My name is Zoya Makarova and I’m currently living in Central Victoria, Australia (follow my blog and my Instagram feed!). I’m attracted to the small things in life and inspired by nature’s variety of shapes, colours and textures, I am more likely to paint a leaf than a tree, a feather than a bird, a single flower than complex still-life. At the same time I yearn to have enough skills and time to create complex illustrations for some of my favourite books.
“He had a number of pictures on hand; most of them were too large and ambitious for his skill. He was the sort of painter who can paint leaves better than trees. He used to spend a long time on a single leaf, trying to catch its shape, and its sheen, and the glistening of dewdrops on its edges. Yet he wanted to paint a whole tree, with all of its leaves in the same style, and all of them different.”
J. R. R. Tolkien “Leaf by Niggle”
I always thought that one day I’ll find time to study drawing and painting, but always there was something else to be done first. On the 20th of April 2012 I decided to draw everyday and for the next two years I stuck with this resolution. However, while dealing with the physical and emotional demands of moving from London to Australia, the routine of daily sketching got disturbed and I’m still trying to get back into it.
Most of my sketches/drawings were done with black pen (Staedtler pigment liner or Lamy Safari pen with DeAtramentis Archive Ink) and eventually I wanted to add some colour. I chose watercolours, because I already owned some paints and brushes and the watercolour materials are relatively inexpensive, portable and kid-friendly (I have a fear of my two kids getting hold of my art supplies and painting all over the walls and carpets). The more I painted with the watercolours the more I fell in love with this fluid, unpredictable and magical medium.
Painting and drawing are my form of meditation. I lived for 16 years in Russia, 10 in Australia, 9 in UK and now am back in Australia. Sketching my surroundings and simple everyday objects, helps me to to anchor myself and to get to know this new place I live in.
Sometimes I daydream about one day trying out pastels, acrylic or oil painting; but for now, I still have a long and exciting road of mastering the watercolours in front of me.
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Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!