Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
|'Cyprus-Poem,' watercolour, gouache and acrylic on watercolour paper, 22 x 33ins|
|'Paintscape,' watercolour, gouache and acrylic on paper, 22 x 30ins|
Of the series so far, the above is one of my favourite pieces because it refers to landscape but in an abstract way.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
|'Landscape-Poem,' watercolour and gouache on paper, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
|'Coastal-Night-Poem,' watercolour and gouache on paper, 30 x 22ins|
|'Coastal-Poem,' acrylic and watercolour on paper, 33 x 23ins|
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
|'Coastal Night-Poem,' (2) watercolour, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
|'Coastal Night-Poem,' watercolour, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
|'Carob-tree Poem,' watercolour on paper, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
|'An Undiscovered Country,' acrylic and gesso on watercolour paper, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
|'Carob-Poem,' watercolour, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
Back in Nicosia I made a few more paintings and decided to leave my 'Ebb and Flow' as it is. I will be showing paintings on canvas and paper and since my return 2 weeks ago I have painted 4 large watercolours taking my themes further. My series is entitled 'Cyprus Poems' and I am exploring what is, for me, the essence of my experience of sea, sand, salty air, shimmering light, warm, liquid sunsets and vibrancy. More photos next time!
|'Ebb and Flow,' acrylic on canvas, 80 x 40cm|
Sunday, 17 August 2014
|View of my patio garden from living room windows|
|My patio garden, view from top flower bed|
It has been my busiest year for exhibitions - I have taken part in seven! Shortly after the SEE Art Fair ended, I submitted my entry for OFF THE WALL, The 9th Terrace Open. It is an installation-type show, which is open for only a day but has much coverage on the internet and Facebook. Every year artists from different countries send work for this show, which takes place on the walls of a piece of land in Hackney, London. Many of my American artist friends sent over work and I was thrilled to be showing alongside so many artists who I respect. I delivered my painting on August 2nd and met Karl Bielik, who organises the event each year. It was great to see actual paintings by my friends and I would say that of the 80 entries this year, I must know around 70% of the artists.
|One of the walls of OFF THE WALL TERRACE OPEN.|
|Artists delivering work|
|'An Unveiling,' acrylic, silver paper, orange plastic bag, indelible marker pen and gesso on canvas, under glass|
Friday, 11 July 2014
On the positive side, it was a very lively event, held for the first time in Tunbridge Wells in the Assembly Hall, which usually shows theatre productions and concerts. The Private View was on Wednesday evening and last night I attended the Charity Gala Event, which was accompanied by live music and canapes. I stood for four hours and never stopped talking to artists, visitors and galleries. My painting received some very nice comments.
Above is a view of some of the other stands, with the theatre seating visible in the background. The music added to the general ambience and was not too loud. I really enjoyed meeting other artists, seeing some wonderful paintings, and took the chance to network and make artistic connections. But as I left at 10pm, I vowed that the next Art Fair I take part in will be under my own terms, with a stand of my own!
|'Paintscape,' - work in progress, acrylic on board, 100 x 75cm|
Friday, 27 June 2014
|'Sale Fun,' acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92cm (36 x 36ins)|
The night before the paintings were unveiled, I noticed that many shops had Sale signs in their windows, and yesterday most of the Sales began.
Unfortunately, my painting did not photograph well. I had to photograph it in a hurry as I was rushing to deliver it on Wednesday morning, and had just adjusted the colour of the vase near the top right side (it is a pale lilac, not white, as in the photo). Luckily acrylic dries really fast. So I took the photograph of the canvas up against a wall, resulting in wonky edges. I could not crop them too much without losing important elements of the painting. The colours are also not very accurate: there is a deep turqoise blue in several places, and cobalt blues, and a lovely rich jade green. But the picture gives an idea of how I interpreted SALE.
After I delivered my painting, I had to dash up to London. My friend Gill Brown had work in the Society of Women Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries and had given me a ticket to the Private View. When I arrived, she had just been given an award: The President and Vice President of the SWA Choice Award. It was much deserved as her sculptures are very beautiful and unusual. It made me reflect on the sometimes random nature of an art career. Last year I met Gill as I collected my paintings that had been rejected from the Discerning Eye exhibition. She was also in the tiny collection room, not far from the Mall galleries, and said to me, 'Not so discerning, are they?' It made me laugh and it was the beginning of our friendship. It shows how you can get rejected one year and win an award the next! I have had this experience too - I was 'culled' from the Axis artists' database in January 2012 (for not being 'contemporary,' I believe) only to go on to be one of 15 artists selected in June for an international painting residency at the Mark Rothko Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia. It was fully funded and one of the best experiences of my life, and my work is now part of the permanent collection at the Mark Rothko Centre, and not far from the original Rothko paintings. So for any artists reading this who are feeling discouraged, don't be - things can swing around the other way!
|The window of Hoopers - promoting our paintings and Chyps charity|
Monday, 9 June 2014
Last week the group show of the SEE Artists opened at Woods restaurant, Tunbridge Wells. It was a lovely opening with live music, drinks and canapes, and 10 artists are showing 2 paintings each. The above photo shows one of my watercolours, high on the wall, and in the foreground, on the left, Mark Paul Perry, who organised the show.
|Me (on the right) by the drinks table|
|'Procession,' (Cyprus series) acrylic and gesso on watercolour paper, 11.8 x 8.3ins|
Finally, and deeply memorable, was the tribute to my ex-tutor Stass Paraskos that I attended on 24th May, at the APT STUDIOS, in Deptford, London. It was heavily attended and included a show of his marvellous paintings and a film about his life. I met some tutors I hadn't seen for some 25 years, and some people who had been in my Year at college. It was very moving and all of us shared many sweet memories. Stass taught me at Canterbury College of Art, and I was very saddened when he died a few weeks ago. I will write more next time.
|A photo of Stass, in front of tulips (he would have loved the colour), at the Tribute|
Monday, 19 May 2014
|Me with 'A Journey Through Paint,' oil and acrylic on canvas, 95 x 54cm (behind, right)|
|Me with 'Rape Seed Fields, Kent,' oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30cm|
|My husband Thanos with two of my abstracted landscapes - to his left - 'Seasonal Echoes,' (the orange-based landscape) and 'Reverie,' (below the orange painting) both oil and acrylic on canvas|
For the first time, I will have work in three shows in June! Two paintings are going up to London for the NOT THE ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION (Llewellyn Alexander gallery) this week, and the show opens on June 10th. The current show at 'art gallery 110 camden road' runs till June 29th. I have work going on show in the SEE Artists group show at Woods restaurant in Tunbridge Wells on June 4th.
Monday, 28 April 2014
|'A Journey Through Paint,' oil and acrylic on canvas, 95 x 54cm|
I have to deliver two paintings to the Llewellyn Alexander gallery (London) in May, for the NOT THE ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION, and they are still not framed. I am showing some work at The Art Pull gallery, in Tunbridge Wells (Kent, UK), in the middle of May. I'm entering a portrait for a portrait exhibition, which is a long shot as it will be very competitive. I haven't painted a portrait for a while and it was a very interesting thing to do. Also I have several applications for exhibitions pending and I am still planning a show in Cyprus with a friend, though currently we are looking for a venue.
|'Paphos Walk,' (2) acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50cm|
I have also made a few updates to my novel's details and hope to get on with the sequel soon. The link is:
Thursday, 17 April 2014
|Priest, oil on canvas|
|The Priest with his portrait|
This is part of a mural I made for a tavern. The owner wanted me to paint both walls of a corridor, which were roughly 30 foot by 9 foot high. On this wall I painted an image that showed a tavern. Half of the painting shows a man approaching the tavern in daylight, smartly dressed and ready to meet his friends.
On the other side of the corridor, I painted a scene of Cypriot houses:
|The Second Mural|
Monday, 7 April 2014
|'The Beyond,' acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm|
|'We Are All Nomads,' oil and acrylic on canvas. 110 x 80cm|
Other than that, I am pushing on with more work. Here is another of the Spring-based work.
|'The Beyond,' (3) oil and acrylic on canvas, 35 x 24cm|
Thursday, 27 March 2014
|'The Wasteland,' oil and acrylic on board, 46 x 61cm|
I have been very busy painting. I have quite a few new canvases and I'm including some of them in this post. This week I have worked on 3 more paintings. Spring always has this affect on me.
|'March Paintscape,' oil and acrylic on board, 46 x 61cm|
My book is getting some good comments from the people who have read it so far! I think that the best thing an author can hear is that someone did not want the book to end, and that is what people have been saying. This is the link:
I hope you might take a look. Though it is an e-book right now, I will be making it available in print very soon. As an e-book, it can be read on an iPhone, iPad, and Kindle device.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
|'Paphos Glimpse,' oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 45cm|
My podcast interview went live yesterday, the day my computer crashed! I was lucky though - a few hours later it seemed to recover and I have been able to listen to myself. It's amazing how much you forget after an interview. I am including the link below:
Monday, 10 March 2014
|'Reverie,' oil and acrylic on canvas, 55 x 45cm|
On Tuesday I set up Skype on my computer, to connect with an artist who wanted to interview me via Skype. That night I went out to the Private View at the gallery. It was crowded and I met some other artists.
|In the gallery, my two paintings.|
|The Private View.|
The two blue paintings are mine. They refer to flight over the sea, though I was thinking about people's journeys through life.
On Tuesday night at 10pm, just after I returned home from the PV, I connected with Phillip J. Mellen, on Skype, to discuss the podcast. Thankfully, the connection was really good, and we chatted about my work and the questions I would be asked on Thursday night.
On Wednesday I made my notes for the podcast, and began some new paintings. Altogether last week I worked on five new canvases, all fairly small because my supplies of canvas are low. But these were freebies! I was sent 6 small canvases by an art supplier because I'd received a slightly damaged canvas in a previous order. Small canvases can be fantastic for working out ideas fast, and making changes fast. This is one of them.
|'It's That Time of Year Again.' oil and acrylic on canvas, 35 x 24cm|
On Thursday I painted most of the day. It put me in the right frame of mind for the interview. I also had to finish filling in some forms for exhibitions and a website I want to be included on. Sometimes admin work seems to take as much time as painting.
The podcast was very enjoyable. I was more relaxed than I expected to be. The questions took about an hour and I was fully prepared. We both had our drinks next to us - talking for so long really makes your throat dry - and after the first 10 minutes passed, we were both at ease. I found it quite amazing being able to see Phil's room, and cat, and Phil picked up his latest painting to show to me! (It's the first time I have experienced Skype.) We ended up talking from 10pm to 11.30pm. For the last half hour, we discussed our own work. Phil is a wonderful artist and we both love colour.
I was really thrilled to be asked to do this interview as I am now in the 'company' of a lot of incredible artists from around the world. I feel as if I am part of an artistic community as many of these artists are either known to me, or are Facebook friends. My podcast should be on this week, along with photos of my work. I also spoke about my book THE JAGGED GREEN LINE, and made a tribute to Stass Paraskos, my ex-tutor from art school, who I'd learned only that day had died. Stass was a big influence on me, and always encouraged my use of colour. I was really very shocked to hear of his death and that was the first thing I spoke about when Phil and I connected on Skype.