LIFE BEYOND TOURISM BLOG

September 13, 2010

Open-air painting with water colour technologies!

Hi bloggers,

While the Romualdo Del Bianco Fondation with Life Beyond Tourism is welcoming in Florence, Italy, the workshop Open air on the estates Medici in the environments of Florence and Lastra Signa, we decided to  give you some information about open-air painting! How?? By  a little watercolour lesson by Professor Yuri Kolomiets from Kiev National University of Building and Construction, Kyiv – Ukraine. Below we report Professor Kolomiets’ paintings and text:

“My name is  Yuri Kolomiets. I have been  practicing in water-colour technology for more than 20 years. As an artist I always felt drawn to simple landscape peasant theme. Small corner of village backyards.

Village Church of St.Paraskeva, watercolour, 23x28cm

Worm white  shades of  cottage walls, violet shadows with numerous picturesque reflections, colour from yellow to soft green. Coloured too small gardens crossing by horizontal pattern of shadows. Colours is melting into each others, rhytmes is transforming from smallest patches in larger. All of that creates charming images that  always are in harmony with human being sand the surrounding environements.

Sometimes I mainly prefer to work  in  Kiev’s open-air spaces, such as the Museum of Folk Architecture and domestic life of Ukrainians. Its name is Pirogovo Village. Museum is situated nearby Kiev city, and featuring some of the 300 representative examples of vernacular buildings from all over Ukraine. Its exposition was set up according to historic and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. Numerous houses, churches, windmills and household buildings are restored, renovated, and well located in surrounding nature. I quite often prefer to paint and draw there, because it is in tune with  my artistic objectives. By painting a new subject I’m striving not only to receive plesure from contemplation, but attracting spectators to admire beauties of nature.

Shinok, watercolour - 17x28cm

What would I say about create my images, shown in a water colour  picture named “Shinok”. (It was a  kind of  historical and domestic village -space, such as a tavern  or a trattoria). I depicted a scene typical and usual, but tried to pay attention to the nature condition, and the structure of the composition . Autumn  landscape with skillfully applied colored tones, contrasting with each other on the foreground but becaming opaque  when striving into depth.
In the centre of  the picture I used a composition device, that produces an effect of perspective:  a piramidal structure incorporates lineas with regard for the laws of linear perspective. Lines of thatched cottage roof  pointing on it, I think. These virtual lines can be extended more, through the cherry  trees on the left side, then toward two men (ukrainian kozaks), and with their shadows. From the right side of the roof, you can watch the same line going downward and lock the triangular main group. While the foreground appears to be in contrast short earthy brushstrokes in the grass, crossing by  longe shadows from sunset, background seems plunged in darkness of the right side. A dramatic condition of fall soft and mild evening, I tried to portray by particularly contrasting dark and light tones. The picture is reflecting, that real automne become not yet. Contrasts and , soft tones create a good mood,
filled with worm and transparent sunset light. Bushes with red and yellow flowers of middleground and in the centre, supplement and adorn the whole composition. All of that gives to image freshness and completness.

Church of All Saints, watercolour, 23x28

I prefer  avoiding strong sunlight while painting, go out to paint in the afternoon, even close to evening, when the lights go fade, become more diffused, and the sun no longer cast deep shadows. Seems, I painted there in earthy colours with ochre, red, sombre blue, and brown. But if you learn it more attentively, you can see transparence shades with mixtures of green, red, violet, yellow, and blue spectrum colours. Finally I can say, in studying of my paintings scenes, I try to capture light and weather conditions, show to spectators images filled with peacefool and harmony between human being and nature life, a long time ago, where the time had passed slow, and thoroughly.”

Yuris Kolomiets

Violet Cyclamens, watercolour, 23x28

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