Friday, November 20, 2009

This Is It

This Is It was really an unexpected film for me to see. First thing that struck me was the enormity of a show Michael Jackson planned to do. If he did this show, some of the modern stars would have had their market crippled. Mind it - he was off stage for about ten years! The pop industry went more primitive ways. Modern star shows look cheaper or sell easy basic things. A thought that occurred to me was that he was stopped by someone for fear of ruining his or her market. His singing and dancing talents were extraordinary. He still had a good health at his 50. Sounds like a farfetched conspiracy theory, but this is what I think.

My Pictures 7: Nikolay Roerikh's Messenger

An attempted copying of Nikolay Roerikh's Messenger, 1986

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Pictures 6: Valeriy's House

This is a watercolours picture of a house where Lyuda's brother Valeriy and his family lived in 80s between  our Pakistan contract and India contract. The original picture still probably hangs in one of the rooms of the Abrams & Krochak Corporation

Saturday, November 7, 2009

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My Pictures 5: St. Petersburg

A pearl at the Baltic Sea gate

My Pictures 4: An island in the ocean

A watercolours picture of an island in the Pacific. It is based on an advertisement photograph published in a Newsweek or a Time in 1985. I have never been on this island.

The country of Taurus

This is my imaginary country which I have been developing since 1985.
Last updated: October 4, 2016

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Pictures 3: Private

This is a picture of Lyuda (the diminutive for Lyudmyla) made in pencil in 1983.

This is a hand-made birthday card made for her.

Car Shots

I had more than a dozen pictures to choose shot from the moving car. Almost all were blurred. The long low-light exposure time and the car motion made it quite diffcult.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Pictures 2

This is a watercolours picture of an embankment along the Dnepr in Kremenechuk. A lot of it comes from my memory, but one photograph of 1952 has also provided elements for the background. It was only seven years after the WW2 and quite a short time to clear the ruins and build something. As kids, we used to play in the ruins and it was so exciting.

Friday, October 2, 2009


I was trying to get to the pages of my blog and the system was so cumbersome that I forgot.. why I was trying to get into my blog... OK, Let's put it to the Limericks format...

A man from a city called Jeb
Tried to comment on the web
He tried it today
But made it tomorrow.
This was a man from the city of Jeb

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Word On the Street, Toronto, September 27, 2009, Sunday

A beautiful day, beautiful books. I'd say this festival was a little better than the last year's.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Pictures 1

My childhood building, Kremenchuk, watercolours, 1981

I lived here from 1950 to 1962, until our family  moved. The building detail is not quite accurate, making the building an exaggeratedly plush mansion. You will see why by comparing the picture with this photo below. 

Kremenchuk, July 2009
You see that the building looks different. Its shabbiness and desolation are besides the point. The structural detail in the watercolours picture is inaccurate. Forgivable for an artist. It's not a photograph. It's an impression with emotions attached. By the way, a photographed part of a newer building to the left is  Ontario Hotel. It's funny, I live in Ontario now.

Elevation 70

September 24, 2009.

Looking west from appx 70 m high over Yonge Street, Toronto