Weddings Partisans Traffic

Wedding by Tatjana age 12


I often get asked when it was that I knew I wanted to be an artist, or when did I start painting. I've been drawing since I was first able to hold a pencil (actually my dad's fancy multi-color ballpen). But my first introduction to painting was, like for most people, in school.

I've been digging through some old boxes and was cheered up when I found my early gouache artworks from the elementary school. I grew up in former Yugoslavia and some of the themes reflect the ideals of my native country and are in a way a record of a lost world.


Partisan Hospital by Tatjana age 11
(in case you are wondering, the hospital is a cave, it took me a while to remember that myself)


Most of all, I was amazed at how enthusiastically I approached all those odd assignments concocted by the teachers. I can honestly say that I've never again thought of painting a wedding scene, a WWII war hospital with Tito's Partisans, or a traffic intersection.



Intersection by Tatjana age 11
(there are some early signs that it would take me 12 attempts to acquire a driving license)

In my adult art life, I painted portraits for a while and an odd still life here an there, but my main subject matter for the past couple of decades has been Canadian landscape, which has been immensely inspirational and will remain to be the source of my work for years to come.

But these early darlings have something about them that reminds me to remain open to trying different things. There is a joy to be found in looking at the world from different points of view and giving attention to the things that don't normally spur inspiration.

Most importantly, we must keep the creative spark alive any way we can. How about some weddings, partisans, traffic...anyone?

Tatjana

Sketching With Paint

Bow River Study, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


Here it is again, the glorious fall season rich with colors and textures, which happen to be two important elements of the painting process.

A great way to indulge in their bounty is to make many quick sketches using thick juicy paint without overplanning the composition and worrying what the resulting image should look like.



Waterfall  Study I


When creating these little darlings, I am trying to keep in mind just three things: color, texture, pattern.  That's plenty enough to consider in a quick sketch.


Waterfall Study II

This is a fun way to paint because there is no pressure to be perfect. The little pieces can stand on their own, and they can also be used as reference material for larger works, but let's not worry about all that yet. At this stage, it's all about joy. Keep your brushes and palette knives loaded and let your marks be playful.

Happy Autumn!

Tatjana

Back to Studio

Capilano, 30x24, original acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


I don't know how this summer escaped me, but it did. It started early and it felt tropical and endless. Then we got smoke from the forest fires and then suddenly it's all over.

I kept postponing plein air outings for various reasons and now I ran out of summer and it's back to the studio.

My first studio piece, after being busy with several solo and group shows, is a summery scene from the gorgeous Capilano Canyon on the Vancouver's North Shore. I hope you will enjoy seeing the first three steps of my painting process.

This method is interesting because the painting is created without a preparatory drawing. It's a fun way to paint, but of course, it's not the only way. I love alternating different methods and always learning and practicing new ones. What I especially enjoy with this method is a freedom to develop the overall design and patterns as I go, without feeling constrained by the initial drawing.










The third image shows the painting very close to completion. I am putting it aside for now and will come back to finish it once I've had time to look at it with a critical eye for a while.

The Capilano Canyon is one of my favorite places. It's a perfect location to escape the summer heat although it is beautiful throughout the year. It is easily accessible from the Cleveland Park or from the Capilano River Hatchery entrance. I also enjoy a long walk from the Ambleside or Park Royal to the Cleveland Dam.

My solo art exhibit Patterns of Our Land is on display for one more week, until September 23, 2018. I hope you had a chance to see it. If not, there is still time.

I am grateful to the Silk Purse staff and volunteers and to the wonderful art friends who came to the opening. They made the event even more special. Here are a few memorable heartwarming moments with art and friends.


Patterns of Our Land - opening reception in the Silk Purse Art Centre Gallery


The leaves are turning and soon there will be fall colors on my palette.

Enjoy the last days of summer, my artsy friends!

Tatjana

Patterns of Our Land





Patterns of Our Land is the title of my new solo art exhibit starting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in the Silk Purse Art Center Gallery in West Vancouver.

Wondering about the title? It took me a while to come up with it, but when it emerged, it felt just perfect. Here's why.

I started studying art shortly after I immigrated to Canada in mid-nineties. I painted portraits and figurative works at first, but somewhere around the turn of the century, my interest shifted to the landscape painting.

Outside of art, the focus of my personal life was shifting as well. The initial pandemonium of establishing a home in, what used to be a foreign land, was settling down. My husband and I embarked on many trips across BC and Alberta, feeling a strong pull to get to know our spectacular new homeland, to get fully immersed in it, to feel that we belong.

A couple of decades later, I am still pondering the same question: what does it mean to belong somewhere?

I have been awed by this land from the moment my feet touched the ground of the Vancouver's YVR airport in1994, but my discovery of its beauty still continues.  I try to get to as many places I can, high up on the mountains, far west on the wild beaches, anywhere my travels take me.

There aren't many ways to say this. I love this land and I aim to show my feelings for it in my art.

Does the love for a place make one belong? I hope so.


Early Snow, 12x12, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki




The exhibit will be open for viewing and purchase until September 23.

I hope to see you at the opening reception!

Tatjana

Artfully Late Summer



As we enter the late summer, I have a solo show and a group show to share with you. My paintings in both exhibits are inspired by the amazing colors, shapes, and textures found in nature in Western Canada, my beloved adopted homeland.

I hope you can make it to one or both. 

Everyone is invited!




There is nothing like seeing original art in person. I have put a lot of TLC into preparing these paintings for the art-loving visitors. I really hope that they will be enjoyed in the gallery exhibits and in their new homes.

All my best,

Tatjana

Summer Art Life

Evening on the Lake, 20x24, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



Last weekend, my husband and I found ourselves on the top of Mount Seymour, gazing toward the smoke-covered city. Vancouver looked smoking hot with action. Sadly the smoke was from one of those wildfires we came to expect every summer.

There was almost no one around, just the 360 degrees of spectacular scenery, despite the haze. My muse was hovering among the distant mountaintops in the north.

When did summers become such hurricanes of art-ctivity? This year we have open studios, art walks, art festivals, plein air competitions. Everyone and their dog wants to see art, and what a joy it is for artists to oblige.


A top-notch art community of Nakusp gathered in the Studio Connexion Gallery to see my art and cheer me on. The show is on until Aug 4, 2018, please visit if you can.


This morning, I dropped off The Arbutus Beach Study to the Harmony Festival Group Show in West Van, and the Winter Trail Mount Seymour to the Lynn Valley Public Library Gallery for the You Are Here exhibit. North Shore looks wonderful today, buzzing with art!






I remember long lazy days of lounging in the garden, occasionally picking up a brush to capture the summer mood en plein air. Those were good times too.

To each artist their own. Some thrive in pandemonium, others in a quiet solitude. My inspiration blooms in nature. I seek the huge rugged shapes formed by the elements, crystalline waters, intricate patterns of plants.

I have to get myself up on the mountain more often and spend less time chasing my tail. I am scratching off a few items from my calendar and adding some new hiking trails.

The opportunities that truly matter are those that take us to the places where our muse hangs out. Mine seems to like the vistas of our spectacular land.



Spending time with my muse on Mt. Seymour


Happy high summer!

Tatjana

Naturally Magical


Twenty new paintings and studies inspired by our naturally magical land will be featured in this exhibit. Please join us on July 20th for the opening reception. This will be a great opportunity to chat about the mysteries of the creative process.



Alpine Summer, 11×14


The Studio Connexion Gallery is located nearby the town’s center, on a delightfully quaint little street.
203 Fifth Avenue N.W. (239.99 mi)
Nakusp, British Columbia V0G 1R0
phone: (250) 265-3586

We would be thrilled to welcome our old art friends and meet new ones.
 
 
As a part of your Nakusp trip, you can enjoy many local events and activities in this scenic area.
 
Check the Nakusp and Arrow Lakes Community Calendar to find the current events.
 
I enjoyed the colorful Farmers’ Market and the Nakusp and District Museum which features some truly mind-boggling artifacts.
 
Check out my Nakusp Pinterest board for more ideas.
 
 
Here are a few photos from the last year’s event which was a great success in many ways.
 
You can see what a charming space The Studio Connexion Gallery is and the friendly characters who make it buzz with the passion for art.



Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
 
 
See you in Nakusp on Friday, July 20, 2018.
 
No need for RSVP, just show up as you are.
 
 
The exhibit will continue until Aug 4, 2018.
 
 
Tell your friends!
 
 
With gratitude,
 
Tatjana