Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday is my day: Silkstory

Today we will travel to mystical world of silk painting and stories told by great Lithuanian artist Zita from
Have a wonderful inspiring day!

Silk original painting. Morning. one of a kind art piece from europe

Morning 8am. I wake up and that is the first thing I see – the view from my window. It’s springtime officially now, yet the view tells me that there’s still some waiting I need to do. At least it’s warm inside my flat, and thus I rush to the shower thinking that in a few month’s time I’ll see beautiful sunny mornings through my window every day (that keeps me going on gloomy days like this Friday).

8.30am – Coffee time. It’s time to drink a cup of coffee and think about the new day and all the things I have to do and those that I might do (if I get some time). One teaspoon of sugar, and maybe a piece of bread or a tiny sweet biscuit – that’s a combination for a good start of the day! And so in half an hour I’m ready to do some serious work.

8.40am – Breakfast. As I said, some bread will always make a day brighter. Especially when it’s soft and fresh! And some eggs, too. I feel much better after breakfast.

9am – Work begins. That is my studio room, and the tools that I use (I made them myself after constant dissatisfaction with the ones I bought). I make sure I get enough light whenever I paint, so my big window always helps (even when it’s a little gloomy outside – like today).

10am – Still working. Well, actually I don’t know whether I can really call it ‘work’, because I enjoy it very much and it keeps me relaxed and dreamy. I am very concentrated when I work, but at the same time, I am calm and thoughtful. I hardly ever know what my imagination will produce until I finish the painting. Let’s see what happens this time...

11am – The painting is now coming to life. A magic lizard has inhabited the silk scarf.

My muse. Knutas, the cat, always stays close to me when I paint so that he could witness new silk stories with his critical eye. Of course, he always brings me inspiration.

3pm – The scarf is finished, I am ironing it and contemplating the first half of the day. I think the colours are really lovely and dreamy, and I am quite happy with my day’s work. What do you think?

3.30pm – I hang the scarf next to the window so that I could see the afternoon light playing in its crinkles... I just like the effect of light and the see-through silk. I look at it for a few minutes and imagine the summer breeze blowing into my room through an open window. I know I need to be patient, and that summer will definitely be here in two month’s time, so I smile and continue with my day’s work.

4pm – Dinner time! I cook for my family and try and make the dinner as healthy as possible. I choose the organic products and I put some honey (which I brought from the countryside) on the table for dessert.

Dinner table looks colourful – I do like colours in everything! They just make your life beautiful, I believe.

4.30pm – My family is having dinner together. I really value those precious moments, which are always nice, fun (we all share a good sense of humour!) and peaceful.

The cat seems to be hungry too. He knows where I hide his food and he tries to take some. Of course, I will give some food to him (despite the fact that he has had some already!) because, as I said, it’s family dinner and he’s a part of the family too.

5.30pm – The evening falls upon my little town and I go for a walk to meditate and to think about the day. It’s Friday after all, and I know that the weekend starts tomorrow. I’m thinking about all the things I could do...I look for inspiration in the faces of people that I pass by, I try to absorb all the colours of the evening in this early spring. It’s a little cold, I walk faster than I would if it was summer, but my walk is nonetheless pleasant and full of ideas. There are some stories that try to get told and I keep them in my head until I reach home and then I put them on the paper. I will paint and let them inhabit new silk scarves tomorrow morning

Thank you for spending a day with me and my stories. Stay warm and peaceful.



  1. Wow !! You make the most beautiful paintings !! Thanks a lot for sharing your day with us. I love the picture with the big window with your art in progress

  2. What a great read! Your silk paintings are so beautiful and it's wonderful to see you at work!

  3. Thank you for sharing.The photos are gorgeous! Like your paintings, Zita!

  4. I really enjoyed reading about your day and seeing where you make your magic! Lovely,

  5. What a beautiful day, happy,creative and colorful!

  6. Hehe, Knutas does have a critical eye! :D
    So great to get to know you, your silks are amazing :) Thanks for sharing your Friday!

  7. What a wonderful interview about Zita's day and enchanting work! Thank you for sharing girlies! :)

  8. lovely reading ! Thanks Zita for getting to know you a bit better !

  9. Zita, I am floored. What a gorgeous scarf! Thanks a lot for sharing your day, I've really enjoyed reading your report and looking at your pretty pictures! Happy friday!

    Thanks again Helifriend for a fun and interesting read! xo!

  10. Delightful, Zita. I so loved reading this. You are so inspired and have developed such a beautiful style of your own. Thank you for sharing and I wish you lots and lots of success. Blessings to you, Fiona x

  11. Wow, you make so beautiful scarves and the picteres are so pretty!
    THank you for showing us your day :)

  12. Beautiful day, beautiful story, beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!