My (Alexandra Cook aka Linandara) daily art activity

Monday, 22 March 2010

A break

My main computer has broken down, so, temporary silent... Finished a pen drawing of a red cat and started another "Hansel and Gretel" picture.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Another Nebula

A soft pastel abstract painting. It had a bit of story to it. I left it unattended and my son who was quite young at that time had drawn dark brown lines all over the picture. I've got upset first but then managed to incorporate them into the painting... The original (was about A4 in size) is sold.

Nebula by Alexandra Cook
Nebula by Alexandra Cook

Red Book - An Modern Drawing of a Reading Woman, pen & gouache

I've added a work to
I like making artworks which look like pictures out of a lost book or movie. And its up to you to imagine the rest of the story.
A women reading in fromt of the window is sketched freely, spontaneousely. There also are a bit of strange symbols and a part of my poem in Russian (full text here)
Original is for sale here
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Izbushka - the original 27.79cm x 20.79cm Mixed Media Work & prints:

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A watercolor, pencil and pen artwork on watercolor paper. Early autumn. Low warm sun light falling on a Russian wooden cottage, fence, grass and a couple of silver birch trees. A little village north to Moscow, where my friends have a house.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Green Veil

A sitting woman with a green veil and two standing figures. Open to your
It started as a life drawing sketch, then I made it into an acrylic & paper collage painting with lots of texture, about A3 in size, sold. This version is slightly digitally edited.

Blue Exploding Orion Nebula now...

Now its a digital version No 4, and possible not the last one...
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A drop of bright orange...

Orion Nebula Collage by Alexandra Cook
Orion Nebula Collage by Alexandra Cook

A combination of paper collage, acrylic and oil pastel, inspired by the beautiful flower-like shape of the Orion Nebula. There is a bit of text on some pieces of paper, one says "winter blue". The original artwork was about A3 in size, sold.

Morning on Lauss

Its not a very recent one. The planet is from my novell.

Morning on Lauss by Alexandra Cook
Morning on Lauss by Alexandra Cook

New 2010 Art Calendar

Late is better than never...

A collection of my artworks featuring landscape, buildings, flowers, people, trees, rivers, fruit and horses, in various media. Safe for workplace and home.
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River Hafren in September

I 've added a print to

Done outdoors in 2008 in Newtown, Powys, oil pastel on paper, size was about A4. Sold.
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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Brecon. Revisited

We went here last Saturday. Still some snow on the hills.
Canal at Brecon, Wales, print print
Canal at Brecon, Wales, print by Linandara

This picture was taken in summer 1999, recently edited digitally. Notice the dramatic Welsh sky and light, rich greens. Some buttercup flowers are visible on the foreground.


Scarlet Flowers: Potentilla nepalensis or Nepal Cinquefoil

Three red flowers of Nepal Cinquefoil and their green leaves. Done in my previous garden in the East Midlands
Both prints and original are for sale:
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Impressionist Night...

Strange (victorian?) lamp light, leafless trees, orange glow in the air. A surreal impressionist vision of somewhere long ago and far away...

Originally painted with oil pastel on black paper, then colors were adjusted digitally. 

4 St Patrick's Day Decoupage Cards

Thank you very much to the buyer from France! Your cards are on they way.

There more stuff with the same design from my Zazzle shop.

Observation Point

Observation Point by Alexandra Cook
Observation Point by Alexandra Cook

An unusual modern impressionist fantasy painting: A group of people on a terrace overlooking some unearthly landscape with a town and a flying mashine (spaceship). Strange writings are seen through hot and dusty background. Thick and thin acrylic brushstrokes, the original painting was approximately 50 x 40 cm, on board (sold). 

Old Painting. New print:

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I did this from our appartment window in Alexandria, in 2000 or 1999, looking towards Potomac river. Soft pastel on paper. The original painting is sold (the size was about A4).
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Thai Mangroves

New Print

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

A strange vision of the spring...

Firework Bush: a double delight!

Available as an original watercolor artwork:
And an "inverted" print (huge size is available):

Firework Bush by Alexandra Cook
Firework Bush by Alexandra Cook

A new Gypsy Mermaid pendant...

Alexandra Cook listed a new item on Etsy: This is a part of my Gypsy Mermaid collection, which is all about uncharted seas, empty beaches, pebbles, driftwood, and even mysterious water-polished remnants of long gone civilizations. Something for an "inner mermaid": original, natural and wild.
I love collecting pebbles and feathers on the beach. This set comes from Mundesley in Norfolk, UK. The thread imitates some exotic seaweed.
The necklace is about 16 inches (40 cm) long, the thread could be made shorter. The weight is about 24 g (3/4 oz).
Will also look great worn on the beach.
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A fortress in St Peter Port, Guernsey

I have to do something with tonns of photos I've accumulated..

Another floral print
Buy 'Wild Rose' by Linandara as a Cards, Matted Print, Laminated Print, Mounted Print, Canvas Print, Framed Print, or Poster [4825187-1]
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Red Lilies from My Friend's Garden, Print:
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Monday, 15 March 2010

Fantasy Happy Birthday Card with a tree

Dunes and Stars

Dunes and Stars by ~linandara on deviantART

The sea of sand dunes under incredible stars (or comets?) and a silhouette of a bird of prey passing by. Either a poetic vision of this world or a glimpse of another one... This first has been done as a soft pastel and golden ink pen sketch from imagination. Edited in Photoshop. 

Sunday, 14 March 2010

A Dreamscape...

Autumn in the West Park

Autumn in the West Park by Alexandra Cook
Autumn in the West Park by Alexandra Cook

Girl and Her Unicorn

Dreaming... Watercolor and permanent ink pen on card. Original image is about A4 in size.

New Print-on-Demand & Original Art Site looks good:

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Alexandra Cook, Newtown, Powys, United Kingdom

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The second image is a very recent one, just a few days old. An outdoor (plein air) artwork, done in early March 2010 in Newtown, Powys, Wales. It was an cold overcast day, the field were still yellowish after harsh winter, birch trees stood leafless. I love this "zig-zag" hill near where I live. The pattern is made of hedges and roads between fields. I struggled with this one a lot, then suddenly started using a thick golden permanent ink marker converting it into a sort of stained glass picture. The way the golden lines look change depending on your point of view. I am really happy with this one. 

Friday, 12 March 2010

Yet another floral Russian Card...

Russian Floral Congratulations Card (in Russian) card
Russian Floral Congratulations Card (in Russian) by Linandara

For all your Russian relatives, friends, colleagues. Suitable for a birthday. The text is traditional "congratulations" (from one person). The artwork is a print from a painting done in my garden: a single scarlet flower of Potentilla nepalensis, common name: Nepal Cinquefoil.

A portrait ACEO sketch on Ebay

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Abstract Roses 3

I can't stant wasting anything, so when I have some acrylic paint left on my palette I would do some doodles. This is one of the examples (The Fight in the same gallery is another one). After selling the original work (acrylic and ink pen on cardboard) I did several digital versions, varing the colors. Hence the number 3. 

Abstract Roses 3 by Alexandra Cook
Abstract Roses 3 by Alexandra Cook