GUEST ARTIST: “Capturing The Essence Of Life” by Igor Trokhymenko

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My name is Trokhymenko Igor Ivanovich (you can call me just Igor). I was born on August 3, 1967 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I lived in the Kharkiv region, until 2001 when I moved to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. This is where I’ve lived to this day.

In 1991, I graduated from Kharkiv National University. V.Karazina (economics), and in 2008 graduated from Kyiv National University. T. Shevchenko (jurisprudence). For the last 18 years, I worked as a tax lawyer at a private company, in senior positions, for the last five years.

Why did I start painting?

At some point I felt that I was losing the ability to rejoice and to enjoy what I was doing, and looking deep into myself, I saw nothing better than painting, which was a bit involved with my childhood.

Systemically, I began to paint with a watercolor in November 2016 (unfortunately, I did not receive professional art education, I am an amateur artist).

Why watercolor?

Watercolors are deliberately chosen – this is one of the most difficult techniques in painting, but also one of the most magical.

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Work done with watercolor, always attracts my attention for its ease, transparency and maximum proximity to the very essence of life, with the uniqueness of each moment and the fullness of light and color.

Why my interest in landscapes?

I am convinced that life around us is filled with beauty that you just have to see, listen to, feel.

And the works of nature are always perfect in structure, color, composition, which you will not always say about the result of human activity (with the exception of the rare exceptions).

My Creative Process

When creating my work, I use professional paints, mainly in tubes, (I want to separate the paint “Rosa” of Ukraine so far in dishes, but the quality and color palette are high). I use different brushes, constantly experimenting, and often use brushes of artificial pile (round and flat).

I try to paint each day, every day. I finish the work mostly in one session (1.5-3 hours). By the time I start, I’m thinking about the future work, trying to imagine it in my head, doing the preliminary sketches (working out the composition), thinking about the color scheme, the order and stage of work. I really like to work en plein air.

An important point in the process of plotting and realizing the plot for me is the generalization of the object. The correct reflection of the tone of different work plans (light-dark) and the correct compositional solution. The most difficult at this stage for me is the generalization of the object and the search for the correct relation between the general and the details. I consider “higher aerobatics” in the work, when literally several movements clearly convey the essence and condition of the object (form, movement, illumination).

You can ask what stimulates me to paint every day? It’s just after some time that I clearly understood that there is no other way to self-realization and achievement of a worthy level of skill than a permanent and prolonged practice.

Nothing can substitute for one’s own experience of trial and error. The rewards are disconnected from the outside world with some small achievements and successes along the way. Watercolor is a great way to complement meditation and prayer.

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In May 2017 of last year, in the gallery “Globus” (Kyiv, Zoolohichnaya St., 8), I showed my first personal exhibition of my works. This year, in 2018, my works will be featured in the festivals of watercolors FabrianoInAcquarello2018 and UrbinoInAcquarello2018.

Igor Trokhymenko

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  1. erinbonnieblog 4 weeks ago

    Very inspiring and dreamy, I love how the pastels play around

  2. Janneke Booister 4 weeks ago

    I really love your art and being in FabrianoInAquarello is really geat! You deserve it 🙂

  3. suzanne linch 4 weeks ago

    Your colours are lovely
    A question,?
    As an amateuer artist, how did you get the first shoing in a Gallery of your painting please.

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 weeks ago

    Amateur? Self taught? Igor, you are a brilliant watercolor master. Your technical skill may be the result of much trial and error practice, but the intuitive ability to capture mood, to understand when to use detail and when to evoke a scene with looser gestural strokes, is rooted in your native art genius. I wish you well on your future art endeavors, of which I’m certain there will be many.

  5. Melissa Elliott 4 weeks ago

    I love your gentle palette and the soft, almost out of focus quality of your paintings. Beautifully done.

  6. mylifeofwife 4 weeks ago

    well, for a self taught artist you are absolutely brilliant, watercolours are very soft to the eye and you have captured a lot of your subjects really well, love it

  7. gabriellaquintini 4 weeks ago

    Thankyou very much for your wonderful paintings Igor.

  8. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    Igor, your work is amazing. You capture the essential detail and quality of light that illuminate the atmosphere!

  9. Rod Fletcher 4 weeks ago

    Your work maximises the transparency of watercolour beautifully.

  10. Ramana Kanaparthy 4 weeks ago

    Wow.. Your watercolors are wonderful. The progress you have made in less than an year is very inspiring… Your dedication is admirable..

  11. Steve Minor 4 weeks ago

    Nice work!

  12. Sharon Nolfi 4 weeks ago

    Lovely work! I agree with you about the benefits of prolonged practice.

  13. Jill Hanson 4 weeks ago

    Lovely paintings, especially like the baker and the red sail!

  14. Jyotsna 4 weeks ago

    Your work is so soft appealing and beautiful

  15. Teri Casper 3 weeks ago

    I love your paintings, your life story and your attitude toward life. So refreshing! Thank you for sharing it all.

  16. Nancy Wait 3 weeks ago

    Wonderful work of breath-taking beauty!

  17. iqra2095 3 weeks ago

    Amazing work:) keep it up:)

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