My trip to Madrid, last year, was “my last trip” before Corona virus kept us all locked down in our houses and away from travelling abroad.
My memories of Madrid are vivid, colorful and full of tasteful flavours of the Spanish tapas.
So when it came to painting something about Madrid I thought of those lovely little shops that serve Paella that I would love to visit again.
and in a closer look
– Portugal –
Lisbon – Portugal
Copenhagen – Denmark
” The wings that stretch”
( Οι φτερούγες που τεντώνουν)
My friend Christina (@iprigipessa , blog here ) who is a very talented blogger, mother and inspirational creature in general, one day impulsively she wrote a magnificent text about a Mother’s thinking while preparing her child for the first day at school (while the child keeps responding to all the mother doubts and fears…in a humorous way).
When I read it, I was really touched and awakens my emotions (since I have a child in that age too…) and decided that I wanted to illustrate it – no matter what.
Here are some of my illustrations (but only 3 of them since it is my recent work and still under the creation process…)
take a look- and tell me what emotion evokes to you…
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Mixed media work with analogical and digital technique, that started with a quick sketch of Audrey in Watercolour.
Then I thought of making this kind of poster.
I have included some of the most famous film titles and in simple sketches the most characteristics and stylish poses with the sun-glasses and the other with the cigar! The dress was a bonus !
I feel that Tesla is the “Van Gogh of Science“. Personal opinion.
His life was full of disappointments, failures, and he died alone.
He never received the recognition he deserved in his living years.
That gives me a romantic feeling for this great scientist and I chose pink for my colour pallet.
OK something Bold and flamboyant.
I read the biography of this great dancer and choreographer Isadora Dunkan (1877- 1927) when I was very young.
She was inspired of Ancient Greek choreographies and she was called “the bare foot dancer”. She was dancing in abandoned ancient temples at a time when a few people had some kind of admiration or knowledge about Antiquity.
I admired her passion for dancing, her inner fire and of course I was shocked about the tragedies in her life (lost both her children in a tragic accident)
and of course her death was so tragic like her whole life (drowned when her scarf was caught on one of the rear wheels of the sports car where she was riding).
“The Wind? I am the Wind.
The Sea and the Moon? I am the Sea and the Moon.
Tears, pain, love, bird-flights? I am all of them.
Sin, prayer, flight, the light that never was on land or sea?
I dance what I am.”
I chose watercolour washes to bring out this etherial feeling for this woman’s dancing.
An Elephant – Astronaut
“Out in the desert and in the wilderness , lived an Elephant and a Banana tree..
They were close friends.
One day the Elephant had a strange dream…
He dreamt of flying in the Universe and around were shining stars
He was wearing his astronaut uniform but it happened to be really small…
-” What is going on here, where am I ?”.. the elephant asked himself…”
(to be continued…)
Some pics of the making progress…
Copenhagen – Hans Christian Andersen’s home town –
A city like fairy tale.
The rooftops of the buildings was the most inspiring of all and if you look my sketch book of Copenhagen this is how it looks :
I should not forget to mention the unparalleled Design, that of the Scandinavian countries – an ode to practicality!
And the dreamy National Gallery – especially the section with the Danish painters I visited and I was really amazed !!
You can get an idea here from the official site of the National Gallery.
What was really new for me was how Danish people were visiting the National Gallery:
There were comfortable large sofas in the rooms, that you could sit and stare the paintings for hours in a really comfortable and relaxing way like you were in your living room! Also in all theGallery there where many many babies, toddlers and children crawling at the floors and interact with the view of those great paintings!
Diamonds are forever …but I am NOT!
“The minerals diamond and graphite have the same chemical composition. They are both crystalline forms of Carbon. But they have different physical capacities. Diamond is the hardest mineral, it is transparent with an extremely strong glow. On the other hand, graphite is one of the softest minerals, it is black and dies easily (common pencils), it is opaque and has a minimum of glow.
These extreme contrasts reflect the difference in crystallization conditions in terms of Pressure and Temperature.Ever since I came across this info I was profoundly impressed and has kept my mind thinking about it. Although I was reading about the chemical form of rocks, in a Geology book, I was feeling to read a Psychology, Philosophy or even a kind of self-help book…
What pressure have I suffered in terms of family, work and relationships?
Life has taught me that the only pressure that never ends is the pressure coming from within.
Also has convinced me that there is no such thing as “early” or “late” to start with everything you love doing ! There are no “grades” or exams to worry about.
Adulthood, with any cost, allows you to do as you wish! (tweet this).
It is said that “Diamonds are girl ‘s best friends ” but this girl (me) Pencils are far more beloved friends!
I want to write my story in graphite, erase and rewrite again… and I want to do it TODAY!
So follow along ..