Today is the feast of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.


Today it is 4 years since I arrived at 5.30 am at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Kazan and at 6 am I already got up for a sketch, watching the windows turn pink from the beginning of the day. The rector, Father Sergius, blessed me, and I collected sketch material for a future painting, which I wrote already in early 2020 for my first solo exhibition at the Aksakov House Museum in Ufa. In the midst of a gloomy late autumn, the Lord gave a bright warm sun on this day, so that it shone through the blue cross inserts in the windows of the cathedral in spring, letting the glare on the walls and mirroring on the floor. This is the state of joy I reflected in the painting "To the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God". This is a fragment of it.