Hibernation

There’s something about the chill in the air that reminds me of the wild. Creatures prepare for hibernation in the forests just as the pre-holiday rush engulfs our own domain. It is our last attempt to collect both our necessities and luxuries before the long lull between seasons. Yet, I seem to find myself most captivated by the ideas drifting through my mind. My task is to understand and structure these thoughts, and as I express them to others through images, I feel a tranquility that would rival the deepest sleep. I hope to spend the next few weeks doing exactly that.
Life, whether it is chaos or calm, is meant to be lived with purpose – but I believe that purpose is of our own design. With the steady flow of sales and festival circuits beginning to slow, I am remembering that art is not simply my career. Drawing is the key to my sanity. It is my lifeblood and my purpose. I am eager to continue down this path and so lucky to have all of you with me.
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“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.