Windmills of Your Mind by Evgeniy Monahov

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Evgeniy Monahov

Windmills of Your Mind


40 × 30 cm | 15 1/2 × 11 3/4 in

Oil, tempera and marker on wooden board

  • Dual Category Awards
  • ARC Purchase Awards ($4,000)

This work is in the Collection of the Art Renewal Center.

Another motif that has come from a fast live sketch to a tiny wooden board in the mixed technique of oil and tempera. The tempera brings bold brush strokes and expressionism of the sketch, allowing for the use of simplified colors and a deep black industrial marker in semi-abstract fold patterns. The oil brings a contrasting almost tactile materiality... so everything is spinning in mutual harmony like endless thoughts, questions and dreams in the beautiful head of my model. Spinning like the curls of her unruly wavy hair. Spinning like her flexible body accustomed to movement. Spinning like the lines of a classic song suddenly sounded from her put aside phone:

Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face