• My name is Natasha and I've been a full-time artist since 2004. My work includes fantasy art and pop art landscapes. I love to paint what I want to see around me! In between my art career and family, I have also begun sharing my craft and business expertise with artists through my site Art Career Academy. I've had my adventures as an artist and live from lovely mid-Michigan with my 2 children and extended family.

New original “Mermaid and Black Moors” at auction tonight

Here is my new Original painting, “Mermaid and Black Moors” which is now at auction, starting at just a penny with NO reserve!

Click here to view or bid: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=131196854659

This red haired mermaid swims across fresh waters with a very beautiful group of fancy goldfish known as Black Moor goldfish, which are known as cousins of Koi fish. They’re known for their velvety black bodies which can range in colors from a white tint to an fiery orange blow at the bottom of their belly. The mermaid’s body is a beautiful range of rainbowy colors – emerald green, gold, magenta and light wash of dark violet

FIRST Edition of Alice and The Cheshire Release Auction

I just released the FIRST EDITION of “Alice and The Cheshire” Limited Edition Canvas Print which is hand-embellished in Acrylic paints and signed & numbered #01 of 25!

The auction starts at ONLY a PENNY with no reserve!

It’s the next best thing to owning an original, the first edition of a limited edition set is a highly sought after collectible.

Check out the auction or bid here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=131195446247

Original Butterflies In Her Hair Painting at auction

Here she is! I’ve started a PENNY Auction for “Butterflies In Her Hair”, which is an ORIGINAL 12”x16” Acrylic painting on canvas panel. The auction ends in 10 days and is starting at 0.01 with NO RESERVE so highest bidder wins!

Click here to view or bid on auction and share with your friends! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=131194503368

Hand embellished Limited Editions and Signed prints of “Alice and The Cheshire” now available!

You can now get SIGNED prints of “Alice and The Cheshire” here!

LIMITED Edition (#1-25) Canvas Prints (Hand embellshed in paint):
https://www.etsy.com/listing/190104090/alice-in-wonderland-cheshire-cat-gothic

13×19 prints: https://www.etsy.com/listing/190103528/alice-in-wonderland-cheshire-cat-gothic?ref=listing-0

8×10 prints: https://www.etsy.com/listing/190109821/alice-in-wonderland-cheshire-cat-gothic

I’m so excited to finish my newest piece for my Alice in Wonderland series, called “Alice and The Cheshire”!

I revisit this theme so much but I love it and have been happy to create these. I have listed the original painting, which is an acrylic painting on 16”x20” gallery wrapped canvas, at auction here starting at only $55!

Art auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=141280470090

I am also going to be releasing limited editions and prints of her soon!

My Early Art Career Mistake and how I changed it around

Back in 2004, when I began my career as a full-time artist, I really didn’t understand my possibilities even then. I still had the stigma in mind that you had to be an established artist with a huge following to even start selling your own work. I had little understanding of the art industry as a whole. So, this is a great note for my artist followers who are hesitant about going into the career.

But I’ll tell you it was quite a learning experience and I look back at it and laugh at the rediculous and stressful things I’ve done to start my career.

The first and stupidest myth I believed in had inspired me to alter my name a litte. I respelled my real name from Natasha to Natajia and changed my last name. To whatever, I don’t know. I thought that my real name wasn’t that cool or creative. I wanted something that sounded “famous”? And when I listed my first artwork for sale online, I priced it at $7000 or something to that effect. I was REALLY clueless about what I was doing. But thank god, I kept researching and learning. It was up only a few days before my conscience and reality hit me. I decided to start over, use my real name and come up with my real story. I shared about my being a very young mom a the time and the small town I lived in. I just started at age 21! I was a baby then, but I was ambitious. I found that when I revealed the true me and shared my real story that people admired it. People were more interested. Noone wants to collect from some high and mighty artist with their stuck up agenda, right? I’m so glad I decided to be me. :)

Live Painting on Google Hangout today!

Today, with the cool Facebook poll contest I did with my fans, I have chosen the winning idea for the next Alice in Wonderland painting! I will be painting Alice and The Cheshire Cat live today on Google Hangout!

Join us!

DATE: TODAY

TIME: 1:30pm EST/10:30am PST

Sign up here, so you can be part of the chat room or ask questions in our live Q & A that we will have after! https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ca6g1bo97922phji0pq6gp6uq9c

My Creative Process

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My creative process is a bit strange. When I work on an idea, I normally do not sketch it out first. I do some research on the subject of my idea, post reference materials on the wall above my easel and sketch it out in paint right on the canvas.

When I’m not sure about the subject or the idea, I do actually sketch out a few scenarios in my sketch book to determine the correct positioning of the character, the composition of the piece and color combinations.

I work mainly in acrylics, so I use a lot of water for layering the colors. I start with a darker wash across the canvas first because I like to work dark to light in all of my paintings. This gives the piece great depth and shadow play. I find this like a wonderful game to paint, and layering is a bit more exciting than it should be lol!

A painting like this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on it’s size, subject matter and detail. I do my fantasy work in various ways and sometimes the picture involves alot of detail and texture. I am fond of artists like Takashi Murakami, Tara McPherson and Andy Warhol for their use of color. You may notice that my color pallete from painting to painting or even from genre to genre (Fantasy, abstract, landscapes, etc) do not change. My favorite colors are turquoise and magenta and I try to use them anywhere I can. I’m trying to expand my horizons though!

The painting above is my newest piece, “Moon Child” and the other below is called “Kitty” which is based on Alice in Wonderland theme. I did that painting back in 2010, when I started to make a transition from my more contemporary landscape work to my first love, Fantasy art. I hope that in this series, that it’s apparent that I’m intermixing my contemporary landscape elements and style into the pieces. :)

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