My (Alexandra Cook aka Linandara) daily art activity
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
I'm working on a Martian landscape in acrylic and multiple ACEO commission at the moment. The work is progressing slowly as I'm more interested in few writing projects. I seems to oscillate between various creative activities and hardly can make myself do something which my heart doesn't want at the moment. I am often angry at myself for that but haven't find the cure yet.
Non-creative activities like cleaning & washing are always at the bottom of my list. I am a horrible housewife!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
The September certainly was a very productive this year - thanks to the good weather.
I did this from my garden, but moved some of my neighbours' houses and turned the hills into the mountains.
By the way Etsy does looks so much nicer for an artist than Ebay, but there is a small problem: nothing seems to sell so far...
Sunday, 23 November 2008
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Saturday, 22 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
The idea for the first picture came from a photo of my friends and colleagues overlooking a submarine port in the Crimea. The second one was inspired by a photo of my great auntie (a ballet dancer) as a girl.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Also I'm packing and sending away an acrylic painting I've sold recently. It features Thai houses and was based on a photo I took from a taxi window on Phuket Island many years ago.
(Sometime if I don't write down what I actually did today, I feel like time slipped through my fingers).
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Lots of good art - painterly, skill full and thought-full portraits. For example, Lliana by Krasimir Kolev, Amanda Smith at Vincent Avenue by Simon Davis, Kristy, 3rd Attempt by Geert Schless, Natalie by Jason Walker, Her Name Is Rio by Lucie Cookson, Blue Pool (Datuk Vinod Sekhar Family) by Paul Benney (kids favorite - swimming pool), Melanie by Jackie Anderson (my favorite - a lady in fog).
But two tendencies a bit upset me. First, quite a number of works looked just like good resolution professional photos blown up on canvas. (E.g. Untitled by Peiyuan Jiang - Young Artist Award; Metamorphosis by José Luis Corella Garcia (I actually like the picture), Meralby Joanna Yates). Whats a point of painting then? The eye sees differently to the camera lens anyway. The only case (in my opinion) when photorealistic style really works its when there is no way that you can actually take picture of the subject (if its from the past or from fantasy)
Secondly, there is that hint of admiration of ugliness, illness and injury in some works (like in Sunny Jim by Sue Burns, Hannah O'Brien by Robert O'Brien). I don't mean at all that only classically beautiful people should be painted. But I always thought that the good portrait artist should try to find inner beauty and kindness in any subject. Unless the artist wants to offend or humiliate somebody (including themselves).
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
The painting is available from Etsy:
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
There is a good reference library at
but you have to be a member (its free) to save images.
I can't remember where I took this. Must be in a castle in England.
Monday, 10 November 2008
I even thought of destroying it, but I just can't. I still like the picture even though I moved forward a lot since that. I did it dreaming of a light pastel & silver colored dining room in something like Cloud City's from Star Wars style. I don't know if we ever will have a room like this...
Friday, 7 November 2008
Anyway, we had some fun on Firework night:
Monday, 3 November 2008
I watch TV just 1 -1.5 hours a day, in the evening. Even so, I feel its a waste of time if I don't do anything else in parallel. So I'm recycling fabric and make something (usually improvising). Most toys end up in kids rooms but few go for sale. This one is called Cheburaha and is available from Etsy.
There was just a few minutes of sunlight today to take the picture. The afternoon was incredibly gloomy...
Sunday, 2 November 2008
and moving my artwork to (hopefully) one place:
Still Life Artworks(1)
Pen and Ink Fantasy(1)
Oil & Acrylic Fantasy(2)
Saturday, 1 November 2008
Thanks goodness, people haven't copywrited their faces yet...
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
I do take hundreds of photos every time I go out in hope that one day I can use them for my artwork. They constantly appear in random order on my desktop.
My wild imagination and dreams often bring me vivid pictures worth painting.
I like using 3D modelling for creating landscapes and/or people to paint later.
I also feel its fine to be inspired by random photos in books, newspapers, on the web, in movies. After all, I'm not copying them photorealistically, merely interpreting. Artist Pablo Picasso said "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." And, of course, all artists & photographers steal from God a bit... Poor Van Gogh copied his favorite artists when couldn't afford live models.
Last, I sometimes do copies of historic art from all over the World to learn about old masters approach.
- Never say "you have talent". For many artists it translates into "you don't work hard - just use your talent every time".
- Your painting is very good: it looks almost like a photograph... (then whats a point of doing a painting???)
- Never give to an artist an artwork of another artist as a gift unless you are ABSOLUTELY sure he or she will like it. Just ask! We lot have normally very strong preferences in art!
PS. Personally I found patronizing words like "clever girl" be real killers...
Welcome to the Distant Lands! Fifteen of my artworks (mostly seasonal landscapes) are included in this 2009 14-month calendar. It has British & Christian holidays (could be changed - just send me a message). I hope you'll enjoy it!(26 pages ) Paperback: £9.97
Fantasy Lands by A.Cook
by Alexandra Cook
This it 14 months 2009 calendar illustrated with my fantasy artwork. It contain British holidays (this could be changed - just send me a message). I hope you will enjoy it. (26 pages ) Paperback: £9.97
My Russia by A.Cook My Russia by A.Cook
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This is 14-month calendar for 2009 illustrated with my own paintings and drawings dedicated to landscapes, people and buildings of my native Russia. Contains British and some Orthodox holidays. If you would like other / custom holidays please let me know before buying and I'll create additional version for you. I hope you'll enjoy my calendar!
Monday, 27 October 2008
I used to belong to the Nottingham Society of Artists (http://www.nottinghamartists.org.uk/) and a local Art Club (http://www.ledac.org.uk/index.htm) in my old place. Couldn't find anything here (maybe there is a group?). We don't drive (eco-friendly) so I can't really go to nearby towns to join their groups.
Ideally I would love to be a member of an open-minded & friendly all-media & style art group (club, society, association) with an aim to actively help each other improve they work, exibit it and, of course, sell it. Also get painting outside together. Let me know if anybody else interested.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Small quiet town, not really much arty folk around... Exhibitions in the gallery are mostly very -very - very weird (strange). I love experiment and feeling of strangeness - as just one side of creativity. But why poor people have to think that only this is ART? Where are simply local artists? There was an "open" exhibition with entrance fee I couldn't afford... Where anyway are works which somebody could have in ordinary comfortable home and simply enjoy them? I know there is good art created right now - look in International Artist Magazine (http://www.international-artist.com/iam/overview.aspx), for example. Who profits from promotion of weird and disgusting in art? Why feeling of peace and happiness in art is ignored?
I'm thinking of translating it to English, widening the story at the same time, but have to find somebody to review it first...