Plyos, Russia

Here, quickly, are some of the paintings from my first week here in Plyos, Russia.

Landscape painting of a street in Plyos, Russia

Street in Plyos. 60 x 80 cm, oil on canvas.

I’m here as part of a cultural exchange, organized by the Landscape Museum in town, between Italy and Russia (I snuck in by living in Italy for 20 years). Past years have included Cyprus and France, and next year will be an exchange with Dutch landscape painters.

Plein air sketch of the The Church of the Resurrection in Plyos.

The Church of the Resurrection (sketch). 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Plein air oil painting of theChurch of the Resurrection in the Rain, Plyos.

Church of the Resurrection in the Rain. 50 x 60 cm, oil on canvas.

Plyos is the small town on the Volga where Isaac Levitan lived and painted and it’s become something of a Russian Giverny for realist painters working today.

Plein air sketch of a grove of birch trees in Plyos, Russia.

Birch Grove. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

As Isaac Levitan is a favorite landscape painter of mine, it’s wonderful for me to come here and see where he worked.

Oil painting of a Trinket Seller in Plyos.

Trinket Seller. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Oil painting of the roofs in the village of Plyos

Above Plyos, 40 x 60 cm, oil on canvas.

Oil painting of the little wooden church above Plyos, Russia.

The Church above Plyos. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

This is just the work from the first week. I’ll post again when we’re finished. The weather has been terrible, and promises to be terrible the whole trip.

Edit: Below is a photograph of my working situation for the “Church of the Resurrection in the Rain”.

Plein air painting in the rain in Plyos, Russia.

The joys of plein air painting.


  1. I’m very excited to hear that you are painting in Russia. I’ve been living in Moscow for 9 months now and it’s great to see you show the place in paint. I’venot been to Plyos yet, but I think a trip there is now in order. I look forward to seeing what you produce on this trip.


    • Hi
      I too love to paint landscape .
      Your paintings have a distinct style and brightness .
      Keep it up.
      Love from India

  2. Hey Marc,
    I do enjoy your moody work as well as you fair weather work. There is always something to peak my interest. And I am inspired by your simplification process and how you always seem to find something in a landscape I would ordinarily overlook. Living here in Buffalo, N.Y., we get our fair share of rough weather, summers and winters. So often I’ll look and at your work, keeping some idea in my head, grab my paints and set off. So thanks for regularly postings. The inspiration is appreciated.

  3. Marc, I love your work and am wondering if you do any workshops in Europe, but especially Eastern Europe, perhaps in Croatia? I have relatives in Serajevo and it’d be nice to combine a trip.

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