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I have now made prints available of the this painting of the little church of Agios Antonios at Megas Yialos on Syros.

You can find them at my website Aegean Light www.aegeanlight.co.uk/agios-antonios.html

Come on over and see the new work there and at www.anotherlight.co.uk as well.

 

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The Hippy in Me is a Happy Bunny tonight. I just made such a cute little psychedelic Slideshow of a few of my digital art expeditions into the heart of Photoshop…..very enjoyable.

See it here at the page called Digitalissima

I’m loving Slide.com – this is the third slideshow I’ve made there and this one gave me a chance for a little unrestrained fantasy indulgence in their feature set.

I’ve also installed a new set of photographs of Syros to give you a flavour of this lovely island.

Find that one here at the page called Syros Photographs

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I’ve begun a portrait of my brother Mike the poet who posts verses here under my various paintings. Michael has decided that time of life has been reached when a portrait would be appropriate. I’ve got the job and what a pleasure it is too. Here you see the first working drawing which will be used to lay down the shadows onto the canvas. The technique I am describing in Work in Progress has seldom been so much use to me as with Michael’s image – a face so familiar to me. Any artist will tell you that you have to get past what you think you see and draw and paint what is really there – and what is really there is light. Light and not light. Concentrating purely on the shadows absolutely liberates you from the psychological effect of the image. There were several times in creating this drawing that I lost sight of where I was but persisted in studying only the enlarged portion I was working on and transferring it to the paper via a grid. It is to be recommended – I have just completely rediscovered a face I have known quite literally since the day I was born.

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The first drawing of Ted the Elder is now ready and you can read about the ongoing story of this developing work on Work in Progress (see the tab at the top of the page here)
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I’ve updated Work in Progress with the next stage of the Two Teds portraits. I’ve worked a bit more on Theo’s drawing and am much happier with it now. It looks much more like him (compare with the post below).
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I’ve started work on my very first portrait, a commission to paint an uncle and his nephew, both called Ted.

I’m very excited about it and I intend to document my progress here (reckless idea probably). If you go on over to Work in Progress you can see the first stage happening in a series of photographs and explanations. Watch this space to see the work as it develops.

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Island Poster

Hello, here are some of my paintings.

Some of them have been made since I have lived on Syros. I moved here nearly 5 years ago. Some of them are older, going back to around 1985.

 The picture above shows a poster I made of my newest painting Island. It includes a quotation from one of my favourite poets e e cummings:

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

Just about sums up my thoughts on that painting for me!

 

PLEASE NOTE I NOW HAVE NEW WEBSITES at www.aegeanlight.co.uk and www.anotherlight.co.uk where you can buy prints of Island and many other new works. Please come by and visit.

 

 

I’ve been struggling with this blog for the past week. I like the new theme very much but miss having links and stuff at the side. So I’ve started a new page called Inspirations where I hope to be able to store links and ideas and all manner of other stuff from different eras of my life in Brighton, London, Wales, and Greece that feed into my particular river, float my boat etc. Just two links there to two good friends at the moment, each a special facet of my life which has been somewhat varied to say the least. I see possibilities! Exciting possibilities.

Back in the 70s I can remember long conversations about how no particular available medium exactly suited to convey our particular consciousness of our time. No wonder really, it was just the start of an era where people opened their eyes onto a world so very much larger, more immediate and more unusual than their ancestors could ever have imagined. Things – events, ideas, people, obsessions, fashions, homes, hearts, minds – moved faster than ever before, mixing and clashing invading and interweaving.

Media of personal expression of all sorts were being stretched and torn open. In those days few artists considered themselves close friends with technology. But it is technology that has provided the explosive new arena where art is no longer about static finished works forged in isolation. The blog is still a baby in terms of art and possibly many of us who might make wild use of it are still nervous and intimidated by the technicalities. But the free-form and collaborative potential is something that still has many minds to blow….. Call me slow but I’m just beginning to get it!!

Hundreds of years from now our era will surely be seen as extraordinary (the jury’s still out on whether it’s an extraordinary tragedy, comedy or epic – but evolutionary it most certainly will be by then known to be).

Also, I’ve added a new Gallery page today using a slideshow thing from Slide that has all the paintings I’ve so far got available online for printing. Very cool gadget, I like it. What fun! This makes me want to create more than ever….feels a lot more like there’s a point!

Phew! I’ve been working round the clock since I last posted here. The painting on the unfinished page is now complete, sold and soon to start it’s journey to England and it’s new home. “Port” is going too.

But before they set off from Syros they have been photographed and made ready to make their appearance as beautiful, vivid prints. I’ve opted for doing the Zazzle thing over Cafepress for a number of reasons which I will shortly reveal(!) along with all the stages of the process I’ve worked through for this.

What this means is that whilst I get on with making more paintings the images themselves can take on a life of their own as Greeting Cards, Prints, Posters, t’shirts and a really MAD variety of other objects of desire. I love it! I’m working round the clock t prepare the stuff at the moment so that people cans have things for Christmas if they want. Below this I’m posting two new paintings (both of which can already be bought as cards by clicking the link to my Print Gallery on the right of this page. The first is Island and the second is a ‘specially for Christmas’ little Angel with a story to go with her.


This is my Little Angel card. I made the painting last Christmas after a visit to a village above Ermoupoli on Syros called Alithini, which means Truth. There’s the most amazing view over the city and out across the Aegean up there (as well as a taverna hosted by one of Nature’s true gentlemen)

So this Angel, she’s walking along the path towards truth, and behind her you can see the two great churches of Syros. On the left the awesome Catholic Basilica of St George, affectionately known as Agios Tzortzi, and on the right the bright blue dome of the Orthodox Church of the Resurrection, known as Anastasi in Greek. Syros is famous for the happy coexistence of the two churches side by side on this island. As I’m sure you know Greece is historically Orthodox but Syros, for some slightly unfathomable reason, had until recently a predominantly Catholic population. I’m not alone in believing that the need for the two churches to live together somehow contributes to the gently humorous and kindly character that is so obviously the norm here. Or maybe it’s the character of the Syriani (due to something in the water or suchlike) which has led to this really very unusual intermeshing of the two faiths. You really have to experience it to understand it I guess but in a world where faith seems to more often inspire people to hate eachother rather than love and appreciate I really wish I could bottle whatever it is that makes this place tick.

As for the little angel herself, when I painted her a year ago I had never heard of Madeleine McCann but now this picture reminds me so much of her. I’ve spent most of this year worrying about her and incredulous and appalled at the spite and venom directed at her poor family. I so wish that this cheerful little picture might turn out to be a seen in days to come as a herald of her safe return.

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