If you've got an old soul, you'll be enamored by the delightfully old-fashioned work of Moscow-based artist Elena Limkina. Every week, she offers the world a glimpse into her personal sketchbook, and its pages tell vivid stories of nature, architecture, and classical paintings.

Though Limkina specializes in watercolour materials, she's also very handy with a dip pen, and uses both to bring shadows and luminosity, respectively, to various botanical and scientific illustrations. "I have been painting since childhood," she writes on her official website. "I've been studying medical engineering, but my passion for fine arts has taken precedence." A wide variety of influences have clearly come to bear on her style, such as Baroque, Renaissance, and perhaps a touch of modernism; her flower paintings wouldn't look out of place in the portfolio of Georgia O'Keefe.

Get acquainted with some of our favourite pages from Elena Limkina's sublime sketchbook below, and let us know which ones you wouldn't mind having framed on your wall.

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Look at the detail in the talons !

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Everything is put so neatly underneath each other. The the drawings combined with the calligraphy makes it look like it's the studies of a Renaissance master

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Nancy E 1 year ago

This sketchbook will stand the test of time, just like other old masters have !

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Nancy E 1 year ago

This artist could also be a hand model !

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Robyn Stortenbeker 1 year ago

Beautiful, love this one

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Nancy E 1 year ago

I'm in awe !

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Even the calligraphy is artful !

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Kirsten Preston 1 year ago

Just stunning

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Katinka Min 1 year ago

My personal favourite. I LOVE the small watercolour with the cables in the sky

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Robyn Stortenbeker 1 year ago

They are all amazing, I would love a copy of the whole book

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Carol Parr 1 year ago

I love the whimsical world into which these are leading me...

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

Both are equally beautiful, with and without color. Wish I had a bit of her talent. I would be drawing every day.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

I love birds and water. This is so beautiful. And I love the ring. : )

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Subtle, but beautiful nonetheless

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craftsandcramps 1 year ago

Just wow.

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Nancy E 1 year ago

This is good !

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Another 3 D look & it's a good one !

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Oh, my gosh .... so realistic , &, the eye, defines the bird.

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

This is an amazing color study, I think this is what every art student and/or hobbyist should try out

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Think rubber stamps for more income

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Kirsten Preston 1 year ago

Very cute

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Imagine this as some kind of pendant necklace - that'd be really cool

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Etienne Pisano 1 year ago

Fantastic!!!!

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

They almost look printed! Her skills are really amazing!

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

The human eye on the right reminds me of Leonardo Davinci's eyes

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

I don’t even know what to say, they’re so good

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Amazing 3D painting. And that is the perfect ring to show this painting with.

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Keep this kind of work up !

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Sheila Stamey 1 year ago

Awesome

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Anita Holleufer 1 year ago

Aha...Masons!

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

I like the use of jewelry in the painting

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Perfect.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Very impressive. Most of the pieces look so 3D. Excellent.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Oh, my. I would love a slightly larger print of this to put on my wall.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Gorgeous!!

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

She has caught the essence of cats

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

I love this

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Beautiful. I love the dark blue. And the eye is amazing.

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

I like the dew drop on the flower

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Isabel Tamayo 1 year ago

Favorite!

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Sara MacFarland 1 year ago

It looks like I could pick it up and it would have dimension and be lilac scented!

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Love it.

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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

I think she could draw her own money

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Nice.

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

All her work is wonderful!

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

I think this could be used as the outer part of a coat of arm. All you would have to do is add the middle part. Or you could draw or put a picture of a loved one in it. I would love to have a few of these with pictures of my loved ones who have passed away. Beautiful.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Fantastic.

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

One of my favorites

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Love it.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

And I want to say Thank You as well. You are SO talented, and your inner beauty shines out through your beautiful artwork. I really appreciate it that you chose to share your work with us. I feel honored at being able to see it. And if you ever do decide to sell prints, I would love to have them. (If I can afford them, of course). Also, you have beautiful hands and I love your nails and your rings, and other jewelry. Every single piece of art that you shared with us was so beautiful, so lovely, and so awesome. You are blessed and you truly have a beautiful soul. Thank You!! again for sharing your artwork and yourself with us. May Peace, Love, and Light Guide Your Way!!

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