Valentina’s Art: Pastoral Landscapes and Disney Characters of an 19-year old
А Personal Story
Valentina Georgieva is a 19-year-old girl taking regular high school classes at the Technical School “Velizar Peev” in the small city of Svoge, Bulgaria. Her paint reproductions of renowned painters and personal artistry rangе from pastoral landscapes to depictions of Disney characters. Find out more about the personal account of Valentina in the following story.
The banal saying that art has many forms is true. Аrt consists of cooking, drawing, photography and everything beautiful. But when it comes to real art – one that relates to the act of using paint and a blank canvas to create something – I tend to separate it into two sections. One of them, one that I do not really understand but I enjoy, goes to the ‘high art’ column of the invisible chart I have in my head. The other column I leave to the art that is created by unknown artists but which evokes a cozy feeling in your soul and whose spirit and passion is expressed so obviously in their work that it is hard to abstain from staring at it for hours. Literally. And then you look at their work again and again and you feel inspired every time you do it.
What makes me even happier is that I know such people. Valentina Georgieva is one of them.
I met her in 2012 when I was going on a trip to Italy and we had to travel together. Then I barely knew her and I had no idea that she is interested in drawing. Neither did she, as she admitted years later. It has been four years since that trip. I totally lost track of what was going on with her until one day I spotted a Facebook post about her painting titled “Ready”. I was completely shocked when I saw the picture because I rarely pay attention to something like that for more than 10 seconds. But this was a different story. This was what I call ART in a pure form, one created by a person whose world is not consisted of either black or white colors and thoughts about what will happen if the nuclear plants disappear from the Earth’s face; rather, the explosion of colors in the painting made me think that her personality is far away from boring. Until the present day, she has not stopped surprising me and her friends. I even dare to claim that she has fans who are utterly impatient to feed themselves with some more of her art.
So, as a person who always seeks to discover such talents, I decided to ask her more about her inspiration and what makes art so special part of her life.
“I am just an ordinary girl”, laughed Valentina when I told her to describe herself. “I grew up in the countryside, surrounded by beautiful nature and incredible people, calmness and fresh air.”
When she told me that she adores nature, I immediately understood why she emphasizes on it in almost every paintings of hers. She shared that art is part of her and in the beginning it was just for fun but as the time passed by and she went deeper into the world of new techniques and niceties, she discovered that there is no going back.
“I was a new person. I found myself in art,” she admitted. “When I was a little girl, I used to draw everywhere – on tables, boxes, cartons, walls, my hands, pieces of paper, books, sweaty glasses – literally everywhere. I even joke sometimes that my parents were at the edge of bankruptcy because they couldn’t catch up with buying me pencils, dye, and sketchbooks. Later, I started attending drawing lessons and in this way, slowly but steadily, in addition to the constant support of my parents, everything fitted perfectly.”
Watching Valentina’s paintings, I started wondering if there is a special artist who influences her work. When I asked her, she told me that her favorite one is Leonid Afremov because he uses a lot of colors and the final result is amazing. She relates to his style as “having a generous amount of freedom of expression” and admits that she tried to recreate his drawings several times but without any big success.
“Somehow ‘the feel’ of the painting is lost,” conceded Valentina. “Apparently, he is the only one who can make his paintings alive, to put the secret ingredient in order to make the magic happen.”
Another favorite artist of hers is Thomas Kinkade. According to Valentina, he is completely different from Afremov.
“So neatly detailed paintings, such a perfection,” admitted Valentina. “There is no way not to love him. Maybe someday, I will be able to affect the people in the same way as he does.”
When I shared with Valentina my impressions from her work and the predominant theme (apart from nature) – Disney characters, she smiled and very frankly said that her dream job is to be a painter at Disney. What she started with at the beginning – simply coping her favorite cartoon and movie characters – grew into something almost equal to mastery. And an aspiration for creating her own fairy characters whose adventures will hopefully inspire and entertain the little kids all around the world.
On the question if she is thinking to make art part of her future and a way to make living out of it, she was absolutely convinced that this is her “thing”, now and forever.
“Art will always be part of me,” confessed Valentina. “When I draw, I am myself. Then, I am free to do whatever I want and to be whomever I wish. No one can offend me, make me upset or distract me; I am just happy and this calmness that I feel cannot be destroyed. I also feel strong because I can create something beautiful which brings joy not only to the other people but to me as well.”
Valentina also points out that she is very critical to her own work and that she sees her mistakes although the rest of the people do not. When I asked her how often does the inspiration comes to her, her answer seemed obvious that it is always around or sometimes appears suddenly, “without any notice”. But she grabs the moment and never misses it. Inspiration (or the lack of it) made her “self-education” in art possible: she mastered new techniques, discovered oil painting and since then that is her favorite style. it is in this way that she creates her very own “brand”, techniques, and touches which can be controlled and developed by her and no one else.
“Although I have been studying Economics and Management for four years, I just don’t like it,” said Valentina. “We just don’t fit, there is no chemistry between us. But art… art is inseparable part of me. Once I graduate, I will say ‘goodbye’ to economics and will be able to concentrate on my future plans. I will work hard to achieve my goals. I am thinking about applying to the National Arts Academy and to major in Books and Printed Graphics because I want to create children’s books.”
Even now, on the verge of graduating high school, she draws and sells glasses, mugs, paintings, t-shirts, cases and everything that her imagination tells her to craft and develop. She is still trying to find herself, but she sits and waits, knowing that the time will eventually come. One thing she is completely sure about is that she has a direction and this, together with her talent and her right hand, will take her somewhere.
“I don’t know when this will happen but I will sit and wait and then dive into it, as usual,” reaffirmed Valentina.
When my interview with Valentina was over, I decided to take a look at her paintings again. Now I was even more fascinated by them. What is more, I could look through them with different eyes, the eyes of a person who knows the author. The rich and vibrant colors are able to slow down the time, letting you to appreciate the pastoral landscape and its valuable details. This was also the time when I decided to widen the column for the unknown but talented artist of my invisible chart. Simply because I was swept away by ART.
Apart from drawing, Valentina loves photography, writing, reading, singing, dancing and everything creative. She has a Facebook page (V Art) where one can find all her works.
This story was written by Svilena Petrova.