Katarina Sokolova ~ Insomnia

I’ve been neglecting this blog I’m ashamed to note. Should anyone be in any doubt; my thoughts have been consumed these last few months with wedding plans. The wedding is taking place in October so plans have recently stepped up a gear and it’s pretty much all I can think about. It’s all incredibly exciting. I met with my dressmaker last weekend and the design has been finalised and we’re in the final stages of choosing the fabric. We’re just waiting for some samples to come through and then she’ll be getting to work making it.

I received Gothic Fall in the post yesterday and it inspired me to see what else it out there. It was on this expedition, that I came across the digital art of Katarina Sokolova.

I was immediately struck by the rich and intense colours. They really stand out from the screen and make the images a real feast for the eyes.

It’s quite appropriate, that as I type this, my own lovely black cat, Aragorn, is nestled against me, under my arm.

Katarina’s art ticks a lot of boxes for me. As you will see from previous posts, I am partial to gothic depictions of sensual ladies. Flowing locks and frocks are a guilty pleasure of mine and I love images that I feel I can disappear into and fantasise about living in a world where I could look like those damsels depicted in their stunning gowns in dark forests and elaborate castles.

I love most things otherworldly, and images that don’t tell the whole story.

Unsurprisingly, my wedding dress is often at the forefront of my mind, and Katarina’s ladies wear their sumptuous gowns so well.

Two of my favourite images so far (and there are many fine contenders), have the heroine in a pose of seeming ecstasy on a forest floor.

I find the fiery gowns set amid the lush green of a forest floor, quite enchanting.


As I’m an avid collector of art books, I’m delighted that Heavy Metal have published a book of Katarina Sokolova’s art, called Insomnia. It will be an overtime treat for me on pay day.

It’s also great, because Heavy Metal have published books by Victoria Frances, Cris Ortega and Suzanne Gildert so they all fit so nicely together on my book shelf.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at pieces of art like this.

And just when I think there can’t possibly be any more boxes to tick; enter the faeries…..