Thursday, March 24, 2016

Art for Inspire

When I found out about the humanitarian work that the “Inspire Fine Art Center” does for the art community (and how many people they help), I thought to myself that I'd love to be a part of that movement.  I'm very proud that two of my paintings were accepted for juried show “Get Inspired for Fiesta”. The juried show is an annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting community outreach programs.
 The exhibit will take place at Carver Community Cultural Center from April 7 through April 29, 2016.
   My 1st paining: “Summer Day”.  This is one of my favorite works.  A warm and peaceful summer day depiction.  The harmony and peace never fail to comfort me. I imagine myself in the pinewood shades, listening to the birds, feeling the light breeze... always brings a smile to my face.

  My 2nd painting: “Flowery Inn”. An interesting story... One spring day my friend and I got lost on a county road in Comal Co.  While trying to get re-oriented, I saw a sign: 'Stagecoach Inn'.  We decided to stop and ask for directions.  Getting further lost didn't seem to be a good idea.  This was not an ordinary inn.  It's one of the oldest homesteads in Texas... built from 1840-1860's.  The owner gave us a tour and told us how her and her husband rebuild the place into a B&B.  I felt like I had been transported back in time!  Just an old gray house, wild flowers by the fence, and a feeling of grandmother rocking in a corner keeping an eye on things.  This was my inspiration for "Flowery Inn".

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAMA collection

Yes, it's been a while since my last posting. But I'm back!

I would like to share with you two of my drawings from my new collection from San Antonio Museum of Art.

First: Study “Sorrow”, Pencil, 11x14.
This was a bust-size sculpture of a woman by John Gutzon Borglum (American, 1867-1941). Mr. Borglum is better known as the creator of Mt. Rushmore. This woman sculpture inspired me with it's deep lines under her eyes as well as her clenched jaw. I get the feeling of great sorrow and pain from this work.

Second: “Study of Diego Rivera”, Pencil, 11x14
Dos Mujeres is one of Diego Rivera’s (Mexican, 1886-1957) greatest cubist works. Rivera painted this while in Paris in 1914. It is a double-portrait consisting of Rivera’s first wife Russian born Angelina Beloff and Russian-Cuban painter Alma Dolores Bastian. On my fragment of this painting, you can see the portrait of the beautiful woman. This was my first attempt in cubism. It was challenging, but very enjoyable.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

April-May 2013

   Hi Everybody
   This time I have two of my latest paintings to talk about.
First is Mission San Juan Capistrano,  medium Acrylic and size 11x14.
It is one of  the fourth of my painting of San Antonio Missions. I always like old buildings and this mission attracted me by it's simplicity and delicate architecture of an old church.
This painting is for sale and on display in River Art Group gallery in LaVillita.

  My next painting  is like a trip to my childhood and name of it is Flowery Inn,
medium Acrylic and size 11x14.
It is the Inn from last century at the road reminding me the house of my grandmother.
Where all the fragrance of Spring gets together and invites you. Where you are going
back to your warmest memory of childhood...
Now is for sale and on display in New Braunfels Art League  gallery located at
239 W San Antonio, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

I hope you are all enjoying my paintings as I enjoyed painting them.
Wish you all who are celebrating Christian Orthodox  Happy Easter for this Sunday,
and Happy Mother's Day for the next.

Irena Bowren

Monday, December 3, 2012

Last Week of March 2012

Last Week of March 2012

This week on Monday I am going to volunteer at River Art Group Gallery in
La Villita, downtown San Antonio, information about the gallery is on the web:
I am displaying there three of my paintings for the next 3 month and will be happy to great
you in the Gallery.

Mission San Jose

Old Kitchen

Last Year my friend and I lost in New Braunfels and stopped at B&B Inn on Hunt Rd for directions,
the place was like a glimpse from the past and the owner was so friendly, she walked us through the territory, showed us the rooms and told story about how she and her departed husband rebuild the 1872 year homestead into a B&B Inn. The atmosphere of that place stood with me like I visited my grandma...
Thank you all for the support and kind words about my blog.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Season of Wishes and Dreams

Hi Everybody
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and  will have the best Christmas Season, wish you all well.
I am still busy with learning about Art in Edward Povey workshops. You can read more about his work on his website and for info about classes contact to
My next class is going to be " Intensive Drawing Class"
 For now I am going to show you my latest drawing of little Eros from the exhibit "Aphrodite and God 's of Love" in San Antonio Museum of Art.

My next is acrylic painting the second portrait of the set of Horses which is in New Braunfels Art Gallery now on the exhibit by theme "Small works for Big Holidays"

That is all for now  till we meet again on my blog. I hope you all will have your wishes and dreams come true this season.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Holiday Preview

Hi to  Everybody
I am still enjoying exhibition of  "Aphrodite and God's of Love" in SAMA.
I can't get enough  of this exhibit.
And my first picture is drawing of the head of Aphrodite.

My next picture is acrylic painting  the head of the horse. I am still working on this piece. It is going to be a set of two paintings for exhibit "Small works for Big Holidays" in New Braunfels gallery.
That is all for now. Wish you all fun Halloween.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October in Texas

Hi Everybody

I am back to my blog with three announcements.
First and my favorite, San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) open exhibition Aphrodite and Gods of Love
and my first picture is pencil drawing of one of the statue this exhibit. It is had of Aphrodite.

Next, my painting  was accepted by the jury for the show in New Braunfels Art League gallery for Artoberfest, which located in San Antonio St. New Braunfels and the website is  The show opening ceremony  will be this Friday October 5th  from 5-8pm and the exposition open to the public till  November 13 2012.
It was my new peace Old Kitchen 2.

And one more, I am going to participate in the 2012 River Art Group Membership Competition and First Friday Art Show. It starts Friday October 5th 3-9 pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday  Oct. 7th 10am-6pm.
Located in LaVillita downtown of San Antonio. 25% from sale will be donated to the charity "Wounded Warriors". The web site of the gallery is
I hope you all  enjoy the wonderful weather and visit exhibits.