Curiouser and curiouser...


I have received an unexpected message from one of FB friends today: “How lucky you are to be so talented and adored by so many.”

I thought about it for a long time . Lucky, talented and adored – none of the 3 words fit in or seemed right with the way I view myself, or even close people view me.

I don’t think I have ever been lucky, I have never won anything or got anywhere super easy. I got lucky with getting incredible husband, he could have picked any girl, totally lucky he picked me, and also lucky having Tallulah, since I couldn’t get pregnant for years. Other than that – definitely not lucky.

Talented – I don’t believe in talent, since where I started in art was really really bad art, I had no clue, and no special instrument wired into my head to paint just perfectly. It took a good few years for me to paint the way I paint now. I think 98% of professional artists are not talented, they just painted every day for years, so now they are full time artists.

Below yellow one is where I started:


And I am definitely not adored, except once again, by my husband and my daughter. I am quite awkward, shy and intravertive when being not in online world. In person, I don’t have that many friends, and people often find me a bit weird, eccentric, and too straightforward - in a Russian way (we speak what we feel and think). As a result some friendships that I start – fall apart fast. I am also overbearing, as I am constantly consumed by one or the other creative project, and I spill the details of it all over any visitor, and try to get them involved. Often, people just run away. I was not popular in kindergarten, at school or in collage. Luckily not bullied, but definitely not liked.

Online world is a strange surreal world, where things that are on a surface are often just the top layer of you, with some glimpses of who you really are. I think that we are so easily connected through art, because during art making we all get in touch with the essence of ourselves, which is love and forgiveness. Bits of these powerful true essences get spilled into our art and then shown on social media, where it’s so easy to get an impression of that presumably wonderful person, who painted it.

I can assure you I am very human, often annoying, irritable (due to fibro and luck of sleep), meticulous, and I don’t even want to know what my 15 year old step-daughter Luca thinks of me… (“Did you pack your lunch box?!! It’s too late – go to sleep now!!!) lol.

I hope you all have had a wonderful start of the week, and thank you for reading this.

Very lucky, talented and adored (in surreal Alice in wonderland world),

Annie Hamman.


Online Art Auction "Survival & Triumph" - art preview

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Dear friends, I would like to share my recent art today and let you know that all these works - shown below (18 originals and 6 reproductions) will be up for sale tomorrow in online art auction "Survival & Triumph".

First, what is Online Art Auction? Basically auctioneer (Stephanie Gagos) creates an event on Facebook, gathers artists (this time its 14 of us) and displays their work for the whole week, 2 artists at a time. People place bids in comments and artwork is sold to the highest bidder.

I am placed on the last day of the auction, so all my art is coming up this Saturday (tomorrow) at 1 PM EST (you can google what time this is in your area).

Second, why "Survival & Triumph"? Stephanie is and artist, a life coach and a survivor of childhood physical and sexual abuse. She gathers 14 talented artists, based not only on their exceptional art, but also on the fact that each one of them have survived something tragic in life. Possibly that factor adds an extra soulful feel and emotional charge to their work. Lots of art presented there is expressive, some quite realistic, few pieces have surreal or fantasy elements in it. There is something for everyone!

I must say all that art looks amazing put together into one event and I feel privileged and excited to be included! :)

Here is the link to the auction: "Survival & Triumph". Please click on Going, than click on Discussion. Thank you for your support on my journey, dear friends! :)

Below are the pieces that will feature in this auction:



Paint Your Heart & Soul 2018 Blog Hop Giveaway!

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Hello, Art Lovers!

I’m excited to share that I’m going to be a part of an amazing year long course called “Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018.” 

This course is a collaboration with 24 out of this world artists and instructors, who paint gorgeous, soulful art using a unique variety of styles and techniques. There is 48 video lessons, each one is a full independent project, which will help you to learn and develop your own voice. We will share with you our knowledge, tips and tricks in order to create beautiful and soulful art.

This course is designed for individuals of all skill levels, ranging from a total beginner to an experienced artist!

In this course I’m going to teach two lessons:

One on full body figure, similar to the work you see below:


There will also be a mini lesson on painting hands. :)

Click HERE to find out more about PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL 2018.

This course is now open for registration, and if you register by December 1st, you can purchase the course at a DISCOUNTED PRICE!

And what’s more is that I’m going to give one of you a FREE spot in the course!


To enter the Giveaway, do the following:

1.      Sign up for my Newsletter

2.      Go to my Facebook post, share it, and comment on that post. :)

I will announce the lucky winner on Saturday, 23rd of September on Facebook.

If you’ve already paid for the course and win the spot, you will get a full refund!

I hope to see you there next year! :)



Did you hear?

My online 4 week workshop on expressive faces is coming up on 25 September:


Let's Face It 2018 blog hop giveaway


Dear friends,

I feel very privileged to be invited again by Kara to teach on Let’s Face It 2018. Faces have always been my greatest passion in art, so I ma quite over the moon to be a part of this online workshop!

This year long e-course is for anyone that wants to practice creating portraits and figurative art, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt intimidated to do so at some point in your life. Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create faces in art. You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again! In 2018, we will be studying portraiture art in the different art movements and master artists.

Click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT - 2018.

This course is not open for registration yet! However, you can read more about this course and bookmark this page so that on October 2nd, you can come back and register. What is even better is that if you register by December 4th, you will get a discount on the price! :)

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and guess what else?! I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you! 

To enter the giveaway do the following:

1. Sign up for my newsletter in the form below.

2. Visit my Facebook post about this offer, leave a comment there and share that post.

Come back to the same Facebook post a week later, on the 18th September, I will type who the lucky winner is in the comment section below. :)

I can’t wait to begin this creative journey with each of you!



Artist discovery: Irma Stern

Dear artists, this entry has some info and a game with a prize to win, so please read on! :) I am in a playful mood today! I hope all is well with you on this beautiful day. Well, sunny and beautiful here in South Africa, spring has arrived.

I have chosen 20th century South African artist Irma Stern (1894 – 1966) for my next entry. She is known in South Africa, but a bit less in the rest of the world, I think. She was born in South Africa, to German-Jewish parents and studied art in Germany.

Upon returning to South Africa, her art was rejected by ctitiques at first. On opening of her first exhibition in 1920, critiques described it as: “Art of Miss Irma Stern - Ugliness as a cult.” Honestly, I personally would be crushed as an artist if that happened to me. Wouldn’t you?

But she persevered and eventually became well established and loved artist. These days her art is well thought of. In March 2011, a Stern painting sold for R34 million (approx 3 million USD!) at Bonham's, London. Here is a lesson to all of us, I think. Don’t give up!

On 11 November 2012, Stern’s painting “Fishing Boats” was stolen from a museum in Pretoria. It was never recovered. Now, that is a steal! :) (Hey, 3 of my paintings were stolen once as well, when I was a beginner artist at 17, but they didn’t worth a cent – I swear!)

I like unconventional color use for skin tones and pensive, emotional expressions on her subject’s faces. Her brush strokes are confident and free, and she was evidently influenced by several well-known masters of 20th century. I wanted to offer a little game and see if you get it right. Look at the below artworks of Irma Stern and answer which artworks were influenced by these masters:


Van Gogh




Can you find influence of any other artists, besides the ones I mentioned? If yes – please let me know, I am dying to find out!

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You can select 1 artwork of Irma’s for each master, or you can select 2 artworks if you cannot decide which of the two are the perfect fit. I numbered each artwork of Irma, so your answers will look something like this:

Gauguin 1,6

Van Gogh 7

Matisse 3, 5

Modigliani 9

Picasso 8

Please leave your answers in the comment section, anyone who got it right, will receive a high resolution digital image of my artwork by email (you will choose 1 of the 3 shown below), you can take it to your nearest printer and frame it. :) 

I am ok whether you found 1 or 2 artworks per master, there are not definite answers here, only approximate opinions. But if you got it very close to my opinion, the digital print is yours! There can be several winners in this game. :)

Below are my artworks that I offer as a digital print gift, once I let you know that you did it right – you can let me know which 1 of the below 3 you would like to receive:

Bird. By Annie Hamman

Bird. By Annie Hamman

Courage. By Annie Hamman

Courage. By Annie Hamman

Heavenly. By Annie Hamman.

Heavenly. By Annie Hamman.

Thank you for coming on artist discovery journey with me! :)