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Artwork description:

P r o c e s s:

The underpainting is done with watercolour. This is really tricky for few reasons.
It took me a considerable amount of time to work out the canvas maker that is suitable for the effect. For the paint to give me these beautiful semi translucent washes, the cotton has to be the right grain and correctly primed. The underpainting takes very little room for mistake and even now sometimes I scrap the canvas and start all over.
There is very special fast drying medium used to cover delicate layers with the right amount of thin oil paint and to make the pigment more fade resistant and prevent from any yellowing.
This stage is repeated many times to build the satisfactory depth.
I then go with a tiny brush to go over the edges and borders, adding definition with acrylic.
Final two - the signature, usually on the front (but some paintings I leave unsigned on the front till they are sold, so the buyer can cast his/her wish to see my surname on the front or back of the artwork). And [ta-ra!] the paper planes connected a thin thread which they tied up to each other or the clouds.

S t o r y

The Migration collection is intend to capture the subject of departure focusing on positive effects of separation, leaving, breaking ties.
The paper airplane is a faceless portrait of a traveler, explorer and a pioneer.
Object with simple light emotion bringing back the carefree childhood moments and playfulness.
Imposing or sometimes enveloping this directive element with the clouds I strengthen the message to emphasise the scale of ever-changing terrain around us.

The clouds are big and strong.
Paper planes to the contrary — small and fragile.
Not suppose to fly that far or high these little vessels, just like we are, found themselves redefining their limits.

Also the detail that connects paper airplanes comes from my Connected series on paper.
Visual form showing companionship is found in every journey we take.

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H120 x W100 cm / H47" x W39"
2.86cm white edge
Gloss varnish (gentle shine) to protect from UV, dust and scuffing.
Mid grain cotton canvas
only artist quality paints, mediums and varnish.
shipped stretched ready to go on the wall out of the box
Actively work with interior, product designers, art consultants, advertising teams and happy to discuss specific project needs
min size commission for my Cloudscapes series
max 120x150 a single piece - bigger - multipaneled pieces could be created
[blue bays available in smaller sizes]

Also I can arrange for the artwork to be professionally float/tray framed prior to shipping. Pls contact curators team for cost.


It took me 6 months of trial and error figuring the right canvas maker that gives my watercolour technique the right absolution versus spreading, right colour after drying, possibility to reply layers without lifting previously applied allowing to reach the right intensity as a final result.

It took me same amount of time to test various paint makers to figure best that leave a distinct edges upon drying.

Large canvases certainly give me more joy when they are finished and present greater challenge during the making. Seeing delicate lacing on this scale is truly makes a viewer go wow (while I quietly observe their reactions at the back…).

As for inspiration, it goes like this. My whatsapp and email are permanently inundated with photos of dramatic skies on a cloudy day, romantic sunset or that sunrise which almost moved you to tears from every friend in my contact book. And I look. I gaze with awareness. I analyse the lines and colour combinations. Yes, I might be that strange girl you see on the train in the evening that stares with tense face into her phone display… I load my memory with shades and forms only to forget them all at the moment when I take on a blank canvas.

Starting new painting I shut down the unnecessary references taping into the visual memory and imagination. I never use photos when I paint sky. Don't want to spoil the excitement when warm beige looks unexpectedly strong on cooler greens and the satisfaction from random intertwining of lavender and shell pink. All that is a journey that stops precisely at the pick.

About Migration:

Migration is my signature collection that undergone evolution in just over 12 months and started with my encounter of Astrid Bin installation called ‘One Thousand Means of Escape’ featuring a cloud of suspended paper planes. I kept that emotional seed and developed my own feet of paper planes that sometimes happy, sometimes moody. In a hurry or undecided where to next.
I liked that subtle parallel of a simple manmade object with divine ability to levitate, its fragility and yet determination to defy gravity. Every painting is at least a 12 hours a day 4 days straight self discovery journey completed on one breath. A short but intensely lived paper plane flight of my creative living.

Medium cotton grain canvas
Watercolour is used to crate flowing texture
Sealed with synthetic medium to prevent staining yellowing and fading.
shipped stretched ready to hang
Touched with oil layer and highlighted with white acrylic.

Materials used:

watercolour, acrylic, liquin, oil


#clouds  #atmospheric  #dream  #airy  #clear sky 

Migration | Solaris (2020)


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This artwork is sold by Yuliya Martynova from United Kingdom

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