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11 June 2018
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To convey the character and mood of a model, to see his soul and depict everything on the paper or canvas – this is the very magic of an artist. Participant of the "Silver Easel" Veronika Zasadna loves depicting people most of all. She shared her enthusiasm with us.

Veronika says that she’s liked painting people since her childhood: "It seemed to me that when a face appears on paper it is a magic. I like people – it's interesting to reveal their characters and mood. I find a person and his states touching."

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Her favourite part of a portrait is drawing but she works with oil and watercolour as well. “I see background and proportions better than colour. In my opinion, sometimes colour even prevents me from perceiving the form," Veronika says. When drawing, the girl combines a sauce with pencils – it, as she explains, gives the possibility to work out background and details better.

Best of all, according to Veronika, she succeeds in portraits of those models, whom she chooses herself. "In the course of my work, I get a spiritual relationship with a person, we talk and discuss profound, often personal issues."

The girl recently won the first place in the painting contest named after K. Yeleva, which is annually held by the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, where Veronika is studying. She submitted four graphic works, one of which brought her a victory. “There is a lot about me in these works. These portraits are not staged – I chose all people by myself, they are interesting in their manners, appearance,” the girl explains.

"The model on the portrait is my friend Volodymyr Fedoruk. He is a filmmaker and actor, so he knows how to get into character. But in my portrait he is real – the way I saw him. I wanted to show him meaningfully so that the idea of the portrait can be felt", the artist says.

However, on the portraits of Veronika Zasadna there are not only other people but she herself, so performing a self-portrait at "Silver Easel" the girl felt like a duck to water. "I often paint myself, because this model is available at any moment. Now I'm not chasing a portrait resemblance because I think I can paint myself from different angles even without a mirror. Therefore, I can often experiment with colour and technique, I try to convey my state or character. And, finally, any work of the artist is a self-portrait."

Text: Kseniia Shokina

Photos provided by Veronika Zasadna

© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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