Day: February 13, 2017

Flowers everywhere

I love flowers in all forms. I love when they bloom in spring. I love when they fill the flower market with sweet fragrance in the morning. I love when they are standing in a vase on my table. I even love them painted on a canvas. Over the years, I’ve collected over twenty reproductions and prints of famous flower paintings:

  • Van Gogh ‘Irises’
  • Claude Monet ‘Water Lilies’
  • Paul Cezanne ‘Tulips in a Vase’
  • A few famous Japanese flower paintings (have trouble remembering the artist’s name, hehe)

…And many, many more. They hang all over my place, and when I walk by or raise my eyes and see a beautiful bouquet right in front of me, I swear I can feel their freshness and aroma, even though they are not real. This is a great power of art, evoking responses and feelings that you can’t possibly experience simply by looking at the picture.

Paintings and reflections

What makes a painting so alive? I can’t tell for sure, I’m not an artist. I guess, it’s both the beauty of composition, shapes and colors, how they interact to create a certain mood, and technical skills of the author. You can paint the same scene using two different techniques and get two different paintings. As for me, I like unusual styles that can show me new sides of things I already know. It’s amazing how human mind is capable of perceiving the surrounding world so different from how it really looks! I guess this is one of the main reasons why art actually exists – it allows us to live in so many realities at the same time.

Beauty that won’t wither

Today I want to talk about a wonderful artist who knows how to make flowers bloom on the canvas. It’s Leonid Afremov. You won’t read about him in art history books. You won’t see his works in the greatest museums in the world. But they are all over the internet. Mr. Afremov owns a site where he sells his paintings directly to buyers and I think that’s a great way to run one’s business. Makes you feel comfortable and at ease. He doesn’t put on air or make a big deal out of himself. Not at all! It’s like talking to another person, just like you. I really like that. I already ordered a couple of his canvases and they are simply adorable! You can find his most famous flower paintings here. I have no doubt you’ll be just as excited about them as I am!