Category Archives: Paintings

Going, going,… gone! The free original art piece that was … raffled off to celebrate the launch of my book

And the winner was … one of Facebook users who commented (and shared!) on a Free Original Art contest with a simple math problem (it involved the cover of WHO IS MR. PLUTIN? and counting).

Then there were days and days of me working with oil paint, gold leaf, matryoshkas, and recycled wood — and voila.

I give you the piece that’s called RUSSIA.

Russia

Any thoughts on what I am trying to say here?

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Wait, who? Me?

Drum roll please!

Starting on October 17th and going through to November 17, 2014 my collection of oil and mixed media pieces will be on show at a gallery Amor Al Arte in Cuenca, Spain. Below is the poster with all the information — please drop by if you find yourself in Cuenca!

Cuenca Exhibition Poster

The magic of #CosmicConsciousness

On Tuesday morning I woke up to hundreds (!) of Twitter interactions in my nascent Twitter account, @MGokunArt. With the account being live for only a couple of weeks and with just 12 followers, something was happening. And that something turned out to be nothing short of amazing!

Rewind a few days. Deepak Chopra (@DeepakChopra) asked his followers to tweet pictures, quotes, and writing with a hash tag #CosmicConsciousness. He said he’d re-tweet the ones he liked and so I tweeted a couple of my paintings. This was his response to one of them:

A Star DEEPAK CHOPRA Tweet with Painting

Deepak Chopra LOVED my painting! And he tweeted that to all of his followers!

But wait. This wasn’t all.

Deepak Chopra’s re-tweet set off a chain reaction that was least expected… at least by me. His tweet was picked up by @Khunnie0624 — a Thai American singer/actor and a member of South Korean boy band (according to Wikipedia). That generated thousands of likes, re-tweets, and mentions! Here is his tweet:

A Star retweet by @Khunnie0624Now — how is that for the magic of #CosmicConsciousness?

The painting that made me famous — for a day or two at least — is this one:

A Star 500 px (1)

And if you want to be part of this piece of history, it’s available in print here. I’ll even sign it for you if you live somewhere near me! And if I do say so myself… my other paintings are lovely too — so check them out here.

 

 

Painting story cards

Never underestimate the power of a creative evening with friends. A few markers, paints, sparkly things, magazines — and voila. Your inner child comes out to play, you feel like the world with all its issues/problems/headaches/etc is no longer around, and hours pass in complete bliss. Don’t know what that’s like? Gather a few friends, give them the tools, and watch fun and creativity unfold.

Here are my creations from that evening:

Story Factory Spain Cards

Made for The Story Factory.

After studying in Florence

Two weeks of learning modern painting techniques and having lots of creative fun, I give you these:

ARRIVAL

Mixed media on wood

Arrival

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EVENING IN FLORENCE

Mixed media on wood

Evening in Florence

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THOUGHTS

Gold/copper/silver leaf on wood

Thoughts

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UNTITLED

Mixed media on paper

Untitled

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WINDOW

Mixed media on wood

Window

Life

This is my latest. I am calling it “Life”.

Life

Oil on canvas;

9″ x 12″ or 23 cm x 30 cm

Winter in St Petersburg, Russia

I generally don’t like winter. The cold air of the outside, the dry and staticky air of the inside, sweaters, jackets, boots… you name it.  Yet I like pictures of winter. I like seeing the fairly-tale-like combination of the fresh white snow and the orange-yellow lights of cafes and streetlamps. It just looks full of magic.

I spent my most recent winters in St Petersburg, Russia and so here is my representation of the beauty that is St Petersburg in the winter.

Winter in St Petersburg, Russia

Winter in St Petersburg

Oil on canvas, 24 cm x 19 cm or 9.5″ x 7.5″

The Menina Fever

Living in Spain and seeing so many different representations of La Menina around, I just had to give my own Menina a try. Las Meninas is a famous painting by Diego Velazquez — a painting that gathers crowds daily at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Google it and you’ll recognize the image immediately. A little princess in a bigger-than-life skirt with a glance that can rival that of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, stands surrounded by luxury and doting meninas, the maids of honor.

My Menina is different, of course. And it’s dynamic — you can move and position the pieces any way you like. That’s why I call it Interactive Menina.

Interactive Menina

Interactive Menina

Oil on Canvas, 6 triangular canvases with 8″ (20cm) sides

Courage

Inspired by the courage of so many women around the world…

Courage Blog

Courage

Oil on Canvas; 16″ x 19″ or 40 cm x 50 cm

Selected for publication in a literary magazine TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, April 2013 Issue “Preoccupation”

ORANGE LIGHT

 

Orange Light

Oil on Canvas; 19″ x 24″ or 50 x 60cm