In this pleasingly complex landscape painting by Russian artist Igor Nelubovich, the famous Krukov Canal of St. Petersburg is painted in winter; trees, lamp-posts, and fences are presented as harsh angular black shadows, and the snow is far from pristine. The only prominent regions of color are two, probably richly ornate, buildings of some sort. Their distant magnificence is in opposition to the inhospitable aspect of what is immediately observed before us.
In Looking Back by painter Paulina Swietliczko a woman stands on the beach cooling her feet at the water’s edge; her head is turned away to watch two approaching figures, walking or running across the sand. The colors are rich and earthy, and redolent of the calm drowsiness of a hot summer afternoon. Our eyes are drawn toward, and then deflected from the standing woman, as we re-orient ourselves toward the object of her gaze. Or what we guess is the object of her gaze. Indeed, we may wonder whether she is not lost in some pleasant reverie, perhaps a fond memory of some summer day long past.