My art is my diary: a pictorial journal for painting discrete moments in time arranged by medium in which they are expressed. The medium spectrum runs from intuitive abstract expressions, to more complex reflections on daily events.
Most of my art works are dedicated to abstract expressions of reality based on my personal reflections on life, environment, emotional expressions, and people's characters. I am not concerned with the superficial and the obvious: I try to capture the essence of a person, a moment, a state of mind, or an emotion. In my drawings I ... Read More
am not trying to imitate realistic attributes; I am trying to mirror one's character as well as to express my own thoughts and feelings on the subject. Everything depends on what and when something caught my attention, made me think, or affected me.
My impulses are driven by various ideas and events that motivate me. In my drawings and paintings I strive to create a world as it comes closer to my own unique vision of everyday reality.
Being an architect for many years and dealing with conformance to rules and constrains of my profession I found an escape in more poetic and figurative art expressions.
Pursued many ambitious experiments with different techniques and mediums that often led to abstraction despite absorbing ideas from from various styles.
Drawing Pan is one of prevailing medium that I enjoy.
Scratchboard is another medium and technique that I enjoy:
I use 1/8" (3Â mm) thick professional scratchbord panels a smooth, white kaolin clay ground that is evenly coated with black India ink. The Scratchbord is acid-free and archival, and will not tear, crack, or bend. However, one must be careful with a handling scratchboard since it is easy to leave fingerprints or smudges on the surface. When I work with the scratchboard I use soft fabric to hold it in place and under my hand.
Once I have a final sketch transferred onto a scratchboard, I lightly scratch the ink layer with a thin sharp knife to outline contours (like one would on a chalkboard!) Then, I go over established contours a couple of times sharpening and widening lines to create a design by scraping away portions of ink and clay in a similar manner as a carver cuts into wood to create a design. During the whole process the ink and clay layers are scraped off layer by layer using a sharp knife and a chisel-like knife with a concave end to create different line weights that highlight certain parts of the image. I usually go very slow to control the pressure I exert on the knife to control depth of lines and to ensure that line edges are clean and crisp.
Labyrinth of Human Face Series: A manifestation of subconscious interpretation of facial topography based on human growth stages.
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Labyrinth of Human Face Series received “Special Recognition” in 11th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition
Juror’s Statement: “Lyudmial Kogan of Pacifica, California has quite the original approach that is marvelous not only in the orchestration of curvilinear movements but that it is all done with precision in oil. All of her works in the ... Read More
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