Sometimes it is a big idea, like the one I work on now, a series of artworks.
Sometimes it’s an impulse and I draw from nature. In this case, an impulse was a book, fairy tales that
I read being a child and accidentally came across lately. I was inspired by the bright images. I
thought that I can take a different look at them and share with someone what I think, what seems
beautiful to me. This series is different from what I did before. There is more academic strictness in
it, more anatomical preciseness. For these works I used live sketches. I placed a model and drew
from nature. Sometimes I used pictures. But usually I understand what I will get at the end, how will
it be in color, how will it look compositionally. Of course, there are some uncontrollable moments
that depend upon the material: the paint dripping on the canvas, how it fits together. But in general, I
have in mind the realization of the composition. Except for the wooden frame, I do everything by
myself. I pull the canvas, treat it with glue, lay ground, even for the big works. I might be small, but
I’m tough. Then I have a layer of acrylic painting, or I use special pastes for texture: I mix them with
send, other materials to get places with texture. Then there is a stage of glazing. I paint fast, but I
need time for the layer to dry. Sometimes it takes several days, sometimes – a week or two. It is hard
to say how much time exactly it takes to paint a picture. I would say generally a month or two. I
usually work on several pieces at the same time. Especially if they are done in one stream, to show
them in the same color, same technique. It is easier like that. This way they look more complete.
I have never had a problem, that I didn’t like my painting. If I didn’t like something, I would leave it
aside, have a walk and paint it over again. Everything is simple.