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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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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!

 

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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.

Little Angel

AGIOS ANTONIOS, MEGA YIALO, SYROS

This painting measures 100×40 cm and is painted in Acrylic on Canvas

When I painted this I lived in the neighbouring village of Poseidonia. I used to swim across the bay most mornings. The church is dedicated to St Antony, a very kind and gentle saint who works miracles.

Agios Antonios, Mega Yialo, Syros

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KYPEROUSSA

Acrylic on Canvas 100x 40cm

If you drive north from Ermoupoli, the main city of Syros, you come to a wild and beautiful area known as Apano Meria. The area where this lovely house is situated is called Kyperoussa.

Kyperoussa

Lalakia Garden

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LALAKIA GARDEN

Acrylic on Paper

Ermoupoli is a joy of a city full of secret places that tourists never see, like something in a magical story. I’ve got to know and love it very well since moving to a house high up on one of the hills which overlook the town. I’m no fan of main roads so usually navigate my way from place to place through all sorts of shortcuts, twittens and alleyways. This is a painting of a little hidden garden I used to pass regularly. The yellow house at the end of the path seems to glow.

Port

PORT
Acrylic and Impasto on a chunky little canvas

This is a really difficult painting to get across in a photograph. It has a nice 3D effect and changes when you look at it from different angles. I wouldn’t say it’s really of this island but then I couldn’t have painted it if I didn’t live here.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Acrylic on Artboard

A fantasy painting which has nothing to do with Syros or Greece being much more to do with wintry regions in the north of the world.

Northern Lights

THE RETURN

Acrylic on Canvas

Lots of people like this painting, especially kids. It was begun in about 1985 and dabbed at in disorganised and dreamy fashion over a lot of years. I have never finished it but plan to soon. It’s time. I’ve put it in because my friends like it. Also in a way it is the beginning of my journey to Syros although I didn’t realise that at the time. I had been living here for several years before the penny dropped one day when I was looking at this picture and trying to figure out what to do with it. Thinking back to what I had been seeing in my mind’s eye when I began it finally dawned on me that the original inspiration had come from seeing the amazing view of Syros that you see from the boat when you call into port here en route someplace else. For all those years I had been painting my future home without knowing it. I even think I recognise some of the people, especially some of the kids I have taught English to here! I had been privately calling it “The Return” for years because it seemed to me that all the smiling people in the little boats were coming to welcome someone who had been away for a very long time.

The Return

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