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I’m Jenny Spenser and I finally got down to running my own blog. Today it’s kind of a tradition: there seems to be something off with a person who doesn’t have an account on one of the popular blogging platforms 🙂 I guess I wouldn’t be able to avoid it anyway, since every beginning artist needs a place where they can share their work and get feedback from their followers. That’s right, I’ve been studying at the painting school for three years now and I guess my pictures are finally becoming worthy of showing them to a wide audience 🙂 It’s up to you to pass the verdict, though!
Today I want to tell you about an incredible finding I ran across in the web the other day. It was the website of Leonid Afremov, a contemporary painter from Israel whose canvases conquered me at first sight. Believe it or not, but he also turned out to be… an Impressionist! 🙂 So I just couldn’t resist finding out more about him and his work.
I’ll start by describing the amazing painting manner of this artist:
- Just like his French predecessors, he uses color and light to build the structure of his paintings. Rather than painstakingly copying the surrounding landscape, he doesn’t care much about details. Instead, he mixes a rainbow on his palette and projects it right onto the canvas!
- You can easily distinguish lavish strokes of paint even on the photo. Imagine the beauty of texture when you see it ‘in the flesh’!
- Afremov isn’t afraid to use bold colors and he does it a lot. His works resemble a spinning kaleidoscope of bright hues that pull your eye in like a magnet.
- But the most fascinating thing is that he creates his pictures with a palette knife – a special tool allowing him to achieve this brilliant ‘patchwork effect.’
What can I say, I wanted to buy one of Leonid Afremov’s canvases immediately https://afremov.com/! But, since he sells his works solely over the internet, I was a bit worried. I heard a lot of stories about fake online stores and swindlers looking to put their hand into your pocket. And although the prices were really affordable, I just didn’t want to spend $250 for nothing. But, after thorough deliberation, I decided to take that risk and ordered one of the landscapes that were available in the gallery. The purchase was quite easy to make, I didn’t even have to use my credit card – the store accepts payments from digital wallets as well. I spent three days doubting my decision and asking myself what if Afremov really is a trickster and I was stupid to trust him. But when the delivery guys finally knocked on my door, all my fears vanished! It was just as lovely as I imagined and I hung it in my living room right after I unpacked it. The canvas arrived safely, there was the artist’s signage in the corner and an authenticity certificate ensuring that it was painted by Leonid Afremov. I recommend this wonderful artist to everyone who appreciates modern art and excellent delivery service!
My favorite art style is Impressionism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressionism. It’s a a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities. But its key message is capturing the fleeting beauty of the moment (that’s what gave the movement its name – impression). This is exactly why painting the same view at different times of the day and year was such a popular practice among French Impressionists. For instance, my favorite painter Claude Monet created a famous ‘Water Lilies’ series that included a good dozen of paintings depicting one single place – a pond in his garden. Still, all of them are different in their own, charming way. Radicals in their time, early Impressionists violated the rules of academic painting. They constructed their pictures from freely brushed colors that took precedence over lines and contours. You can actually notice that many of Impressionist paintings seem to be made out of small, densely applied strokes that are used to construct shape. That gave rise to techniques like Impasto, Pointillism and so on. I can go on and on talking about Impressionism, but you’d better take a look at all these marvelous canvases with your own eyes!