"Raspberry Blue" is the unifying common thread in the eighteen watercolors in the exposition and is woven with a painterly approach into each of the paintings.
"Raspberry Blue" is the unifying common thread in the eighteen watercolors in the exposition and is woven with a painterly approach into each of the paintings. We recognize Petya's aesthetic, both in her minimalist, beautifully composed still lifes and in the enigmatic romance of her girlish portraits. And if her international prestigious prizes of the past year in the genre of still life are an expected and logical recognition of her mastery, then the depicted living reality, silence, picturesqueness, temperature and physical tangibility of the matter of nature in the landscape, is a very high achievement that pleases not only her admirers. Her watercolor narratives are laconic, but with refined fine detail and, above all, with such intensity and saturation of pigment and color, as if the water that dissolved the paint is an energetic solar catalyst, revealing the passionate temperament of the artist.
Petya Taneva has visibly tamed the element of water and the energy of pigment with the patience of an Eastern master, with the serenity of the European culture and with the warmth of the Balkan nature. Her plots are frankly shared emotionally sealed shots of her photographic memory - about the silence and warm light of a winter morning in the mountains; for the gentle, quiet murmur of a mountain spring; about the late afternoon sun warming a girl's soul; for the irresistible blue-purple of 'Raspberry Blue'; the beloved pomegranate as a symbol in the still life, because of its variable rich color. In this exhibition, it is as if each month of the year is marked with its own rich color, where nostalgia gives way to the inner fire of soul comfort and the sweetness of shared warmth.
Petya charges her works with emotions, strongly felt in each of the portraits, which very accurately capture the state, even somehow at the moment of sealing the thoughts. The difficult technique of watercolor is even more complicated to master when creating portraits. A person's character can be lost with one wrong spill of color. Not only the play with the sun and light, not just the features and the shape of the face are skillfully conveyed, but their soul is unfolded. We are left with the feeling of close and personal contact. The mysteriousness of the objects creates an irresistible curiosity in the viewer about the origin of the story of each of them. She creates this curiosity about the events surrounding the objects, narrated in her still lifes precisely, because she manages to capture the natural bits of moments to which one usually mentally returns with trepidation and excitement. With her typical compositions influenced by her photographic engagements, always with precise attention to every small element, the artist shows her attitude to the watercolor technique. Her observation of small details, searching for the material structure in symbiosis with her precise drawing skills, reveal the artist's undeniable talent to captivate the audience.