This page is meant as “the confession of a perfectionist.”
When I was 18 years old and trying to decide where to apply for college, I wanted to go to Art School. I never applied because, as I was convinced back then, I was not ‘good enough’ and “how could I ever compare to Leonardo Da Vinci”!… Only recently I came to appreciate that it is fine simply painting from the heart and that any art is valuable as the expression of one’s inner world. It is OK not to be nowhere near Da Vinci’s genius!
In this page, I am just putting up some paintings that I have done recently. They are not perfect :), but they were done quickly, some at home, some others at Anna Didier’s Lush Brush workshops. And most importantly, they are finished! Who knows, this page might inspire me to paint more!
Red Poppy (based on Georgia O’ Keeffe’s painting)
I have always been fascinated by this painting of O’ Keeffe. I love its red color, its strength and intensity. I painted the background black, rather than white, in order to bring this intensity out more. I think I love this painting for atavistic reasons too: when I was growing up, we would spend Easter time at my paternal grandparents’ village near the city of Lamia (in Greece). The fields were filled with red poppies. I was fascinated by the poppies that were still buds, and I would pick them up and unwrap them.
The Church of Chrysopege, on the island of Sifnos, Greece
Whitewashed under the Greek summer sun. The blue of the sky like none found anywhere else in the world. On a small peninsula of harsh grey rocks jutting into the Aegean.
Moonlight somewhere in the world
Contrasts move me. The moonlight that is seemingly imperceptible falls onto the sea and burns it up. It glitters and moves with the waves. It illuminates the purple depths of the sea. The boat glides past, cutting through the thick water. Dreams passing.
A coconut tree
Heavy leaves dropping to the ground, but moving in their own rhythm. Against the emerald of the sea, a lush green entity, filled with sparkling colors and shadows. As I was about to finish this tree, I felt something was missing, but I did not know what. The teacher came and added pink color on my palette. I hesitated, my mind telling me otherwise, but some strokes along the trunk lit the whole painting up.
There is nothing literal in this painting, except maybe the outline of the jelly fish. I wanted to show its propelling movement. The colors are meant to convey the different hues of its transparent nature. I do not know why I put the dots–that was a last moment decision, but I felt it would add to convey its tentacles moving and its body opening the deep waters.
Before the storm
This is a gloomy painting that I copied from a book just to practice the technique. I guess I was gloomy that day. I love how layers of purple wash add up to convey different depths, distances, and the volume of the buildings. I love the clouds, moving and gathering for the storm. Silent, but powerful.
I don’t think I like this painting. Some canes are better than the others (for example the purple one or the turquoise one), but that night I was not patient enough and it shows. I know I’m not going to rework it though, so I just uploaded it.