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sâmbătă, 10 decembrie 2016

The Season to be Jolly

Nici nu stiu cand luna noiembrie s-a topit intr-un decembrie de basm, cu zapada si turturi de gheata. Si mi-am zis ca e momentul potrivit sa scot in lume decoratiunile de brad din acest an. Cumva, stand la tara, inspiratia a venit din multele sate din imprejurimi, cu ale lor casute mici si pitoresti si cu imaginea focului care trosneste in soba pe care s-a toalnit motanul, cu mirosul de paine calda si senzatia de timp care se dilata.

EN: I can't even say when November melted into a fairy tale December, with snow and ice hanging on the roof. And I realized it's about time to take out this year's Christmas ornaments. I believe that living at the country side, I got inspired by the so many villages from around, with their small houses, where the wood fire burns in the big clay stoves, where a white cat purrs lazy and it smells of fresh baked bread and the feeling of slowing down completes the picture.
 Ne-am bucurat de zilele iernatice si am testat putin masina in weekend, urcand pana la proaspat redeschisa Cabana Rarau. Si am faut bine, pentru ca peisajul care ne-a intampinat a fost spectaculos. Padurea de brazi acoperita cu cea mai alba si curata zapada si linistea rece care domnea in regatul zapezii ne-au deconectat pur si simplu de la orice stres sau gand galagios.

EN: We enjoyed the wintery days and tested a little the car this weekend with a trip to the newly re-opened Rarau Cabin. And it felt the right thing, because the landscape we found was spectacular. The pine forest covered in the whitest and cleanest snow and the cold quietness that ruled the ice land took us far from any noisy thought or stress.
Daca ajungeti iarna in Bucovina, nu ezitati sa faceti drumul pana la Pietrele Doamnei si sa mancati un bors de pastrav.
EN: If you arrive in Bucovina during winter time, take a trip to Rarau, it's worthy.

joi, 1 decembrie 2016


Duminica a fot despre creativitate, femei frumoase si pasionale, voie buna, culoare, descoperirea talentului, depasirea prejudecatilor si apropierea dintre suflete.
Atelierul Primitiv a ajuns la Cabana Padurarului, mai aproape de casa decat ne asteptam, chiar in Prisaca Dornei, alaturi de 8 doamne deosebite. Am pictat, am pirogravat, am creat si pentru aproape 4 ore ne-am impartasit povestile si ne-am daruit reciproc ganduri bune si energie pozitiva.
EN: Sunday was about creativity, beautiful and passionate women, joy, color, reviling ones talent, getting rid of prejudices and souls coming together.
Primitiv workshop went to the The Ranager's Cabin, closer to home than expected, together with 8 special ladies. We painted, wood burned, we created and for about 4 hours we shared our life stories and gave each other good thoughts and positive vibes.

De fiecare data cand tinem un atelier, ma fascineaza dinamica povestii: oamenii se aseaza, la inceput reticenti, ne spun ca ei nu picteaza, nu au talent, nu se descurca, apoi iau pensula, o inmoaie timizi in culoare, trag cateva linii si se pierd in starea de relaxare pe care o da, invariabil, pictura. Si timpul dispare, orele se topesc in culoare, ritmul inimii incetineste si din mainile participantilor ies minuni.
Ne-am obisnuit sa avem asteptari de la tot ce facem, sa incepem un lucru, avand deja foarte clar in minte rezultatul si cred ca asta se vede cel mai bine cand vrem sa incercam ceva nou. De exemplu, legat de pictura, oamenii au, de multe ori, o frica: ce va iesi nu va arata "frumos" sau "asa cum trebuie" sau cum ne-am imaginat si sigur se vor face de ras. Eu una trec prin asta si acum, de fiecare data cand expun ce creez sau cand ii arat unui client rezultatul, parca n-ar fi "suficient de bun". Si imi dau seama ca atitudinea aceasta e o umbra din trecut, cand mi se cerea sa fac totul corect, sa iau note bune, sa nu gresesc, care ma urmareste si acum si imi cere "perfectiunea". Care o mai fi si asta? :)) Asa ca daca vrei sa pictezi si pana acum ti-a fost teama, uita tot si fa cum face un copil: mazgaleste, trage linii, combina culori imposibile si nu-ti bate capul cu rezultatul: ideea e sa te simti bine. Mie imi place sa cred ca viata trebuie sa fie simpla si buna.

EN: Each time we held a workshop, I'm fascinated by the way the story goes: people sit down, reluctant in the beginning, they tell us they don't paint, they don't have talent, they can't manage, then they take the brush, they put the color, draw some lines and loose themselves in the relaxed mood given by painting. And time disappears, the hours melt in color, the heart rhythm slows down and from their hands wonderful creations are born.
We are used to having expectations from everything we make, to start a thing having very clearly in mind the result and I believe this is best shown when we try something new. For instance, when they paint, most people fear that it will look ugly or not how they have imagined and they'll make a fool out of themselves. It always happens to me when I take out what I create or when I show a finished order to a customer, it feels like it's not good enough. And I realize that this feeling is a shadow from the past, when I was asked to get everything right, to get good grades, not to make mistakes and this is still following me and asking for perfection. Whatever that is...? :)) So the best way to approach painting is to do what children do: doodle, draw lines, mix impossible colors and don't think about the result: the idea is to enjoy. I like to believe that life should be simple and good.

joi, 24 noiembrie 2016

Al Mighty

Ei bine, se fac in curand 2 ani de cand locuim cu drag in tinutul de poveste al Bucovinei si, printr-o frumoasa intamplare am marcat momentul cu o comanda inedita pentru mine: un tablou cu Stefan cel Mare, ocrotitorul Sucevei si parintele Moldovei. Sincer, tablouri pe panza am pictat putine, de numarat pe degete (poate chiar pe cele de la o mana) si am avut emotii, mai ales ca destinatarul este un comandant de unitate militara, iar pictura urmeaza sa fie cadoul pe care i-l fac baietii din subordine (am scris "baietii", pentru ca sincer la grade militare nu ma pricep) la pensionare. Mi-am dat silinta sa pictez ceva frumos, ceva ce mi-ar placea si mie pe perete. Valentin a avut sarcina de a se documenta istoric si m-a indrumat in ce priveste trasaturile domnitorului, a sabii pe care o purta si a fost ochiul critic care mi-a dat masura. A fost un exercitiu pe cinste, mai ales ca nu sunt obisnuita sa pictez subiecte mari (chiar daca am pictat pereti mai mari decat panza aceasta, detaliile au fost mici) si ma descurc ceva mai greu cu perspectiva. Tot o provocare a fost si timpul de executie: cand pictez ceva mic, rezultatul se arata repede, dar pentru tablou am avut nevoie de cateva zile si de fiecare data cand reveneam mai gaseam un detaliu de adaugat, o linie de corectat si probabil daca il aveam sub ochi, as fi putut ani de zile sa lucrez la el:))
Oricum, concluzia e ca mi-a placut tare mult sa-l pictez pe Stefan si mi-am propus sa imi mai iau cateva panze mari si sa pictez niste tablouri, fara termen, fara subiect cerut, pur si simplu tablouri dupa imaginatia si sufletul meu, negandite care sa se transforme pe masura ce trec cu pensula peste ele, fara vreo idee clara despre final.
EN: Well, it will soon be 2 years since we joyfully live in this fairy tale land of Bucovina and, by a beautiful life happening, I marked this moment with a novelty order: a painting of Stefan the Great, the father of Moldova. To be honest, I've painted so few conventional paintings (I could count them by the fingers from one hand, I believe) and I was very nervous, especially that the person who would receive it is the chief commander of a military unit and the painting is the retirement present that his officers are giving him. So, I tried my best to have a beautiful result, something I would like to hang on my wall. Valentin was en charge of the historical research and he found out about the features of the ruler, about the way his sword looked and he was basically the critical eye along the process. It was quite an exercise, considering that I'm not used to painting large subjects (although I painted murals larger than this painting, they were always filled with small details) and my approach on the perspective is still clumsy. The time frame was also a challenge: when I paint something small, I see the result fast, but for the painting I needed a few days and each time I came back to it, I found some details to add, some lines to correct and if I had it for longer under my look, I could have probably worked on it for years:))
The conclusion is that I really enjoyed working on it and I decided to buy some more blank sheets and paint some free subject paintings, with no time limitation or thoughts about the final result.