I experience joy, peace, and harmony when painting women. Harmony to me is like poetry. This piece is made of dye and acrylic paint on silk. I always use the finest quality Chinese Silk. When applied, liquid dyes and paints flow and move on silk in a way that is truly exhilarating to watch! In order to stop this movement, a material called a resist is used which not only stops the dyes from moving on the silk, but also creates an outline for what is being depicted, adding dramatic dimension. Once the painting is completed, the dyes are steam-fixed to make them color-fast. It also makes the colors brighter and more intense.

- Yelena Sidorova

How To Be Happy Girl

Acrylic, dye, silk paint, metallic resist on stretched silk
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

24" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 0 oz.



Yelena Sidorova
Aurora, Colorado

Getting to Know Yelena

Silk is the fabric of the soul. On it, Yelena Sidorova pours paint in colorful sheets that shimmer and glisten with emotion. The process of painting on silk requires a delicate approach. Yelena has the gentleness required to weave mysteriously provocative paintings. She says, “I transform the world around me: every drop of dye on silk is one drop of magic into my existence.”