Saint Petersburg, Russia – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

Blood Cathedral, Church, Russia, Saint Petersburg, sketch, sketchbook project, Travel, Uncategorized

This year I am participating in The Sketchbook Project 2012 World Tour and I chose the theme Travel With Me. The book has only 14 pages and it will have 14 of my original watercolor sketches. I decided to place seven countries that I’ve visited or lived in; and, other seven will be the countries and places that I dream to visit.

And what is the better choice to start with if not my home country that I’ve been for 32 years of my life, Russia, Saint Petersburg. The sketch that you see is about Blood Cathedral (

The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood)

, an amazing piece of architecture that was built in early 1900s. I lived 10 minutes walk from this church but was able to visit it only in the late 90s as it was closed for restoration for more than 30 years. The building is decorated with tiny pieces of mosaics, gold, blue, terracotta. Each inch is worth looking at and admire.
This is the first sketch for my book. Thirteen more to come.
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4″x6″ Watercolor on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper


3 thoughts on “Saint Petersburg, Russia – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

  1. Dear Irina,
    Really a lovely work!! Certainly, more untold stories silently and humbly exists behind all your paintings. Look forward to it!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  2. What a beautiful subject and equally beautiful painting! Your art inspires me. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas… and wish you and yours a Happy New Year!

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