Toni Popov Art

Every painting is a story. Just as we are.

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Day 7

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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)

Drawing of chair – day 6

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Drawing of chair

Today is day 6 and I made drawing instead of painting. It is drawing of the chair I am sitting on when I drink my coffee in the kitchen. Actually, my lap top is on it while I am writing this now. This drawing of chair is tribute to all the chairs in the world, because I know some chairs that are bolder than humans.

"Chair", drawing of chair, pencil on paper (10 cm x 13cm)

“Chair”, drawing of chair, pencil on paper (10 cm x 13cm)

It doesn’t make sense? Okay. Let me tell you a story.

Shea Sizemore is one of my dear friends. He is married to Lile, sweet girl from Macedonia and they live in the States with their 2 kids, Maks and Frances.

Shea is a film maker. He does that for a living, but also because he is passionate about movies. At some point in his life, while they were in Macedonia, me and some of my friends had the honor to participate in making short films with him. Those were funny days. We had a chance to be creative and have fun in the same time. We managed to make 6-7 short films. (Truth be told, he was doing the films, we participated, but I write “we” to boast).

In case you think we were not serious: we even get the award on a festival for short films in Novi Sad! Sadly, soon after that film, they moved away. If they stayed, who knows, I might had great career as an actor in Hollywood. Looking at my broken nose, I think I would have a chance acting a bad guy.

One of the shorts that Shea made at that time was called “The uprising”. It was made for “One minute festival”, but he missed the date and he never send it. The whole film is 1 minute long and it is the story about chairs, humans and courage. Here it is. Enjoy.

Lego brick painting – day 5

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Lego brick painting “Two by four”

This Lego brick painting is made on prepaid phone card. My first thought was to name it: “Tiny things that fathers step on when their children doesn’t put them where they belong”. But, since this is not a competition for the longest name of the smallest painting, I choose the most obvious title ever: “Two by four”.

"Two by four", Lego brick painting, acrylic on prepaid phone card (5,5 cm x 8,5cm)

“Two by four”, Lego brick painting, acrylic on prepaid phone card (5,5 cm x 8,5cm)

Day 4

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Red button


It is day 4 since I started with my 100 days of mini art. Here I am, sitting in the kitchen and thinking what to write. Writing about my art seems to be limited and more complicated than I thought. I mean, it would have been easier if I was writing about other topics beside art. About food maybe. Or fashion. Or just write stories from everyday life. That would be nice.

Walking on the streets the other day, I found a button. It was red and shiny and it was interesting for painting, so I pick it up. On the way home, I was thinking about the person who lost it. Because of the size and the color, I assumed that the person who lost it was female. Was it girl? Did she lost it in a quarrel? Was it older woman? Is she married? Does she have kids? Did she noticed that she lost the button? If she did, was she sad about it, or she have other worries in her life?

There are thousands of stories I could have wrote here if this blog was not only about my art. Thousands of stories from the single red button found on the street. And all I can do is just paint it.

"Red button", acrylic on canvas (7cm x 7cm)

“Red button”, acrylic on canvas (7cm x 7cm)

Day 3

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Pencil deserves honor, because it is very important in creating a painting. It is the starter. With the pencil, the idea in the head becomes clear. It is the one that show you directions, it makes the difference between dark tones and the light and it tells you where to go…

This painting is tribute to the pencil.

P.S. The heart is there because it is also something very important. At least for pencils.

"Hearts", acrylic on canvas (7cm x 7cm)

“Hearts”, acrylic on canvas (7cm x 7cm)

Painting of matchstick, day 2

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“Stuck” – painting of matchstick

My wife thinks I am pessimist. Sometimes I am trying to explain her that I am realist, but she does have arguments to win the debate, and to be honest, I believe that also. For my defense, I can say that if there was a meeting of pessimists, I would be most optimistic of them all. Seriously :)

It’s not that I am eager to grab every opportunity in my life or that I am so enthusiastic in changing things, but I believe there is hope. Even when situations in life are so dark and I can’t see anything beyond, I know that there must be some exit. Somewhere. Some day. (I feel that this is the right moment to say “Sorry for this sentence” to all my pessimist readers)

Past few months were quite turbulent for me. I felt as I am stuck in the circumstances, alone, just going with the flow and not in the position to choose or change something.I knew what I should do, I just didn’t had strength to do that. And sometimes situations are bigger than our strength, so we need someone else to remove the tape that binds us.

Yesterday I published day 1 of my 100 days of mini art project and it was great. I was receiving messages of encouragement from friends and counting likes, retweets and shares on social networks. Everything was perfect until I realized that I will have to be creative and consistent for the next 99 days! Stuck again :) But, as my dear friend Dorothy says: “One step at the time, one day at the time”. So, I am stepping forward. Day 2 – painting of matchstick.

"Stuck", painting of matchstick, acrylic on cardboard (6cm x 10cm)

“Stuck”, painting of matchstick, acrylic on cardboard (6cm x 10cm)

100 days of mini art – day 1

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100 days of mini art

There must be some secret in being consistent with what you do and I don’t know it. This was the trigger for me to start a project called “100 days of mini art”. I committed to do mini art and publish it every day for the next 100 days. I will do paintings, drawings, illustrations, typography – basically anything that is going on in my life and in my head during that day.

As I start thinking in this direction, I decided to do it small size, or as the title says, mini. First because it doesn’t consume lots of time to do it, second because it is simple and third – because tiny things are important in our lives.

I was heroin addict and I know how it is when you are considered useless and how important it is to get one more chance. So, for this project, beside canvas, I will include different materials to work on, such as credit cards, visit cards, cardboard from shoe boxes etc. In other words, to give another chance to all those tiny things that are just laying without purpose and waiting to be thrown away. Smart, huh? :)

I believe that the world is good and that in the end, the good prevails. So, hopefully, after finishing this, maybe some rich person will invest some of his money and publish this in a nice booklet and then we can sell it and give the profit to some people in need. I know that pessimists will say “It’s impossible”, but I believe ;)

Day 1

There was this piece of cardboard from some old children shoe-box and the shape was reminding me of a face, especially with those ears on the top, so I was thinking to make cow head. But, I am 39 years old now and have enough experience to know that sometimes parents should listen what their children has to say, so I’ve asked my son Viktor for advice and he said: “Pig head will be nicer.” And it is :)

Welcome to this journey. Here is day 1.

100 days of mini art, day 1

“What?” acrylic on cardboard (15cm x 14 cm) – 100 days of mini art





Paintings of animals

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After my drawings of animals with ball point pen, I wanted to see if I can make a pencil drawing.

My first choice was “Staring contest”, because it seemed that is most complex when it comes to shadows.

This is small size (17cmX19cm) pencil drawing on “Koh-i-noor” sketchbook.


“Staring contest” (pencil on paper)


Then, of course, I was wondering if I can paint them. I had 2 small size gesso boards

(gift from my dear friend Alpin). It was first time for me to paint on gesso board.

The surface was very smooth, but this time I wanted some structure under. I primed them

with 2 layers of gesso and I didn’t use the send paper at all.¬† Sometimes I like those lines on the

surface from the brush when applying gesso, they add movement to the paintings.

Well, here they are, Mrs. Piggy and Mr. Bull :)

"Oink oink"

“Oink oink”, 8″x10″ (sold)

“Staring contest”, 9″x12″ (sold)

Sketches of animals

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Sketches of animals that I’ve made while I had my morning coffee.

Using only ball point pen and some regular notebook, just for fun,

without any pressure to look perfect.

Here is the result.



I enjoyed so much in this quick art, that I had to draw some more.

Who knows, they all might become paintings one day.
















"Fast and furrious"

“Fast and furrious”

"Staring contest"

“Staring contest”

"Oink oink"

“Oink oink”