somebody to the police. As I citizen of this country I feel responsible. People shouldn’t be abused based on their nationality, Polish or not (they probably heard me speaking Russian to my kids & I guess Poland is the only Eastern European country they know at their age of about 15-17 years). And I think, nobody should swear in public, especially with kids around. But I stopped just before the police doors. Lets give them another chance, I thought. They looked frighten enough when I pulled my camera from the handbag! But any other incident like this, and I’ll do it. As an artist I’ve got a good visual memory (and my kids too), I know they live on Treowen and go to the Newtown High School. My children immediately told everything to their teachers & friends, so, its looks like incident will be known in town.

I had a bit of a shake because all that – always happens to me in similar situations – part of being an INFJ, I suppose. I’m so easily deeply offended but after that I get to such heights of inspirations and revelations, so, thank you, girls, for that!

Well, I should admit, growing up in a major capital city, I’ve been a bit xenophobic myself. Sadly, its seems to be natural for human beings. Its more understandable, if immigrants misbehave or form some sort of mafia. As far as I know, its not the case here. Maybe the condition the two girls live in or a family situation are really bad and they just jealous, maybe they have been brought up with hatred, without a slightest idea about moral and legal norms. Maybe they have been offended by somebody from Poland and now think all foreign-born people are evil. If by any chance you, girls, read this, please came forward and explain your point of view!
When we lived in the USA one of our American friends told me: “Don’t move to Britain, they don’t like Russians there, but we do”… I have been wearing this Russian scarf for 4 years in Virginia and DC. Then, about five years ago, we moved to Long Eaton near Nottingham. I went to a charity shop as usual. It was winter and quite chilly, so I had my scarf on. Exiting the shop I’ve been asked by two boys about 12 years old “what’s the time”. I told them and went forwards. Suddenly they started shooting me from their DIY blow guns, passing by Christmas shoppers looking at this with empty eyes. I absolutely froze and couldn’t do anything. Well, I understood they had asked time to be absolutely sure that I had an accent. Maybe they even though I’m a Muslim, wearing scarf. Later at home my relatives instructed me that I had either get my telephone and (pretend) to call police, or take some photos of the offenders. So I am prepared now… 🙂 But I don’t risk wearing scarfs on the streets of Britain any more… I also probably should be much more careful speaking my native language (or speaking at all!) : -( Mind you, if people want to hate, they will find a reason for this anyway.
PS. Just can’t stop imagining. Years pass, times change, our rude girls are trying to earn some pennies in Poland and Polish teenagers mock them for not being local… Sorry. I’m just being taking myself too seriously. “Educated, sophisticated, but shouted at and hated by some absolute zeros just because I’ve got a wrong kind of an accent in this part of the word”. I really should learn to get ride of my pride… Sorry…
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Nov 042008
 

Its looks like that there is going to be a Tesco in Newtown. Hurray! I know some people don’t like supermarkets, but for a person with the family and no car, home delivery is the only way to have healthy affordable food. There is Iceland, of course, but it hardly ever have any healthy food, and never anything organic! Also I love online shopping and really hate off-line madness: being pushed by trolleys and baskets, and shouted at occasionally… In Nottingham we had a choice of Tesco, Sainsbury, Ocado, Asda & Iceland for home delivery plus local organic vegetable box. We went almost completely organic. So far from it now, despite being “close to the Nature”! There is one place – the Cwm Harry Land Trust:
http://www.cwmharrylandtrust.org.uk/
We had their smallest vegetable box last year but ended up a bit disappointed – with lots of brussel sprouts (half of the family don’t eat them) and inedible green hard cabbage leaves. We were so busy trying to eat up the stuff we really hated…

Living in the Soviet Union, I thought angry shoppers were only typical for that side of the Iron Curtain – because of food shortage. How naive! Just a few days ago I’ve been to local Morrisons (hands full of bags & kids, people with trolleys rushing to the queue in front of us) and my son, being curious, vent standing next to cashier. An elderly gentleman in front immediately suggested that my child was going to steal his pin number!!! A child! I don’t know, maybe his little grandson is like this, or maybe he has overheard me speaking with accent and decided to indulge in his xenophobia…

Anyway, once there is Tesco with its home delivery, there will be no need for all that.

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Oct 302008
 

Yesterday we crossed our little island in its widest part yet another time. By train, of course, as we haven’t got a car. It takes about seven – eight hours & 4 trains. You can look out of the window from Newtown to Shrewsbury and from March to North Walsham, but not in between – unless you like graffiti & warehouses. Kids always go mad at same point. I wish they had sort of mini-playgrounds on trains (and in airports). In one of the trains we couldn’t get easily to our seats as there was a lady with 3 babies (probably 0-1-2) layered in one small pushchair and two more small children with suitcases. She was standing next to a toilet, and older kids had to go inside to let us pass along the train. And no more adults around to help her. She did look SO tired. I just couldn’t stop wondering: how on earth she end up like this?

Anyway, seat reservations is a real problem in Britain. Train companies just don’t put reservation tickets and you and your kids can’t claim your pre-booked sits and have to stand all the way somewhere near a smelly toilet…

Another problem for me, who was born in Russia, is relationship between people of different ages. Once we travelled at Christmas time with my mother-in-law. We did booked the seats but our train got cancelled. So we ended up in a very crowded carriage. There were many students, but for hours NO ONE have been offering his or her seat neither to a very tired lady in her seventies or to small children pushed around in the ail. Finally a Chinese girl did… This situation is almost impossible to imagine in Russia (and probably in China?). On the other hand I remember boarding a train in Newtown with my husband and two kids and a respectfully looking elderly gentlemen literally rushed in and occupied the last free table/4 seat compartment. And there were many single seats available!

Yet another problem is behavior on trains. Loud music, drinking & swearing to be precise. We used to go from Nottingham to east cost (Skegness) to take kids to the beach. That train was normally very slow, hot and full of strange public who never heard of using headphones… At some point I remember starting singing myself to protect children from this mayhem. Conductors do nothing. Other passengers are too scared. I even remember being in the carriage with very badly behaving football supporters and there were policemen on the train but they were just popping their heads in the door for a second (checking if somebody got killed???)and then disappearing!

Well that’s what we eco-friendly lot have to put up with! I should say that despite British Government destroying lots of railways there still probably much more trains running across British countryside than in rural Russia.

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Oct 272008
 

I moved to Newtown about a year ago but haven’t met any local artists yet.
I used to belong to the Nottingham Society of Artists (http://www.nottinghamartists.org.uk/) and a local Art Club (http://www.ledac.org.uk/index.htm) in my old place. Couldn’t find anything here (maybe there is a group?). We don’t drive (eco-friendly) so I can’t really go to nearby towns to join their groups.
Ideally I would love to be a member of an open-minded & friendly all-media & style art group (club, society, association) with an aim to actively help each other improve they work, exibit it and, of course, sell it. Also get painting outside together. Let me know if anybody else interested.

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 October 27, 2008  Posted by at 06:44 art, Britain, my artworks, Newtown, Nottingham, Wales Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »