Bulgaria ~ April 2013

 Janice Austin
Street of Contrasts, Sophia, Bulgaria
6 x 7½" Watercolor on 140# CP

Lavina Blossom
Bulgarian Spring
acrylic, 12 x 16 in. on board

Murilo S. Romeiro
Bulgarian Gossips
watercolor pencil  20 x 28 cm

 Murilo S. Romeiro
Lilekovo - Bulgaria
walnut ink and pen on paper  20 x 28 cm

 Sherry Schmidt

Dajana Hrast - Voncina
watercolor, 12 x 9

Yevgenia Watts
Blue Tram
Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord, 9x12"

 William Beebe
"On the Bridge"
6" x 8" - Pastel

 Marcy Brennan
"Bulgarian Village"
5" x 7" watercolor and ink on paper

 Hanneke Bronwasse
water painting, 32 x 41 cm.

 Rosemary Cantrell
Me & My Shadow
8" X 10" Oil on Canvas

 Judy Gehrlein

 Janell Nishida
8x8 watercolor

 Elaine Hughes
Farmhouse near Pernik, Bulgaria
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas

 Nancie Johnson
"Blue Door"
9x12 Acrylic

 Marla Laubisch
"Sapareva Banya"

Bruno da Silva Lessa
"solitary move"
19 x 25 cm
Acrylic Painting

watercolor, 32 x 24cm

 Patricia Musgrave 
Bucolic Bulgaria

 Suzanne Queen
Belogradchik, Bulgaria
6.5 in x 5.5 in, Watercolor and Ink

 Jean Slobodow
ink & watercolor, 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches

Loretta Stephenson
"Shoot for the Moon"
Smolyan Province, Bulgaria
9 x 12 acrylic on canvas

Justine Valla
84 Pazardzik Province Bulgaria
Watercolor in Liberte Scetchbook

Joanne Willoughby
5x7 watercolor on aquabord

 Anne Arsenault
Krustov vruh, Bulgaria
12''x 16'' acrylic on canvas

 Rosemary Cantrell
Trail's End, Gabrovo
11X14 Oil on Canvas

 Carolee S. Clark
"Locally Grown"
10" x 10"
acrylic on canvas

 William Cook
Oil, 8x10

 Nicola Dalbenzio
Bulgaria Artist

 Rick Eakins
"Garden Lady - Bulgaria"
6" x 8" (Oil on Canvas Board)

Sue Field
Rural Bulgaria
Pen & Ink

 Gail Ishmael
Spring Runoff - Bulgaria
watercolor 14"x10.5"

 Pedro Martin
30 x 40 cm
Arbanasi, Bulgaria
Watercolor on paper

 Janell Nishida
"Nice Catch"
12x8.5 watercolor

 Diane Ursin
Roadside Wild Flowers
5" x 7"  acrylic on canvas board

Δαμασκηνή Χανιώτη
paint with acrylic 18 x 24 cm

 Lavina Blossom
Just before snow
acrylic, 12 x 12 in. on stretched canvas

 Mike Bergen
12X16 Acrylic Painting
"Neo Byzantine"

 William Cook

 Rosemary Cantrell
Shabla Lighthouse
11X14 Oil on Canvas

 Charlene Brown
Mosque in Smolevo

 Marsha Gordon
'Happy Trails'
Tarnova Province, Bulgaria
Half sheet, Watercolor

 Nancy Farara
Lithuania 992
Acrylic 8x10

 James Creasy
"Man on Road"
16x20 Acrylic

 Sketch Gurl
Watercolor on A4 paper

 Gail Ishmael
Bulgarian stone cottage
Watercolor and ink

 Judith Alsop Miles
“Abandoned Huts, Pomorie”
Watercolour 35 x 22 cm

watercolor by mico, size 32 x 24cm
"street in Varna"

Yellow House on Corner, Sofia
18x24in pastels (homemade) on hardboard

 Nancie Johnson
"In a Line"
Tsarevets Fortress, Bulgaria
9x12 Acrylic

Patricia J. Powers
The Road to Spring-Bulgaria
6x6 Acrylic on board

Rebecca Watkins
6.5” x 4.75”
gray marker on gray paper

 Nicola Dalbenzio
Sveta Nedelya Orthodox Church
Watercolor/Titanium White, 6x9

 L.J. Chang
A Tale of Two Travelers, Bulgaria
oil pastel on cardboard paper
12" x 9"

 Jana R. Johnson
Bulgaria Backroads
4x6 inches
Watercolor and Ink

 Christine Parker

 Christine Parker

Nancy Herman
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board

Teri Ann LaBuwi

"the brick house", 32 x 24cm

 Jean-Michel Gruet
Kiosque a Vratsa
Aquarelle 20x32

 Catherine Hale
Colored pencil

 David Savellano
"Ahtopol Working Boats"
4" x 12"
Ink and Watercolor

Janell Nishida
"Tree By the Sea"
watercolor, 8x8

 Charlotte Mertz
"Winter Wind-Scooting at Varna Bay, Bulgaria"
It's 4" x 6" watercolor

"Neighbor on the Hill"
10" x 10"
acrylic on canvas

Amanda van den Berg
View of the Pirin Mountains in Bansko
watercolour 5x8 inches

 David Savellano
sketch of Varna, Bulgaria

 Stacy Egan
Ravadinovo Castle
5x7" ink & watercolor

L.J. Chang
help_ur_self station @ 58, Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria
tombow pen on mat board
15.5" x 15.5"

Bulgaria Drift
16" x 20", oil

Our April 2013 Paintout is 


Open for participation from April 1st till April 30th.

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You'll find an interactive map of Bulgaria area above, though you can't access the little yellow pegman from that map. Use the link below it, "View Larger Map", and the map will appear on your monitor; drag the little Yellow Man onto the map, let go while he's over a blue area, and start exploring. Find an interesting subject/area. Change it all you want. Or paint it straight up as you see it. Instructions are in the sidebar to the right. Any questions, ask 'em in the comments or email me directly. 

This month we travel to the eastern European country of Bulgaria. You are free to travel the entire country to find an inspiring view to paint or draw.

It is necessary to stress the importance of a couple of rules. One is the image size issue. It states in the rules in the right sidebar on this blog that the image has to be at a resolution of 72 and no larger than 1000 pixels on the widest side. Submissions not following the rules will not be posted.

IGNORE THE BLUE DOTS! It appears that Google has now added every user submitted photograph to the maps in the form of blue dots. Make sure your reference comes from the actual Street View application and not a photograph. Thanks. 

Also, each artist must include the URL of the location that the artwork is based upon. To find the URL is easy. In the maps mode, while looking at your scene you have chosen, click the "LINK" button at the top LEFT of the screen, check the "Short URL" button. With that link highlighted simply copy it and paste into your email with your submission. (How do you not lose your location? Click "SEND" with your view up and email it to yourself.) Remember, these buttons are found at the top left of the map.

So there you go. Should be extremely easy. If your submission doesn't show up on the blog, please check the list near the top in the sidebar entitled, "Don't see your submission? This could be the reason..." Thanks. 

Thanks again to Google, as they have given their permission for artists to use Street View as a reference for paintings that can then be sold without fear of copyright infringement.

And thank you, artists, for participating.

Remember, participation is open to all levels of artistic ability.

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