Avenue

by Svetlana Tikhonova

A fantasy emotion born while walking in Paris and watching locals and tourists in outdoor cafes.

The original hand made oil painting made on a stretched canvas with a palette knife. Edges are painted, so there is no need for framing. D-rings attached on the back, ready to hang. Covered with damar varnish to preserve color and protect from UV-light, dust, and moisture.

Size: 47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 in (120 x 120 x 2 cm)

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Svetlana Tikhonova

The secret is in throwing a paint emotionally on a canvas and removing what you don't like while leaving what is beautiful. You then repeat it until you get an artwork.


I love to combine real world and bright colors from.

First, I got artistic education in the studio of Tolmachev M.S., an artist, and an honored teacher. As a member of this studio, I had participated in exhibitions in Japan and Poland. Later I expanded my education by studying design and decor.  

After finishing my education I spent time mostly in travel: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Spain, Italy - lots of countries. I met with people, their stories, local myths, and legends. It was so inspiring - I started to write book and poetry.

But it was not enough: images, shapes, and memories urged me to return to painting, and so I did.

I like history, myths, and legends - all of it inspires me to paint. But most of all I like emotions - our regular daily life is a diverse mix of different feelings. Love, joy, desire, sadness and many others - all of them I try to catch and then express through colors and balanced harmonious forms. I use a palette knife and try to express emotions in fast large strokes so I do not lose the feelings and visions they have brought. I never plan ahead color variations and shades and I do not sketch faces since sketches are useless with very thick layers of paint. For me, all of these paintings are living a spontaneous process and clean improvisation.

I'm still trying new styles, forms, and subjects. I'm trying to mix different styles that are commonly considered "incompatible" so I rarely work with only one painting at a time, and I hardly have a day without painting something. 

I hope you can see something in my art that can attract and inspire you as it does to me.