Title: TWO BOATS by Leonid Afremov
Size: 30"Wide x 24"High (75cm x 60cm)
Condition: Excellent Brand New
Gallery Estimated Value: $750
Medium: 100% hand painted oil painiting on Canvas by Leonid Afremov - Recreation of an older painting
Signed by Leonid Afremov, Certificate of Authenticity provided.
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about this painting:
If you are familiar with Afremov’s artwork, you will certainly notice that this piece is different from the others. It’s not as bright and colorful as the rest of them, but more calm and dim. The painter uses the same palette knife technique, but look at the texture and colors! The colors are less saturated; you’ve never seen a clear blue like that in any of Afremov’s paintings, it almost seems like another person has created this piece. But what do you really see here? The way the painting is done – the colors, the composition, makes us feel lonely, but there are two boats instead of one. Maybe it’s a life lesson about how two people can be together and be lonely at the same time. It especially applies to our social media age: have you ever felt like the other person is not there because they were deep into their smartphone? No matter what the meaning behind this painting is, you can’t deny that it’s beautiful and it is unique – you won’t find another one like that.
One of the most well known old paintings of boats is Ivan Aivazovsky’s the Ninth Wave painting. It is considered Aivazovsky’s most famous work and the antique painting is located in Saint Petersburg, in The State Russian Museum. Aivazovsky is considered to be a romantic realist; all his paintings look so real, you can see every reflection from the sun (or moon) on the water, every wave, whether big or tiny. He was one of the first Russian painters who were popular all around the world during his lifetime. He had multiple exhibitions in Europe and was granted numerous awards. He was the first Russian painter who got awarded the French Legion of Honor award. During his undoubtedly amazing career he created over 6,000 paintings, most of which are seascapes, but he also depicted battle scenes and painted a small number of portraits. The interesting thing is that Aivazovsky never painted looking at the scene, he painted everything from memory, his ability to memorize the exact picture in his mind was outstanding. Aivazovsky founded an art museum in his hometown, in Feodosia, and it is functioning to this day, holding the largest collection of Aivazovsky’s artwork, it has more than 400 of his paintings. In 2012, one of Aivazovsky’s paintings was sold for $5.2 million.
Learning to paint
If you already feel inspired, we recommend you to try Afremov’s technique of painting, which is with oil and a palette knife. Even if you haven’t painted anything since kindergarten, it might be a nice creative experience for you. You don’t have to paint anything specific – start with something abstract first, or pick a simple picture you like. Here’s how to start the process:
You will need a palette knife and oil paints. Choose the colors you like, don’t forget to buy white and black oil paint, especially if you want to paint water or the sun;
It’s also better to use two kinds of palette knives – big and small, especially if you have a big canvas and you plan on adding lots of details;
Wear old clothes, since you are definitely going to get dirty, oil paint does not come off easily;
Wipe off your knife every time you start using a new color, use napkins or paper towels;
Find as much time for working on your painting as you can, since you can’t finish your painting the next day, you can only work with fresh paint;
Start with the brighter parts first, like moon or sun; if you make a mistake and use the wrong shade, it’s easier to make something darker than to make it brighter;
Think of the colors you are going to use in your painting, and mix the oils for the first section of your painting;
Begin with the bigger palette knife, and start painting the background; don’t switch the knife until you’ve covered the whole surface of the painting;
Don’t forget to start with the bright colors first (sun, moon, city lights) and always wipe off your blade after each use – if the knife is not clean, it will mix the paint that is left on the knife with the new one, and it will create a dirty color;
If you make a mistake, scrape the paint off the canvas with a blade and let it dry before putting the right color on it, so they won't mix;
When you finish with the background, you can switch to a smaller knife and paint the details you want; if you are painting water, try doing small horizontal white strokes to make patches of reflected light;
If you want to add boats, benches or other details to your painting, scrape off the paint, where you want to put them first, so the colors don’t mix, and then paint your details;
Confidence is the key! Don’t be afraid to work with different colors, shapes and strokes.