How to get tuned?
I fall in love quickly, and if I like a girl, I must have a date with her. I find something attractive in her face, body or manners, and try to express those traits in my works. I can’t say female sculptures are my profile, but I definitely enjoy making them. Unfortunately, I cool off easily too, so I’m constantly in search of new looks and emotions.
There are times, though, when female beauty isn’t enough to inspire me, and then I address pictures and sculptures made by someone else to look at things from the new angle. And although I’m quite knowledgeable about the great period of Renaissance, and classic masterpieces, and all the goofy avant-garde stuff, I prefer simple pretty paintings, like here, that disclose the topic of love and romance. I’ve seen hundreds of canvases made by various painters, and they always help get tuned to the process of creation. But there is one artist whose works I like most. And this is Leonid Afremov.
Why exactly? Let’s see. They are colorful. They are romantic. They are cheerful. They are simple. But they are always more than just pretty colorful paintings. Look for small details, hints left by the author – and a usual scene will turn something bigger. Shall we try?..
Warm embrace in a cold night
Books and movies teach us that romance must be perfect. Every moment, everything that happens should just fit into one perfect date. And if something goes wrong, the whole thing falls apart. But romance doesn’t always have to be convenient, and canvases by Leonid Afremov prove it. Just look at the painting above. It’s called ‘Autumn Hug.’ What does it make you think about?
- The couple is strolling under the pouring rain, it looks so romantic!
- They are hurrying home, because there is nothing worse than a date ruined by nasty weather.
If you belong to the second category, Mr. Afremov will make you believe you were wrong! He uses warm, bright shades to show that the rain isn’t so cold and nasty. On the contrary, the park glows with all imaginable colors and there is so much light… It must be so great to stroll under the rain drops with someone you love, laughing and kissing, all wet and covered in mud, and enjoy the perfectly imperfect moment! You may say I’m a dreamer, and I’ll agree with you. But isn’t art all about dreaming? I believe it is…