I have just returned from a long winter visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, where the rich cultural tradition is always a creative boost for me. I spent a day alone at the Russian Museum. My husband and I both visited the studios at the Russian Academy, our Alma Mater, and were very impressed with the studios of teacher Vladimir Lipets, whose enthusiastic young painters were doing really nice first year work. The still lifes were particularly elegant and intricate. Three plays at the Theater Pokaleniy, under the direction of the talented Danila Korogodsky, gave me lots of food for thought. Danila's art direction is so creative, his use of light and simple props so astonishing, that I churn on those images for years to come. I also enjoyed the conversation and new work of artists Kurbanov, Chukhleb, and N. Fomin. A Christmas Eve chamber concert at the Smolny monastery left me in tears, it was so lovely. With Igor Chukhleb we visited the graves of our professors and artists we admire: Mylnikov, Fomin, Sokolov (x2), Zagonek, Anikushin.
Now I'm back in my studio trying to filter the inspirations into my own painting practice.