Wednesday, September 29, 2010

He helped Me Find My Love Of Rain Again!!!

   TOGETHER IN THE Leonid Afremov.
     It rained here in Holyoke all day yesterday!...I used to LOVE the rain!! As those who read my blog regularly know, I come from a small town in the Southern United States. In Georgia, when it rained, it would hit the tin roofs and make the sweetest music. But since I moved up North I've lost my love of rain.
    Now, when I see the weather report and it has the forecast of rain, my feeling is "UGH!" I want to throw my hands in the air, fling myself across the bed, and scream "Whyyyyyyyyy???!!!" But last night I decided to find my love for rain again....because we're certainly gonna get it over the next few days here in Massachusetts!!! I figured I needed to change my mind about it...since I can't change the weather! LOL
   So I want you to treat today's blog like a gallery showing, featuring one artist. The artist that helped me find my love of rain again!!! :-) ...But first, really quickly, let me tell you that my Pistachio yarn finally came!!!
     And I've been hard at work on my custom order and some other things too!! I'll share those with you tomorrow, if the rain clears up enough for me to take the pictures!...Okay, now be on your best behavior in the Wuglyees Gallery today. We've got an international artist in our midst!!
    Our featured artist today is the professional Internationally known artist, Leonid Afremov. His Etsy shop is afremovart. Amazingly enough Leonid was born in the same town as Marc Chagall, the famous artist who also founded the Vitebsk Art School along with Malevich & Kandinsky.
    He tried different techniques during his career, but he especially fell in love with painting with oil and pallette-knife. Look at some of his work! I especially love ...his rain!! AT THE STEPS...
    LAST DATE...
    Every piece of his artwork is the result of a long painting process;....He says that each of his paintings brings different moods, colors and emotions....You certainly can see that in the beautiful colors and mood of his....rain!
      Leonid says he loves to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in his paintings. His heart is completely open to art. Thus, he enjoys creating inspired and beautiful paintings from the bottom of his soul. Each piece of his artwork reflects his feelings, sensitivity, and passion. He says he believes that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression. He may be right....because I certainly am not feeling any agression or depression about the rain today!! :-)
      Currently his art is being collected all over the world. There are many pleased collectors in the USA, Israel, Italy, France, England, Spain, Norway, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

     If you visit Leonid's Etsy shop you will see that rain is not his only inspiration. He has some absolutely beautiful paintings of many other things. 
     You can purchase oil paintings directly from him at the best price, without any resellers, retailers and galleries, directly from his etsy shop or his website.
    So, are you absolutely sick of rain now, or are you in love with I am again?!! :-) Thank you Leonid for reminding me of wonderful childhood memories of musical pitter patter symphonies of rain on Georgia tin roofs! I love rain!!!

Rain Of Love

I just love the rain,
because it makes me think, again,
of our private time together-
(time I spent with my best friend).

There's something quieting to the soul
about the rainfall's pitter patter,
that makes your problems disappear,
and never really seem to matter.

Just lying cuddled on the bed,
talking softly, from the heart;
or sleeping through the thunder's rumble,
while the birds all flit and dart.

Is it normal to be smiling,
when the clouds are dark with rain?
(Maybe its just the perspective
of the twisted, wet, insane!)

At any rate-when he's at work,
and I am here, at home, alone,
and I see the drizzle starting-
I get him, quickly, on the phone.

I say: "Hi Honey, what you doing?"
He says: "What else, but think of you!"
You see-He saw the raindrops falling,
and he didn't know what to do!

He couldn't drop his work and run!
He said he had to use restraint.
(And if he had, I would be shocked!)
But I admit-the thought was quaint.

Okay! So what? We're kind of strange-
We never want the rain to end!
But, before you judge us crazy,
watch some raindrops with your friend,
and then, just read this poem again!


  1. Wow! What a wonderful artist to feature! I love his work! I can see why doing this post and admiring his artwork has made you fall in love with the rain again. I only like rain when I'm in my house and have no where to go. I guess I'm afraid of melting or something! LOL "She's melting, she's melting....!"

  2. Ha! Ha! Hang on to Toto!!! ^_^...Yeah, isn't his work wonderful?!! I wish I could afford to buy all of them!! I'd have a whole hallway dedicated to rain!!! :-) Thank you for sharing it with me!

  3. Yaaayyyy for the Pistachio ;)
    But oh wow! That artist does some STUNNING work! I absolutely love it! And yes, I'm not a fan of rain also but those paintings make me love it too! Those colours are amazing! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

  4. These paintings are absolutely gorgeous. I love the use of color. It brings happiness to a rainy day. They make be want to take a stroll in the rain! I'm going leaf peeping Sunday in VT and it may be raining then so I am going to keep these paintings in mind and enjoy it rain or shine!!!

  5. Mariann, I knew you would love the pistachio, but I didn't know you would love my rain!!! His work IS stunning!!! Thanks for sharing your usual! :-)

  6. Miss Val, Oh Yes! It's a great time for leaf peeping!! I can't believe how fast the colors are changing around here too!! Enjoy! And if it rains, think of how colorful and beautiful it is, thanks to Leonid!! :-)

  7. I think the KEY to enjoying rain in New England - particularly in the fall - is to find a few cozy rituals, like tea and an afghan, or a cozy chair and familiar book of poems.

  8. Holyoke Home, You got that right!...And an old movie! :-)

  9. These paintings are AMAZING!! I love them all! His use of light is incredible!! Thanks for sharing his work! I had never heard of him before but wow! Now I don't think I will forget! :)

  10. Anonymous9/29/2010

    Gorgeous photos.I love the umbrella one and the one with two under one umbrella.By the way nothing wrong with bought pie crust.I did that in the summertime with key lime pie.But for apples which I love there has to be a great pie crust,LOL.Listen to me I dont bake that much hah.I think I really want it for cinnamon rolls who doesnt love them huh???

    Thanks for the nice comment,you always make me smile.:)

  11. Becky, Yeah, he really did a good job of photographing his work, didn't he?! And I'm partial to the umbrellas too,...ALL of them!!! :-)...And with apples, can you make one with a BAD pie crust?! I haven't had one of those yet, I don't think...Except store bought individual serving ones. YUCK!! (I'm not going to name the brands. That would be uncouth! ^_^)

  12. Cathy, I ran across his work by accident, just doing an Etsy search!!! I can't believe I hadn't heard of or seen his work before!! He's amazing, isn't he?!!

  13. Debbie, your featured artist is so very talented! I can't say I am thrilled when the weather forecasters predict rain. I guess I think of gray, dreary days. Leonid's artwork has shown a beautiful, brighter side to a rainy day. The umbrella photos are especially appealing. His use of light is excellent.

    The pistachio yarn is so very pretty. It evokes soothing feelings. Looking forward to viewing your fantastic creations with the yarn!

  14. Julie, Thank you so much for your insights. I totally agree too! It was his use of color and lighting that totally caught my attention, I think! He makes rainy days COOl!..."Again", for me! :-)...And thanks for the nice words about my pistachio yarn too!! As soon as the rain allows, I'll be taking pictures of what I've been working on!! :-)

  15. Those paintings look fantastic. I love the colours the artist used.
    I'm so glad that the Pistachio yarn arrived. Its such a pretty colour.

  16. Hi Joanne! Yes, he's a fabulous artist. I guess we all do what we do, right?! :-) I hope my art (crochet and poetry) hits somebody the way his art hits me!!...And YAY!! I've been crocheting pistachio all day!

  17. Anonymous9/29/2010

    I have love those paintings!! And I love the colour of your wool too! That is one of my favourites!

  18. Thanks so much Michele!! I'm growing to really like this pistachio yarn a lot myself! :-)

  19. Great post!'re right...I like the rain WHEN I admire those pics...still don't like it in real life. ROFL


  20. Kim, I don't like to say "I told you so", but I TOLD YOU SO!!! ^_^ ...By the way, I'm all pain pilled up and doing fine!!!

  21. What beautiful images, the paintings and the pistachio green which sounds so yummy! I do love rain, the sound and the scents.... just not six inches at once! I'm hoping today's rain event that is supposed to continue into tomorrow is not destructive. It's great to be rained in from an artist's viewpoint :)

  22. Mary Ann, Thank you for such nice words and nice observations! It's true that from an artist's perspective rain is fabulous!!! I'm actually not having a hard time loving the real stuff today either...thanks to Leonid and so many nice comments!! ;-)...Thanks, about my Pistachio too!!


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