The pleasant laziness on cozy Christmas day

It is such a blessing to slow down, take a breath and enjoy doing nothing while listening to fantastic Christmas songs. The lights are on, some candles are burning. It is so peaceful, indoors and outdoors, in the soul and heart, that the feeling of happiness, gratitude and love is almost touchable.

Peaceful Christmas day paintings and home decorations

I have put on the Latvian radio 2, they play non-stop Christmas songs, and these melodies are so sweet and touching that I couldn’t wish for a better music to accompany my memories tonight.

I hope all fellow bloggers are having a good time wherever they are, I hope they didn’t have to experience the rough weather which destroyed so many people’s homes this Christmas.

Peaceful Christmas day Snow painting and decorations

The weather is great in Whitby, Ontario. There is no wind, stars start showing up, the sky is almost clear and the silence covers everything.

Peaceful Christmas day beautiful decorations

Wishing everybody peace, warmth, love and light during this Christmas day and all the following holidays! Have a blessed evening and night! May stars and the full moon shine on you and remind that love never ends.

Peaceful Christmas day

Sending hugs, love and prayers to everybody who shares peace, hope and love at Christmas!

Latvian radio Christmas music:

Latvian Radio 2

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Fun while traveling, Latvian musicians, Rose Festival, commissioned paintings and my farewell cake

My long trip is almost over. Just one more day in Latvia, and I’m flying home.

This was such a pleasurable travel experience, even though, the weather was not showing its sunny side at first.

Not only was I enjoying a lot, but I also got some useful things done.

My daughter had arranged a very interesting come-together in her garden. The funny part was borsch which her guests cooked straight over the fire in a special pot since modern pots would simply split apart. The taste of this soup was superb since it cooked slowly and became like an extract of all good and fresh things within it.

The real Russian borsch on a fire

Cooking outdoors borsch

The surprise guest was the famous Latvian musician Gacho who did not mind attending this small party since he is a friend of my daughter’s friend. Gacho’s musical genre is best described as a mix of electronic music, hip-hop and punk rock, and his shows are attracting plenty of audience which is taken away by his charming manner of performance. Why do I like his music? I’m not that young: getting close to 56. The content of Gacho’s music is not limited to plain rhythmic experiences decorated with some equally simple lyrics.

 

The well-known and amazing Latvian musician Gacho (Gatis Irbe) did not mind to have some photos taken

Gacho: hip hop musician and me

Here we go: Gacho enjoying our delicious snacks, and I am enjoying the entire party and guests

Garden party at my daughter' s place with Gacho and friends, including author of lyrics Victors

I admire mostly the very rich lyrics, the feeling of something behind tunes and words in his songs. He also has a rich, impressive personality, and we had an amazing talk about his background, family (mom artist, dad sportsman), and it was surprising how he was not trying to make himself more important or less approachable than just a regular guy. Anyway, that was a big pleasure. His manners were excellent, too. He sent a thank you message for the nice conversation. I wish Gacho (his real name is Gatis Irbe) lots of new shows (he just had one huge in Liepaja, Latvia), plenty of luck and musical inspiration. I’d love to thank him, as well.

Commissioned poppy painting in acrylic

The first of two paintings

Red poppies: commissioned acrylic painting

My paintings of poppies in acrylic

I managed to get done two poppy paintings which I had promised a while ago. Time was pushing me, but the client was very satisfied after these paintings were installed on the wall. The worst part was, I had very little time to take some pictures, and no chance to take some pictures in a good light. Oh well, they loved these paintings, and who cares how their images look like?

Side by side view: poppy paintings in acrylic

Side by side: commissioned poppy paintings

We had a chance to attend the Rose Festival in a small Latvian town Tukums.

Almost the entire family

My family, however, the oldest grandson and my husband were not present, and my son-in-law was taking this picture

The wreath made of real roses

The huge wreath was made only of live roses. Just imagine how many should be there!

Small town Tukums

Small town: Tukums

The Rose Festival

The Rose Festival was well attended

Poppies along the road

Poppies along the road

This town was very attractive. Beautiful views were on both sides of the road, but twilight was getting closer really rapidly, so my small camera was unable to take good pictures of wild poppies.

My farewell cake

My farewell cake: delicious and beautiful

Anyway, my grandson has started to worry about his computer, so I have to finish my writing. I’d love to finish it with a beautiful and fantastically tasting, oh-so delicious farewell cake. My sister made it knowing how much I love home-made cakes, all from scratch with real fresh garden strawberries. Thanks my dear sister! The cake was wonderful.

Painterly Saturday afternoons

Fun and pleasure painting afternoons on Saturdays is a new guided art activity at my studio-gallery.

Who and what is this activity suitable for?

It is for people of all ages who would like to try drawing or painting and experience a nice atmosphere, friendly company and plenty of inspiration.

It is for those who look for inspiration, or need some advice or help with their art. It is also for those who have stuck or don’t know how to get back to creation of art. We have sometimes started an artwork, but are not sure how to proceed. What to do next? What color to use? What other steps to take? When is the painting finished? How much of detail should be implemented? How to correct unsuccessfully painted spots? Why does the painting have no impact? I can suggest answers to these and other questions you are facing with your artistic endeavors.

It is for those who think they already depend too much on mobile devices and their computers. Take a break and employ your artistic side of the brain! While addiction to devices frequently stresses out even young kids, drawing and painting activities allow to calm down and recharge for any upcoming events which one may anticipate.

It is for those who feel lonely and upset and wish they had something nice to engage in during their leisure. It is not always the finished artwork which matters, sometimes the re-gained self-confidence and relaxed state of mind are much more important!

It is for those who feel bored, tired and exhausted. Why not to do something completely different? It’s always worth a try. You may be surprised how much pleasure is in simple artistic task.

Fall birches collage: acrylic painting project

It is for those who complain they never have their own time. Take your time and enjoy some quiet moment in the stormy life.

Materials for regular painting styles in watercolor and acrylic, as well as drawing paper and pencils are sold or offered (depends on size and type of materials), and anybody can take their own stuff, as well.

Winter creek project: acrylic for adults

You could find out about new techniques or approaches, you would be able to refresh your artistic senses or learn something, too. It is not a regular class or workshop, but I am always offering tips, ideas, help and advice. I specialize in nature, still life, floral and scenery drawing and painting, and that is pretty much the skill I can share.

Orchards in bloom: acrylic painting project

Real flowers, fruits and vegetables most often will not be available during winter months, however, there are usually some. References photos for scenery, floral and still life painting are offered if you would like to try this type of drawing and painting.

Abstract scenes or abstract art can be created easily, as well, and I will provide with additional materials.

Opening the first page of the new calendar

Let the river of time take away our troubles and worries!

Winter night: the last light

The New Year is standing at our doorstep; we should welcome it with a great meal, candle light and warm thoughts.

Let’s look up to the sky: maybe some nice surprise is waiting for us, maybe the New Year’s inspiration will take us to new heights and allow more dreams to come true.

Winter sky: the path to eternity

Candle lights are alive, and the bad energies are destroyed in fire. As we look at this light, we should imagine all great things we would like to happen, and they just might come true. At least during this wonderful holiday season and at the moment of entering the New Year, we should have only positive thoughts, provide the encouragement to the sad and care for the sick, wish more good things to everybody, not only ourselves.

The New Year’s color is blue, I’m sure we can find something blue in our closet.

The more candles we have lightened up at midnight, the more chances we have our wishes are fulfilled. We can write one of our wishes on paper straight before midnight, this should be a very definite wish for some particular thing, and we burn it afterwards, and scatter the ashes outdoors so they’d go with the wind.

Happy New Year! Warm hearts and shelters, good health and abundance of things you need, true love and lots of honestly earned money!

Happy New Year 2014!

We are about to open the first page of the New Year’s calendar. Let’s hope all following pages are filled with events, results and achievements we wished for.

Don’t miss the Culture Days 2013 Event

Everybody who is interested in seeing how culture and accessibility to arts and self-improvement is facilitated and supported at artist-run galleries and art schools is welcome to check out Art plus Classes and Life plus School Culture Days event on September 28 and September 29 between noon and 4 pm.

Brief schedule for these events is as follows:

Saturday: For anybody who ever wondered how easy or difficult it is to start drawing or painting. Try for yourself and find out if that is something which you might be interested in. Demos, hands on activities, ideas for home decorations and DIY things. There are many to look at and get inspired from.

Birds with culture

Sunday: New artistic retreats are on the way. Find out how they will work. Dealing with problems, moods, aches and pain, anxiety and depression: art as medication and cure. Treating loneliness, lack of happiness, problems and life challenges with color. Killing boredom, dissatisfaction and emptiness: the way back to true yourself. Find it while playing around with images and paints. Explore the meditative state of immersing yourself in what we are calling “art retreat for your soul”: a process of applying color, arranging your thoughts into images, describing your feelings with color or images, so that afterwards we get an understanding of what is bothering you and why. This enables people to resolve their problems, improve their medical conditions and realize how little is needed to achieve piece of mind.

Don’t miss these events. The admission is free and materials are provided by the artist. The location is excellent and easy to find and access: downtown of Whitby, intersection Mary/Perry, just one block from either Dundas E or Brock N. Free parking.

NEW this fall: acrylic for teens and advanced drawing plus watercolor

Many teens expressed interest in acrylic painting last year.

Such classes are lots of fun, they are exciting, and students can create very real art for whatever needs they have: decorating teen’s room, giving as a gift or preparing a portfolio for future studies in an art college.

Acrylic painting classes

I have scheduled 1 acrylic painting class for teens and young adults (10 to 18 years) during this fall term.

Thursday 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm (teens/youth 10-18) Fee: $14

Lots of excitement, lots of discoveries, lots of fun, not to mention the happiness of having created something.

Materials are not included; however, the material list for teens is noticeably smaller than for adults.

Acrylic painting supplies

Canvas, canvas board or heavy watercolor paper approximately 14 x 18 in or 16 x 20 inches in size.

2 or 3 fairly soft brushes: 1 flat (1 to 1.5 in), 2 rounds: 1 size 8, and 1 size 12 with fine tips.

Acrylic paints:

Titanium white; Payne’s gray; Cadmium red medium, Cadmium yellow medium, either Cerulean blue or Ultramarine blue. More colors are optional.

Pencil, eraser, red, brown, blue markers

Pretty many sheets of thick paper towel and medium large plastic or paper plates

Kids and teens who want to draw more and use watercolor or watercolor pencils are welcome to attend 2 Tuesday watercolor and drawing classes and 1 Wednesday drawing, sketching and painting class:

Tuesday 5.30 pm- 6.30 pm (teens/youth 9-15) Fee: $14

Tuesday 7 pm- 8.30 pm (teens 10-18) Fee: $16

Wednesday 5.30 pm- 6.30 pm (teens/youth 9-15) Fee: $14

Development of observational drawing, visual perception and artistic abilities; starting with simple objects, perspectives and scenes and gradually achieving excellent results. Very exciting classes with plenty of pleasure to explore new themes.

Watercolor painting supplies

Materials include good watercolor paint set (please do not get absolutely spicy shades), watercolor paper from 14 x 18 and up to 16 x 20 in; 3 watercolor brushes: 1 flat (1 inch); 1 round size 8 and 1 round size 10-12, all with fine tips, pencil, eraser, cardboard base and painters tape to attach the paper, rather larger size plastic palette for mixing up paints and fairly many sheets of paper towel.

Watercolor pencils are optional.

Registration is already on.

Art classes: acrylic pancy painting

I have scheduled an introductory class for new students and those who might be interested on August 29 between 4 and 6 pm. I will pass out applications, answer questions and show materials.

I hope to see you at my studio-gallery!

Students told they really enjoyed my classes last year!

For any questions, please contact, using the page https://inesepogagallery.com/contact-us/

Mother’s Day card: check it out

I recently finished a watercolor painting which already initially was intended to serve as image for Mother’s day card. We started to draw birds at our teens painting class and got the painting done during 2-3 classes.

Chickadee mother's day card

I worked out two versions: one without text (when ordering, anybody can place their own text on the inside) and with short text.

Mother's day greetings

Both versions can be found and ordered as cards via Fine Art America website:

http://fineartamerica.com/pdfartworkmenu.php?artworkid=7289106

http://fineartamerica.com/pdfartworkmenu.php?artworkid=7289435

It’s needless to say that any painting can be bought as a print of many different types and with hundreds of framing choices at very reasonable prices and in excellent quality. Any purchase comes with 30-day money-back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with some aspect.

Fine Art America offers to download a free app if you are using any kind of smart phone, iPhone, iPad or similar device which has camera to view the particular painting in the chosen frame (there are really hundreds) or without a frame on the exact wall space or room space where you intend to place it. The app will apply your chosen size, therefore, you can see everything according to real proportions.

http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/inese+poga/all

Happy Mother’s Day to Every Mom on the Globe

I’m on one side of this globe, my mom is on the other. We talk on the phone, and we meet in person every two years. The distance does not scare me as long as I know, I will hear her happy voice on the other end when calling. The best thing is to know that my mom IS THERE. She is going to be 82 this fall, and I hope to meet her around that time.

My mom: 80th birthday

We have one celebration in Latvia, that I’m missing here, in Canada. This day is called Angel’s day or Name’s day. My mom’s name is Irena, and her Name’s day falls together with Mother’s day this year. So, this is a nice reason for double greetings.

The older I’m getting, the more I have started to understand and appreciate my mother and everything she has done for me. I notice more and more features we have in common. I sometimes catch myself acting exactly the way she always is.

There are 2 grandmothers, 3 mothers, 2 daughters and 3 granchildren in this family. How do you think, how many are we? (Answer at the end)

My daughter, my mom and me during their stay in Canada

Too bad, we are never expressing and showing enough love, respect and appreciation to some person while that person is still around. I am never regretting things I have done, things I haven’t done, money I have spent, time I have wasted, but I will always regret I did not say my dad how much I cared about him and how much I loved him while it was still possible. He has passed away now, and there won’t be any more opportunities to do that.

That’s why I’m calling my mom as often as I can, I’m saying her all the best words I am able to find, and I’m showing her how much I care.

White lilies are my mom’s most favorite flowers. I was painting this pastel, and many memories came to my mind, and many good thoughts were implemented in this painting.

This for you, mom!

Happy Mother’s day!

I wish, every mother on this planet experienced some time how much loved, appreciated and honoured she is.

Happy Mother’s day to all Mothers!

Answer to question: We are 5: my mom, me, my daughter, and 2 grandchildren