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My Mom’s Paintings

Unicorn 2 by Natalia Petropavlovskaya
Unicorn 2

Some time ago I mentioned I was taking pictures of something beautiful, that I would show you later. Today I would like to finally present my Mother’s paintings that I’ve photographed. We had a kind of a catalogue with printed photos of her works before, but it was rather out of date. We have also opened a new Page on Facebook, so if you like the artworks, please give her a Like :o)

My Mother, Natalia Petropavlovska, is a professional artist. She studied Graphic Art in the Latvian Academy of Arts. The  techniques she has mastered include various Etching techniques such as Mezzotint, Aquatint, and soft ground etching, as well as Woodcut, which she has used for creating bookplates. Her favourite printmaking technique is Mezzotint, because the prints resemble pencil drawing that she likes so much. She has always enjoyed working with colour however, so soon she developed her own watercolour technique, which she uses nowadays. It involves vibrant, almost psychedelic palette with light highlights that add volume to shapes.

Speaking about classic art, she admires Gothic miniatures, Early Renaissance (Giotto and Botticelli in particular), and Pre-Raphaelites, especially Dante Rossetti. Her favourite Russian painters include Vrubel and Somov.

Here I am posting some of my Mother’s paintings from various years, including the Italian series from 2011. I’ve never been to Italy, but I’ve seen the photos and I believe these works really recreate the clear air and the tranquility of the Italian lakes.

The Sphinx series is one of her own favourites.

Lake Como
Lake Como

Lake Lugano
Lake Lugano

Sirmione
Italian Switzerland

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Sirmione
Sirmione

Natalia Petropavlovska | Summer Dream | watercolour, 26.8x18.9"
Summer Dream | watercolour, 26.8×18.9″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Winter Dream | watercolour, 26.8x18.9"
Winter Dream | watercolour, 26.8×18.9″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Palma Cathedral At Night | watercolour, 27.6x18.9"
Palma Cathedral At Night | watercolour, 27.6×18.9″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Mallorca Beach | watercolour, 27.6x18.9"
Mallorca Beach | watercolour, 27.6×18.9″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Still Life Under Palm Trees | watercolour, 27.6x18.9"
Still Life Under Palm Trees | watercolour, 27.6×18.9″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Sphinx And Anubis | watercolour, 26.8x21.7"
Sphinx And Anubis | watercolour, 26.8×21.7″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Egyptian Sphinx | watercolour, 26.8x21.7"
Egyptian Sphinx | watercolour, 26.8×21.7″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Evening In The Park | watercolour, 25.6x19.7"
Evening In The Park | watercolour, 25.6×19.7″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | A Morning In Balaklava | watercolour, 23.6x18.9"
A Morning In Balaklava | watercolour, 23.6×18.9″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | At Dawn | watercolour, 18.5x19.7"
At Dawn | watercolour, 18.5×19.7″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Still Life With Tulips And Herons | watercolour, 17.7x23.6"
Still Life With Tulips And Herons | watercolour, 17.7×23.6″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Still Life With Blue Chrysanthemums and Partridges | watercolour, 17.7x23.6"
Still Life With Blue Chrysanthemums and Partridges | watercolour, 17.7×23.6″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Still Life With Radishes | watercolour, 25.2x18.1"
Still Life With Radishes | watercolour, 25.2×18.1″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Still Life With A Vase | watercolour, 19.3x23.6"
Still Life With A Vase | watercolour, 19.3×23.6″

Natalia Petropavlovskaya | Hoopooe
Hoopooe

Natalia Petropavlovskaya
Natalia Petropavlovskaya in Venice

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8 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Beautiful paintings! Gorgeous!

  2. Miss Frangipane says:

    Wow, your mom’s paintings are breathtaking. I’m sure they look 100 times more vibrant in real life. I love how the lights and colors are so expressive, but at the same time very dreamlike. I like her use of shadows, too (as in “Palma Cathedral at Night”–the dominance of shadows highlights the areas with light). “Summer Dream” is my favorite.

    • Alina says:

      Oh, thank you for your insightful comment Miss Frangipane! I like the Summer Dream/Winter Dream diptych too!

  3. Wow, these are amazing! I did not have a clue that you have so many (not so hidden, I guess ;-) ) talents! Beautiful!

  4. Dina says:

    wow, your mom’s paintings are beautiful. she’s so talented!

  5. Simon says:

    Hi there! Love the pictures of Lugano and Como….I lived in Lugano for a number of years, beautiful place!!

    I was wondering if your mum sells prints / originals as I’ve been looking for some momentos of Lugano!

    Perhaps you can drop me a mail? si_pickup@hotmail.com

    Cheers,

    Simon

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