Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace, just south of St. Petersburg, originally built in the 18th century, destroyed by the Germans during the sieged of Leningrad, and rebuilt in time for the Tencentenary of St. Petersburg in 2003.

St. Petersburg

Church of the Spilt Blood

Be it in St. Petersburg or anywhere in the world, Christian communities have decorated their churches with beautiful paintings, icons, mosaics and the like for devotional and didactic purposes.

Interior ceiling of the Church of the Spilt Blood

Learning from the Masters

Copying old master’s drawings and paintings is a time-tested discipline especially in the European tradition of art instruction.  In fact, it is how most of us learn in any type of discipline until we are confident enough to strike on our own.

Learning from the masters