“When I’m starting a painting it is a very long and slow process that calms me dawn and puts me in a sort of a meditation state of mind where my decisions and brush strokes are controlled only by my inner feelings.”
Artistry is a talent that not many have. Alevtina Golovin is one of those people who does have that talent. Alevtina has a natural instinct for painting, whether it be with oils or pastels, or just making sketches. Alevtina had so many interesting things to tell us when we sat down for an interview. You can read them here-
When did you decide you wanted to become an artist?
I don’t think there is a breaking point when I realized I want to be an artist. I was always struggling to understand what I want to do in the future. My favorite subjects were Art and Biology so my parents suggested Architecture. I have started my architecture course at the University College London and realized that I hated it. I was constantly told that my work is to ‘arty’ and I have to change it. There was no artistic freedom and it soon became a torture to live without being able to express myself in the way I feel. At the end of the year I left England and came to Russia. This was when I began to paint again and for the first time I had a very positive feedback about my art, which encouraged me to work more and more. I got my degree in History of Art at the St. Petersburg State University and completely submerged in art after that realizing it is something I want to do everyday.
Is there anyone who inspires any of your paintings?
I can get inspired by random visions at any time. It can be a person I see on the street or a movie with a beautiful atmosphere that evolves in to a portrait. Sometimes it is simply personifications of my emotions that I’ve experienced, transferred onto the surface.
You’re an artist and an illustrator. Are there any differences in your art for both of these jobs?
I find illustrations a bit harder because there are always a lot of boundaries you have to consider, unless I’m lucky and commissioner gives me a total freedom of materials, technique and color, which only happened once. However, some graphic illustrations in black and white using ink and chalk are one of my favorites.
You’ve done oil paintings, pastel paintings and sketches. Do you prefer any of these styles to the other?
My favorites are oils and dry pastel. I prefer media that dries very slow because then I connect with my work. I like to use my fingers to smudge and blend color. I need to physically feel the image and build it with layers as almost a sculpture. What I love most about oils is that you can dilute them and use as almost watercolor or build them up with palette knife and keep changing the blending for ages before it dries.
How long would I typically take to complete a painting?
This depends on the size of the painting and how much I’m feeling inspired. I have a painting that’s been sitting In my studio for months and I just can’t finish it. Usually it takes two-three weeks because I need the layers to dry before applying another one. However there are a couple of portraits that has been finished in two-three days when I was completely submerged in them and was working almost in a dream.
Do you have a certain process you go through when starting a painting?
When I’m starting a painting it is a very long and slow process that calms me dawn and puts me in a sort of a meditation state of mind where my decisions and brush strokes are controlled only by my inner feelings. Which is why I never have a plan on colors or overthink the sketch. I can be mixing colors of ages until I feel the palette is right. When I paint I reach the kind of state that I can’t reach by anything else and the work is just doing itself.
Where do you see your art expanding in the future?
I think my style is still evolving and can’t say that I am satisfied with my work right now. It is still not expressing everything I want it to show. My art will probably become even more expressive and loose in style and portraits will go much bigger.