Posted in Art, Psychology, Steps of the artist

Creativity Test

Most of the great discoveries – the result of trial and error. But we do not think about it, because we are convinced that only a select few are able to think creatively and invent something incredible. This is not true. Heuristics – the science that studies the processes of creative thinking – has proven that there is a universal recipe for solving non-standard tasks.

Let’s just check to see how creative you thought.

Do not hesitate and quickly name the poet, part of the body and fruit. Only then read on. In my case answers were: Ahmatova, hand, pineapple.


Most Russians will remember Pushkin or Esenin, nose or mouth, an apple or an orange. This is due to a common cultural code. If you did not mention any of the answers, congratulations: you are a creative person. If the answers match, do not despair – you can develop the creative abilities.

P.S. Sharing with you my new painting from the Uban Sketches course; to draw 20 different trees were quite difficult even for creative person


Posted in Daily life

The goal of success

Dear friends!

Lately I am participating in different marathons very often. Steps of the Artist marathon haven’t finished yet and I got involved in a new one: the goal of success. In principle, not in vain, because the most important work – is work on yourself.

All tasks are done, and I am so much dispersed, that place in the workbook is not enough for me. Particularly, fascinated by the plan. I realized that in my head so many things are mixed: the ideas, trends and opportunities. I began to feel confused with all these thoughts in my mind. I would like to clear all sort through, but still have difficulties with it. Who already faced with same situation, share a secret, please?

Posted in Daily life

Expectation VS Reality

Often there are difference in our expectation and reality. Sometimes less and most of the times vast difference which becomes our horror stories of life. I will tell you two such stories – one extreme OMG story and other somehow happy ending. First story is related to my work. One day, our creative team decided to change the look and image of the woman-traveler which was to be published in a magazine. I found an interesting make-up and our make-up artist has agreed to do it, but with her artistic interpretation. After Makeup it turned out to be real horror story as pictures were looking real ugly. And till now, I cannot look at these photos. Could you, if at your face there are camels, apparently escaped from McDonald’s?

The second story is about the purchases. I have a favorite online Ayurvedic shop; I remained satisfied with the products I bought till I bought the solid perfume. I bought dry perfume earlier in France, and was very happy. And then I wanted to try Ayurvedic solid perfume.Product description felt quite exquisite.

It said Afrodesiya perfume’s aroma is light, refined and intoxicating. Its fragrance gives self-confidence, has anti-depressant properties. Ingredients mentioned were beeswax, aloe vera, jojoba oil and wheat germ oil.I ordered the product and after wait got a treasured jar in my hands. I thought that I got the most valuable perfume. But when I opened the jar: It smelled very badly. It was feeling of suddenly become homeless. Such was the smell of the perfume. With the disappointment I called the store, to tell them that they sent me old product which is beyond expiry date. The seller very politely asked me to put the perfume on my skin, and then to smell. And to call them back if it still feel the same bad smell. I controlled myself and put the perfume on my skin and then after coming into contact of fresh air it felt somehow better. However I was not fully convinced. After trying some more times I somehow liked the aroma as it was soothing. But after that incident I try not to order perfume online unless I am sure. And still I come across expectation and reality issue now and then.

After all, nothing is 100 percent perfect.


Posted in Psychology, Relations


Behind every brilliant representative of men there is world created by him.

And if such a world cannot be heard, not seen, not felt? Then either we are absolutely not interested in our partner, or in front of us is not a man, but a boy. I will specify: the child psychologically, in the male form, can exist in seventy years – strictly speaking, this quality does not depend on the age.

Try to ask yourself the question: why some men, we organically relax, feel soft, docile, feminine, and communication with other forces us to turn into a loud bossy and urge them, constantly monitoring every action?

If you want to find a partner for life, then try to see, to find out, to feel the world, the construction of which he is engaged. And only then, when you will feel comfortable inside this world, you can pay attention to his appearance and his wallet.

Strictly speaking, a wise woman chooses not a man, but arrayed him world.It was only when she saw her place, her role in the process she calmly and majestically get into it. Believe me, under these circumstances, the joint life has a chance to become harmonious. Do you know why? Yes, because you will not immediately alter your man under yourself and declare him your conditions!

Man’s loneliness – psychologically not less terrifying phenomenon than a female. Imagine the state of the Builder, who sees that created him with tremendous efforts world is useless: not populated with children, deprived of female love – there is no life … Which emptiness in this case may be in the men’s heart! Look closely, and you will see to what extent these “real and cool” – emotionally vulnerable, in fact, very romantic and they fear such displays within themself! That is it, the duality of man’s nature: the outwardly presented coldness of exploited social masks, and inside, where there is deep, deep, hidden thirst for simple and open cordial relations. Believe me; they are attracted not only to women’s biology, most of the application of this – just bravado! Subconsciously, our satellites feel that it is a loving feminine space can bring to their hard concrete structures and constructions sense, the presence of life. That’s why they need us!
Psychologically, the male way of implementation is very complex, because it forces to go beyond the mental and physical capabilities; it requires a maximum degree of involvement. At the beginning of the life social struggles is perceived as an exciting game, but time passes – one program is replaced by another, the enthusiasm starts to fall, and the vital question popped up in the mind – for whom? And if at this moment there is no family or the woman he loved, the answer yourself is very difficult. Therefore, they, of course, get tired …  Stress relief with sex or alcohol over time seems to be not that effective, and the soul is not going away, demanding its “emotional air.” No matter how they disguised, still this inner duality of man’s nature – the existence of a rigid social force and emotional vulnerability – will not hide. This is, strictly speaking, what is the secret of man’s desire to be next to their women. Letting us into their world, men, of course, hope that it is not supposed betrayals, the bases, frank bargaining in relations.
And the final conclusion: if a number of men and women over the years do not get tired of each other to show attention and trepidation to this creative partnership, it means that they are aware of transforming the meaning of their work together. “By helping to uncover the other, in fact, you reveal yourself” – it’s not even a secret, and the great law of love.

Posted in Art, Steps of the artist

Upside Down

I do not believe that Muse is visiting someone. Rather, it is you are visiting it. Scott Belsky

New task in Art Marathon just completed and waiting to be shared.

As they say: Today you turn your view of the drawing. Literally! You will draw upside down. Turn the picture carefully, look at it and try to play. Draw slowly. Make sure that the lines were repeated all the bends and intersections. After you finish, turn your work and source. You will be surprised how well it turns out even the most difficult things to draw!

Yes, yes, this task was difficult, so couldn’t not to complete it without piece of chocolate: not every day we drawing world (or portray) upside down. But you know what? I am quite satisfied with my brief painting.

Just few more creative tasks left, but after this marathon I will join The Urban Sketches course, so there will be always some fresh drawings for you. 🙂

Posted in Art, Steps of the artist


Dear friends!

The artist must be attentive and inquisitive.

So, our task today was to pay attention to details.

We were looking for rhyming chance, similar faces at the streets.

We didn’t draw, but take a picture of them and pick up the collection.

At the end of the day I realized that this will teach you to look into the usual things, look at them from a different angle.

For example, the close up of hydrangea flower in my home, looks like beautifully shaped piece of butter.

See it yourself:

I recommend pulling in this game your friends and children: it is so exciting!

Posted in Art, Steps of the artist


Hello, friends! I continue to share with you news of artistic marathon in which I participate.

Today was a game with stencils. It was necessary to cut paper any recognizable form: for example, a cake.

Attach the form to the sheet and paint with the help of fingerprints.

But one only fingerprints!

For this exercise, you can use watercolor, ink, acrylic or gouache.I got here is such a cute cupcake.

But could not fight a temptation to work without Photoshop a bit and that’s what it was transformed. And which image you like best? Let me know in comments