When we were kids
Did I tell you that I dreamed of becoming an artist? I was quite good with watercolors at middle school 🙂 Here I wanna thank my folks for never discouraging me from painting although this hobby of mine had a rather detrimental effect on our home environment. I had all four walls of my room covered with my early works. They still hang there despite the fact that I haven’t been living with my parents for 15 years. Sometimes, when I visit my dear home, I go up to my room and sit on my tiny bed gazing at these colorful pieces of paper. They are like a diary of my childhood. All my dreams, aspirations and feelings – they are all there, in those clumsy images and shaky lines. A valiant general on top of a horse is fearlessly leading his army into a battle with an elegantly twirled mustache and a raised saber. A daring pirate climbing up a rope ladder with a knife in his grinning teeth and a parrot on his shoulder. A brave knight fighting a horrible beast in the name of his beloved princess.
But most of all, I like one of my very first pictures – a rocket flying off to space. It has just left the ground spurting out fire and distorting the air surrounding the platform. In a second, the engine will give a deafening roar and the rocket will disappear into the night sky, heading for the distant stars and mysterious planets… I used to imagine myself aboard it, giving orders and pressing shiny buttons on the panel 🙂 And you know what, a few days ago I saw a painting in the internet that looks exactly like my old kid’s drawing, only much bigger and better 🙂 It depicted a vibrantly colored space ship with a glowing trail of flame behind it, graciously ascending into a beautiful sky filled with some sort of surreal fireworks.
How much is a rocket ticket?
That exquisite piece of space shuttle wall art struck me dumb. I was mesmerized by this formidable image full of vigor, power and color. So I tapped on the picture and found myself in the web gallery of Leonid Afremov. I never heard of this artist before, but I clearly remember him now! When I flipped through his website, I decided I must definitely buy at least one of his paintings! And my desire wasn’t as spontaneous as you might think:
- All paintings are very affordable. $300 is no money for a hand-painted oil canvas!
- There are plenty of discounts running on Mr. Afremov’s site. A little tip from a regular buyer: check the Deal of the Day section 🙂
- Delivery is free and very fast.
There are plenty of other genres in Leonid’s online gallery, although I believe this is the only sample of space shuttle art here. That means I have an exclusive painting hanging in my office now that few other people possess 🙂 Unless you decide to order it too… Can’t blame you for that though 🙂