Dec 29, 2010

Screening with Live Music!

Oah & Harlam Episodes were screened during Yoon Lee's concert at Wild Beast Concert Hall at CalArts. We screened the episodes scored by Yoon as well as Laurent Ziliani and Thomas Parisch, film scoring composers I collaborated with. It was a unique experience, something that we wish to do again with more episodes that are coming to life this very moment! 

Dec 7, 2010

My Room.

Found this drawing from my BFA-2 layout class with Dan Hansen at CalArts. The concept of this is showing my room at the time when I was a kid.

Dec 5, 2010


People who say they don't need inspiration, are inspired all the time without knowing it... Just thought of it, while searching, searching... 

Dec 3, 2010

Guardian Angel.

This is a pick from my Life Drawing session with two models, something that I do between film and painting. Many ideas are coming out from these spontaneous drawing sessions. 

Nov 27, 2010

Concert Invitation.

This is a poster I created for Yoon Lee's recital that is coming soon! December 9th, Wild Beast Concert Hall at CalArts, at 8 PM.  Pieces of Yoon's and other composers will be performed at the concert by Yoon and with some great guest musicians joining in, playing classical and folk/jazz, improvisations, etc. Also, three films from my "Oah & Harlam Episodes" will be screened at the recital. Some solo parts from the films' final mix will be extracted and played live. We never did it before, it is going to be an experience! You are warmly invited. 

Nov 26, 2010

Winter Light.

I painted this in two years. Started it one winter, and painted for about two hours. Then I took a year to think and completed it next winter in another two hours. It would not be possible for me to come to this result in that first year. 
Winter Light, oil on board 8'' x 10''

Nov 25, 2010


A few people from my native country told me that this painting reminds them of Mikalojus Ciurlionis, probably one of the most known Lithuanian artists. He was a painter and a composer. Even though that I do not find any vivid resemblance, I agree, that in some way there is a similar spirit in this painting. It came out unintentionally, I love when it happens.

Countryside, 24'' x 36'' oil on linen

Nov 22, 2010

A Thought.

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
-Chuck Close

Nov 1, 2010

Film Festival.

"Oah & Harlam Episodes" got into No Festival! Chelyabinsk is a city in Russia, just to the east of Ural Mountains. It used to serve as a center for the Trans-Siberian Railway around 1900. Hmm, what else, ...and my cousin Marishka, was born there! The screening will be on November 5th, 7 PM, in historical building - Pushkin center of the cinematic arts.  

Sep 15, 2010

Of Shepherds.

This is a first short from the "Oah & Harlam Episodes". The project is based on a poetic prose by Ruah. Two characters - Oah and Harlam find themselves in situations of unspoken search, that is visually interpreted through animation. Music scored and performed by Yoon Lee. Sound design and final mix by Diego Perez. Animation, concept art, story, and directing by Ruah.

Of Shepherds (2010) from Ruah Edelstein on Vimeo.


This is a second episode from the Oah & Harlam series, a poetic prose by Ruah. Music for this episode is also scored and performed by Yoon Lee. Sound design and final mix by Diego Perez. Animation, concept art, story, and directing by Ruah.

ForGiveness (2010) from Ruah Edelstein on Vimeo.

Of Giants.

The third episode from the Oah & Harlam series is scored by Laurent Ziliani and Thomas Parisch in association with PearUp Media, a Hollywood based film scoring company. It is featuring vocals by Argenta Walther! Sound design and final mix by Diego Perez. Animation, concept art, story, and directing by Ruah.

Of Giants (2010) from Ruah Edelstein on Vimeo.

Sep 14, 2010

Visual Development

"Of Shepherds", a short film from "Oah & Harlam Episodes".

Harlam's running scene.

Still shot from the film. 

Sep 11, 2010

Visual Development.

"ForGiveness", one of the shorts from my "Oah & Harlam Episodes".

Harlam and the Wolves. Still shot from the film. 

Oah Fishing. Still shot from the film.

Pan scene.
Oah and her Crow. Still shot from the film. 

Sep 10, 2010


Oil on canvas and mixed media. I painted the portrait of this child while still living in Lithuania. I took a photo of the painting with a primitive digital camera I had at the time, and that is all I ended up having, since the painting went missing. Then, just recently, I discovered this image and finished it digitally. 
Aaron, oil on canvas & mixed media

Sep 8, 2010

Lindscape - Soundscape.

The Soundscape, acrylic on canvas

Baltic Pier.

Baltic Pier, 20'' x 24'', acrylic on canvas 

My Little Boat.

Painted it in Dublin, Ireland, and after years passed, I realize that this is exactly how I felt during that time. Very little and not giving up. I think that throughout the time I only became smaller. 
Little Boat, 24'' x 20'', oil on canvas 

Sep 7, 2010

Painting from Film.

Sometimes I stop frames while watching a film and paint. In this way I study from all, director, actor, light artist, and cinematographer.  
Promissed Heaven, acrylic on card
Stalker, Girl. 10.5'' x 8,6'', oil on card

Sep 6, 2010

Painted in France.

I painted these during my half-a-year stay in France in 2009. Preproduction of the first three episodes of Oah & Harlam stories was made at ENSAD, a film school in Paris. During this time I took a painting class with Mark Tunguy, a French contemporary painter.  
Cannes at Sundown, 10'' x 14'', oil on canvas board

Cannes after Sundown, 12'' x 16'', oil on canvas board
Reed on Sunset, 129,5 x 96,5 cm, oil on canvas

Landscape, 60 x 73 cm, oil on canvas

Portrait, 130cm x 162 cm, oil on canvas

Sep 5, 2010

Plein Air painting in Malibu, California.

June Gloom in Malibu, 12'' x 24'', oil on linen

La Piedra Beach, 12'' x 24'', oil on linen

Elephant Rock, 12'' x 36'', oil on linen

Morning at El Matador, 12'' x 24'', oil on linen