Local Heart, Global Soul

December 2, 2019

Painting From Imagination Alone…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Continuing with my posts about the Russian painter Natalia Stefanova, and the translation of the text of an interview for “ArtiBrak” by Ine van den Boer.

(Permission was obtained for both the translation and it’s use in my blog).

Natalia Stefanova – phantasy rooted in Russian tradition”,

“Her own thoughts too can inspire her to put her colourful imagination on canvas in powerful strokes.

She points to a painting in which a butterfly can be recognized.

“Dreams are like a big butterfly; fluttering away from this daily world into a fantasy world”.

I asked during my Parels (Pearls) visit if Hatalia had any particular favourite life model for these paintings?

Natalia laughed and told me that she uses no models at all, and rather prefers to paint every face in her works from imagination alone.

I can now see similarities in many of the faces, but without a human model for reference it still amazes me how different she makes many of her faces look.

I am certain that I could not paint as many faces as she does without the faces eventually looking completely alike.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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