Vote for my Piece!

Hello all!

As you may know, the voting continutes for this colorful painting “Breathe”. Click the photo and vote, like, or comment! First place winner gets $4,000 and a chance to have their work sold in West Elm stores. I would greatly appreciate your help with reaching the goal!

art prints - Breathe

art prints – Breathe

Here is an update for my newest painting I am working on. 

I decided I would like to see some gold peaking from between the colors. First few layers down, many more to go. 

The sun shined so beautifully on it in the morning.

West Elm and Minted Submission

Today was the last day to submit artworks to Minted for their contest with West Elm. These are the two beauties I submitted, and here you can view the completion of “Breathe”.

art prints - Breathe
art prints – Breathe

art prints - Poppies
art prints – Poppies

Work In Progress

Updates on a new painting I am working on (some work in progress)

On another note, recently I have decided to separate illustration and my abstract paintings on instagram. I did it mainly for the purposeof staying organized, and to help viewers decide which stream they would prefer to joib, because I understand that not all people enjoy one kind of art. And there is no way I will be only making one kind of art forever.

My illustration profile is @svitlanasillustration and the present abstract one is renamed to @svitlanas_abstracts. Hope you enjoy!


is what art is to me. I often speak about the importance of art in my life.

Few days ago, a friend and I exchanged our hand made craftiness, and she asked me to add notes regarding each illustration. I didn’t know what I would write. I make art because it makes me feel things. When I paint abstracts or lay watercolors down I feel alive. Each paint movement that makes an intricate pattern makes me feel things I didn’t know existed. I don’t know what the meaning to my paintings is. Maybe I’m like Rothko- the painting means what your are experiencing while looking at the painting. Each person has its own feeling and interpretation. I learned to look and understand the beauty of what I’m seeing. I learned to feel from art.

When you look at some abstract paintings, you see a colorful mess. I caress each paint bloob with different brushes and wrist twists to see what they can give me. Each one is different, each one is planned. In art, I’m forever happy. In art, I’m free.

Some of the blue and gold is inspired by my favorite gem stone lapis lazuli. I didn’t even know I had a favorite gem stone until I came across this one.

This painting has sad and happy parts, I felt them all while painting. Still not done.

Poppy Fields

I sure do miss the wild red poppy fields that pop up in Ukraine. Old legends say that poppy fields is where the blood was shed for the freedom of our homeland. 

When I was a kid, we made little doll’s dresses out of poppy flowers. Put a match through, stick a berry on top, and you have a tiny doll :)

Here is a progression of the poppy study.

Even the not finished version seems adequate and simple enough for me to just let be the way it is.