Where my eyes can see the Artist’s hand and my ears can hear His footsteps.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Alternative photography - gum oli and gum bichromate - Lidija Ivanek SiLa

First one is a photograph made by gum bichromate process and watercolor paints, while a second one is made with oil paints - gumoil process. 

And for the last photograph posted today, it is a gum bichromate process of developing photography with pigments that was homemade. I used soot from my chimney to make the paint. 

In short, that is what I have been up to lately :)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Growing like a tree - Lidija Ivanek SiLa

monotype by Lidija Ivanek SiLa

I might be a work in progress,
but every day I get a little bit wiser, a little bit better, a little bit stronger.

Art Prints

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Monotypes - landscape on a new/old way

As I work with alternative photography, so it happens that I found all that different sorts of paper very lovable. One lead to another and now I am researching different methods to produce my images with a graphic press, without a press but in the domain of graphic arts, etc. Now my paintings are catching up with my photographs and vice versa. Today I am posting my monotype paintings, done with oils on a 300gr cold pressed paper.

Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The image from the surface, or matrix is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing-press. Monotyping produces a unique print, or monotype; most of the ink is removed during the initial pressing. 

It is a process of making original, one of a kind artwork with effect of surprise. 
I use glass as a matrix on which I paint with an oil paints, mixed to desired shades and colors. 

Through Fine Art America one can buy my monotype  reproductions and an original is obtainable directly from me. Contact me for details. 

Photography Prints

Photography Prints

Photography Prints

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zagorec - modern rural painting Lidija Ivanek SiLa

acrylic on board
Lidija Ivanek SiLa

It is the view.
It is the region that I live in. 
It is the wrong side of the mountain (knowing that I am born on the other side).
It is the feeling when standing on the hills looking down.
It is something that every Croat knows, 
a piece of land, a motherland, something that we are always strive to come back to. 
Modern colorful rural painting of a villager on top of the hill looking his country with a sense of pride and love with a pinch of humor.

Sell Art Online

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Call to exhibition 28. March 2014

Alternative photography,
Lidija Ivanek SiLa exhibition.
Likovna Galerija Zabok,
S. Radića 1, Gradska knjiznica
 28.3.2014 at 19.00

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

House - hand made Van Dyke Brown photograph by Lidija Ivanek SiLa

House - Lidija Ivanek SiLa

Vandyke process gets its name from its similarity in color to the deep brown pigment used by the Flemish painter Van Dyck. VDB is an iron-based process, processes that utilize the action of light on ferric salts. It is hand developed photograph. Each developing is unique. Different papers, temperature etc. have a big influence on the final result.

Friday, February 21, 2014

DALMATIAN PINE TREE oil on canvas - Lidija Ivanek SiLa

30x21cm or 11,8"x8,3"

Original oil painting on canvas, unstretched, signed and with Certificate of Authenticity.

Dalmatia is a part of the Croatian Adriatic coast and the Pine Trees that wear its name are mighty and tough trees. They endure the worst conditions. The Wind called Bura and the salt of the sea.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

LITTLE LIGHT CHANGE EVERYTHING - oil on canvas by Lidija Ivanek SiLa

30x21cm or 11,8"x8,3"

Original oil painting on canvas, signed and with Certificate of Authenticity.

Landscape in oil paint now offered on Etsy .
Plain every day landscape is completely transformed with sunlight into paradise golden meadows and distant purple hills.

Monday, February 17, 2014


I thought I am through with blogger, but never say never...
I am back after almost two years. As an artist I needed some time of distance, where I removed myself from the routine and tried something different. My painterly skills are upgraded, so to speak. I changed my interests. Now I am exploring oil paints and landscape, a more traditional way of thinking. As a photographer I moved towards alternative photography, mixing chemicals, developing with sun etc. It seems that "modern" is not enough for me and I wanted to learn from the wisdom of past times, past masters and apply it in my world of today. Now I listen where my heart leads, much more then before. If I do not have passion for it, why should I invest my time and effort in it? I removed my silaartphoto blog and left only this one and the one I have on my official web page www.silaart.com
I have a new store where I sell small original paintings and photographs. It is on Etsy, check it out Etsy Lidija Ivanek SiLa

Boat in the port - oil on paper - Lidija Ivanek SiLa

Frame is only for demonstration, original painting available through Etsy