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30 July 2018
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Participation in a plein air combines opening of new horizons, sharing experiences with other painters, art, and leisure. The “Silver Easel” participants spend their summer rather fruitful and share their success with us.

This summer, a lot of contestants received their diplomas. So now they will have more space for creativity. In summer, they also do not waste time –go painting in the city, work in the studios, and go for inspiration to plein airs.

Alina Hrubets
Alina Hrubets

Alina Hrubets, for example, has just returned from the VIII International plein air of icon painting and sacred art in Zamlynnia village, Volyn region. The girl told: “The theme of the plein air was “Signs of the Time” – the works were based on religious subjects, Holy Scripture, historical events, reflected in the memory and fate of the mankind. We worked on boards and adhered to icon-painting technology. During the time of the plein air I performed two works in the author's technique which I used during the “Silver Easel” contest.

Both Alina's icons are imbued with religious symbols. In the work “Signs of the Times”, the burning bush symbolizes the prophecy, the Christmas star is the symbol of the birth of Christ, and the shroud the symbol of his death, the empty throne symbolizes the second coming of Christ. In her another work, the girl turned to the female image with a jug – this, as the young artist explained, is a symbol of life and its transience.

Yaroslav Leonets
Yaroslav Leonets

The contestants of the 3rd “Silver Easel” Yaroslav Leonets and Hanna Kozeletska have recently visited the plein air in Vyzhnytsia, Chernivtsi region. The picturesque nature of the Carpathians inspired creative young people, so they were actively working: it was created dozens of sketches and a few completed works.

Yaroslav told: “I always work productively, and this plein air was no exception. In a mountainous area, I really want to create. When you like what you are doing, then working in a new place is even more interesting. Nature is simply incredible: the river Cheremosh, coloured huts, lost somewhere in the mountains, and friendly people.”

Hanna Kozeletska
Hanna Kozeletska

“In Vyzhnytsia, the local population is really interesting,” adds Ania. “For example, grandfather Marian, who is about 90 years old, posed for us. He is very flamboyant! I got the impression that he personified this area – dressed in all white, a grey-haired elder with experience and wisdom in his eyes. And here I painted the mountains for the first time: in the morning they have one colour, in the evening – other one. It's exciting, and I want to have time to paint everything.”

Liudmyla Koval
Liudmyla Koval

By the way, the plein air in Vizhnytsia was also attended by other participants of the “Silver Easel”: Liudmyla Koval and Oleh Drobotskyi.

Oleh Drobotskyi
Oleh Drobotskyi
Valentyna Vaskialite
Valentyna Vaskialite

Valentyna Vaskialite became a member of the XIX International Riepin's plein air, which took place in the homeland of the world-famous master in the Ukrainian city Chuhuiiv. The girl created four oil paintings in the style of expressionism there. “I was lucky enough to become one of the participants of the plein air. Experienced artists came from different countries here, so I got a lot of experience from my foreign colleagues. The programme was extremely rich: it was interesting to visit the sights, to be imbued with what felt the famous artist Ilia Repin,” a young artist shared.

Vladyslav Riaboshtan
Vladyslav Riaboshtan

Vladyslav Riaboshtan and his friends created an improvised plein air: “We went to the countryside to a friend with whom we had studied together. For several days, my friends and I posed for each other, and as a result, we got a series of interesting portraits. In addition, we were working on creating landscapes, in a word, we combined rest with creativity.”

Participants of the “Silver Easel” are sure: beauty is everywhere. It is in the details. You just need to learn to notice it. Therefore, be inspired!

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photos provided by respondents
© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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