Russian Greens

One week in Russia to visit parents.. too short but always good, though bittersweet.

There’s no unknown excitement, because it is home. 

summer this year is especially green and sunny and comfortable. Long evenings and very early sunrises leave not much dark night to sleep. 

My hometown Krasnogorsk has many parks and all yards are overgrown with 40 years old trees. 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Paddle in Seattle ShellNo peaceful protest. 

  

On May 16th many people gathered on the waters of Elliott Bay in Seattle to express their disagreement with port of seattle desicion to host Shell’s oil rig on its way to Arctic for the exploratory drilling. 

We were in our skin-on-frame kayaks, talking to people and filming some interesting points of view.

Here is the short film we made – Meet the Kayaktivists

I was photographing in between filming, you can see photos here:

https://vimeo.com/128082164

Pastel Pierrot

Drawing with dry pastels is one of the most immediate art process. Soft sticks leave bright and textured marks, easily smudged by little fingers.
Many years ago my daughter and I saved this doll from the shelves of value village.

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It proved to be a good subject for three and four year old kids to portray.

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To witness the uniqueness of children’s vision is my biggest joy in teaching art.

Season for pumpkin

Nature is the best teacher.
Put real pumpkin in front of three and four year olds, give them water soluble oil pastels and heavy watercolor paper and see the magic of observation in action!
Kids had a larger pumpkin with a stem to draw and paint from.

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Working with kids helps me to keep artistic vision, fresh and unclouded by “rules”.