V.V. Proshkin’s work “Between the rains” reflects creative intentions of the artist, who belongs to the elder generation of Leningrad-St. Petersburg painters. Landscapist by vocation, he devoted his canvas to the portrayal of the subtlest state of nature, almost impossible to catch in our bustling everyday life. Listening attentively to the silence of the empty woods and shores, of water and the lofty sky, author paints the “after rain”, that seems to dissolve its moisture in the countryside, shrouding it with brief and mysterious instability. The river portrayed in the foreground is penetrated with reflections of light momentary clouds, while in the background the artist makes his waters dark, as if they are taking away the past. The richness of blue corresponds harmoniously with powerful spots of pink – like reflecting the sun that has briefly peeped out – with accents of white, ochre, gray and green, that create a versatile but in whole light and harmonious image of nature. Amazing freedom in portraying by means of art the mentioned natural phenomena – air, moisture and fullness of light – evidence the author’s genuine craftsmanship and make this works one of the samples of landscape painting of the late 20th – early 21st centuries.