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Did a garden sign and a few sketches today

In acrylic, art, crafts, folk art, my artworks, organic, painting, powys, sketch, spring on May 15, 2013 at 20:57

This is for the Royal Welsh Spring show this weekend and then possible to be placed at the entrance of the garden. Something I haven’t done before.  Had to be improvised very fast on the spot. Acrylic on chalkboard paint.

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Poster- woodblock print- and illustration-style photos

In art, color, весна, красота, мои рисунки, garden, my artworks, творчество, фотки, photography, photomanipulation, sketch, spring, sunset on May 11, 2013 at 08:49

I really love artworks of Ivan Bilibin, Maxfield Parrish, Yoshida HiroshiKawase Hasui and other artists of early 20th century working in similar styles. During last few days I have been trying to edit my photos (2-3 apps, 5-10 filters) in a way which gives them a bit of that look. I am enjoying myself very much although I am a bit worried that you will get tired of my experiments which not always work.

#PowisCastle from yesterday. .. #Wales #spring #all_shots #castle #red #building #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_retro #hills #illustration #tinypeople #powis #Powys #Welshpool #замок

7.15 am 5/7/2013

#MorrisDancers #today @ #PowisCastle. .. #dancing #dance #Morris #folk #sunny #castle #Wales #May #spring #all_shots #chasingspring #springwatch #festive #illustration #edit #linandara_retro #linandara_people #народныетанцы #сегодня #замок #танцоры

3.16 pm 5/6/2013

An #old #illustration-style #Aberystwyth. … #latergram #all_shots #Wales #sea #seaside #water #instamillion #picoftheday #waves #beach #tinypeople #houses #Britain #UK #buildings #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_britain #edit #linandara_retro #linandara_vista #город #море #пляж

6.57 am 5/6/2013

#cherry #blossom #spring #all_shots #chasingspring #springwatch #garden #Britain #soft_tones #beautiful #flowers #pink #edit #linandara_retro #linandara_plants #цветы #весна #сегодня #черешня

7.41 pm 5/6/2013

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Photos

In art, весна, красота, мои рисунки, garden, gardening, mixed media, my artworks, фотки, photography, spring, travel on April 29, 2013 at 09:01

#daffodils#flowers #floral #colorful #yellow #lookingup #sky #orange #spring #all_shots #нарциссы #весна #greensky #linandara_plants #linandara_retro

#streetlights & #seagulls. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #sky #небо #clouds #cloudy #birds #gulls #lampposts #trafficlights #redlight #buildings #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_britain #all_shots #Britain #UK #Wales #grey #чайки #фонари #перекресток

3.54 pm 4/23/2013

#Mundesley #Norfolk #Britain #beach #sand #sandy #water #instamillion #picoftheday #reflection #wood #wooden #old #linandara_built #walking #surreal #dreamy #пляж #linandara_water #песок

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.- F. Nietzsche…. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #sky #clouds #evening #all_shots #Wales #sunset #rays #linandara_sunset #закат #облака #beams #light #beautiful #instamillion #picoftheday #grey

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A sloe blossom sketch

In art, drawing, мои рисунки, floral, flower, flowers, garden, my artworks, nature, сад, творчество, pen and ink, sketch on April 25, 2013 at 09:28

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In весна, красота, garden, gardening, фотки, photography, spring on April 16, 2013 at 15:42

It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning – Vincent van Gogh#willow #all_shots #Wales #flowers #floral #white #spring #close_up #closeup #glowing #bokeh #beautiful #nature #nature_lovers #natureonly #pussywillow #верба #весна #свет #linandara_plants #light

#Brecon in #spring. ..#latergram #all_shots #Wales #trees #buildings #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_britain #canal #Britain #UK #instamillion #picoftheday #blossom #beautiful #flowers #forsythia #water #bridge #цветы #весна #канал #мост

The #spring finally seems to come here. .. The picture is from a pre-digital spring. #analog #1990s #film #buds #branches #leaves #foliage #nature #nature_lovers #natureonly #beautiful #close_up #forest #woods #Russia #linandara_plants #linandara_retro #soft_tones #all_shots #linandara_russia #trees #почки #ветки #linandara_trees #весна

That kind of feeling. … #Wales #hills #landscape #linandara_vista #wire #spikes #all_shots #Kerry #Powys #barbedwire #forbidden #denied #fence #forbidding #холмы #проволока #запрет #vista

#green #light#latergram #all_shots #Shrewsbury #streetlight #evening #sunset #linandara_built #linandara_sunset #clouds #Britain #UK #instamillion #picoftheday #buildings #закат #облака #фонарь

In the #Treowen #community #garden #today. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #chasingspring #springwatch #plants #plant #flowers #floral #blue #pebble #spring #all_shots #UK #Britain #цветы #весна #сегодня

2.31 pm 4/14/2013

Back at the market table

In about me, art, car-free living, children, crafts, folk art, freedom, garden, gardening, good life, jewellery, jewelry, kids, mixed media, my artworks, painting, photography, relationship, sales, shopping, sketch, textile art, Uncategorized on April 16, 2013 at 09:46

So I did it again: for the third financial year I am loosing money (something like 67-350-250 £ a year). This is despite parting with a number of paintings,  cards and prints.

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I am grateful to the people who bought the artwork from me but please be aware that it was local council,  public transport companies,  insurance companies, post offices and art supplies who really got your money: I had to pay them too.

Number of customers at the Market is falling. I only managed to cover my rent for December. The local library sent me a letter saying I have to pay 45 pounds if I dare to put prices on my paintings at my annual exhibition. I had it here for 2 years and earned 20 – 40 pounds each time…

I should admit that the thought of a big bonfire made of the paintings and sketches regulary burns in my mind. But I am not sure I ever can give up. All the money I have to spend on art are the leftovers from buying food and clothes for my family for which my husband gives me some money. I could’ve spent more money on him and kids. Perhaps I should have spent more time on them too.

All the housekeeping: washing, cooking, gardening, tidying and almost all shopping are my responsibilities which I have been partly ignoring for last few years in order to “be an artist”. And I am not even good at it. My conscience is not allowing me to charge sky-high for my artworks and anyway local people wouldn’t be able to pay any more. We haven’t got many millionaires in Newtown. I love doing art but the stress of trying to sell it and to please everyone is getting at me.

So I probably will only have a table on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Newtown Market, I also will exhibit some artworks at Galleries Live in Telford and Shrewsbury. I also will possibly participate in an evening art club at Pen Dinas Community Garden if it won’t eat too much time. But I really would like to claim at least some of my life back as my home, me, the family and the garden are not well attended at the moment. I used to read, write, exercise, do plein air trips and I want to try to go back to this.

Sorry for a bit of whining but I feel I should explain what’s going on – mostly for people who (I think) expect me to be something I am not.

Norfolk holidays spring 2013

In buildings, clouds, digital, Британия, красота, природа, путешествия, flower, flowers, garden, gardening, hills, landscape, сад, фотки, photography, sea, seaside, sky, snow, spring, sunrise, sunset, travel, water on April 11, 2013 at 08:47

We made it to the east #coast right in time for a #majestic #Norfolk #sunset. Some interesting #cloud #shadows on the right. #sea #edit #beach #sand #sandy #Mundesley #pink #clouds #linandara_sunset #nature #beautiful #figure #walking #surreal #dreamy #reflections #all_shots #sky #небо #закат #облака #сегодня #water #instamillion

Hopefully the last #snowman of the season #melting away… #snow #garden #kids #funny #fun #children #man #sculpture #spring #all_shots #Wales #chasingspring #springwatch #white #grass последний #снеговик тает. .. #сад

#forsythia #morning. .. #garden #today #Wales #flowers #floral #yellow #blossom #spring #all_shots #chasingspring #springwatch #sky #небо #bluesky #branch #цветы #весна #небо

#dreamy #clouds. .. #today between #Welshpool and #Shrewsbury. .. #trainjourney #field #snow #pink #forest #woods #landscape #linandara_vista #linandara_retro #Wales #beautiful #snowscape #blue #white #поле #сегодня #снег #облака

#Norwich #station #ceiling. Trying to be more instant with #instagram. .. #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_britain #all_shots #Britain #UK #British #victorian #lights #rust #rusty #pink #glass #потолок #крыша #вокзал

Another one of #today’s #sunset. .. #clouds #sky #небо #закат #all_shots #Norfolk #Britain #evening #linandara_sunset #grass #contrail

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Some thoughts on small towns’ centers decline

In 1990s, city, eco-friendly, good life, politics, powys, russian, shopping, traditions on March 24, 2013 at 08:52

About a year ago I went  to Norfolk and lost my gloves. It was bitterly cold, my hands always get cracked in these conditions so I went to several shops trying to buy new gloves or mittens. They look at me as they never heard about items of clothing like that.  Apparently they wouldn’t sell them till next winter…

Yesterday (deep wet show on the ground) I desperately needed new snow boots and, again, to my surprise, met the very surprised look. Fortunately for me a kind lady working in the shop went to storage and fetched some boots for me. Why there is attitude like that? It is often cold and still could snow in March and April, so why are they not interested in making money and helping people? I often feel that the economic trouble in this country is to some extent to do with apathy.

Many are worried about decline of Newtown  now. People don’t want to buy anything apart from bare necessities. Some blame supermarkets. But I am looking at my neighbours at the market and in the area – small business owners – and supermarkets have nothing to do with their struggle. Tesco don’t sell craft supplies, vine making supplies, handmade arts and crafts, etc. The lady who sells bread and eggs here always has customers despite all supermarkets sell similar food too. Supermarkets help people – me and the family, we wouldn’t survive without their cheep food, home deliveries and large variety of items. So don’t blame them, please. Don’t blame charity shops either – they actually help people on both ends. I lived through a crisis in Moscow in 90s without any charity shops and it was tough.

Because of insecurity people are very carefull about their shopping. And lots of shops are getting closed. But, think about that: who really needed 10 clothes shops in a little town? And mostly selling very similar items too. It is boom which was crazy – not bust. It is getting back to some normality now, in my opinion. People used to buy new items when the old ones were still perfectly OK and that was wrong. It is not realistic to hope for this situation to go on forever. It is not sustainable.

Rather than trying to compete with supermarkets and Internet, I think the town centers should become something completely different to survive. Shops and cafes should be truly unique. Rents should be lower. The council should also partly sponsor all sorts of local groups and clubs to have outlets here – making town centers the places where people came to socialize, not just shop. Benches to sit (protected from the rain) and more playgrounds would help too. More security against vandals, drunks and hooligans. After living in Moscow it surprised me how early everything shut down here – apart from pubs. Because of this town centers are not very nice place to be in the evenings. I don’t think this is right. Longer shop opening hours and the town not being completely dead on Sundays would bring more life on the streets. I think, it could be done, unless we all are just drowned in apathy…

 

A sheep on the easel and a couple of pebbles

In abstract, acrylic, art, black, color, crafts, drawing, весна, животные, мои рисунки, floral, flower, folk art, gold, good life, my artworks, творчество, pen, pen and ink, pets and domestic animals, powys, seasonal, spring on March 19, 2013 at 10:26

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Random Things

In abstract, acrylic, art, crafts, drawing, мои рисунки, folk art, freedom, good life, mixed media, painting, pen, pen and ink, textile, textile art on March 14, 2013 at 11:57

A slate painting and a pin coushon

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