Oil on stretched cotton/linen canvas
Dimensions: 100cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 39.4" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 0.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This large canvas I started in December 2021: reference was selected, canvas was prepared, a sketch in chalk was completed. But I couldn’t dare to start painting - I did not want to enter New Year with unfinished work. Therefore, I postponed it till January 2022.
Three magnificent peonies are truly unique, because each was painted in a different manner: the brightest scarlet flower - the detailed one - was supposed to become the leader. So the remaining two should be made less noticeable. I was even in doubt whether to leave them unfinished - only the first layer.
The upper flower looks quite graphic, due to the contrasting lines that follow the silhouettes of the petals.
This is how my "Three of a Kind" were created. Additionally, my instagram audience helped me to choose the name for the artwork - I really appreciate it!
“Three of a Kind”, January 2022. Oil on cotton / linen stretched canvas. 100x120 cm.
Based in: Moscow
Inna Sumina is a Moscow-based self-taught emerging artist.
Painting has always been Inna’s passion: she attended arts school when she was young, and also studied at British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow. She graduated from Teacher Training University where she studied linguistics.
When Inna was young she also played the violin. That’s why flowers are accompanied by music in her artworks very often.
Inna used to work as Key Account Manager in an international logistics/supply chain company for more than 10 years until in 2021 she devoted herself to painting thoroughly.
"My paintings reflect my inner world, I would call it a «garden». What is this garden like? It's a bit chaotic, somewhat bright, may be abstract or on the contrary pretty much ordered, or even dramatic.
Thanks to my paintings my inner garden becomes visible to others. In what way? I express myself in flower portraits. My flowers are realistic, abstract, expressive - they mirror «the garden of my soul». One can hardly choose a better medium than oil to convey the whole scale of feelings from confidence to despair. I prefer black (dark) background for paintings: it helps me to emphasise how fragile and vulnerable is the soul of a flower, reveal its fleeting beauty, which strives to be noticed during these odd times. Flower portraits are not just pretty images for me, they are my sentiments, what I am living for. My paintings are invariably emotional."
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