How do you paint food? (and I’m not asking how do you paint Easter eggs) Using vivid, bright colours, or subtle, muted shades? loose or tight, sketchy or detailed and precise? these are a matter of personal style, of course. The same is true when it comes to the choice of media. These three ladies use their signature styles and watercolour to paint some of Instagram’s most memorable edibles.
Marina Pravnik @marinapravnikart, from Ukraine, applies a very delicate palette of soft, highly diluted colours to her botanical illustrations. You could say she paints with tinted water – water with a drop of colour – which results in exceptionally graceful, refined compositions with vintage feel.
Another Marina, from Saint Petersburg, Marina Lasaeva Orlyuk @marina_lasaeva_orlyuk, prefers a more illustrative, loose style of painting. Her fruit, florals, still life and landscapes are marked by an airiness and spontaneity of a thorough colour connoisseur, an aesthete predominantly interested in the play of colours, shades and contrasts.
Moscow-based artist Ksenia Tikhomirova @ksyu_t_art is a hyper-realist intrigued by the most minuscule details – the microscopic hairs on a bee, tiny slivers of light under the water droplets, beginnings of the process of oxidation on apple cuts, barely perceivable variations in tones between onion peels… If Ksenia decided to challenge her audience, we’d have a hard time picking the real object vs her painting of it.
Visit Lana’s Instagram gallery @calico.brush