Monday, 31 October 2016

New Skills

Arbutus Grove, 24x30, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

One of the best things about the artistic journey is having endless opportunities to learn new things. Having a well defined path is a great thing, but for me, it can get tiring. So I like to mix things up every now and then. I like to take a workshop, pick up a new art book, watch an on-line demo. There have never been so many different ways to learn new things as nowadays - from free demos on the internet, to extravagant workshops all around the world.

In the last few days I've been working on my palette knife skills, inspired by my new friend, Linda Wilder, an amazing acrylic painter, whose workshop I recently attended. Go check out her web site to see how it's supposed to be done!

Here are some of my experiments - my palette knife skills need a lot of improvement!

The challenge with learning is not just to master a new technique, but also to explore possibilities of the new skill, to figure out how to incorporate it into our own work, rather than just replicate the teacher's lesson.

This is a journey that takes time, patience, and creativity - the stuff that we artists have in abundance, right?

Well, I am sure we all try our best, although patience has never been one of my strengths, and time is always in demand. I guess I'll have to rely on creativity.

happy learning, and don't eat too much candy tonight!


Tuesday, 18 October 2016


West Vancouver Coast, 24x30, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

I adore beginnings.

Love to plan compositions, sketch ideas, thumbnails, initial drawing, imprimatura, block in...
Love, love, love!

Any way I start a painting, I am having great fun. Creativity flows! Opportunities sparkle! Choices beckon!

And then, there's a pause.

Opportunities considered, choices made, the painting on the easel waiting for more. Like a girl in a summer dress, waiting for her date who is running late or may never show up, while the storm clouds are gathering in the sky.

This is the moment of a careful consideration. The margins of error narrow down. The cost of error, in time and emotional energy, skyrockets.

Sometimes things flow smoothly from there, sometimes they don't. Sometimes it takes years to get back to those patient paintings waiting to be fixed up.

At  times when something new and exciting is brewing below the surface, I appreciate a distraction of gong back to older works and trying to finish them up. Here are some before and after shots of what recently transpired in the studio.

Before and after images of paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki.West Vancouver Coast, Rock Formations, Arbutus Grove, Cypress Afternoon.

You have to be there to know what kind of battles and wars are fought in the art studio. Some are won, some avoided, and some postponed. I like to think that none get completely lost.

Brush is a more worthy weapon than most!

May all your art battles be won,