In this landscape painting by Anastasiia Kraineva from Ukraine, we see an empty field in early or late winter. Patches of snow sit on dead colorless grass. The bare, stark branches of leafless trees stand in the foreground. In the distance we something that might either be a fence, or perhaps a long line of block apartments buildings. The landscape is painted almost entirely in bleak browns, blacks, and dirty yellows, with the one exception that in the distance, a deeply blue sky can be glimpsed pehind wisps of dark clouds, offering hope for a warmer season’s return.
In Marta Zamarska’s pleasing series of paintings, Winter Impressions, we see various snowy winter landscapes, often featuring figures in various outdoor activities: children sledding in the snow, climbers make their way up snowy peaks, cross country skiers treading along a path. In these, the figures are painted as the merest impressions, as if seen some distance off through a haze of wind blown snow. The features of the landscape, captured as soft variations in color and shadow.
In others, any figures that might have been present, are lost from view in their entirety. For example in Winter Impression 20, a burst of sunlight is scattered in an airborne cloud of snow, an unlooked for hazy explosion of warm red and yellow. It is as if, the view were too dazzling to see clearly.