Thursday, November 19, 2020

DPW Spotlight Interview: Samira Yanushkova

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Samira's painting "Still life onion with frame" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Samira's DPW Gallery Page:

I am watercolor artist
I want to share the news. I won the international competition the "Golden Brush" in Turkey 2020. More info here 

2018 🇺🇦IWS Ukraine, international Watercolor Exhibition
2018 🇨🇿IWS Czech Republic
2019 🇲🇲Myanmar 1st International Watercolor Art Festival Myanmar “Peaceful Golden Heritage 2019”
2019 🇻🇳 Vietnam Cambodia "3ª International Watercolor Biennale 2019 “Watercolor & Peace”
2019 🇷🇴Romania Bucharest IWS Romania 1st International Watercolor Festival
2019 🇮🇹Italia Fabriano
2019 🇮🇹Italia UrbinoInAcquerello

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

I was born into a family of artists, so my toys were pencils and paints. I have been drawing since early childhood. During my school years, I helped my parents do their art work: I painted portraits in oils, drew cartoons, and developed street advertising.

Still life onion with frame
(click to view)

Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Samira's interview.

Did you have any stops and starts in your painting career? 

There was a short stop after the baby was born.

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

Yes, I tried to work in different techniques and genres: Sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, engraving, cartoons, glass engraving, oil, illustration, abstraction.

Meeting place
(click to view)

Which ones have "stuck" and which ones have fallen away?

Realism, watercolor, drawing. They have disappeared at the moment: oil, sculpture, but I am still interested in these materials.

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

Oil, sculpture.

Onions in a cauldron original watercolor painting
(click to view)

Who or what inspires you most?

Inspired by sunlight on objects and faces, inspired by nature combined with watercolors.

What does procrastination look like for you?

In my case, this is perfectionism. I want to do the job perfectly and I'm afraid to ruin it. My husband inspires and supports me and gives me confidence, so this condition rarely occurs.

Cityscape watercolor original painting
(click to view)

What techniques work to ensure that you make time for your art?

A clean workplace, new art materials, exhibitions, ideas in my head make me go to the studio and draw.

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

Being in nature, at the sea, in the garden, I look at the forms, follow the light and imagine how it can be depicted in watercolors, make sketches, ask questions and try to find the answer.

Landscape of Forester's House
(click to view)

How do you keep art "fresh?" What techniques have helped you avoid burnout and keep your work vibrant and engaging?

Freshness of art "Positive!" I enjoy simple things like a child. I try to see only advantages in everything. I love the sun and rain alike. I have a very cheerful family, she makes me smile and see the world in bright colors. With my creativity, I want to tell the world that it is beautiful.

What do you feel you are learning about right now as an artist?

Myself, trying to understand who I am and why I am here.

Metal Milk Can original watercolor painting
(click to view)

What makes you happiest about your art?

A viewer who experiences what I wanted to convey in the picture.

Thanks, Samira!

© 2020 Sophie Marine

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