If you’ve ever tried to paint with watercolors, you probably know how difficult they are to control. The water gives the paint a mind of its own, and while that can end in paintings with mysterious and beautifully chanced results, most often everything just turns into a brown, wet puddle.

Elena Romanova‘s cityscape watercolors demonstrate professional control while still allowing a loose, individualized painting style. If you blur your eyes or quickly glance at her paintings, they can look like bright blobs of color or uneven stripes. However, if you really focus in on the image being made, iconic buildings and landmarks easily make themselves known in the paint. Simple but astonishing, these paintings are clearly the work of someone with as much artistic merit as technical training. Well done, Romanova.

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