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Plein Air in Armenia. Armenian sketches.

This country was attractive to me in every way: first of all, the beauty of its nature, sung in many works of Ararat; endowment of the Armenian people, so generously enriched world culture and art such outstanding personalities as Martiros Saryan, Ivan Aivazovsky, Aram Khachaturian, Arno Babajanyan, Vivien Leigh, Charles Aznavour, Bulat Okudzhava, Guy de Maupassant, and others; rich historical past associated with early Christianity (back in 301 AD, Armenia adoptedChristianity and thus became the first Christian country in the world).     And now, at the end of September we were a week in Armenia. Negotiate with local tour Office and advance the route to compulsory attendance: next to Ararat most picturesque architectural monuments, Lake Sevan and Matenadaran. As always, brought along a travel bag with a sketchbook, small canvas on cardboard and acrylic paint (they dry faster), and also for the album Muleskin sketches thin black marker.   Yerevan, we were met with warm sunshine, filled with bright autumn colors and clear air. The next day, the very first trip to the monastery of Khor Virap made ??a strong impression. It offers a magnificent panorama of Mount Ararat. Managed to make a few quick sketches. During the next trip to Sevan weather deteriorated. Climbed the cold wind, the sky was covered with clouds. Nevertheless, we climbed the highest point of the monastery Sevanavank, overlooking the picturesque panorama of the lake. Here for at my disposal 20 minutes did a quick sketch acrylic paints with a lake view.    The greatest impression in Geghard monastery, located in the valley, surrounded on all sides by high mountains, and also situated near the picturesque stone humpbacked bridge through a mountain stream, is lost in the huge boulders. All this beauty captured in his drawings express the marker on Muleskine. It so happened that a sightseeing tour of Yerevan fell on the last day of their stay in Armenia. impressed the beauty of this city rich in historical sites, especially, Matenadaran - repository of ancient manuscripts rarities. We were lucky twice. It is in these days in Matenadaran an exhibition of works Saryan. Vivid pictures of the great masters began a remarkable The final chord of our short visit to Armenia.

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