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25 April 2018
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Solitude with nature and honing the skills when depicting its changes – not the most interesting part of a plein air. Participants of the "Silver Easel" contest, who are the active participants in collective plein airs and take part in it to feel the moment of nature alone, are sure about it. We asked talented young people why nature is so attractive to them.

01.jpg — 856.93 kBIryna Tahyrtsia

Participant of the 2nd "Silver Easel" Iryna Tahyrtsia likes depicting the variability of water on the canvas. The girl says: "Most of all I like going to the seaside – it has different states: calmness, expression, and turbulence. There is no bad weather for an artist. Sea has an interesting colour and it’s really a great challenge to depict it. In addition, there is often a communication with passers-by who are interested in watching my work." However, Iryna often takes part in collective plein airs, which are regularly organized by the lecturers of the institute where the girl is studying, as well.

02.jpg — 547.28 kBArtem Brazhnyk

A contestant Artem Brazhnyk also does not stay in one place – recently he returned from Ivano-Frankivsk, where he surprised the passers-by of the central city streets with his painting. A young man, by the way, also found time to capture the streets of the ancient Uzhhorod on his canvas during his stay on the 3rd "Silver Easel". "I've been taking part in plein airs for 8 years, and every time I learn something new about nature, people, life. I like it because the weather is changing and you need to depict it for half an hour, to "take" the basic tones. This is quite a difficult task, but very exciting. I always find something interesting and special wherever I am, and I intend to explore new cities in Ukraine and abroad. As to people, they pay attention, share their emotions with me, and it’s inspiring!"

03.jpg — 533.65 kBYevheniia Bozhko

The participant of the 2nd and 3rd "Silver Easel" Yevheniia Bozhko loves not only to go to the city with her paints, but also to visit the picturesque places of Ukraine. Recently, by the way, she visited a plein air in Shaian village, Transcarpathia. Zhenia believes that an artist cannot work well without plein airs and explains: "A plein air is an integral part of an artist. I think that an artist is formed precisely thanks to plein airs – it allows him to develop his skills of getting colours, the reality of a moment. I like to go out – I seek interesting motifs, take paints and go out, knowing what I’d like to see as a result."

We are glad for your activity and we wish you new interesting and original plein airs, places, as all this results in your wonderful works!

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photo of portraits: Oleg Oparanyuk
Photo of works provided by authors
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