Daily 20min Sketches

Three-value three-pigments 20min study
original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

I don't know why, but the beginning of the year can be very sluggish in the studio. It's as if I feel that I should start something completely new and different, and at the same time, I know that doesn't make sense. The world doesn't suddenly change on January first, and neither do we.  Actually, it does, and we do, but the change happens continuously, from day to day, be it January first or any other day in the year.

In any case, those early days of the year benefit from a boost of something different and energetic that revitalizes the daily practice.

This year, a most welcome challenge came from a master painter Mike Svob, who happens to be a good friend and someone I highly respect.

Mike is hosting a youtube channel for artists and I highly recomment that you give his 5-day 20min painting exercises a try, even if the challenge is now over.

Here are some of my results from Mike's challenge. How fun is that!

I myself plan of re-doing this whenever I feel stuck. It was a great fun and a valuable learning experience, not to mention Mike's inspiring, informative, and entertaining performance. You can find him on youtube here.

Huge thank you to Mike and everyone who participated in the challenge. It was a blast!


The Last Mile

Okanagan Lake Study, 11x14
original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

I am topping up the 2018 with a few quick studies. After painting steadily throughout the year, finishing these few darlings felt a bit like running the last mile of a marathon - tough but also incredibly satisfying.

Pitt River Trail Study, 12x9
original painting by TatjanaMirkov-Popovicki

To all my art friends who have been feeling creatively productive lately, I hope the momentum follows through into the new year. For those who have been struggling, I wish the tide turns and the new year finds you re-charged for new creations.

Blueberry Fields Study, 11x14
original painting by TatjanaMirkov-Popovicki

My French-speaking supporters may enjoy reading this article for which I was interviewed by The Source newspaper which focuses on the diversity of our community. 

Happy new year everyone!


Whytecliff Park

Whyte Islet (2018), 30x30, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki
awarded by the International Society of Acrylic Painters

I am thrilled to share a good news that my recent painting Whyte Islet featured above won a second place award in the annual all-members show hosted by the International Society of Acrylic Painters this year. Thank you ISAP and congratulations to all the participants!

It's such a joy to see our favorite darlings do well in the world!

Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver is one of those special places that keep inspiring my art again and again.

Whyte Islet (2012), 20x24, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

A search of my art database returns about twenty paintings with the word "Whyte" in the title.  Quite a few of them have identical titles (oops).

I am sure that I will keep painting Whytecliff scenery in the years to come because this place is spectacular at any time of the day and every season. Whenever I visit, I discover something new that delights my painter's eye.

Whyte Islet (2011), 20x24, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

I am sharing here a few pieces that I made over several years. It's fun to see how my painting style has evolved, and it keeps evolving. This ever-changing journey, with its delightful twists and discoveries, is what keeps me enchanted and inspired to keep creating. I hope you feel the same about your own creative endeavors.

Whytecliff Park Sunny Morning (2001), 9x12,
original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki.
This was my very first plein air painting! 

My award-winning Whyte Islet painting is presently on display in the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC until December 23, 2018. Please visit if you are in the area.  Five of my paintings are featured in this prestigious exhibit by the FCA Senior Members. Whichever art style is your favorite, you will find something for your taste in this show.

Tatjana's paintings in the 2018 Senior Members Medal Show
in the Federation Gallery on Granville Island,
on display and available for sale until December 23, 2018

Happy Holidays my artful friends and thank you very much for your interest in my art journey!


Art Brightens the Day

Frozen Creek, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

There were so many good news on the art front lately, even the infamous Vancouver rain doesn't feel too dreary. 

While the You are Here exhibit and the Anonymous Art Show are still being enjoyed by visitors, five of my paintings have just been juried into a prestigious annual exhibit hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists - SFCA Signature Medal Exhibition: Senior Members.

It is always a great honor to participate in art exhibits with my fellow SFCAs and this year I feel especially lucky. Having five pieces in a group show of this level of quality is an amazing opportunity to show a substantial body of my latest work.

Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, December 6th, 6-8PM in the Federation Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 4B7.

If you are looking for some artsy yet practical stocking-stuffers, which work hard to raise funds for great causes, I have two ideas for you.

2019 You are Here Calendar -  the proceeds go toward supporting non-profit art events in the community. My Winter Trail is featured on the January page.

2019 Soroptimist Calendar, Western Canada Region - the proceeds support the Soroptimist International organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. I am thrilled to have my art featured on the cover.

When the weather fails, there is always art to brighten the day!


Anonymous Art Show!

The Anonymous Art Show is back!

Here is an exciting message from North Van Arts: 

We were thrilled with the response from the artistic community and are busy preparing to display 738 works of art on the gallery walls. 

This year we have over 300 artists participating - if we all share in promoting this fundraiser, we can make it the most successful fundraiser in Anonymous Art Show history! 

You, your friends, your family, and your network of supporters are all invited to join us in the festivities of opening night on November 22 and for the ongoing sale of artwork until December 15.

Fundraiser Sale Opening: Thursday, November 22, 7 - 9:30pm
Sale Continues until December 15, 2018

Help spread the word online! Use #AAS18 and tag us @NorthVanArts 

This is an excellent opportunity to start collecting original art on the budget. Each piece is priced $100 for the duration of the show.  Make sure you know how the event works because it's very popular and the paintings fly off the walls quickly. 

Garibaldi Patterns was my piece that sold in the Anonymous Show 2017

Artists, this is a unique chance to experience art from the collector's point of view without breaking the bank. The lesson learned from looking at art as a buyer rather than as a creator is very valuable. 

When I create, I see art as a part of the creative process and my body of work.  But when I purchase art, I discover a completely different kind of art appreciation. It gives me a glimpse of what collectors look for. This can be quite surprising and sobering. You think those slightly smudged edges don't matter? Think again.

The selection process while browsing hundreds of pieces is fascinating and the commitment to exchange money for art provides an interesting pressure. There is a search for something thrilling, surprising, endearing, something that impresses and humbles. Something I want to have in my home to share with my dear ones.

I think that every art collector has a unique set of criteria and there is no way of guessing what yours might be until you do it. This show is a great chance to get your collector-feet wet.

How fun is this? The Anonymous Art Show 2017 opening with artist and volunteer Maria Josenhans

I have three pieces in the Anonymous Art Show 2018 and I hope they find loving homes.

I love helping raise funds for North Van Arts, a wonderful art organization which supports artists and the art-loving community by organizing numerous exhibits and events throughout the year.

Let's go out and by us some amazing art!

Happy art-shopping,


You Are Here

Please join us for the opening reception
Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm
at Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
851 W Queens Road, North Vancouver

to see the original artwork and meet the artists from the 2019 You Are Here Calendar

The calendar includes 12 North Shore images by 12 local artists and supports the North Shore Cultural Mapping project.
Preview the calendar here.  Calendars will be available for purchase at the opening, $20 each – buy 3 get 1 free!
Learn more about the North Shore Cultural Mapping Project here.

The exhibit is on view at this location until December  7, 2018. It's a beautiful space bursting with activity. Please visit if you can!

Little Gems

Mt Baker, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Last year at this time, I visited the fabulous art museums of Ontario and was blown away by seeing the collections of works by my favorite historical Canadian artists - The Group of Seven.

The beauty I've seen on the walls filled with masterful art was indescribable, but what made the biggest impact on me were the collections of exquisite small landscape paintings, mostly plein air sketches.

The way these collections have been assembled and displayed puts those little gems into a grand perspective of national significance which touched me more than any single piece of art I've seen in a long time.

Paintings by Tom Thomson in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The experience must have inspired me on a very deep level because looking back on what I have done over the past year, I am struck by how many small paintings I have painted, and how popular they have been with my art collectors. 

Garibaldi Patterns, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

These little works are really fun to paint. All you need is a piece of canvas which doesn't even need to be stretched. You can easily mount it on some kind of support later. You can even crop and spruce up a part of a banished painting.

Another advantage of working small is that these pieces come together quickly and lend themselves nicely to joyful experimentation. It's easy to feel adventurous when there is no risk of ruining a huge expensive canvas.

This is a great way to quickly try out inventive compositions, unusual color combinations, and new techniques.

Mt. Seymour Patterns, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

These paintings may be small in size, but they sure are big in attitude!

Happy painting,