“If you paint, and you’re a fast student, that becomes easy. It’s like getting good at chess,” said the 43-year-old artist.
But one day I was sitting in the studio of a friend of Druschka’s.
In the middle of an eight-hour painting session, the young man’s eyes filled with tears.
“This is my last day at work, it means I’m giving up. I can’t do anything anymore. I can’t keep going on like this,” he said.
After Druschka completed the pictures (one of them is a landscape painting), I asked him how it felt to finish “The Starry Night, a beautiful painting of a night sky with one star in the center,” to be painted by a young, young artist, in her first painting ever.
“Oh God, this is impossible! This is the greatest feeling: That your paint really does work,” he said “I’ve been working with this in the past three months; it’s a lot of fun.”
We both laughed nervously.
Druzhinova, like many other painters, is still making her way as her talent grows. As she explains it, one day, if she is lucky, it may turn out to be her moment.
“Now, tomorrow it will be time to change; I’m not sure what I’ll do,” she said.
Druzhinova says that her biggest hope is to keep painting, and to create new art in her hometown of Soshnovo. “I hope, one day and probably even in my lifetime, I’ll be able to paint in every corner of our city,” she said.
“You guys can’t wait to have a beer with us,” says David, the director, while we’re sitting in the cavernous basement of the O2. “And you can, I don’t know, go to a bar, but you can’t expect a good beer in a bar.” The O2, which boasts a capacity of 11,000, will be a venue, David explains, of “high performance, high emotion music” and they’re calling it a “bar for people to come together.” The idea is to host everything from dance parties and parties to gigs and art shows – and they’ve also got a plan to offer the kind of special events that make the O2 infamous.
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