Saturday, February 26, 2011

Floral fantasies

The Floral series continues. These two were done with acrylic and markers on 16"x20" cradled wood panels.
A few days ago I finished them , varnished them , painted their sides black and they were ready to hang on the wall. Took their pictures, then listed them  on my website.
They've been delivered already to Gallery 17-92 in Orlando.
They seem quite Spring-like to me. What do you think?

                                                            Floral fantasy IV

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My studio

My studio is a mess. It seems I used up all the space on my 8' x 4' table and things are ready to fall over the edge. I'm working full force on two series of smaller paintings on wood panels, and the table is filled with finished and unfinished pieces. I'm promising myself that one morning when I won't feel like painting, things will be organized.

Next week I'm helping my friend who's going to the Nude Nite Event for a few days in Tampa. I'll be sitting for him in his Gallery. Coincidentally my cousin from Germany is coming the same week to New York for a business trip, and then flying to Florida to stay with me and my family.  I can't say no to my good friend, so I'll have to juggle being in the Gallery and having a guest at home.

My husband is joking that having a guest is always the best motivation for me to clean the house and understandably my studio, since it's in the loft area and so exposed to views even from downstairs.

Many times I wished to have a room with a door, so nobody will have to peek in my world if I chose to.  We always think that the grass is greener on the other side, and when I really think of it I'm quite happy with my loft studio, and all the natural light I get there since it's so open. (No northern side window unfortunately, instead of west and east windows) Another great thing is that I can always hear my kids downstairs, and even when I'm upstairs painting I still feel like I'm surrounded by them. Their funny conversations, violin practices, their teasing of our dog, their small arguments.

So for all of those that come to my house, pardon my mess, there is work in progress and the life of a family of five happening here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Botanical inspiration

I have an old book from the 60's titled "The Art Of Crewel Embroidery", and a couple of other books with botanical drawings. They are a great inspiration for me. My new series of botanical paintings is exploring this theme. These two paintings are going to be featured in my next exhibit at the end of this week. They're done on wood panels, with acrylic paint and marker.

I'm also an enthusiastic user  of herbal teas and remedies. I do have a good knowledge of what herbs to use for specific problems. My kids are always joking that my answer for whatever hurts is to use some tea tree oil as a remedy. They even made up some cute rhymes about it.

My memories of delicate wild flowers always take me back to my youth in Croatia, where I would often find myself roaming the meadows, playing with other kids. I grew up in the outskirt of the city within a walking distance from the national park. Even back then as a kid I was fascinated by the variety of plants, field flowers, all the gifts that nature was offering. Spring was my favorite time for exploration. The beauty of tiny spring flowers sprouting between patches of the melted snow. Delicate white petals of Snowdrops, purple Violets or whole patches of bluish Saffron flowers I remember well. It was truly enlightening to be surrounded by all that delightful splendor.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I was quite busy this week. Finishing few pieces for a next week exhibit, running errands, my son was sick staying home and so on... Today I can relax and catch a breath before the next week starts.

A few days ago my friend Mercedes, a wonderful graphic designer of Digital Printables surprised me with the Stylish Blog Award!
Mercedes is a one of the best Etsy Treasuries curators, Etsy and Artfire shop owners.

Thank you Mercedes for this nice award!!!

The Stylish Blog Award works like this:
You have to:
- Thank and link back to the person who awarded you;
- Share 7 things about yourself;
- Pay it forward to 15 blogs you like (but 3, 5 or any number is ok!);
- Contact those bloggers about the award!

7 things about me....

  1. I'm a Wood Dragon in Chinese horoscope, and my personality is quite accurate to their  description.
  2. I have an Eurasier dog with the most original personality.
  3. I'm rebellious, and I like to do things my own way, no matter what others say.
  4. I love biking in the morning feeling the fresh breeze in my hair.
  5. I  write poetry with pessimistic and  dark sides most often.
  6. I love cooking and trying new cuisines. Life would be boring if I would have to cook the same way over and over again. I might open a restaurant in my next life.
  7. I'm planning to get a dragon tattoo on my shoulder by my 50th birthday.

I will share this award with the following stylish bloggers

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The desert of life

My soul is wearily tired
my heart beating so slow
skipping a beat
every now and then

it wasn't supposed
to be this way
so hopelessly miserable
greedy and brutal
this troubled world
and everything
there is to it

they always said:
"we will never forget"
the hideous horrors
of humankind

but they forgot
and yes undeniably
 they will always forget
year after year
decade after decade
century after century

the rotating circle of evil
always comes back
the fat cats obviously rule
even the darkest alleys

it's hopeless
my mind repeats
we're destined for a doom
serenity is an illusion
for oblivious souls

it wasn't supposed
to be this way

memory recalls
some thirty years ago
a joyful teenage girl
thinking of the world
imagining a brighter future
a finer world then this one


The only ray of hope
is the laughter of my kids
surrounding me
like a warm embrace
a divine song of love
my tender oasis in
a harsh desert of life

© Mirjana Cesar

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More untitled artwork

Here are two new pieces in my new abstract series. At the same time I'm working on a new floral series, and it's really interesting to work on two different themes.  I'm preparing for a group exhibit in two weeks, and it is inspiring me to do new work.
I'm embracing my new passion, painting on wood panels, and leaving stretched burlap for larger floral mixed media pieces. I have a constant need for experimenting and trying new things. Maybe it's in my Dragon nature, but challenges really bring a smile on my face.  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mixed media art cards

I designed these three art cards in an attempt to give a new life to these beautiful postal stamps I have collected through the years. They deserve to be displayed. We can learn so much about countries and history from them. Combined with scraps of fabric, some machine stitching and free hand drawing they're truly one of a kind.

Another thing that always bothers me is that greeting cards are used once and then thrown away. Through the years I have made so many new cards recycling from the old cards we received. I used them to make gift tags, too. So much money is spent on expensive cards, and so much paper is just thrown in the garbage.

My thought was when I was making these that once they're used as greeting cards, they can be left on the  display as they are, or mated and framed. They can be easily collected, too.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New untitled artwork

I'm working on a new series of abstracts. It's quite enjoyable to work on wood panels, after years of working primarily on burlap. I'm also using some pieces of fabric, and in this case some vintage music sheets, to have some elements of collage. It's also nice for a change not to worry about framing since these are cradled wood panels 1 5/8" deep. I painted them black on their sides and they're ready to be hanged.

They're untitled. I'll have to get some naming inspiration soon, or they'll simply have to stay untitled. Which is fine in the case of abstract work I think.