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Hi,

Matryoshka (rus. матрёшка) is a hollow, wooden figurine, with smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller and smaller figurines inside. 

The shelf above my desk hosts a Matryoshka from an antique shop. It is beautiful, colorful, with all the right imperfections characteristic of hand-made gadgetry. It comes with two missing figurines and this is yet another reason why it is rendered infallibly legendary:)

And one more thing: just like oil-painting, puff pastry, tiramisu and this blog, it’s got layers.

Magda

The watercolors

The watercolors

Love from the first painting

Candies

Candies

It was love at first stroke. I usually had gone for the "brutal" media, i.e. if pastels then oil pastels, because there was insufficient patience for the delicate dryness, if a drawing, then in pen, not pencil, until one day it dawned on me to almost go bankrupt buying watercolors.

The first Russian Ladogi had been with me only for a short while before getting lost in the depths of other people's hurly-burly hullabaloo. However, it had been them Russians which made it possible to create a picture like from children's books (it may one day receive its separate span of attention here?) and it had been them which trigged the watercolor craze.

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A long non-watercolor period followed, during which I still deluded myself that the lost Ladogi would be unearthed. There were brush markers, acrylic paints and embroidery, but there the heart still ached for the  watercolors. It was then when the Winsor Newton box from the Cotman series arrived and the painting started anew.

Totem  series : The bear

Totem series: The bear

At one point, a joint project initiated by J. was born, in which he writes, and I illustrate. It was then when I got one of the most beautiful birthday presents - Schmincke Horadam candies, a set of Escoda brushes, including in-scale-micro brushes and a miraculous L'Aquarelle Canson® Héritage block, which is an absolute trump due to its absorbency qualities and the perfect solution of all-four glued edges, which prevents the paper from folding under the influence of moisture. I am aware that it is hardly a novelty for professionals, but for me - an absolute debutant on the watercolor field, who so far had fought battled against standard one-edge laminated blocks, it was a wonderful discovery.

Due to the supremacy of my husband's writing/drawing project, I will not publish illustrations just yet. The time for it is yet to come. Possibly, if I manage to reorganise the day to make space for additional projects, I will not restrain myself form publishing here.

I have a sneaky suspicion that watercolors will make their appearance in this department not once, and not twice ...

And who would think that I would start with "not only”?

And who would think that I would start with "not only”?

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to The Wildebeest

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to The Wildebeest