Saint Petersburg, Russia

city, Cityscape, Painting, Peter The Great, realism in watercolor, Russia, Russian Still Life, Saint Petersburg, Still Life, Trope O'le

This old piece was born after I’ve received an assignment to combine landscape/cityscape and still life.
The church on the back is the first church in Saint Petersburg (my home town in Russia) and I made the window view on this church from my imaginary home. In reality this church is on island and you cannot see it so close as I painted it.
The guy on the window is Peter The Great, the founder of the city from 1703. This guy was the first Russian Emperor; however, having such a great big huge title he was very interested in woodworking, ship building, traveling, and research. I decided to place his favorite things next to him: the compass, map and the telescope.
What was hard for me to paint it is the face of Peter The Great. First the stature is made in bronze; the lights were from pretty much everywhere. His hair dress looked like woman’s however the look was very serious and masculine. I was focusing so hard on his personality that I could not start painting his face for a while. I had to actually turn painting upside down in order to abstract from the face and place lights and shadows correctly.
Size: 15″ x19 “, 300 lb Cold Press Arches Watercolor Paper

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2 thoughts on “Saint Petersburg, Russia

  1. Wow, nicely done! I like the different aspects of the composisition and how they work together.


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