“To meet with in the Spring” by Nikolay Solodov was selected as an “Honorable Mention” in our July Show.
Here is a short story about the artist and how he has started painting.
“… Life is too short to put it off for later… And the World is too beautiful to be overlooked…”
“Born in 1965, in the USSR, I grew up in Sunny and hospitable Uzbekistan, in the bread city of Tashkent. Although my ancestors and my roots are from Russia, but this is another story…
The first and most important my teacher in painting,was my grandfather. As an architect, he often worked at home and I watched him charmingly. But in his spare time his favorite pastime was to spend time with me and paint with watercolors. He showed me the laws of linear and aerial perspective, taught the mystery of mixing colors, explained the laws of interaction of everything in the world of light and shadow reflexes and reflections…..
And I was then 7 years. But soon he died…
My mother has always been the mastermind behind all my endeavors. And when my grandfather was gone, she collected all my drawings, took my hand and took me to the children’s art Studio.
…But the knowledge that opened my grandfather, still working…
Naturally, at school, along with Hobbies in mathematics and sports, there were favorite subjects drawing and drawing. My father taught me a lot, he was also an architect, he did a lot with me, took me from an early age to Hiking and fishing, hunting. He taught me to see and love the beautiful around me, to love nature. Taught me how to survive in the wild, respect and take the elements seriously… He taught me how to take pictures, it used to be a very difficult process…. And I grew up in an environment of creative debate and conversations about beauty, so from an early age, I already knew what I’ll do in the future…
In 1982, he entered the Polytechnic Institute at the faculty of architecture. After the first year left to serve in the Soviet Army despite the presence of the military Department. At that time there was a big shortage, the so – called shortage of conscripts-children of children of war. He served 2 years in the airborne troops (VDV). After the service moved on to the second course and continued his studies at the Institute. At the all-Union competition of diploma works took 2nd place. So I became an architect in the third generation….
I Am A Member Of The Union Of Architects Of Uzbekistan.
For the necessities of life for a few years I had to leave the profession …. And finally, return to Alma mater and favorite work, work and again work….. time for brushes and paint was missing. Then move to Russia and again dive into the work … In total, I haven’t painted in 25 years.And only recently, in 2016, wandered into the art salon and could not resist…. Bought brushes, paints, sketchbooks …. and that was the beginning of my long pending dream…..
Well, the success or not of my creation, you are witnesses and judges, for it is all of you, thank you!!!
Why watercolor? This is the first paint that I had mastered in childhood. Watercolor and drawing are tools of the architect. Watercolor is a magical material that always fascinated me and did not leave indifferent.
In conclusion, I would like to wish you success and development, and most importantly, Peace and Love, which we so often lack today!!!”