Hello my dear friends. How do you feel today? I hope it is all fine. The weather is sweet and the sun is shining in Ural Mountains where I am now. So we are having Easter today, eggs are traditionally painted or covered with flower tracery, angels & pictures of churches. I am not a fun of all these Christian holidays, so I just got a little dinner with my parents. By the way the wine was so great! I feel absolutely great, listening to the beautiful lounge sound and I'm having a vacation (Woohoo!).
When I finished my last working day a week ago I felt like I want to find a quite place and stay alone for some time. Next day it was my birthday and my trip began. I got on a train and it's a peculiar celebration, it symbolize new way of living and thinking for me. Every time I have to fight with my own demons. All we got problems and we have to solve them. And when I came back to my native land, to my roots, I closed all the doors, I cut all the information flows and one day I stayed with myself, nothing and nobody could bother me. And that was enough to relax.
Later I thought that I don't want to sit in one place, because I don't know when I can come back again. So all last week I was on the road and I've visited 4 cities: Nizhny Tagil where I am now; Verkhnyaya Salda, a town that is not so far away from my district; Nev'yansk with it's famous leaning tower. There is a legend that the tower tipped because basements were flooded with all the workers, minted counterfeit money. And the last city was Ekaterinburg, where I met a lot of nice people who are really inspiring and motivating, and gave me a mental pabulum.
Here are my new favourite things! I've got a gift from France - Fragonard Cinq Parfums and I fell in love with Ile D'Amour perfume! The smell of lilac, jasmine and rose is so fresh and I love it so much! And I like the cosy blossom design of this small paper box. Another gift I got yesterday, and it is from Germany. A little minimalistic yellow/black box with mint candies by Nostalgic Art Merchandising. Mmm, tasty things, thank you Kate!
So I have only five days to stay in here and engoy the silence. Anyway I caught a moment, I caught the wave, I feel good and ready to go on! Harmony is near, harmony is around you. If you don't see the answer maybe you have to change something in your life, to find your own quite place.
P.S. I remind you, that till the end of april all my pictures from 6 sosiety shop will be deleted. If you want to order framed arts of Irno Vertak you should hurry up. Stay safe, stay cool and happy Easter!
Hello, everyone! Today we have a holiday - 23 of february is the Defender of the Fatherland day. We call to our brothers and fathers, friends and collegues, give them presents and this is the official men's day. So, have a great holiday,guys!
I had to do a lot today. But I've found time to continue to paint second side of my box. I have a big wooden box and it will be fully painted with acrylic paints. There will be four different themes for each side. I thought to do seasons theme first, but later I decide no to choose it, because it is old as hell. I already did two of sides. Left side of the box is devoted to space and future. Colours are dark, mostly violet, blue and black. I was inspired by album "Time"(1981) of Electric Light Orchestra.I remember my daddy loved to listen to it when I was younger. I like it's main topic - traveling in time. I've found it magical and I am so in love with "Yours truly, 2095" song.
Front side shows the sea and small island with palms afar. This is something warm with yellow, orange and green colours. It doesn't have special meaning, just a peace of dream, isn't it great to sit on the coast and watch on the sky, water and palms? So relaxing!
Yesterday I was working with my book and finished one crazy picture. I want to print it as a paper card for friends, I hope I will do it soon if I will not forget. I like it, it is also devoted to space, crazy different planets with strange frowers. Here is a bunch of flowers from some planet. But don't touch them or they can eat you alive! If you like this picture heart the article! If you are also a painter, I would like to know what inspires you and what's your favourite subjects (topics) for drawing.
Hello my friends! How are you all today? I hope you are doing great and if you are not, come on, let's just stop for a minute and relax!
All this weekend I am working in the non-stop regime.I sleep for couple hours but feel absolutely great. How does it possible? Simply. I have an aim, inspiration is also here and I work hard with a big quantity of information.Also I've found a couple of my demons (suddenly) and all the things came to the right places!
At friday I came home and felt upset myself, I can explain my feelings in words of Stephen King, from his memoirs: "by most Friday afternoons I felt as if I'd spent the week with jumper cables clamped to my brain." That is a totally right description. I felt I don't have energy to do something and first what I had to do is to find a motivation. Life is good no matter what happens with you, everything depends on what you think & do. You change your world everyday.
You know I have over 15 books that I began to read and did't finish. One of them was a book by Richard Branson! If you heard about him you probably already guessed that it was his famous "Screw It, Let's Do It"! I've read this unputdownable book and I couldn't fall asleep! It was like "I am ready to win the world! Come on! Get up! what you're waiting, what you're waaaaittinng for?!! (thanx Gven Stefani for this song by the way). I've read it and notice how much time I lost! So, my friends, if you want changes or to begin something new, just grab this book, it is amazing and no other words - just do it! Yes, you have to improve your skills & you have to study whole your life, of course if you don't want to degrade and be an "animal", who only interests in sleeping, eating, f*ng and plaing games.
Also I want to mention the great novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger. we had an argument with my colleague, if she read "the wasp factory" by Iain Banks and I'll read "the catcher in the rye". After "consider phlebas" and "the wasp factory" Iain banks became one of my favourite writers. I was totally upset when I've heard about his death last year (9 June 2013). I did not thank him for his amazing books, if i only knew. SO she read "the wasp factory" in over 2 days. And I read Salinger's novel too, it took more time for me. What I can say, I really enjoyed reading it, easy and fun, I recommend it to everyone. As you know "The Catcher in the Rye" is a cult book, it is with a good humour and I like it so much. I don't know what the killer of John Lennon could find in this book, I did not notice any message to kill somebody.
Here you can see the video that I made when we were going home after Ghetto Girls consert in Spaces club. A young guy plays darbuka to earn money in the metro of Saint Petersburg. And what are you doing after school? You can see the hand of my boyfriend, he gave them some money. I like how sound changes when our train went faster and I hope this young guy somewhen find this video with himself on youtube. What you do today will be a memory tomorrow and a history after years.
Hello, my friends! How is the weather out there today? There is still no snow in my city, eternal rainy "autumn".
Did you write "things to do" list for this year? Well, I didn't. This time I don't want to plan my days, it takes too much time. I want to achieve real results and be more attentive to "now", than "past" & "future". It's time to study and enjoy the process!
It is always easy to begin something new, but do you always able to finish your projects? I speak about projects for yourself, like to lose weight or learn new language or maybe rather global things like to change life and so on. Many things can motivate and inspire us - pictures, quotes, movies, songs, friends and family. What to do if you lose motivation? The idea of inspiration - muse that goes somewhere and comes back when she wants is no longer valid.
It is all connected in the human body and any emotional excitement is instantly reflected on the work of internal organs. The best way to detect a change of emotional state is the heart rate measurement. To enter into a state of inspiration, you need to increase your heart rate! You can run, jump, dance, do exercises. Try it now or let's go out for a jog tomorrow's morning together! Remember the life is more simple than we can imagine and expect! =)
I woke up with that good song in my head, it reminds me of all crazy things I did. I miss my Rock'n'Roll times and the taste of travel with my friends-musicians. Music is not just pleasant waves or background for our feelings. Music has an incredible sense for every person, for somebody music is the meaning of life.
Today I want to introduce my French friend Olivier Raynaud! He is a professional drummer, also known as a part of Sonateen and Groovy Shiva!
How long do you play drums?
I started to play drums when I was sixteen, with my friends in south of France. We wanted to play Rock, Crossover, Hardcore, Hip-Hop and Electronic music. It was a very good time. I'm influenced by Hip-Hop and US Rock from the 90's and able to play a large panel of style, always by making my contribution very singular. It's been only 2 years since I decided that I would like to make my music a full time job. I would like to say thanks to my parents, who let me practice Nirvana and other RATM drum patterns in my room when I was a kid.
Playing drums - is it just a hobby or something more?
Never take your music as a hobby! Even if you don't make money with it. The goal is to create, to build something interesting, to find a way... You promote your band, give your music on the web and hope that people will like it and they will come to your shows. You will sell your CDs there, merchandise and your band will exist. That is the reality for the bands.
My motivation is to play music with my friends as long as we can. It's a long term story. Authenticity, Family, Love, Fight for Life are the main subjects that I like to represent. Of course my goal is to bring my projects as far as it possible.
Tell me about your music projects.
GROOVY SHIVA is a crossover band, very influenced by the musical scene of East coast and West coast, formed in 1998 in south of France. It's definitely my family, kind of my life project with my friends. I'm 34 now and we are still playing music together, that's the dream...
By the way, we are doing a new song inspired from a novel called "METRO 2033", written by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovski. It's a post-apocalyptic story and also a bestseller. Our singer is inspired by that book. As a good gamer, he is a fan of the video game, made by the 4A GAMES Company from Ukraine. We want to make a tribute to that story.
SONATEEN is a Hip-Hop project with my friend Tarum (@Tarum182). It's a 2 pieces band, Drums & DJ: 2 Caps Headz who plays Hip-Hop like Rock. It's been 10 years since I met him. He is a great musician and producer, also an easy going guy. Sonateen is a young project, influenced by the 90's, with powerful drum patterns. With help of Live Factory (ed. an artists' management agency), we had the opportunity to play at the famous big stadium le «Stade de France» in Paris last September, for the big Hip-Hop event “Urban Peace 3”, it was sick! We are looking for bookers to play in Sports Events, Extreme Sports Events, anyone interested in the audience?? ;)
WEST COAST DAILY is another band with my best friend Tarum, who sounds like a very teenage Pop Punk Rock, somewhere between Bowling For Soup, Blink 182 and Sum 41.
Is it hard to be a manager and artist at the same time?
I learn artists' management and music publishing. That helps me to manage my musical projects. I work also as a tour manager with several bands and artists from France and USA. I worked with Charles Bradley (and his musicians, part of the Menahan Street Band) as a tour manager two years ago in Europe. That was one of my best experiences. Charles himself told me that my style on drums is «pocket drumming».
With what projects you've reached the best results and success, tell about your best shows.
With Groovy Shiva we have a good success with that song «La Liste». And with West Coast Daily our cover of Yael Naim's «New Soul» appeared in the famous compilation Paris Dernière 7. We play it very dirty and punk.
I can't really say «the one and the only best show that I did». Touring in Indonesia with Onesta (HxC band from Paris) was crazy! Jamming with Norwood Fisher (Fishbones) in a little bar in south of France for my birthday was sick too!
What artists would you like to work with?
There are a lot of Dope D.O.D. is definitely a music project I'd like to work with. I already sent my book to their manager and booker Andries from 3S Music, he is a very cool guy and he told me there is no casting for drummers now. But who knows, maybe next year. Haha !
What will you recommend for people who want to learn to play drums?
Work hard, play different, act like playing drums is a sport!
Well, I have morning now. The Sun is shining, the weather is sweet and vanilla tea is ready!
I am very exited to share with you how art book making process is going on. This week was rather nervous and busy, so I have time only at weekend. And the muse was somewhere, not with me all these days. Yesterday I bought beautiful paper for pastel drawings of warm colors. I use mixed technique for my new paintings that you will only see in my book.
I put my soul, my energy, my sense, my time in this project. And it takes time to finish. Living in creating process is the best time in my life. Once my friend, called Jupiter, said "A painter is shaman, with help of him the higher powers come to our world." It's so true and I Love it! Believe in what you do, do what you like and you will live in harmony with yourself. This is the sense of living and this is freedom.
Forget to say, not a long time ago I had an interview with two amazing and talented people. To know What can inspire and what can help to continue your beginnings Keep your eyes on my blog!
Here is my oil copy of MIchael's lady (I love this picture so much). I always wanted some pop art at my wall and I wanted it made with oil paints. I Changed some lines, colors and words. In my picture there is written "Will we watch a movie together?" on Russian language. It is not so sensual as "He kissed me with his eyes" but you know, I don't care.
Also, I continuing to work under my art book and somehow lot of other projects appeared at the last week. Having fun and working hard these days, love to be involved in creative process.