El Perro Milonguero: February Round-Up

El Perro Milonguero has his own page at

But in case you haven’t been keeping up with his latest adventures, here’s a quick round-up



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


El Perro Milonguero – January 2017 Round up


El Perro Milonguero is a stylish dog born and raised in Argentine Tango community.  He is always ready to cheer everyone up by being positive and resolving any misunderstandings.

At the same time, El Perro is a RESEARCHER. He is always ready to learn more about tango, tangueros and their ways of interacting with each other. Understanding people is El Perro’s first priority!

El Perro has his own web page here:

But this is a quick roundup of his adventures in January 2017:



Hi, January 2017!

Hope you’re getting back on track with your work or school after the winter break! My January started off at a tango party. The morning of January 1st was calm, cozy and fun. It started off with coffee and favorite movies from childhood and finished off with sitting next to the first live Christmas tree I ever had.


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!



Hi, December!

YEY, December! My favorite month of the year!

This year December started off for me with an allnighter. I was trying to finish up my slides for a talk at Canada Math Society. But other than that the first day of December was slightly foggy and very cozy.

BTW, if you happen to speak Russian, see my video about December and holiday mood at… In he video I accidentally said “January 31st” instead of “December 31st” … sorry!!! lol!


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.

Continue reading “October’s Portrait”


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!!!!!


Photo Etude 2: Unexpected guest

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Woke up today to a thick fog outside my balcony and this creature on my windowsill.


Photo Etude 1: Still life (over-edited)

1. Still Life photo etude

Sometimes over-editing a pic of a mundane still life is just what you need.


First Timer’s Guide to New York

This May I went to New York for the first time.  The first thing I explored in NY was the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath 🙂 )

bodies of constant width
bodies of constant width
the famous 'bicycles'
the famous ‘bicycles’


then I headed to MoMa, cause, let’s be honest – where else would you pay $15 to see 🙂 masterpieces 🙂 like







or this


… unfortunately photography was not allowed at the special exhibition of Gauguin.

Moma also has an amazing staff! From a conversation with one of them I found out that they have memorized the rules of the museum, but never bothered to find out the reasoning behind them… for instance, my simple and innocent question “Why talking on the cell phone is not allowed but talking to each other IS allowed” totally confused the staff.

on my way to MoMa I stumbled upon a Russian store where I found these Chaburashki



After MoMa I headed south


Astro Gallery of Gems remains my favorite place in New York! I can’t imagine that some of the exhibited fossils and minerals have been existing for millions of years!



I wish I could spend more time at the Central Library



or walk into the Central Park through the Engineers’ Gate


but too many other things were planned for this trip – like riding through the abandoned City Hall station


attending the Museum of the City of New York


the Jewish Museum



and The Metropolitan! (or just the Met :):):) )


Walking down the Fifth avenue felt a lot like walking down an endless hallway.  I just had this persistent feeling of being indoors all the time.  However, there were endless interesting and pleasant things like seeing the Empire State Building from my hotel window


or this Luna Bar – made SPECIFICALLY for women….. I wonder what would happen if a man eats it…..?


or being greeted by fresh flowers before brunch on my last day there


New York is a puzzling city and I have much more to tell then I could fit into this photo-post.  I would definitely want to go there again to explore the museums and the architecture.

(If you would rather read this post in Russian, see it at my new blog page at the Vorkug Sveta (Around the World) magazine )




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).




The Nemo Quarry: Mystery Unsolved

Once upon a time Mount Nemo was a home of a small operating quarry.  Then, “the regional Conservation Authority obtained  this land in 1959 to prevent expansion of a quarry operation.*
Over 50 years later, a narrow road leads to that quarry abandoned by humans and invaded by trees.

P1070329Upon turning left at the end of the road, human intruders are faced with a cascade of stones that resembles a fossilized waterfall.


A tall but fragile edge of the escarpment on the other side of the quarry is ready to crumble


The nature is heeling injuries inflicted by humans and maybe in the next 100 years the old quarry will stop being visible at all.


As I was walking through this quarry I was wondering what it was like to work there, what kind of stones were extracted, where were they delivered?

The only clue regarding the origins of this quarry that I was able to find was that one meager sentence from the Bruce Trail website.* If you know/were able to find more information, I would be happy to know that.



Longhouses, caught dreams and adopted trees

Imagine that you are 9 years old Iroquoian child living in a village in the 15th century. The summer is coming to an end but the sky is still this blue.


You live in a longhouse


And your neighbours are building another longhouse of their own.


There are hundreds of beautiful imperfections around you


When you want to have some peace, you sit on a stone by the lake


And when you are tired you can fall asleep under a beautiful dream catcher.


… Sometimes when you walk in the woods that this child has walked in, you almost forget that you are living in 2013., until you see a sign like this.    P1070211


Toronto: exploring the big picture


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”.



That day when I completed my coursework

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This is my work desk. A usual desk of a grad school student. Do you think that in grad school we get paid to read interesting books? Sometimes we do. We like some books more than others, but the most important part of grad school is to convince yourself that something that you must read (say, it is required for your course work completion) IS really interesting and relevant for you.  It is one of the most difficult tasks to acquire.  At the end of the day, when all the confusing literature is read and set aside in a neat stack, it feels amazing to fill up a travel mug with some good tea and then open up all these files with biographies and memoirs of mysterious mathematicians.


Abandoned tandem bike on a sad pathway

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There is a pathway in my city that has many memories tied to it.  Usually this little road makes me sad, but if taking this road is unavoidable, I try to turn on some music, that is also tied to some memories and try to make the best out of that walk.  It was a sad grey day when I needed to go to an art store located right in the middle of this street.  The tattooed wall was behind me and I was just steps away from my destination when I saw this abandoned tandem bike chained to a pole. It was disfigured and its rotting body looked sick and helpless.  What kind of story is behind this bike? Maybe a hipster couple decided to move to India and abandoned it. Maybe they broke up and do not wish to ride together anymore.  What if one of them died of cancer? drug overdose? got into a car accident? Or maybe the bike was broken and they bought a new one.

In any case, the bike is still there. If you have seen it – let me know.


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?