29 November 2009

infinitumarin

 oil on canvas 50x70 cm

Blue used to be my favourite colour, until I discovered my love for purple, and fuchsia, and green... I really can't choose one because it wouldn't be fair to the others. But I love blue, because of it's many many shades.

In other words, in 2008 as I recall, I entered a painting contest, the assignment was to create an oil painting with the theme "Sports - seen as a form of expression and communication". And this is what I did. It was my first time ever painting with oil based colours, and at first I didn't like what came out, I loved the fading background, but when I added the surfer I thought I ruined it. It was like a big yellow spot in the middle of the painting. So I stopped working on it for a few days, and then just looked at it from another perspective, the one that says "how can I repair this". So I made bubbles, decomposing the water into circles and also made the surfer from bubbles so he integrates with the entire composition.
Unfortunately the contest was cancelled, and instead they made an exhibition. I don't mind, the painting sits so well on my wall and the entire experience was helpful and a good exercise.

As you might have noticed from my previous posts, painting does not work for me without music, so here's a song that plays now in my play list...


28 November 2009

electric blue

watercolours on paper 50 x 70 cm

I'm rushing the speed of my posting because I have so many works to catch up with, I just want to be up to date so I can show you in real time what I'm doing.

Here's another painting I created some time ago, and I still love this one too. I remember it was a lazy spring, and the teacher came up to us and said "paint whatever you want". I thought to myself "That is insane, what I want? No theme?". It seems easy but it's the hardest thing to do. Because instantly, you loose all your ideas. So for two hours I just sat and thought at what I was going to paint. For another three hours I sketched something starting from spirals and organic life. After that came 16 hours of painting. I worked at that big spiral for about six hours, which makes me laugh now because it's not even a "perfect" spiral. It reminds me of Giger, with that bio-mechanical look to it. I choose blue because of the organic feel to it, which reminded me of the water element.
For the feeling of this post, and my own at this moment, I chose this song, because it calms me, and so does this painting every time I look at it, even though the lines are very dynamic and chaotic. If you see the video, you'll understand... oh, I need to live there for a while, and clear my soul from everything.

27 November 2009

leitmotif

 watercolours, pencils, crayons on paper 50 x 70 cm

Continuing with some paintings. This is an abstract view of some objects that surrounded me in my studio from high school. I still love this, even if it's 4 years old, because of the mixed technique between watercolours and pencils, colours and shades of graphite grey, round and pointy shapes. The title is inspired by an album name by one of the most amazing bands ever, Dredg. And here's one of my favorite songs from them, I hope you like it.


24 November 2009

branches

Time for some watercolours on paper.
 watercolours and crayons on paper 50x70 cm

I painted this almost 8 years ago, in my first year of high school. When the professor dropped a bunch of branches on the table and said "this is your still life for today" I thought she was joking. I remember spending my weekend in school just to finish it. The project was bigger, this is not the actual study after the still life but an interpretation of it, I also painted on canvas some works, but I don't have photos of them and of course, I gave them away as a present for someone I don't even remember right now.

I'm a bit nostalgic and I just erased a full page of nonsense I wrote here about the days that went away and will never come back, so... I'll just let you enjoy the painting and some music.



22 November 2009

office wear

This project was all about the wearable side of clothing, the one we all, obviously, know. This was actually the first time I created only pret-a-porter clothes, with no twists, just basic pattern shapes.
So, the idea was simple, create 3 collections for the casual office wear. So that means creating an image for the powerful, career, strong, classy woman... and that's simple... Coco Chanel. I usually don't recommend being inspired by someone else's work, especially if it's a designer, but this was a project for college, and my developme
nt, so, if it's for a process of learning, no harm done. What inspired me from Chanel, were the coats and skirts, so I took those lines and kind of played with them. Also, I played with the monochrome, black and white, I usually do everything coloured, I am coloured everyday, so this was a big challenge for me. I had to put some though, in buttons and accessories (where you see blue in the clothing, it's actually grey, I don't know what happened when I processed the photos).

The first collection (my favourite) kind of sends me to a woman that has very high standards, fashionable, has a very important place at the firm she works in, or maybe owns it, and is definitely sure about what she wants in life.



The second one send me to a flight attendant or a woman that works with people every day. A very kind but imposing woman. Maybe a wife or a mom, but a working mom.





This last one is a bit more youthful, for a lady that has more of a creative job, or works at an office and is a bit more casual but still stylish and fits well in the dress code. I find this woman with a bit more of a wild personality, free, confident and a weekend fanatic.



watercolours, markers, pencil on paper 21 x 29.7 cm



19 November 2009

corsetmania 3


...mmmm... so this would be the third collection from the series. I don't even know where to start. I don't connect with any of these drawings anymore, I don't feel they represent my style but they were a challenge and I'm always up for that. This would be the Object Collection, the more theatrical and sculptural one, but despite that, I find these sketches to be very very simple, and of course, they were created really fast from lack of time and deadlines I needed to fulfill. So, without any more descriptions, here it is, Corsetmania 3:





watercolour and markers on paper 21 x 29,7 cm



16 November 2009

corsetmania 2

This is the second collection inspired by the Victorian corset. This one is more on the pret-a-porter side (ready-to-wear), and when I drew it I had in mind the goth ballerina wear, something very dark with red satin, black tulle, lots of stripes and laces and a very luscious silhouette.
I used the same body figures here (I have to say, since I received questions about this, I did drew the croquis for every position, but the emphasis was on the ideas for the designs here and not so much on the composition of the illustration, so I copied the figures to buy time).




watercolours and markers on paper 21 x 29.7 cm


13 November 2009

corsetmania


This collection is part of a "trilogy" inspired by the Victorian corset. The shapes go towards the haute couture side of design, and tend to look more like ball gowns or wedding dresses... but because of the colours, the wedding dresses could appeal to a more eccentric, out of the box bride.
I kind of made these sketches really fast, you can see the body position repeating, not as many details as you might expected from me, but they are only sketches so I'll settle for that. I don't quite remember why I chose this colour scheme, but in the end, this combination between pink and green, could never go wrong. What I particularly like in this collection are the veils, gloves and hair, that white with pale accents of green and pink. My personal favourite is sketch no 4.
Which one is yours?





watercolours and markers on paper 21 x 29,7 cm



09 November 2009

liberating style magazine feature


This week was a good week for art. I was featured in a magazine from the US, called Liberating Style, for their November issue. There's also an interview where I talk about, obviously, art. I think it's a great opportunity and I'm grateful for it. I'm also really happy that this way, my art travelled the ocean to places I didn't even reach, it's really amazing.

Photos by: Ina Muntean & Albu Mihai
You can view and read the rest of the magazine Here.

07 November 2009

traditional

 It is time for a bit of patriotism. We're one month away from "celebrating" 20 years from the revolution (this video is a presentation of the city of Timisoara, my hometown, with pictures and a song from December 1989, when our country became free from Communism), therefore this post came just in time.


I made this one in 2005, when I was still in high school, based on the Romanian traditional culture. There are some symbolic elements in this composition that define the traditional feel, those being Constantin Brancusi's Endless Column, traditional pots, wagon wheels, old sculptured gates and elements from the national Romanian costume and regional traditional costume.
So now I gave you a little history lesson about my country. The colours are very eclectic, but the main ones are the colour from the national flag (blue, yellow and red).


This one has the same inspiration but with more of a modern, theatrical twist. I put the Romanian touches in the geometric patterns, some designs and techniques of the outfits. The painting became a Daily Deviation on dA, so I'm very happy that it got such a response and people loved it that much. So thank you! I painted this in the summer time, so you can definitely see the warm and happy influences of the season in the colour palette.

04 November 2009

surrealist fashion


I think this is the most extreme example of my style defined by the mixture between fashion design and painting. The idea behind this composition is the transposition of a surrealist painting onto a human figure, dressing it with the painting itself. The theme was very creative, most certainly not wearable but about the ability of creating a sculptural piece.
The paintings that I used here are Chirico's Hector and Andromache and Boccioni's The Street Enters the House.


For this one, the theme was almost the same, only this time, the inspiration came from literature. The painting was featured in an exhibition in 2004, the theme was Rhinoceros and it represented a book written by Eugen Ionesco, a Romanian writer, in 1959. The idea was to create a dress made from a rhino, not a real one, obviously. Again, the concept was to create something dramatic and sculptural instead of something ready-to-wear. I really suggest some themes like this, if you want to boost your creativity, it doesn't have to be all about patterns and cuts and stitches, at least not from the very beginning.

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