Art Forms

This series of sketches is dedicated to my favorite art forms:


Art form – Culinary art
Art form – song writing and performing
Art form – dance, Argentine tango
Art form – Music
Art form – floristics



Art form – Architecture


Sketch Roundup: Fall 2016

I took a sketching course this fall and here is a quick roundup of what I’ve done. I learned a lot and had tons of fun!


Essentials for a freelancing math teacher

I’m a math teacher and a graduate student. I don’t teach at a public school. Instead I teach at special programs for gifted children, or work with children individually. I guess that makes me a freelancing math teacher. Continue reading “Essentials for a freelancing math teacher”


October’s Portrait


Yesterday we painted October’s portrait at the 4 Cats Studio at the Toronto Junction Triangle (1615 Dupont St.). The studio is pretty easy to get to by TTC. It’s full of samples of previous students’ work. There’s lots of light, but the place still has an ambient feel to it.

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September Lemonade


It’s been 2 years since I promised my mom to paint this painting and give it to her as a gift… Finally I did it!

Happy 13th anniversary in Canada, Mom!!!!!

Trains in the wind


I live very close to a railroad. Many people see it as a disadvantage, but I really enjoy it. I love it when the trains pass by at night, when the rhythmic sound of metal wheels is mixed with the sound of wind, and the noise [and the light] of the city.

It feels like music.

Winter blues and whites – making the best out of them

Most lifestyle websites are buzzing about beating the winter blues, as though these blues were a plague of some kind.  To me, however, the “winter blues” expression carries quite an opposite meaning.  I was born in the winter, and most of my happy childhood memories are related to playing in the snow, putting on a fur hat, wearing warm read boots.  I remember running around on a carpet that my mom laid out on the show for cleaning, throwing the fresh snow on the carpet, stomping my feet and rolling about.  When I was 6, I would always crush my toboggan into a tree, no matter how I tried to avoid it. When I was 8, I put the skies on, stood there for a couple of minutes, took 2 steps and then took the skies off…  I tried my hand at skating when I was 16, and the entire skating rink had a good laugh – including myself.

There is a special time at the end of November when you step outside at about 4 pm, and the approaching sunset just looks different. Everything is colored in crisp blue shades! Literally! And then, at the end of every sunny day, these blue shades creep into the city streets.  These days I walk home with a huge smile on my face.  … It upsets me that many of my friends cannot notice this subtle blue shade… 1358010587373

But sometimes the sky turns into a dense but incredibly soft and fluffy collections of white pillows, cushions and blankets.  The sun just rests on the top of them, taking a deserved break from its daily duties.  Or maybe the sun and the moon engage in a pillow fight up there.  Then the snowflakes come down and paint everything in shades of white.


On the days like this one, I realize that no matter how shaky an academic career could be, and how unpredictable the job market is, there is nothing else that I want to do more than think about my work while walk about the streets of my university, or read books on history of math, and occasionally look at the snow that keeps falling and falling,  until the the library and the adjacent houses get equipped with thick white hats and mittens. 


Washington DC at a glance



I went to Washington DC this August, and this is how things looked like over there (or at least, this is how I saw them).




Toronto by day and by night

This is how I see Toronto through the lens of my camera


This is how I see it in my head



The Math Circles



Why “Circles”? – Obvious. Why “Math” – because after 5 years of pedagogical studies and a year with UofT Math Outreach I cannot pair any other word with “circles”.


The trilogy of The Fish

This is an illustration to Yuri Andrukhovych`s book Perverzion

One of the characters in this book loved to host parties where the main entertainment was the following:

He dropped some small fishes into a fishtank and gave them some food first.  Then he placed several bigger fishes into the fishtank, and they ate the smaller ones.  Finally, he dropped the largest fish (that he referred to as `The Fish` into the tank and it ate everyone else.  Then he ordered his servants to cook the large fish and to feed it to his guests.

The illustrations below (that I drew on my tablet) reflect this multistage process:

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The Windmill

I read a book by a Ukrainian author Dara Korniy From the Seventh Circle of Hell.  One of the main settings of the novel was the windmill where the main characters (the dwellers of the seventh circle of hell) appeared on Earth in their human form. The following are the illustrations that I came up with:

on my tablet first:

1370984259605              and on canvas with acrylic paints later



Geometric still life


This is what it looks like on canvas (acrylic paint, 40cm by 50cm)


This is what it looked like in my tablet

Do you prefer one over the other?