Whole month of October of 2018 I focused on whales. I called it “Whale a day” project, where I painted artwork with whales a day. To make my life a bit easier as I had a newborn baby to take care of, I sketched and did lots of research ahead of time. I also had limited time to paint – an hour or two maximum, after I put my baby to sleep at night and before he wakes up for another feeding. It wasn’t easy, but I made it through. And now there are thirty 8x8 watercolour paintings siting on one of the shelves in my studio. I experimented with liquid watercolour inks, salts and new set of brushes. I had lots of fun, but I also learned a lot about whale life and behaviour. I read the heartbreaking stories of witnesses of whale mothers losing their babies, of escorts (that’s how they call male whales watching over moms with calf) fighting to death, of unfairness of a life circle. I also listened to their ‘songs’ and watched them ‘dance’ in deep waters. I saw how curious, genuine and creative those little whales are, and how loving and protective their mothers could be. And all of these I tried to picture in my paintings.