“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” I paint dreamscapes because I truly believe that art is one of those rare things in life, that can truly bring people together. Dreamscape Art beautifies, stimulates, invigorates, and makes us see the world in many different ways.
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Kissing the Sky
After the Rains
Into the Mystic
Alex Sasha Toporovsky has been an artist for over twenty years. Recently he has combined his two passions: oil painting and metal. By combining the two he has developed a very unique art form that is not to be found anywhere else. Today we interviewed Sasha for our blog to learn more about his unique art and talents.
1. Sasha, when did you start drawing? How young were you?
I was born in the Ukraine into a family of artist’s. My grandfather and uncle both made a living as artists, and my father had very good artistic skills as well even though he did not pursue art. As a kid I would draw often as most kids do.
2. What inspired you to become an artist?
It wasn’t until I graduated high school and headed for college that I needed to figure out what I was going to major in. I guess in the back of my mind I was always attracted to art and painting, but made a decision to go into Interior design. My teacher at the time noticed I had very good drafting and rendering skills, and suggested that I take art classes in addition to interior design. I followed his advice and in turn found my passion. That year I switched my major and never looked back.
3. Tell us about this interesting media you work in on metal. How did you come up with this style?
About a year ago I was approached by the CEO of a commercial real estate company. He’s an art collector with a taste for unique art. At the time he was looking for several pieces to hang in his lobby at his headquarters. The lobby is very modern and incorporates many steel and glass elements.
I walked away from our initial meeting wondering what I could offer a man with such eclectic tastes. I remembered that during our meeting he showed me the paintings he has collected over the years. The images where on his I phone and while we were thumbing through them pictures of his koi fish came up.
I have had the idea of painting on metal for some time now, but until that very moment I did not have an opportunity to put these thoughts into action. I decided to make a sample for him and myself. This would give me a chance to see how the paint would react with the metal, and to see if this was even possible. I wanted to create something that was very modern and avangard, but not completely abstract.
The time had come to put my theory of painting on metal and my love for Koi fish into one. The minute I laid paint to metal, I realized the amazing potential this medium had. In all my years of painting I have never done anything that felt so right.
4. What is your favorite artwork that you created so far? And why?
Since I get commissioned to paint everything from fine art to murals, I have had a chance to create many wonderful works of art for many different people and many different situations. However I feel that on a personal level the metal paintings for me are dreariest to my heart. Not only do I have incredible fun creating them, but I love to see the reaction they invoke in people who are seeing them for the first time.
The paintings are so uniquely different then most anything you see out there at the moment that they tend to draw huge crowds when I display them. I love interacting with people and letting them know about what I am doing and where I am heading with my art. My current works on metal have given me the platform to do the very thing that I love so much.
5. Who is your ideal client (or a space) that you would love to create for?
I feel that my ideal clients are people who enjoy art and feel that it is as essential to their lives. I have had many clients and collectors tell me that they enjoy my works every day. The art has become an intrical part of the family and that they couldn’t imagine not having it in their homes or businesses. Knowing that I bring something special into people’s lives is what motivates me to paint. I love sharing my love of art with the world.
To learn more about Sasha’s art go to his website www.sashafineart.com
To purchase Sasha’s work online visit http://www.etsy.com/shop/Art2walls
To see Sasha’s mural work visit http://www.art-2-walls.com
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Unexpected Del Mar
Faux Finishing and Luster Stone
Painting has been my passion in life and I have had the privilege of sharing and teaching others in this great field. I am a certified professional artist with over nineteen years of experience in the field. I am offering lessons to beginners with no previous experience and people who have some knowledge of painting and want to take it to the next level.
Specializing in landscapes, seascapes, and abstract paintings. For beginners I offer a wet on wet technique, just like the one you may have seen Bob Ross demonstrate on TV. This is the fastest, easiest, and funniest way to get started. The session typically runs two hours, and I supply you with everything you will need. This includes paints, brushes, pallet and easel. You supply the canvas of your choosing. I can guide you through the canvas buying process. You will have a completed painting at the end of each session. for those who would like to learn abstract painting, the process is very similar to what is described above with a few small exceptions.
The lessons take place at your home, business, or space of your choosing. I come to you. You are welcome to invite a spouse or friends to come and join you. This can be a lot of fun when you have two or more people. Each session runs $75 per person and group rates are available for five or more people.
I am also the owner of Modern Masters a decorative arts studio specializing in murals and faux finishing, A trusted name in San Diego for over eight years. We generally work on high end residential and commercial properties.
See our website @ http://www.mod-masters.com
Time Lapse Mural Video: Press here to watch
Class of 2010 Pays to Honor MMHS
By: Steve Nicoles
Mira Mesa High School students can look up and see the class of 2010 towering dozens of feet above them. Last year’s graduating class donated more then $11,000 for a mural overlooking the lunch quad area. Alex/Sasha Toporovsky owner of Modern Masters Studio in San Diego, and his staff spent two months painting the 30-feet high wall. “I think it’s great for all of them. I hope it’s here for 30 to 40 years to come so a lot of generations will see it,” said Toporovsky.
According to MMHS Principal Scott Giusti, Most outgoing classes have extra money, and that cash is generally willed to another class. Last summer, after graduation, a group of the former students met with Giusti to tell him they wanted to do something different and leave their mark on the campus. Together, they looked at several possible projects, including sculptures, before deciding on the mural. It showcases a marauder man and women, each 18 feet tall. In the center of the mural is an enormous Mira Mesa High School logo with the phrase “Life is blue and gold”.
This is a great opportunity to join Dr. Stephie and a host of other great speakers for the Here and Now event on on Sunday June 6th.
Dr. Stephie from Family Focused Health International will be speaking at the incredible “Here & Now” event put on by Jon Block Creations. The event features awesome music, exciting booths and inspiring seminars (most are 15 minutes). It could be described as “Streetscene” (a famous and well-loved festival in San Diego) meeting transformational thought. Jon’s goal is to bring new thought to the main stream and he’s put together an marvelous event with celebrities from different facets, health/beauty, finance/career, lifestyle/ relationships and more ….!
Check out the powerful 90-second video about the event!:
Here’s what we at Family Focused Health Intl’s got up our sleeve
- Dr. Stephie will share secrets for how to make her motto happen “FUN Health! Save Money!”
- A silent auction for a coveted piece of limited edition art called “Morning Light” from amazing fine artist Sasha T. he kindly donated to us.
- A contest – you have to come to learn the details
- Partners in our mission will join us in our booth – you will want to learn about them!
- The opportunity to learn about a trade that helps everyone – you and FFHI’s mission! (a hint: you can get an awesome outdoor water feature worth $5,000 through a trade!)
- And much more!
"Morning Light" by Sasha T.
The event is on Sunday, June 26, noon – 5pm. Tickets are only $15. Kids 12 years and under are free. The event takes place poolside of the La Fayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
If you like to purchase a ticket from Family Focused Health International we appreciate your support of our cause. As a thank-you we will enter you into a drawing for a children’s book “Curious George goes camping” and for some “good food recipes”.
See you there! LOL,
Click on link bellow to watch news clip:
Mural of clouds and Stars for Sharp Hospital
Cloud and Sky Mural by Sasha T
I painted this mural of clouds and star constellations for Scripps Hospital. They were adding a new wing to their hospital, and asked me to come in and paint clouds and stars on their ceiling for their patience to enjoy will they went through their procedure.
They were very specific about the look they wanted and the constellation of clouds they were looking for. The Orion constellation was to be the focal point of the whole mural, and I was charged with creating this constellation as it appeared in the night sky…down to the size and distance of each star.
I only had two weeks to complete this mural and charting the constellation on a ceiling is no easy task. I figured out that I could use the floor which at this point was just a concrete slab to chart the constellation. I then used a light pen which I placed on each plotted star on the floor. With the pen being in the upright position and shining the laser onto the ceiling, I then was able to place each star in its place on the ceiling.
Using white and glow in the dark paint I was able to create the illusion of the stars shining when the lights were turned down. Along with the whimsical clouds and the moon shining down, I was able to create a very visually stunning mural. KUSI new in San Diego came out to do a piece on the new wing of the hospital and the watch me paint a portion of the mural.
My crew and I just finished painting this 30 foot by 120 foot mural for Mira Mesa High School in San Diego CA. The project took us two months to complete due to the unusual amount of rain for the month of may here in San Diego. The funds for the mural were donated by the class of 2010. The original designs were created by the the graphic design class at the high school. We then took these designs and modified them to work better for a wall of this size.
The Class of 2010 contributed the funds to leave the school with a legacy that thousands of students will get to enjoy for years to come. In the process, we turned an ugly old wall on the side of their gymnasium into a work of art that the school – and the entire town of Mira Mesa – is proud of. The mural project was such a great public relations success for the school and the community that KUSI covered its unveiling!
The most rewarding thing about a project like this is that it got the kids and the faculty involved and working together. The art department at MMHS came up with the preliminary designs for the mural, and many school faculty members were involved in making this project happen. The school pride and interest it created was immense. Since the wall is right in front of the lunch area, the kids got to see how a mural of this size is created day-by-day. Many kids and teachers came up to us not only to complement and thank us, but to ask questions about artistry and the mechanics of it.
Murals of this caliber can be of any size; we worked closely with Mira Mesa High School to come up with a plan that fit their budget. We also made sure that this mural would last the high school for many years to come by using the finest paints and sealing the mural with an anti-graffiti coating, which will ensure the longevity of the artwork.
Scott Giusti, the principal of MMHS had this to say about our work:
“Alex and the crew from Modern Masters Studio did an outstanding job for Mira Mesa High School from start to finish. They helped with the preliminary design, scaled spec sheets, paint selection, protective overlays, and saw everything through with professionalism to the end. The mural on the gymnasium wall was an enormous feat, but Alex and crew were on time, communicated throughout the progress, and stayed within budget. I highly recommend Alex and Modern Masters Studio to any school or district seeking to beautify a campus and increase school pride.” – Scott Giusti, Principal
Click here to watch news footage:
News footage of Mural for Mira Mesa High School
Mural for Mira Mesa High School
Part 2 of Del Mar House
I returned the next week with samples and bid in hand. I had put a lot of work in to creating the finishes, and it showed. Barbra and the designer were thrilled, and they asked me to extend some of the finishes to more areas of the house. The following week Barbra and her husband signed a contract with me and gave me a deposit to start the work. I was thrilled! The job had grown from just a couple of niches to fauxing and plastering just over 4,000 square feet! There was only one problem – and again, what happened next was quite unexpected.
As I stood in the ‘great room’ wondering where I should start this colossal project, I happened to look up at the very high ceiling. I noticed that most of the ceiling was made up of wooden beams; the owners had an old bridge in Canada taken down and the wood was milled and reclaimed. It still had mineral staining form the metal rods, pins, and tension wires that had held it together, giving the wood a lot of character. But because the wood was not stained or sealed, we could not start finishing the walls until this was addressed.
I asked Patrick, the house’s builder, what he had planned for the ceiling. He told me that it would need to be stained and sealed, but he had not yet found a contractor to do it. Here’s the unexpected part: He immediately asked me if my crew and I would be interested in doing this, and to give him a bid on the job.
I thought about it for a minute and figured that even though it wasn’t the type of work we typically do, it would be a great learning experience. I also knew that the ceiling was standing in the way of getting started on the walls, and that we could start on the walls much sooner if we finished the ceiling ourselves rather than waiting for another contractor to come and do it. Within days I had a bid for Patrick, and we got started the on the ceilings the following week.
This job had grown from niches to wall finishes, and now included ceilings. I didn’t know at the time, but this incredible house in Del Mar would turn out to be one of the biggest jobs I have done to date.
Within three weeks we completed the ceiling, and I looked forward to starting some of the wall finishes. However, as this was a house under construction, things didn’t always go according to plan.
Other contractors had work to do, and this meant pushing back our finishing until they were able to complete their work. During this time Patrick came to me and told me that the parts of the house that weren’t getting wall treatments would need to have regular painting done. There were also endless amounts of wooden base boards and over seventy wooden doors that would need to be stained and sealed. So, once again we were asked if we would be interested in bidding on these other jobs.
Within a week we were off and running, staining and painting the rest of the house. Here’s an idea of what we were in for:
The house consists of six bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, a dining room, and a formal dining room. Then there is the foyer and the ‘great room’; there is also a beautiful gallery/hallway which has sweeping arches that connect the adjoining rooms. Let’s not forget about the kitchen and the office. And that’s just the upstairs!
There is also a basement which has a theater, game room, exercise room, and a wine room with adjoining tasting room. There are also more minor rooms, walk-in closets, and garages that make up the remainder of the house.
As you can see, we had our work cut out for us and we hadn’t even started any of the faux finishing or decorative plaster work we were hired to do in the first place!
Halfway through the regular painting and the staining we got the go ahead to start the faux finishing. By this time the other contractors were primarily done with construction work, leaving the house open for us to move our scaffoldings about the house freely. At this time I brought in another crew to tackle the wall painting. I was now running two crews and working ten to twelve hour days. But we got everything done on time and on budget. All that was left was the faux finishing and the Luster Stone plastering, which turned out to be a unique challenge.
great room ceiling