A flower family
It somehow turned out that the life of our entire family revolves around flowers. Ever since I was a kid, my mother used to keep a large garden full of roses, lilies, orchids and plenty of other gorgeous species of flora. She would spend no less than two hours there every morning watering and trimming her green ‘pets’ and sometimes even talking to them 🙂 I often helped her. I guess that’s where my passion for flowers comes from. And imagine my surprise when I found out that a guy I had been desperately in love with for half a year turned out to be a flower artist! Such a nice florist couple 🙂 So apart from drowning in flowers from the outside, our home is also full of them on the inside. Our walls are covered with flower pictures, both my husband’s and by other artists. These cute simple canvas paintings make our house very colorful and comfortable. Time and again, we switch them between rooms or replace with fresh ones, just as if those were real bouquets 🙂 Luckily, Steve is never short of those 🙂 I’m not even sure what I like most – getting real flowers or painted ones ))
They will never wither
Today Steve fetched a new flower painting – a lovely canvas by Leonid Afremov. He is some kind of a modern artist selling his pictures online. Although he doesn’t specialize in still lifes (there are much more cityscapes and landscapes on his site), the flower painting section shouldn’t be omitted if you appreciate a mix of gentle composition and spectacular technique. His simple canvas paintings here are amazingly vibrant and romantic. Just look at this wonderful work of art!
- The colors are used with great care and skill. There is a whole kaleidoscope of them yet the picture doesn’t seem to be overloaded. The contrasts are intense but soft and balanced.
- Pay attention to the way the strokes are laid. They are applied very thickly and very densely, with rich texture visible even on the photo. Steve said that’s because Afremov paints with a palette knife, not brush.
- The composition seems to be quite obvious, but it doesn’t have to be overly sophisticated: you get absorbed in the marvelous palette and beautiful style of the painting and don’t really need anything else to enjoy it.
The artwork was so lovely that I put it in the most visible spot of our living room. When I look at it, I nearly feel the tenderness of the petals and the subtle aroma of these fabulous flowers. I bet it’s not our last purchase on Leonid Afremov’s site and he has all chances to become our family florist! 🙂