Winter landscape (Nature. Oil and pastel)
What serves as an inspiration to the artist? What drives the artist, forcing him to look for more and more new motives for creativity?
Levitan Isaac Ilyich. March It is no secret that any artist, as a spectator, falls under the influence and charm of his favorite artists. I. Levitan, creating the paintings “March”, “Big Water”, could not help but be inspired by the genius of A. Savrasov or F. Vasiliev. Even for the simple reason that he studied under Alexei Kondratievich and deeply respected his work. In other types of art – in literature, music, architecture – the creators also have their idols that inspire, customize, and nourish their work. To our great composer Georgy Sviridov time teachers were Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich. This is not about literally imitating creative handwriting, manner, superficial perception, but rather about meaning, about tasks in art. Thus, through the efforts of many generations of artists, the values of a particular school are preserved and transmitted.
All of us – the audience. And if the artist his work could interest us, make carefully scrutinize and call a grateful sense of empathy, it means that the picture he failed.
The second no less powerful source of inspiration is nature itself, with its variety of landscapes, a changeable mood: either cloudy and dreary, or sunny-festive. There comes a time when the artist is alone with nature. In this case, a feeling of emotional awe often arises. On the one hand, this is a delight in front of the beauty that has opened up to you, on the other – a fear: will there be enough abilities, skills and forces to fully convey your thoughts and feelings.
In winter, the city dweller there is an overwhelming desire to leave all his affairs, to get at least a short time in the nature. Someone wants to go skiing, someone is eager to visit their country house, someone just wants to breathe in the fresh frosty air. Painter, too, can be assembled in a way to enrich themselves with bright impressions winter plein air. Winter is an amazing and unique time of the year. Probably each of us struck a frosty winter day wonderful and diverse fantasy sorceress nature, transforming dry leafless branches of the trees in the extraordinary beauty of an intricate pattern. Therefore, one always wants to grab and convey at least a small fraction of that wonderful and rare state of a winter day, which is especially beautiful due to frosty frost, sparkling snow, and the most delicate color overflows of the beautiful winter.
Brodsky Isaac Izrailevich. Winter
What is interesting winter for the painter? Complex transition state. A blue, almost transparent, sunny and cold sky, clouds of clouds suddenly appear. From time to time they float in the sun, and then the earth with the differences of the plans shaded and snatched by bright sunlight becomes unusually full, which gives the motif a special sonicity. By evening, the sun quickly begins to go beyond the horizon, and there comes a series of amazing in beauty and complexity of sunset motifs. Should write very quickly. There is no longer up to reasoning. Therefore, you do not need large sizes and multi-session studies. The hard work is to guard the state, which lasts no more than half an hour. The sun has set. The day is gone. Cold is incredible. The whitish architecture of temples, treetops and high clouds continue to warm.
Winter – it’s the abundance of reflections shine snow in the sun, it is important not to get carried away, do not lose the integrity of perception. The low sun is moving relatively quickly across the horizon. On a clear, fine day, a motive can be written no more than two to three hours. Cloudy mild conditions last almost all day. There are no trifles in the landscape: each fragment carries a certain load and plays a role. Everything should work on creating an image. In each work you should try the minimum means to achieve maximum results.
Where to start work? First you need to find a motive, see it, believe in it, then compose it in an album. I do not see anything reprehensible in using the viewfinder (a window cut through in a cardboard).
This is followed to determine the size. For small sketches, you can use cardboard, hardboard or canvas on cardboard. (The hardboard is coated with “Bustilat” glue, and after drying it is “skinned.” Then a second layer of glue is applied, again using sandpaper, after which the impregnated adhesive surface of the hardboard is covered twice with a break for drying, with water dispersion whitewash, and finally, sanding) . Write on such material and have the necessary rigidity.
To engage in long-term work in large formats in the conditions of a winter open-air is very responsible. This takes time, while conditions can change quickly. Joyful and sunny day can suddenly give way to cloudy, and even a blizzard.
Nikifor Stepanovich Krilov. Winter landscape (Russian winter) 1827 An unexpected gust of wind can easily overturn the canvas, along with the sketchbook and all its contents, into the nearest snowdrift. How to avoid this? In such cases, it is better to prepare the place in advance.