Studio Mysteries


My name is Anna Galkina, and I am a fine artist. I currently live in California, where I attend the Atelier program at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.

I work in graphite pencil and oil paints, and I am fascinated with portraying people and everyday objects, in a way that tells stories about them and reveals their beauty. Recently, I concluded that the best language to talk about those things is realism.

My main focus now is to develop skill in this language. I also want to adapt it to my particular point of view, and to storytelling that is ABOUT our time and OF our time. I believe in learning from the Masters, but doing so in order to give continued life and development to the Western Art tradition, not to pickle it in its own venerable juices.

This blog is a record of how I work, and how I go about achieving these goals.


  1. Dear Anna

    I found your website after searching for online threads about designers coping with RSI. I’m encouraged to read that you have recovered from your injury and that you have been able to continue working creatively. In early 2002 I had to stop working as a designer (multimedia stuff) and have never been able to return to commmercial work since. My right wrist has recovered a lot since, but I still get bouts of pain and discomfort when I work with a graphics program for a few hours, even when I take breaks – and I’m taking about working on my own stuff at home, not work for other people.

    I’d love to chat more about the time you had RSI and how you coped with it. Would that be possible?

    Thanks for your time.

    — Andy

    Comment by Andy — August 12, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    • Hi Andy,
      I’m glad you found the RSI article encouraging! RSI can be so debilitating and I was devastated at the thought of not being able to regain capacity.

      What kind of treatment have you had? If you have such a huge level of capacity loss even after you stopped working, it sounds as though the treatment wasn’t very effective… I went through about 3 physio clinics, a chiropractor, a family physician and a consultation with a surgeon, and had some kind of fancypants scanning done on my bones, in addition to other testing. Nothing was making a dent until the trigger point release protocols. Rest and stretching is very important, but if the muscle tissue doesn’t come back into resting position, the problems will persist.

      More about trigger points:
      Wiki article

      Discussion and links on a fibromyalgia support board

      Where are you geographically? Even if it’s nowhere near Toronto, I would recommend contacting the RSI Clinic there – maybe they can suggest who can provide similar services in your area. Their site is The doctor who treated me is Heather Tick, and she has a site here: She is a wonderful doctor, one of those born-to-heal-people folks, and a really nice person. She worked miracles with my RSI crisis, and taught me a lot about it. I’m sure she’d respond to queries from a person with a severe problem.

      Glad to answer any questions you might have.

      Comment by Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries — August 12, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

  2. Dear Anna

    You write such a great blog, well worth reading.. and find your progress very interesting indeed. I can only wish you great sucess…. but…but… why has your blog ended in March???
    Are you OK? Are you well??? Are you maybe too busy to write further in your blog??????

    Your avid fan

    Comment by Tz — July 25, 2010 @ 8:00 am

  3. Hi Tz, thank you so much for writing! Since March, I’ve been in the process of moving back to my hometown of Toronto and trying to pass the probation period at a temp-to-perm new day job. So I’ve been very busy! But I will be posting more, hopefully soon – I am also working on designing a new portfolio site that this blog will become part of.

    Thanks again and keep the subscription if you suscribe to the RSS šŸ™‚


    Comment by Anya - Studio Mysteries — July 25, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  4. Dear Anna

    What happened to your blog? Why did you end it off so soon? Will we be seeing more of your work? Please?

    Comment by Tz — June 30, 2011 @ 6:23 am

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