Tatiana Kozmina graduated from the Repin Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg and lives in Staraya Ladoga, one of the oldest towns in the north of Russia. Tatiana's lithography is well-known and loved in Russia. She illustrated several books of Russian proverbs, including the three volumes of Vladimir Dal's Sayings and Proverbs of the Russian People that features more than 30,000 entries. Tatiana's work is both delightful and thought-provoking. My students enjoy learning about Russian culture by studying the proverbs and idioms. The cover proverb says, "Bow low in gratitude: it is high to reach the sky, but it is closer to reach the face of the Earth." "The proverb on the right could be translated as "Improvement is possible, but things will get worse." Tatiana also illustrated a Russian ABC book (in the middle).
The photographs of the onions are in public domain.