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Miniature wool painting by Svetlana Dmitrieva

Reading lady. Miniature wool painting by Svetlana Dmitrieva

Inspired by French impressionists Felted brooch. Miniature wool painting by Svetlana Dmitrieva, Saratov

Miniature wool painting by Svetlana Dmitrieva
According to Russian artist Svetlana Dmitrieva, French impressionists inspire all her creativity. In particular, the artists of that era chose to portray reading ladies. Why reading? Of course, there was another option – a sitting or strolling lady, meanwhile, fanning herself. In addition, the same ladies of past eras did something else. For example, played music, drew, sang, played with cats or dogs … But still, in the paintings of artists they are mainly fanning themselves and reading.
In fact, the reading girl is the personification of peace, prudence and intellect. Besides, it is convenient to paint static figure. In addition to these classical canons of painting of a certain period, a reading girl was in fashion. And finally, a clever girl has always attracted a man.
Russian artist Svetlana Dmitrieva lives in the old city of Saratov. Until recently she thought that all that she wants to do in life – to paint. And she painted. Oil, tempera, acrylic … Quite accidentally Svetlana Dmitrieva has discovered felt, and, according to her, ‘fell in love’. ndeed, Wool replaced everything – drawing, painting, and instead appeared wool paintings, miniatures, and brooches.

Gabrielle Colonna-Romano (1888-1981). Felted brooch by Svetlana Dmitrieva

Gabrielle Colonna-Romano (1888-1981). Felted brooch by Svetlana Dmitrieva

Gabrielle Colonna-Romano (1888-1981), real name Gabrielle Dreyfus, French tragic actress, star of the early silent movies, pupil of Sarah Bernhardt. She was beloved by Pierre Renoir and served as a model for a number of works of his father, the painter Auguste Renoir. It is her portrait served as a prototype for creating this brooch, the second of a series of portraits of Auguste Renoir.

Art brooch. Wool painting by Svetlana Dmitrieva

‘Flower seller’

Art brooch ‘Flower seller’. Painting of an old artist was the basis of this large, bright brooche. The art brooch made in the technique of wet felting, plus a few touches of embroidery floss, a scattering of Czech beads and satin flowers.

Miniature wool painting by Svetlana Dmitrieva

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