by Svetlana Tikhonova

This is my favorite way of painting - to color the emotions of a character. Sometimes you can see them showing trough time, defining a personality. It's like a map of one's past and recent feelings compressed into one moment.

This artwork was selected to be the face of my vernissage and exhibition in Paris, where all the "colorful emotions" collection was presented.

Original handmade painting on a gallery wrapped cotton canvas done with palette knife. High quality natural pigment oil paints are used. Edges are painted, does not require framing - the artwork is ready to hang. Varnished to preserve color and protect from UV-light, dust, and moisture.

The artwork is signed on the front and signed certificate of authenticity is provided.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 in (80 x 80 x 2 cm)


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.