First Workshop on Crude Oil Painting Was Held as Part of the Energy in Volume Exhibition

Crude oil paintings were made by participants of the first of two workshops held at the Sakhalin Island Literary and Art Museum of the Book of A. P. Chekhov territory, as part of the Energy in Volume exhibition, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Sakhalin Energy.

This unusual workshop was run by Lyudmila Pokachalova, graduate of the Art and Graphic faculty of the Khabarovsk State Pedagogic Institute, director of the LadArt art shop. Her works are in private collections in Italy, China, USA, Germany, Japan, Serbia, etc.

The artist had been developing her own technique of oil painting for three years and, during the workshop, shared the secrets of creating sketches with black gold. More than 20 Sakhalin residents came to try their hand. There were professional artists, amateurs, and young art enthusiasts among them.

“Oil requires preparation,” began her lesson Lyudmila Pokachalova. “To use it for artistic purposes, I leave the vessel with oil uncovered for two to three months, and then it becomes dense and viscous, more suitable for painting.”

At the beginning, the artist invited the participants to choose the theme of their future painting and sketch it on a blank sheet of paper. Templates with the images of Sakhalin objects and nature—the Aniva lighthouse, grey whales, oil and gas platforms—were used as examples. A seven-year-old artist Semyon started to peg away at the sketch of the Piltun-Astokhskaya-B platform with a pencil in order to paint it with monochrome hues of Sakhalin oil later.

Someone held the brush for the first time. “I’ve never been into painting before, but when I found out about the workshop, I really wanted to try to paint in such an unusual technique,” shared her impression one of the participants.

Someone came to look at the experience of the Khabarovsk artist to apply it to their work in the future.‏ “It’s worth noting that oil behaves like regular watercolour, at least on paper,” made her judgement the artist Natalya Kiryukhina. “Perhaps, on canvas, such ‘paint’ will behave differently, and I will definitely experiment with it in the future. I’m always interested in something new, so I try to attend such events.”


Among the participants, there were also those who sought positive emotions and a pleasant pastime. However, all of them received a huge boost of energy fr om communication during the creative process, and took away their paintings and good mood as a souvenir.

“It’s too early to speak about the popularity of crude oil painting in Russia. In practice, today this material is used by no more than ten artists. But I hope that in the future this technique will gain popularity,” concluded Lyudmila Pokachalova.

“Sakhalin Energy is an oil and gas company, and it is rather symbolic that we invited an artist who uses natural materials extracted from the depths of the Sakhalin shelf in her work,” said Tatyana Derivedmid, Head of Social Performance at Sakhalin Energy, at the closing of the workshop.

The second Painting with Crude Oil workshop will be held on October 19 at 13:00. Seats are limited, to register please call: 8 (4242) 43 6509. Age lim it: 12+.


17 October 2019