My first class with life model

Last Friday I had my first Expressive Drawing Class with life model. I was eager to work with life models for months!

The class was very dynamic, every 3 minutes the model was changing her pose,  we had little time to catch her shapes. Beginning was amazing, I was drawing like crazy, focused, excited and free. It was amazing…  amazing until the professor came and told me it was all bad!

What? – I thought. I was upset… How can he say it’s bad? Ok, I know I still need to grasp the rhythm and get better connection with the model to have the expression deeper but it can’t be so bad…? I’m used to draw in an expressive and kind of impressionist way. This is what I always do. ‘An impressionist is the one who does not paint like everyone, does not obey the rules and attitude!’ V.v. Gogh.

The class is called Expressive drawing and I still have to follow some rules? This way I couldn’t be myself. I felt I had to betray my intuition and obey the rules. Soon my anger converted into doubt. Am I on the right path? Perhaps I’m not fit to be an artist… ? What if all that is a mistake? I started to follow the rules, the professor was happier with my drawings but I was not. I didn’t like them at all. They were not mine… 

I was thinking all weekend, whether: keep the class? quit the class? learn all the rules? What if the rules will kill my intuition and I will not be able to paint spontaneously anymore? My head was full of thoughts but somehow I felt I should learn. I’ve decided to extend my classes and I took full time academic figure drawing class for 3 months. I don’t know why, but I felt it’ll get me to the next stage. Perhaps you have to learn all the rules, and then forget them all, to be totally free painting. I think this is the right way…

Second expressive drawing class was much better. We were both the professor and myself satisfied with my work. After the whole week of academic drawing classes I felt much more free during the expressive drawing class. I still have a long way to go, but I feel I’m improving a lot! 

3 minutes pencil drawing. 

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Mixed media drawing re-performed at home.

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Black and white or colour? Which one do you prefer?



Van Gogh’s beginnings – from error to perfection

Did you know that Van Gogh was a terrible draughtsman? At least at the begging… His sketches were severe, they lacked perspective and proportion and many people considered them ugly. He was drawing hundred of times the same figure just to get it right and he was failing all over again. But he kept day and night working on his craft convinced that this is what he needs to do. And even when people were doubting in his talent like his father, he still kept working. To see his determination have a look at the dialog from the book ‘Lust for life’ by Irving Stone, between his father ad himself:

“Vincent,” he said [Van Gogh's father], leaning across the broad expanse of table, “don’t you ever get them [drawings] right?”
“No,” replied Vincent.
“Then I wonder if you aren’t making a mistake?”


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If you are going to try, go all the way

Roll the Dice – a Charles Bukowski poem


How I started to paint…

Most of you are probably surprised seeing me uploading drawings and paintings. I’m actually surprised myself… I was always fascinated by art but I’ve never seen myself capable of creating one.

It all started in August 2012. As of September my department was to be outsourced so it was the last month of my employment. I took the whole month of vacation but instead of being enthusiastic I was worried. I had no clue what one can do for the whole month without work… On top of that I was supposed to be without job for who knows how long so I couldn’t travel! (and this is what I always do whenever I have time). One month in the city without any plan – I was scared I will be bored to death!


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Bye bye corporation!

Schneider electric

Today was my last visit as an employee to Schneider Electric… Bye bye corporation! Now for real, my new adventure begins. I’m leaving behind 6 years of experience in the corporate world.

And I thought I would feel released and free! And I do :)

But I also realised how much this past 6 years gave me and how much I appreciate the opportunity to travel and work internationally. Thank you International Paper (IP), Sara Lee / D.E Master Blenders 1783 (SL) and Schneider Electric (SE) for your trust in my skills and in my potential… 


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Street photography – Havana III

car, Havana, Cuba, street photography Cuba, street photography Havana, Wikart, Wiktoria Florek photography, Wiktoria Florek Caught on the street – Havana, Cuba ’11. (201)

Street Photography – Havana II


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Caught on the street… Havana, Cuba ’11. (175)

Street Photography – Havana

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Caught on the street – Havana, Cuba ’11. Beautiful Cuban antique cars from 50s & very skilled Cuban people, able to fix any car in few minutes…  (246)

S U C C E S S = P L E A S U R E

Amazing how generations are changing and how perception of life and success changes… Baby boomers, generation X and finally Millennials – generation Y! For Ys – success is to be free to do whatever you dream about, to enjoy every moment, to be happy;


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Expansion by Paige Bradley

Paige Bradley

Expansion | Bronze with Electricity | 76 x 35 x 17″ | 193 x 89 x 43 cm


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