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My biggest inspiration is nature, I wait for the flower season each year to find my jewel. I love painting flowers for its colours, texture and ability to dance in the wind and my biggest challenge as an artist is to make it move on canvas. I paint in oils because it gives me freedom to blend the colours and add multiple layers without building up too much texture. Every flower is like a portrait, different spirit and energy that fills the canvas.
Digital:Oil on Canvas
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Size:40 W x 40 H x 1.5 D in
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This blog was written few weeks ago for my upcoming show in Vancouver, the words accurately capture me as an artist and give you a complete picture of my journey. "Irina Gretchanaia’s work begins with color. She started out with graphite and watercolor when she was first curious about drawing, becoming more and more attentive to pigment detail as she learned her art. The color is where the art began, and now as a professional artist, she works primarily with oils to satiate that ongoing fascination. Color is, as she says, the beginning, but it’s how she blends color with movement that grips you. A part of her method involves taking the photographs she paints herself, both to encourage the accuracy of details, and to find the movement she’s looking for. Now, keeping in mind it's my job to be clever with words, I really love it when people say or do something in a way I've never thought of before. One reason writers and painters make good allies is because painters like Irina say things such as: "When I take a photograph I am looking for the flower to do a dance. Movement is so important to my work and I want my flowers to continue that motion right on canvas." I love that idea; you can indeed take a photo of a flower and then simply paint it, but what does it look like when you're thinking of it as a continuation rather than a recreation? Imagine a flower in motion, in the wind, and a picture freezing it, and a brush continuing that motion onto a canvas. That's what her work is. Her portraits of the natural world, and flowers, naturally, showcase her ability to see a through-line in objects. They are never stagnant, no matter what she is painting. Flowers, yes, and landscapes, and people, and their commonality: lithe, moving color that doesn't stop when it dries. I feel good about myself when I see something in artwork that I can later rationalize by discovering more about the artist. With Irina, I learned that her background, and in fact, her initial career path was as a fashion illustrator, and I went “I knew it!” as if I had the slightest clue. Here’s why: paintings of flowers are no rarity, but the beauty of common subject matter is the opportunity to show a powerful individuality by doing something that is done often. The skilled use of colors in Irina’s work speaks for itself, and we talked about that, but there’s something else in her oils I wasn’t expecting to see, that I realized later.
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