Toni Popov Art

Every painting is a story. Just as we are.

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Day 16

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Clown

Clowns are fascinating. So far, I haven’t met a person indifferent about them.

Few years ago, I met the girl who had fear of clowns. That was first time for me

to hear that someone is scared of clowns. Later, as I was searching online about

this, I find out that many people have the same fear, known as “coulrophobia”.

I was never scared of clowns. For me, they were always sad. Imagine that feeling:

they have to pretend they are someone else, doing stupid things to laugh the crowd

for applause… and I always wondered how they feel when they go home and take off the makeup.

When I think about it now, I must say: some of us are clowns sometimes, in some situations,

in front of some people. At least I am.

small acrylic painting of clown

“Clown”, acrylic on plastic visit card ( 5,5cm x 8cm)

 

Day 15

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Swiss

Viktor, my older son, is a scout. He loves to watch Bear Grylls and other survival shows on television and then he is trying to practice that at home or in the yard. I love his passion for this and I can see he has certain gifts in improvisation with materials.

Last year, we bought him Swiss army knife. Truth be told, he didn’t use it at all, it was too dangerous for him and he didn’t actually need it, but it was a gift he appreciated and it is a tool that will be very helpful for him later on. Until then, his father will gladly use it in the war against the wine bottles.

"Swiss", acrylic on plywood (8,5cm x 15,5cm)

“Swiss”, acrylic on plywood (8,5cm x 15,5cm)

Day 13

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Say what you think

 

This lighter was gift for me from my friends. Lovely couple.

I paint it because I want to share the message that was on it:

“Say what you think”.

Note: if your wife/girlfriend is trying new earrings and she ask you if they are nice,

forget about this message.

"Say what you think", acrylic on canvas ( 7cm x 7cm)

“Say what you think”, acrylic on canvas ( 7cm x 7cm)

 

 

 

Day 12

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Memories

There were special moments and special people that were part of my life and now are gone. This painting is a tribute to the memories I have from them.

“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” S. Bellow

"Memories", acrylic on hardboard ( 7,5cm x 10cm)

“Memories”, acrylic on hardboard ( 7,5cm x 10cm)

 

Day 11

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Eleven

Clocks are one of my favorite objects for painting. It was 11 when I made this painting and it is day 11 of my project. It’s so predictable and obvious, I know. I could have write a deeper story to go with it, but I choose not to. At the end, it’s Sunday and I have a family to spend time with ;)

"Eleven", acrylic on cardboard ( 12cm x 10cm)

“Eleven”, acrylic on cardboard ( 12cm x 10cm)

Day 10

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Socket

Today I’ve read that the reason electric sockets are in the bathroom is so you may plug in hair dryer or shaving machine. I don’t know why, but I am sure that the purpose of the socket in our bathroom is to cheer us up. You don’t trust me? Take a look.

"Socket", acrylic on cardboard (12,5cm x 15,5cm)

“Socket”, acrylic on cardboard (12,5cm x 15,5cm)

Day 9

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Passing by

Every morning I wake up around 6 and go to bed around midnight. That is 18 hours a day awake,

and yet, sometimes I don’t have enough time to finish everything. Sounds familiar?

As I get older, I am learning to appreciate every moment, because it is important.

Perhaps my next goal should be to learn how to organize my time.

In the meantime, I can just draw it as it passes by.

"Passing by", pencil on paper (9cm x 14cm)

“Passing by”, pencil on paper (9cm x 14cm)

Day 8

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Paper boat

One day, when I will be very old, I will have Japanese garden with Koi-fish pond and I will grow bonsai trees. Until then, I can only dream and enjoy my poor origami techniques.

P.S. If there was a machine for traveling back to the childhood, this is how I imagine it should look like.

"Paper boat", acrylic on cardboard (10cm x 15cm)

“Paper boat”, acrylic on cardboard (10cm x 15cm)

Day 7

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Holes

Cartoons are funny. When my son Viktor was 4-5, he would not eat regular cheese, just because Tom and Jerry were eating only cheese with holes. So, as a good father, I would take the knife, made holes inside and the problem would be solved.

In reality, it takes time to make good cheese. Beside cooking and pressing, there are some bacteria included in the process of making those holes. If you are curious and search online for Emmentaler, among the other things that describe this cheese, you can read: “Historically, the holes were a sign of imperfection, and until modern times, cheese makers would try to avoid them”. You can also read that: “It is considered to be one of the most difficult cheeses to be produced because of its complicated hole-forming fermentation process”, or “The cheese tastes delicious”.

Now you may think that I would make parallel between this cheese and our lives and write something like “even with the holes in our souls, we are still worthy, blah blah blah…”, but I won’t. At the end, it’s just a painting of cheese, nothing else.

"Holes", acrylic on hardboard (7,5cm x 10cm)

“Holes”, acrylic on hardboard (7,5cm x 10cm)