Although Volkov depicted his “Forest Lake” in dark colors, the picture is still very pleasant and joyful. In the middle of the composition a dark forest lake is depicted, and to describe it, Volkov took the darkest colors in the picture. With the help of this technique, he makes the lake deep and bottomless. It is mysterious, because it is not known what is hidden there at its bottom. In the middle of the lake are reflected the bright tops of the trees. Green grass, yellow birch and green grass bushes grow on the nearby green shore. The trees depicted in the picture are completely different from each other, it is all thought out and traced to the finest details.
Some of them are yellow, some are orange, some are green. And they are all different sizes, thicknesses, lengths. In the background of the lake you can see the yellowed autumn forest. It’s so thick that not one ray of sunlight passes through it. Only the tops of the trees are covered with golden evening shine and the sky blue shows clear weather. There is not a cloud in the blue sky, it means that the day is warm, affectionate and pleasant. The most basic color of the landscape is green. He performs in various shades from light green grass to deep green shadows on the lake. About autumn we are told yellowed trees. All these color shades and combinations gave the picture a special magical meaning.
The artist as if shows the beauty of the lake depths, since not many had to see the forest lake in reality. It keeps its dark secrets, forest dwellers. Thirsty birds come to quench their thirst, forest dwellers come. It is as if the center of this beautiful forest, its living heart. You can listen, and hear his breath, driven by the breeze and the rustle of leaves. Surrounded by forest trees, the lake is hidden from human eyes.