Monday, August 8, 2011

"Portrait Painting - Glowing Rim Light" by Ignat Ignatov

This is my NEW Instructional DVD on Portrait Painting, it is available for "pre-order" on my website:

DVD description:
"In this two-hour instructional demonstration Ignat Ignatov takes you on a revealing journey of his painting process, painting a quick portrait in one sitting, using the wet-into-wet direct approach also known as alla prima. Ignat’s commentary describes, step-by-step, his painting method from start to finish and provides valuable lessons for artists of all levels."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Provincetown Plain Air Painting Trip 2010

Just came back from a painting trip to Provincetown, MA, a beautiful little town located on the tip of Cape Cod.

It's been quite awile since I've posted anything on my blog, not that there is nothing to post but just too much on my plate lately... I had to blog at least some pictures from this trip though :) .

It was so much fun painting and hanging out with this talented group of painters. Each day we'd go out on the streets and paint all kinds of unique spots in town, the fisherman's wharf had lot's of old rusty boats that were often subjects for our paintings. On a few rainy days we painted models indoors and at night we'd sometimes paint local fisherman and people from town, some evenings we'd paint each other.

New paintings would stack up around at night and I enjoyed seeing everyone's creations from each day. There was quite a variety of styles and subjects every artist painted and it was inspiring to see the different approaches and ideas...

I took many photos around town and plan to paint some larger paintings from the Fisherman's Wharf and other pretty unique street scenes.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Journey of an Artist, (trailer)

"Journey of an Artist" was originally conceived as a short film by my long-time friend, Orlin Ivanov. When he first approached me with his idea, I said, "Who would want to watch it?" But in Orlin's vision of "an inspirational story about an immigrant artist pursuing the American dream," I found an opportunity to share my own unique experiences. This short film later evolved into a full length documentary...

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

New Works "From Life Alla Prima"

The following works are my current project of faces in both natural and artificial lights painted from life. It's been a tremendous learning experience for me and a great opportunity for new discoveries both technically and visually. It's allowing me to see what photo camera cannot record in terms of color and subtleties of the form and hopefully capture it in a "wet into wet" approach...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yosemite Painting Expedition, October 2008

5 day trip to Yosemite National Park with fellow artists Stephen Schirle and Jackson Sze. More Images coming soon...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Oil Painters of America 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils

After lost in transit for 3 weeks, my painting finally made it to the Oil Painters of America 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.

Show dates: May 2 – June 15, 2008
Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana

"On the Way to the Market", Oil, 24x20

Monday, April 28, 2008

97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

"Montmartre Artist", Oil, 40x30 and "Red Hair, Blue Eyes", Oil, 10x8 are on display at the 97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 27 - May 18, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Plein Air Trip to Malibu, California, March 2008

The following 8 paintings are from recent trips to Malibu's "El Matador Beach". I painted there for a week trying to capture the character of this unique part of our California coastline. This is a wonderful spot for Plein Air painting, it offers a number of boulders and rocks everywhere, all shapes and sizes. It is particularly beautiful at sunset as the cliffs turn warm orange and the ocean gets tinted in purples and pinks. Lots of photographers and movie makers go there to shoot.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Malibu Paintings

Trip Bulgaria, 2007

The following paintings are inspired from my 2007 trip to Bulgaria. I had a great time visiting family and friends and of course looking for interesting subjects to paint. Although Bulgaria has become quite modern now, I was still able to find some rural villages up in the mountains where life is somewhat primitive. Some of the places I had a chance to visit were Boazat, Batoshevo, Apriltzi, Sevlievo, Balchik, Nesseber and Triavna. I took lots of photographs and completed the paintings as soon as I got back in the US.