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Paintings of women

Contemporary paintings of women

My mission is to bring emotional strength and purpose to us through my romantic realism paintings of women. During the painting process I search for balance between strength and vulnerability. As an art educator, I want to make the ARTS cool again and therefore I commit to growing art appreciation among the public via my blog, YouTube channel, teaching and painting.

I love painting portraits of women!  Although I see human anatomy as the most challenging to master, I’m strongly pulled to this subject to depict the complexity of our spirit in magic realism paintings. As artists we paint what’s inside us and paintings of women’s faces become a record of our lives. I find the painting process to be incredibly healing where I aim to evoke a beautiful, non-existent world in every artwork I create. I paint with a mission to help girls and women understand themselves and to discover their inner passion. We often give up, find excuses, or settle for less because we don’t fully understand who we are. I hope to touch your life in a positive way with my artistic pursuits. Art is a visual language that allows us to connect to others and ourselves emotionally regardless nationality or family upbringing. It forms a collective culture that values spiritual growth as opposed to material wealth.

I arrived at the theme of painting women after working on almost everything for two decades of my life, ever since I’ve picked up pencils and paper back in my twenties when I’ve already had a baby on my lap and a BA degree in management. While the subject of a beautiful female form has been the inspiration for realist artists for centuries, I come to paint women with the sensitivity and personal experiences of a female artist, expressing emotion through surreal composition and color. Color is a lot more than a concoction of bright pigments squeezed out of a tube for me. It’s been years of practice and learning to develop color harmonies that excite my eye without being garish. I’m still actively learning the complexity of deliberate color mixing, dragging or glazing one color over the other, overlaying and letting one hue dominate and complement the rest. Controlling the color means letting one hue lead, to see colors in black or white, and to create the atmosphere that transcends painting. I paint in realist tradition with the color of the Impressionists to create myriads of oil paintings of women and colored pencil drawings that celebrate our desire to live meaningful lives.

My visual inspiration comes from travel and classical art. When I have a chance to explore new countries, I take lots of pictures that I later incorporate into my art. Venetian architecture and patterns, rich Japanese and Thai woodcarvings, exuberant Baroque painting, the neoclassical 19th-century art, and most importantly snapshots of people contribute to my visual artistic development.

Figurative painting is a tough subject for artists to tackle. There are numerous technical aspects that make it difficult to convey emotion in a human form realistically, but at the same token it’s a very rewarding process that generates numerous artistic possibilities. Diving deeper, I feel like the more I know the more I don’t know drawing and painting for about 20 years now. Instead of painting everything, I constantly aim to simplify forms and composition to strip everything down to pure magic of painting.

HER mini-series: 50 panels

50 oil studies, HER mini series were completed for the Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to the Golden Globe nominees, talent and guests staying at the Four Seasons Hotel during the red carpet weekend 2018. Congratulations to all nominated artists!

I’m thrilled to become part of this opportunity! Recently I’ve completed 50 panels that are snapshots of common women and celebrities alike. These small oil paintings reveal a part of HER personality. I wish I had more time to devote to this project, but because I had a strict deadline to complete it on time, I had to push myself working on it day and night in a surreal state of panic. While most of the portraits were completed from my pictures, I also accepted submissions from social media, painted a few models and celebs, and used Pixabay for images to paint all 50 artworks. Oil painting requires multiple layering that I had to limit to just two passes because of time constraints. Therefore most panels have sketchy feel that I usually resolve in a finished oil painting.

 

Art Feature in the INSPADES magazine, issue sei

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Portraits of iconic women throughout history

 

 

I always wanted to paint something meaningful and worth people’s attention. I’ve painted numerous different things to become proficient enough to pursue what I always wanted – helping women succeed. The theme of Iconic Women fascinates me because I can depict many sides of female beauty and inner strength. I’ve chosen to paint strong iconic women who had courage, logic, determination, goal-setting, and other character traits that are often attributed to men. These women overcame their social-economic limitations to become famous personalities who lived with purpose and changed the world around them.

In my surreal paintings of women I explore the inner life of these icons. What they created and exposed to the outside world wasn’t always the reflection of their interior life. I make an attempt to humanize them by painting their emotions and challenges: love, failure, addiction, responsibilities and dreams. So we can see the spectrum of character and understand that those iconic women throughout history were also guided by their emotions as much as by their reason, and were also complex personalities as any of us.

Exploring vulnerability of feminine spirit, I take the liberty to interpret the days of their lives based on their biographies processed through observations and artistic sensitivity. I explore the themes of love and delusion, power and powerlessness, spirituality and vanity, abandonment and strength. I aim to give the iconic women new life where contemporary women can identify or recognize a part of themselves, and connect with a famous woman on a much deeper level.

My painting style floats between the surreal painting and magical realism painting. It’s painting reality that turns surreal that can be compared to writing a fiction novel with the main characters derived from the author’s personal experiences and observations.

My artistic mission is to paint the female heroes to inspire women to find their calling in life. I want to open up a dialogue, to create a visual experience of seeing the female icons in a different light, where women could find answers to their questions, to be able to apply themselves, to define their dreams and to work on their future with certainty. In other words, through my oil paintings I invite others to find their female hero to achieve personal fulfillment.

Art is personal. If I had the opportunities, moral support, and a professional artist/mentor back in high school, my life could have been very different from what I had.  While I have no regrets, I simply know how crucial these years are for personal development, choosing the right path to achieve success in the future, to cut on years spent searching for a hidden voice within. Therefore I choose to paint women who made history, real women who overcame their struggles to achieve success in life.

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Colored Pencil Portrait Drawing

Colored pencil portrait drawing

Attention! My newest Colored Pencil Manual art book will be coming out next summer with Dover Publications in 2018! I’m also working on a comprehensive video course based on my book that teaches how to draw in colored pencil. Stay tuned for the release!

I love to draw in colored pencil! Here you can explore some of my portrait pencil drawings that are inspired by real people. In my colored pencil portraits I enjoy capturing the character of each person through expressive eyes and color. I often layer additional elements to convey a story. I plan out my drawings around a specific color scheme, and I know how it’s going to look like finished before I even begin drawing. Usually, I have some interaction with the model before the photo shoot, which helps me in the creative process of designing the image. Sometimes I draw famous people when I’m captivated by their photographs that have amazing light, color and shapes.

 

My colored pencil artwork has been featured in many publications, including several issues of Leisure Painter, Colored Pencil Student, Colored Pencil magazine, and Artists & Illustrators magazines, Women Artists 2004, 2013, 2018 calendars, two Colored Pencil treasures books, Draw portraits in colored pencil book, Flowers in art, Strokes of Genius 8 & Strokes of Genius 9 art books, as well as in Dick Blick’s national ad campaigns.

Colored Pencil Drawing Art Gallery

To buy a colored pencil drawing

If you’d like to buy any of these drawings, please email me for details. nika@veronicasart.com   .

9 x 12″ unframed, graphite drawing – $299-399+ Priority Mail shipping

9 x 12″ unframed, colored pencil drawing$499-599 + shipping.

You will love how the colored pencil artwork looks up on your wall once it’s framed! I use professional, lightfast colored pencils and drawing paper.

Payment is expected in full once I email you the bill via PayPal. The check out is secure and you can use the service with your major credit card even if you don’t have the paypal account.

Drawing Paper

Here you can also see some of my drawings completed in graphite or as mixed media pieces where I combine W&N permanent markers with colored pencil. My recent pleasant surprise is the discovery of pretty awesome drawing paper by Koh-I-Noor. I strongly recommend their bristol papers, black drawing and papers for colored pencil art. All of them are thick and smooth- perfect for colored pencil drawing! Canson Colorline drawing papers are my favorite for drawing on toned paper. I also recommend buying Faber-Castell Polychromos and Luminance although I often get away with some colors by Prismacolor Premier and Pablo colored pencils.

koh-i-noor drawing paper review

 

Step-by-step drawing

I usually draw on colored paper using professional, lightfast colored pencils. In the following images you can see the drawing sequence. I always begin drawing in one dominant color, and then slowly add the additional colors one by one. This way I have full control over my values and color. You can find a lot of free information about colored pencil drawing on my blog. You can also use a search bar to find a specific topic you need information on.

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“Eleven” from the TV series The Stranger Things | photo credit Beat productions

Tutorials:

If you are interested in my step-by-step drawing tutorials that explain my drawing process, you can purchase them here. 

 The art of drawing:

This is my most recent interview for CPSA chapter