The splendors and miseries of modern painters
I already told you that I’m learning to paint. Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to even enter the art college without having at least the basic level of painting talent, but I always strive for more 🙂 So now, when I don’t have to spend all my free time preparing for the exams, I decided to ‘upgrade’ that skill of mine 🙂 Let me tell you, it turned out to be much harder than I expected. But also much more exciting! 🙂 There are so many nuances to consider! As a big fan of contemporary art, I naturally thought it to be more about letting yourself go than pulling yourself together 🙂 Well, I was wrong 🙂 Even if you paint Richter-style abstractions with a squeegee, you still need thorough knowledge of how to mix paints and combine colors otherwise you’ll end up simply making a mess of your room 🙂 Also, it is not the squeegee that’s so cool, but the hand that moves it 🙂 Developing a viable painting technique might take years and perfecting it might take even more. That’s why I particularly adore artists whose manner is immediately recognizable and impossible to mistake for anyone else’s. And there is a name I’d like to share with you 🙂
Colors of passion
Today I want to discuss an amazing painting I stumbled upon in the internet. Here it is – ‘Last Kiss’ (original, artist Leonid Afremov). This canvas caught my eye as I was surfing the web. Once I saw it, I totally forget what I was looking for 🙂 It depicts a couple of lovers kissing passionately amidst a cloud of colorful sparks. Although the theme is quite common, just look at the way it’s implemented!
- The palette is incredibly rich and vibrant; bright strokes of paint cover the entire canvas like a patchwork and it seems there is so much color the painting is going to explode any second 🙂
- The artist uses a spectacular technique applying the paint in short swishy strokes rather than creating smooth, complete shapes. We can’t even clearly trace out the silhouettes of the heroes that merge into the background. Reminds me of classic Impressionists with their broken contours.
- Because of that, the scene looks very dynamic and emotional. There is a sense of movement in the picture; the couple seems to be swept up by the whirlpool of passion and the entire world seizes to exist until they are lost in this one last kiss.
Original artist like Leonid Afremov definitely deserves your attention! If you love modern art, bright colors and unusual painting techniques, his works will make a great addition to your favorite list 🙂