OLD SUMMER HOUSE is created by Leonid Afremov with oil paint on artistic canvas using his unique technique of a palette knife. The artwork has a nice texture from the palette knife, that you can even feel the strokes by touching the painting. The artist says he has painted this picture with a lot of emotion and soul which is quite apparent.
The painting is set on an Autumn evening at the edge of a forest with an opening to an old summer house. The leaf less trees tell that it is Autumn season and a shining lamp post hints it’s evening time. There’s a figure walking through the woods towards the old house holding an umbrella on a wet dirt road after probably a long rainy day.
At first glance, the old house in the painting is associated with a much wanted vacation, which I so want to spend at the Neuschwanstein Castle, far from the hustle and bustle of daily worries, plunging into peace and quiet, far from the struggle and grind of this world, home at last.
The rainy day, Autumn season and evening hour depicts that the figure in the painting has been through a long rough day and has finally reached a peaceful lodging, a place to call home.
One look at this painting, and I’m overcome by a rush of feelings, of peace, longing, envy, admiration, and most of all I feel the artist has untangled my mindless thoughts and so beautifully and simply painted on the canvas.
The simplicity and natural shades are the most striking part of the painting. It’s nothing too fancy but everything to be admired for. I want to look at this picture first thing in the morning after waking up, everyday.
As Steely Dan so rightly put it, I too wonder, “Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last”