Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Self-portrait as Evdokia with progress pics

Ink, water-soluble graphite pencils, gouache & white acrylic on watercolour paper

 Part of my historical prostitutes series, Evdokia is the name of a classic Greek film about a woman of the same name.

The main soundtrack is also a Greek classic called zeibekiko (type of dance) tis (of) Evdokia(s) which I find charming because I love zeibekiko dancing with great music like this piece... There's a mix of sadness, strength and dizziness in this kind of art. However, part of my inspiration was also this cretan folk song.

Greek cinema seems to have a favour for prostitute main characters so be aware of the next one coming up... :)

Monday, 3 February 2020

Ardjan as Aquarius at Listis beach

 I had mixed feelings about going back to my fatherland for Christmas this year but I decided to go since my sister Margaret who lives in the UK would join us with her new husband Ardjan and I wanted to get to know him better. I also had paperwork responsibilities concerning the land and the house that made me suffer a lot in silence... I am still boiling with anger about it but I think that I'll dedicate a different post to it, discussing the artists home and studio in general and in relation to myself.

The good news is that the new family member is great! He added love (i think he was baking or making some other kind of dessert every other day) and warmth and lots of laughter to the house and I'm looking forward to future meetings like this. One of the days I enjoyed in particular was when we went to the beach to drink something and chill. Listis is my favourite beach for cliff jumping (along with skouro beach) in the area of Viannos. It has the highest rock where I've jumped from (5-6 m. I think) and a lot of shaded space from trees or rocks for resting in the summer.

 Ardjan made me happy when he accepted to pose for me even though it was very high up and windy. My initial inspiration for Aquarius came from this song and in this video by Sokratis Damoulakis, you might glimpse the atmosphere and motivation behind my paintings. I've copied some info about the beach and pasted below, along with some personal photos from that day. If you ever plan a road trip in Crete I definitely recommend it and don't forget to contact me in case I'm there. :)

Listis is located 69km southeast of Iraklion, between Kastri  (2km to the west) and Tsoutsouras. The street linking Kastri and Tsoutsouras passes next to the beach. However, in order to get to the beach you should descend a steep slope. Alternatively, you can get off at the next beach of Kamboula and walk eastwards. Whichever way you choose, it definitely is worth it.
This quite small beach is certainly one of the nicest in Crete. It remains unorganized, but can become busy in peak season. It has sand and shallow crystal clear waters. What makes it special is the big rocks inside the sea and on the shore. Although there are many rocks in the water, the seabed is generally sandy and is ideal for swimming and splashes! The rock above the beach, called the rock of Listis (= bandit) hosts several nice caves; according to the legend, a bandit lived once in the caves. The caves can be reached quite easily from the main road, not from the beach. Atop the hill, there was a small sanctuary in ancient era.
Πηγή: Listis beach - Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece

Wednesday, 25 December 2019