Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rubin si dantela / Ruby and Lace

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsea acrilica rosu rubin pe exterior si auriu in interior, cu aplicatii de dantela vintage din anii 70 si paiete, lacuita pentru a-si pastra frumusetea in timp/

Wooden box, hand-painted with ruby red and gold acrylic colors, appliques of  70s vintage lace and sequins, lacquered to keep its beauty over time 

Frunza de smochin / Fig Leaf

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsea acrilica aramie pe exterior si perlata in interior, cu 
o frunza presata de smochin / 
Wooden box, hand-painted with copper and pearl acrylic colors, with a  pressed fig leaf

In gradina noastra avem, 2 tufe superbe de smochin. Ne incanta cu ramurile viguroase si luxuriante, frunzele mari si, desigur, fructele dulci si delicioase!


In our garden we have two delightful fig shrubs.  They enchant us with their vigorous, luxuriant branches, beautiful leaves and, of course, sweet and delicious fruits!  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Emerald Leaves

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsea acrilica, cu 
aplicatii de frunze uscate, lacuita pentru a-si pastra frumusetea in timp /

Wooden box, hand-painted with acrylic colors and 
with appliques of dried leaves, lacquered to keep its beauty in time

Dimensiune exterioara / Exterior size: L 13 x l 13 x h 7,5 cm 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cutia Despinei / Despina's Box

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsea acrilica perlata, cu 
aplicatii de dantela vintage din anii 70 si frunze uscate /
Wooden box, hand-painted with pearl acrylic color and 
with appliques of 70's vintage lace and dried leaves

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cutia amintirilor / Memories Box

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsele acrilice, cu aplicatii de dantela vintage din anii 70 si paiete/
Wooden box, hand-painted with acrylic colors and with appliques of 70's vintage lace and spangles

Dantela si safir / Lace and Sapphire

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsea acrilica albastru safir, cu aplicatii de dantela vintage /
Wooden box, hand-painted with sapphire blue acrylic color and appliques of vintage lace 

Maci / Poppies

pictura in acrilic, panza pe carton, dimensiune 20 x 30 cm /
acrylic painting, canvas on cardboard, size 20 x 30 cm

pictura in acrilic, diptic, panza pe carton, dimensiune fiecare tablou 20 x 20 cm /
acrylic painting, diptych, canvas on cardboard, size of each painting 20 x 20 cm

De cand ma stiu, mi-au placut macii!  Cu petale atat de delicate si moi, in nuante de rosu si portocaliu.  Jucausi pe tulpinile lor mladioase. 
Indiferent de cum m-as simti, in clipa in care-i vad ma inunda o bucurie fara limite!


Have always loved poppies!  Such delicate, soft petals in various shades of red and orange.  Playful on their supple stalks.
Regardless of my state of spirit, the moment I see them I am filled with endless joy!

Cutia Carmencitei / Carmencita's Box

Cutie din lemn, pictata manual cu vopsele acrilice, 
cu aplicatii de panglica pictata,  frunze uscate si boboci uscati de trandafiri /
Wooden box, hand-painted with acrylic colors and with appliques of painted ribbon, dried leaves and dried rose buds

In urma cu cateva saptamani am vazut intr-un magazin cu articole pentru pictura, cateva cutii din lemn.  De cum le-am vazut mi le-am imaginat imbodobite cu panglici, dantele, margelute, frunze si alte obiecte minunate. 
Iata una dintre ele: scaldata in aramiu, incinsa de o panglica pictata cu trandafiri.  Pe capacul ei se odihnesc cativa boboci de trandafiri si cateva frunze.  Iar cand o deschizi, te intampina un evantai de frunze care parca te imbie sa o umpli cu amintiri placute.  
De cum am terminat-o mi-am dat seama ca e numai buna pentru Carmencita!  Bucura-te de ea, cu drag!


A few weeks ago, in a painting supplies shop, I saw a few wooden boxes.  Soon as I set eyes on them I imagined them graced with ribbons, lace, beads, leaves and other beautiful things.
Here is one of them: bathed in copper and wrapped in a ribbon with painted roses.  On its lid rest a few rose buds and leaves.  When opened, a fan of leaves welcomes you to fill it up with pleasant things.
As soon as it was ready, I knew it was just right for Carmencita!  So, enjoy, with my love!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ciresul in floare / Cherry Tree Blooms

pictura in acrilic, panza pe rama din lemn, dimensiune 20 x 50 cm
acrylic painting, canvas on wooden frame, size 20 x 50 cm

Dupa prea multi ani de leneveala artistica in care doar am privit, admirat si invidiat, intr-o zi de primavara tarzie, impinsa de la spate de buna mea prietena Rodica, ne-am prezentat amandoua la atelierul Darlu al dnei Lucia Morariu.  Aici, printre borcane pline de culori mirifice, pensule de toate dimensiunile, picturi, icoane pe lemn si piese de mobilier innobilate de flori ca din povesti, am regasit bucuria -bucuria de a inmuia pensula in culoarea potrivita- si apoi frustrarea -oare de ce mana mea nu ma mai asculta si nu poate realiza intocmai ceea ce vad cu ochiul mintii? ... Rodica imi spunea ca este bine, ca trebuie sa am rabdare. ...  Luci imi spunea insa ca trebuie sa exersez si sa exersez pana iese cum vreau.  ...  Ma innecam in disperare, dar spiridusul s-a trezit ...
Eu am crescut in timpurile in care sloganul "invatati, invatati, invatati" era afisat in toate salile de clasa, iar mai tarziu am citit ca "geniul este 1% inspiratie si 99% transpiratie", asa ca ce altceva puteam sa fac decat sa ma pun pe ...  "transpirat".  
Si iata, prima mea pictura dupa 30 de ani de lancezeala!  Timida, stangace, dar plina de speranta si bucurie.
Extraordinar cum functioneaza si inspiratia!  Acum imi dau seama ca am ales ca prima pictura sa infatiseze un cires in floare, la inceput de ciclu de dezvoltare.  De fapt asa m-am simt si eu - la inceputul unei noi calatorii.  O calatorie launtrica - ca toate calatoriile ce merita facute.  
Sper sa va placa si voua roadele artistice!


On a late spring day, prodded along by my dear friend Rodica, after too many years of artistic laziness during which I just looked, admired and envied,  we found ourselves on the doorstep of the Darlu workshop of Mrs Lucia Morariu.  Here, surrounded by jars full of magical colors, brushes of all shapes and sizes, paintings, icons on wood, and pieces of furniture dignified by fairy-tale flowers, I rediscovered joy - the joy of dipping my brush in the right color - and then agony - why doesn't my hand listen to me anymore and doesn't materialize what I see with my mind's eye? ... Rodica was telling me it is fine, that I just need patience. ...  Luci however was telling me that I should practice and practice until I get it the way I want it. ... I was drowning in despair, but the little genie had awakened ...
I grew up up in a time when the slogan "learn, learn, learn" was displayed in all classrooms and later I read that "genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration", so what else could I do but start to ... "perspire".  
And so, here is my first painting after 30 years of langour!  Shy, awkward in places, but full of hope and happiness. 
Extraordinary how inspiration works!  I now realize that I chose for my first painting a blooming cherry tree, at the start of its development cycle.  Actually, that is how I felt - at the start of a new journey.  An inward journey - like all journeys that are worth the bother.        
I hope you enjoy it too.