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My Plein Air trip - a little report.

Karine Andriasyan Posted: june 19, 2019 / Modified: june 20, 2019
My Plein Air trip - a little report.
I am back from a very enjoyable and productive, full of impressions and positive emotions, art trip in the ancient city of Pskov in the North-West of Russia.

The trip was supposed to be a series of free plein air sessions in a company of a few artists, and I had anticipated it to be very positive, but the reality exceeded all expectations!

I must say that Pskov is basically a historical museum under the open air. Every inch of the city has many centuries of history. It has a fortress, many churches and other very interesting monuments that in combination with amazing nature make an irresistible effect on every person, and especially when a said person is an artist.

The first mention of the city in manuscripts is dated by 903, and it's much older than Moscow. For many centuries it was a very wealthy Hanseatic city, trading with those in Germany, Poland, Baltic states, etc. Many had tried to conquer that fortress, but not many succeeded!

We painted at least a couple of works per day, and I am going to post some of them here, and perhaps a video with my photo-impressions. For me, it was a very refreshing experience as I have not painted live from nature too many times, especially architecture. Usually, I take photos and paint in the studio, but here I had to do my best to make a sketch and paint it within an hour or two! And I have to say that I absolutely loved it! I painted with watercolors and with acrylics. And, of course, now I am going to use every opportunity to paint «live».

Also, my advice to those of you who decide to travel to Russia to paint or just to see around as a tourist, please, do not restrict yourself only to Moscow and St. Petersburg. There are more authentic, interesting places where you will find so much to admire!
Mj Collinet
Premium members Mj Collinet, August 23
Do you now France ? Ok I have see your picture of your Country Russie.
I had some times un student how was coming from Russia. (Moscou).

Have a nice time painting.
A'm a painter senior
Mjc

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