“RAW” Talent

This past Thursday, RAW: Natural Born Artists had the 2013 Philadelphia RAWards: Semifinals at LiT UltraBar. Three artists from each category, ranging from visual art to fashion design, competed to be named the artist of the year for the Philadelphia region. I was fortunate enough to make it in the final three for the ‘Visual Artists’ category.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

Art comes in many forms. Each piece unique to the artist who created it. Musical performances happened throughout the evening. I’m so proud to be a part of the Philadelphia art culture. There is some amazing talent here.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

During the show, winners were announced in each category. The winner moves onto the 5th Annual RAW National Showcase. I am so honored to announce that I won the 2013 Philly RAWard for the Best Visual Artist of the Year! Thank you so much to all who have helped me get here and thanks to the judges for recognizing my work.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

My talented photographer Marcel Basset!

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

From here, I believe that another judging period is next. All of the winners from each city will be reviewed by the National judges and then the winners will move onto the formal National competition in LA. For more information on how it works (and to make sure I’m getting it right!), please visit http://www.rawartists.org/ or watch the “How it Works” YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItGvfnj-BZE.

While all of this has been going on, I had a good break period to work on my art. Here is my most recent piece:

Owl (2013) - Graphite

I have also been working on the drawing pictured below. I’m excited to see how it turns out! It might turn into a new series. Who knows? A matryoshka doll kind of series perhaps.

Unifinished piece (Charcoal) - Anastasia Alexandrin

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see my new artwork as soon as it’s finished! @aalexandrin And to get instant updates, make sure to ‘Like’ my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AnastasiaAlexandrinArtist.

 

Time Flies

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, but thank you all for your patience! Ever since my break of events, I’ve fully delved myself in my art.

"Monarch" and Me

To think that it’s almost Thanksgiving is crazy. Where does all of that time go? Don’t get me wrong, I am more than happy to have time for my art. People always ask me, “How do you have the patience to work on your pieces?”

http://www.imagineyourselfthere.com/2012/05/time-flies-but-you-are-the-pilot/

Every artist has a technique. Though my technique may take a lot of time, the final product is always worth it. Line by line the moments pass. I will never get those moments back. I will never get that time back. And I would never want it back.

Close Up - Untitled Woodpecker Piece

A new piece I just finished (for the finished product, follow me on Instagram! @aalexandrin):

"Bird of Enlightment" Unfinished

I create texture and layering in depth with every line. In observing art, we need to look past the larger image and explore an artist’s technique to value their skill and the time they’ve spent making the piece.

"Fast Train" (2011) Lithograph

"It Gets Better" (2013)
"Upside Down" (2010) Charcoal

Time flies when you’re doing something you love.