grateful art blog posts by Natalia Bystrianyk

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I have been so busy with my crowd-funding campaign I haven’t had much time to paint – but today, I did squeeze in some time. This is just a bottom layer. It is always fun to play and just wonder what is going to happen.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at my campaign – please do! I would appreciate any type of support!


Project Artist!


Hello to all who follow my blog. I hope you are well.
If you are a follower you know that I have been working hard to create whenever I can squeeze in the time.
Please take a moment to view my newly published crowd funding campaign.
Help me follow my bliss and turn my artwork from a hobby into a full time passion.

 If my work moves you and brings you joy or conjures emotions reminding you of your humanity, there are several opportunities for you to own one of my pieces as a thank you for supporting this me. 

There is an ancient Arab proverb that reads: “If you have only two pennies, spend the first on bread and the other on hyacinths for your soul.” I am trying to do BOTH with my career and my life. And when you join me in this campaign – either as a contributing patron or as a promoter who shares, you do both as well as ‘pay it forward’.

Thank you for considering…

I am truly grateful!

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mixed media on Aquabord 2015

This is a week end of finishing paintings. I had so much fun with this one!
See the progression below.





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a lesson from the lesson “for the love of Japan” in Alena Hennessey’s A Year of Painting class.

Mixed Media on Aquabord

full piece below


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Fox – mixed media on aquaboard – 2015

Just finished this assignment for A Year in Painting. I wasn’t liking how it was turning out so I put it away for a while. I’m much happier with how it turned out in the long run.



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did this one a while ago – my daughter did most of the underpainting.




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Decided to show some pieces from the past few months since I have been remiss in posting. This was just an exercise in watercolor and something I could take on the go. I like to show the progression because I know how much it helps me when other artists do this!



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It has been a while since I have posted, I think I just got out of the habit. I have painted when ever I can which has been unfortunately in frequent. Here is a piece that started out as a commission for someone that fell through and turned into something all together different. I seem to do best when I don’t think at all and let the painting go where ever it wants to go.



In early May I had the good fortune to attend a “Soul Painting Retreat” hosted by the wonderfully gifted and spirited Alena Hennessy. This was held at the Bend of Ivy Lodge just outside of Asheville North Carolina. Five days of nourishing time devoted to artwork with special bonuses like home cooked healthy delicious meals, restorative yoga, hot springs, even a shamanic healing circle. As if that wasn’t special enough, I met twenty of the most amazing, vibrant women who all inspired me in countless ways. I had no idea what a enriching experience going on retreat was and am so happy I “indulged” in this venture and looking forward to including more of this sort of pampering in my future.

While there I focused on my artwork – I finished one large painting and I am about half way through a second. I don’t think I ever had the opportunity to start painting after breakfast and continue on until the dinner, hour being fed lunch in-between. Three days of this luxury was so beneficial and it nourished my soul. One of the benefits of working in a group was whenever stuck, I could take a walk around and get inspired by others, feeding off their same frustrations and triumphs. It was incredibly invaluable.

On the last day of the retreat I was super pleased with all that I accomplished. I couldn’t wait to get back home and work more art time into my schedule. As if all this wasn’t excellent enough, on the last day of the retreat one of the attendees asked to purchase my painting. Hooray! This person just happened to be New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova (Still Alice, Inside The O’Briens) – I know, crazy right?! Just like all the other attendees at this miraculous retreat, Lisa is bright, beautiful and extremely open-hearted. Yesterday I returned home after a wonderful visit with Lisa and her family. How grateful I am to have hand delivered one of my favorite pieces to someone who not only witnessed it’s creation but who I know will cherish it! Thank you Lisa! Thank you Alena! Thank you also to my good friend Jennifer Currie who not only nudged me to go on the retreat, but is ever a devout supporter of me and ay artwork. A final thank you to all the wonderful women I met in NC and
hold deeply in my heart!!

acrylic, ink, spraypaint, Caran d’Ache, gel pen on Aquabord








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playing with color