“Imaginea este foarte frumos” I would imagine, this is a comment often heard by Moldovan artist, Ion Carchelan. I first saw this painting on the blog arta in viata in luma. And, it really caught my eye.
When I Googled Ion Carchelan, surprisingly there wasn’t an onslaught of information about him. I love the placement of the birds relative to the cluster of berries.
He was born in Moldova, in 1966. His painting have simple compositions, yet there is so much to see.
For those of you as geographically challenged, as I am. Here is a map of Moldova.
And for those of us, who still struggle to find our way around Eastern Europe, here’s a better perspective. As Offspring would patiently explain to me – while rolling his eyes, “Mother, it’s about 3 inches to the right of the boot.” Beloved would know that too, but I wouldn’t ask him. Because he would delight in pointing out that after living here 6 years, I still get lost driving around our small town.
I was also made aware that this hat is part of the Moldovan National Costume for men. Pisica destul de într-o pălărie. “Of course, I look pretty in my hat!”
Carchelan is considered Moldova’s premier water color artist. The light flowers are a wonderful contrast to the scarlet cardinal.
Over his 20 year career, he has captured many scenes of the Moldovan countryside. I love the birds and berries!
I love the little kitty, in this picture.
My favorite paintings are the ones with birds and berries. The cascade of the peacocks feathers, mixed with the berries remind me of a ladies full skirt.
Even when movement is suggested, the pictures are still very serene. Very pretty how the wave of wind shows reflections, like a water wave.
I get an “old country” feel, when I look at these paintings. But, they don’t seem antiquated.
I don’t know anything about art, or how to really discuss its elements and features. But, I do know these paintings draw me in to them. I want to stop and look and feel. Treabă bine făcută, Mister Carchelan! Job well done!
All paintings, by the artist, Ion Carchelan.
Other examples of Mr. Carchelan’s work can be seen on: