My name is Elena Anashkina (follow me on Instagram!). I am from Moscow, Russia. I’m not a professional artist, I’m a psychologist. I’ve drawn all my life, but seriously and every day only last year. Though, I’ve drawn from time to time all my childhood and youth.
Despite the fact that I am not a professional, I’ve managed to have an artistic life. I sewed dolls, studied jewelry, ceramics and design. Made cards, decorated Amateur theatricals, drawings of logos for organisations. Even participated in a couple of exhibitions with my collages.
Then, for 20 years, I had not touched paint, and only focused on psychology. But I recently retired and now I have a lot of free time. And I remembered my hobby, which has always brought me joy. First, I started drawing, but I missed the colors. Then I started to miss reality and I wanted to draw flowers and animals, and then realized that this seducing limits me.
From the old times, I was left with a box of watercolors that I got and started to draw, just remembering the old skills. Then I realized that we need to learn and I started to surf the Internet, watch YouTube videos, read books etc.
Most of all, I love to draw birds and flowers. Although, at times, I just want to draw something else. Sometimes I draw from nature, such as flowers, fruits and vegetables, birds and animals. But often with photos.
I paint with watercolors, watercolor pencils, add liners and a white gel pen. Sometimes, I don’t know what to get, and just start throwing colors on paper. Other times, I sit behind the sheet with a specific purpose, to paint a specific subject. I then tried to draw and create illustrations from fairy tales and stories.
Now I like to do illustrations for fairy tales and books. This time, I drew illustrations for the Bulgarian writer Yordan Radichkov. He has a kind of realistic-istoricheskih-fantastic style.
It helps me to stay in creative shape through participation in competitions, marathon, etc. On Instagram every day, new challenges are declared, and I choose a couple per month (the most interesting for me) and a take part in them.
I have no fear of “the white sheet”, but I suffer from other fears, for example, that my pictures are not good enough to be proud of them. I understand that sometimes pictures on one and the same subject, even my favorite, can become a routine.
I love watercolor for its transparency and brightness, the fluidity and the appearance of negligence. But for this negligence hides a precise and unmistakable smear. Painting fills my life with joy, and I like to share this joy with other people.
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