The magic of Nadezhda Bogomolova’s brush captures a cityscape silhouette painting of St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital. The watercolor shows a vista of Peter and Paul’s fortress in the morning dawn. It is rendered superbly in semitones, perfect for capturing the early light. Peter and Paul’s fortress is the heart, the historical core of St. Petersburg. Peter the Great personally designed the project of the fortress, and its first stone was laid in 1703.
On the cityscape painting we see a recognizable part of the city, the towers that rise magnetically behind the famed Neva river’s expansion. It is a spring day, perhaps as denoted in gentle browns, golds, and the softest liquid blues and greens. Watercolor is the medium of perfection for the artist’s sensibility, whether a landscape or river city painting.
River city painting
The city’s waterways are among its hallmarks. The Neva is the perfect foil for the iconic structures in the background. Its embankments are the site of many historical landmarks. Loose and free in conception, everything is there, although summarily. Sparing details, however, remind one of the European flavors of midground structures. Have a look at one more beautiful painting of historical and at the same time always young city Saint Petersburg.
How lovely is the fading glimpse of the silhouette building in the distance, barely outlined but still present! It is set off by a swath of foliage in front to mark its location in nature. This river city painting combines both a landscape and a cityscape.
Materials and Medium
The Cityscape silhouette painting is an original and very personal observation of the local St. Petersburg architectural landmarks. This extraordinary Arches paper (100% cotton, 300 bl) is the backdrop for the wet-on-wet technique so prized by the artist. The translucency and spontaneity of watercolour are encouraged by the smooth texture. After all, it is durable and robust and will keep the colors preserved, looking as fresh as the time they were applied.