Petrykivsky painting or “petrykivka” is traditional Ukrainian decorative painting, which originates from Dnipropetrovsk oblast of Ukraine, Petrykivka village.
The first generation of artists drew quite primitive, in accordance with todays’ standards pictures. But for that time it was a breakthrough in a folk art.
The next generation of artists, based on the previous experience, created paintings of a new level of quality - more dynamic, more complex, of richer colour composition.
Keep your eye out for the lightness and agility with which this masterpiece of Petrykivka painting was created.
Peacock can be seen pretty often in Petrykivka paintings. It is a symbol of happiness and prosperity.
Look at the butterfly - how skillfully it’s fitted in the overall composition.
A massive flower "tsybulka" painted very organically into the delicate and simple compositions.
A peacock on the guelder rose - is a classic motif in paintings of Petrykivka artists.
On this picture attention should be paid on the usage of only two colours in the composing of the whole story with dancing birds.
Lightness and delicacy of white floral ornament on a contrasting blue background, combined with yellow centres of the flowers, harmoniously complete the composition.
Artist will never copy the world around him, because Petrykivka is creating through a special prism of decorative painting.
Pictures with a "folk illustrations" are also the traditional motif in Petrykivka paintings.
Images of people are primitive, but the important thing is that they catch the general spirit of the whole plot.
Mastery of the artist tells about artist’s attention to details, love to nature, and a desire to accurately depict the character of guelder rose bush using traditional Petrykivka techniques.
The presence of tight buds of flowers tell about the cyclic nature of life - a flower appears from bud, gives it’s spawn and then thrives off in order to give way to new sprouts.
Cossacks’ traditional dance "gopak" on the background of guelder rose - a symbol of Ukraine, and on the background of poppies - a symbol of love, tell about boundless love to Ukraine and its people.
Lush flowers, bright colours with halftones and delicate green, point out at a special ability to compose elements masterful.
Pay attention to the slightest details of the composition - they are very organic and natural.
Wealth of transitional strokes, usage of a wide palette of colours, as well as attention to the details are typical for the middle generation of Petrykivka artists.
Apples are the main composition elements in the picture. Usage of fruits or vegetables is also one of the typical motifs in the painting.
The peacock’s tail was painted with extra detalization. You can see each separate feather.
On this picture every detail is painted with a great love and the colour scheme emphasizes the overall mood of the picture.
Look how easily and organically an artist painted ordinary flowers in the tail of the peacock.
Keep your eye out for the value of colours, and on the usage of transitional colours and tones in painting of each element, each flower, each grasses.
The main dominant of the composition is not a Peacock, but a small graceful butterfly.