welcome!

Whether you've reached this blog willingly or by force I'm happy to have you here.
ersi marina's workroom is always open to the public, even when I am not in. Sometimes I need to sleep.
And to paint.
And to play with my four cats.
My name is Ersi Marina and I live in Spain though I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. I kept it all very Mediterranean.
This blog is a means to share my work and snippets of my life, as well as to be in contact with you all. I hope you'll enjoy your visit.

Monday, 31 October 2011

goodbye, Milonga

It was only 8 days ago that I posted an entry about my cats, with a photograph of 3 of them lazying on my bed. Milonga was one of them. She was fine, she was happy, she played with the other 4 and she purred like crazy on my lap.


Milonga died on Wednesday 26 October, just a few days after my previous post. Her health deteriorated so rapidly that I hardly had time to realize it was the end.  She started losing weight at an alarming pace, though she still ate normally. On Tuesday 25 October she barely had anything to eat. On Wednesday morning she was unable to stand up and walk, when she tried, she fell sideways to the floor. Almost immediately afterwards she started seizing. I drove her to the vet's and stayed with her till the end -and a long while afterwards.

I miss her more than I can say. Looking at her photograph (taken last July) I can't believe she's gone. With 4 more cats at home, the appartment seems empty to me. I so wish I could hold her again...

paintafeeling

Sunday, 23 October 2011

shall we pose?

Maybe I should have named my blog 'I have five cats', because I repeat it over and over again. In case some of you forget. So, I have five cats. (See what I mean?) I love drawing them and taking pictures of them. This is a shot I took just a few days ago:


They were napping on my bed but they woke up as soon as I stuck my head -and the camera- through the door. 'Shall we pose?' they asked or at least it sounded like it. Aren't they a sweet sight?

From left to right: Colombina, Carousina and Milonga, lazying on a sunny afternoon. It's almost impossible to catch all five of them together. Except when they all gather on my bed to sleep at night. Have you ever slept with 3 to 5 cats sprawled on your body? I'm so used to it by now that I hardly notice. I'm just a big cat to them, I guess :)

paintafeeling

Saturday, 15 October 2011

interviewed by Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D.

On Friday 14 October I was interviewed through BlogTalkRadio by Cassie Premo Steele Ph.D for her Co-Creating Show. Cassie is a creativity coach and I am just citing a short paragraph from her website here:

'Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and is a creativity coach with two decades of experience teaching within community and university settings. Cassie Premo Steele's Co-Creating workshops & individual sessions offer a fun and nurturing alternative for those wanting to learn how to use writing and everyday creativity to help bring about greater balance and beauty in their lives.'

Her CV is quite impressive, so please visit her site to learn more about this gentle and inspiring creator.

It was her interest in the creative use of words that led her to my Etsy shop, where several of my works incorporate writing, be it calligraphy, artist's books or the artistic use of individual letters. It was only through her initial presentation of the show that I realized I was her first international guest. I feel it is a real honour and -at the risk of becoming a bit tiresome- I would like to thank her through my blog yet once again.


You can listen to the interview through this widget or visit the Co-Creating Show page. The widget starts with a short commercial and we come right after it!

Listen to internet radio with Cassie Premo Steele on Blog Talk Radio

The interview lasted 15 minutes and I was a bit nervous before it started. As it turned out, Cassie is such a wonderful host that it felt much shorter. She made me feel at home, she asked the right questions and I think we connected beautifully. I wish I could physically attend one of her workshops and I'd love to meet her in person sometime.

I'm so happy I have finally been able to blog about it! If you have ever considered running an art space... re-consider carefully :) It gulps down time and never even burps!

paintafeeling

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

flying letters

Can letters fly? The a over the b and all the way to the t? Then we would get a brand new couple reading 'at'. And if the p did a somersault and landed right in front of them, we'd get a warm 'pat'.

What am I trying to say with these nonsensical musings? That the colossal body of world literature is composed of only a handful of letters, that repeat themselves in variable patterns, combinations and quantities. I love literature but -short of this brief statement- I wouldn't know how to honour it in its entirety. So I pay tribute to its building blocks, the letters.

This is the meaning of my two most recent works: 'From A to B' and 'Blue and White and Words'.





I like the shapes of the written words as artistic forms, be they calligraphic, typographic or plain handwritten. They establish a visual rhythm and flow that can compete with any decorative motive. In the first original (From A to B) I used metal type sets that I bought from ReminiscencePapers on Etsy. To make sure letters can fly, I supplied the feather, that is from pocketsaurus, also on Etsy.

The letters here were actually embossed on the paper before I used graphite pencils to draw in the embossed recesses and create a stronger visual effect. How did I emboss the letters? Well, since I don't have an appropriate press to do it, I used a hammer! And it worked! I wetted the paper to do that but I didn't wet it enough (patience, I'm still learning) so the embossing was rather slight and that's the reason I resorted to the graphite.

The stunning cobalt blue and the delicate white feathers in 'Blue and White and Words' are from the Etsy shop of KIMONOS. The calligraphic text is my own handwriting and it is part of a short poem also written by me: the flowers on the wall are blooming again and the words escape from the bottle... I used a dip pen and india ink to write it.

Both works are now on sale in my Etsy shop :) There's more information about each piece in the item descriptions, if you care to have a look.

Painting, artist's books, calligraphy, fabrics, collages... Almost too much for my little free time. A while ago I tweeted about participating in a local group exhibition in November. Each of the 22 artists can present 3 artworks and I am already working on the roughs. I'll write a proper blog entry about them when they're finished, with all the pertinent (and/or impertinent) details.

It's been good having you here, thanks for dropping by!

paintafeeling

Monday, 26 September 2011

a long path with pauses - update

'A long path with pauses' is the English title of one of my handmade books. The original is in Spanish (Largo camino con paradas) and this is not the first time I post an entry about it. 'A long path with pauses' is supposed to be a short, conceptual summary of the path I've followed in my life and, in a strange way, it can also describe  my activity when blogging, updating my website or listing work on Etsy. I like taking things easy and pausing enough to think and feel.

I made a couple of changes in the interior pages and I finally created the front and back covers. The slideshow here has been updated and the finished object is now on sale in my Etsy shop.


Creating the covers took me a long time and I felt a huge relief and pleasure when I came up with this solution. Both are coated with a special, lovely batik fabric that I bought from FabricFascination on Etsy. My thanks to her for her beautiful items and for her generosity in offering discount coupons to her customers. In fact, this wasn't the first time I used her fabrics to coat book covers. Some months ago I was commissioned with an agenda for a young girl and that was also coated with a lively fabric from FabricFascination:



I was also delighted to see that Alisa Golden, whose publications on making handmade books are my main source of inspiration, included my name with a link to my website in her 'Around the World' link list on her blog. I'm very proud of that, thank you, Alisa!

Thanks for dropping by and may you all have a creative week!

paintafeeling

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

it's not an encyclopaedia but...

I have been mumbling about my handmade books for ages -or for months, it doesn't really make a difference. Actually making a decent presentation of them online has taken so long they could be encyclopaedias!

I spent the last two and a half days scanning whatever was left to scan, editing the photographs, posting the items on my website paintafeeling and creating slideshows on Flickr for a better view of the books. Last evening I created a new section in my Etsy shop and listed one of the books without further delay: 'The Wind Went to the Fare'

Ok! Now I can finally write a blog entry to sum it all up.



This book has lots of texture so do click to view the slideshow full screen, you'll be able to appreciate the details much better.

Last spring I started exploring a new (to me) artistic path: the creation of Artist's Books. The term 'Artist's Book' describes a book made entirely by the artist. It is hand-painted, hand-printed, handwritten or collaged by its creator. Of course, living in the computer age, we cannot discard the use of a printer in the process but this does not change the basic fact that it's the artist who carries out the entire process of creation.

Artist's Books are paintings, drawings, collage sheets, text books and pieces of sculpture all in one. It can't get better than that!

They make beautiful, original and unexpected gifts, and they can be kept folded and tied up or unfolded on a shelf or a table.

I owe almost everything I know on the creation of Artist's Books to Alisa Golden , a teacher I've never met but who managed to thrill me with her books written on the subject: Making Handmade Books (LARK CRAFTS) - Expressive Handmade Books (Sterling) - Painted Paper (LARK BOOKS). And no, I am not Mrs. Golden's agent, this publicity is completely free and a result of my appreciation. She will probably never know about it.

This particular item is one of a kind. I couldn't make another identical one even if I wanted to. A large-size abstract painting on paper, with the additional work of designing the book, creating the illustrations and writing the text.

'The Wind Went to the Fare' is an 8-page accordion book plus the front and back covers. It all started as a painting experiment with acrylic gesso. I wasn't even sure I would use the painted sheet for anything in particular. The final result appealed to me very much though. I had a 44.5 x 60.5 cms (18 x 24 inches) Stonehenge paper blotted with white gesso (I used a coarse sponge to apply it) and painted over with lively yellow, red and magenta acrylic inks. I had to do something with it!

The chaotic gesso strains and the vibrant, random paintstrokes suggested a cheerful, colourful site swept by a strong wind. 'A fare', I thought and the idea stuck. So, in a way, I didn't consciously lead the bookmaking process here but was instead led by it. Fun!

Probably influenced by the theme, the only graphic content that came to mind strongly resembled children's illustration. I decided to respect the book's demands even though I am not an illustrator, and this is the final result.

White acrylic gesso, acrylic inks and graphite on 250 gsm, 100% cotton, velum finish Stonehenge paper. A 2.5 cms (1 inch) wide red silk ribbon to tie down the storm :)

The book's pages are held together with acid-free, archival linen tape used in bookbinding.

Accordion book, 8 interior pages 13 x 18 cms (5.2 x 7.2 inches) When completely open, the book measures 104 cms (41.6 inches) wide.

Two commissioned artist's books are in the making and I am soooo glad neither of my customers is in a great hurry! I hope I'll have time to photograph them properly before delivering them, so you can see what they are all about.

Have you read this impossibly long post? Are you actually here? Thank you for your interest!

paintafeeling

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

she'll dance to Columbia, SC!

What's in a post? If Shakespeare were alive today he would have lots of funny stuff to write about. Romeos and Juliettes falling in love online, a Midsummer Netmeeting's Dream or maybe Ophelia drowning in a torrent of emails.

Ok, my apologies to Shakespeare. If he were alive today he would probably sue me for my banality!

There's something important in this post for me today though, because I made my first sale on Etsy :)) My fair Ballerina will be dancing her way to Columbia, SC.


If you check the date when I opened my shop you may be surprised to see it was on 12 December 2008. Well, it didn't really take me that long to start selling. My shop was inactive for over two years and I started listing items again on 17 January 2011. I knew sales would be slow to come because I really don't have much time to dedicate to my shop but I admit that eight months was more than I anticipated. May my example serve to encourage other artists that have beautiful works on Etsy and are still waiting for their first sale.

In case my customer follows my online adventures to this blog, I would like to thank her for this very special purchase. To show my appreciation, I'll through into the package a couple of A5 postcards of her choice, a surprise bonus that I hope she'll enjoy.

And I will probably include a 1 postcard bonus to all future purchases. I'll write a special blog entry to announce it and I will also trumpet the news in my shop, of course. (I re-listed the item, since it's an open edition archival print.)

So there. I really wanted to share the news with you :) Thanks for dropping in and have a beautiful evening!

paintafeeling

Sunday, 11 September 2011

I just checked and I'm still breathing

Hello!

Who am I greeting, I wonder. Does anyone remember me at all? Having given it some thought, I decided to plunge headlong into my blog and write a new entry. I'm still breathing, I can still type.

Now I realise that my words may convey some sort of danger to my ability to breathe. Nothing of the sort. My health is good, thank you, dearies, and my head is still on my shoulders. And apparently, after a long, busy summer at the Exhibition Hall, my capacity to concentrate is slowly moving back into my head. I hope it stays there.

Two handmade books are almost entirely scanned and photographed, a new painting is on the way (it will be titled 'The chorus' but don't tell anyone yet) and I enjoyed a few days roaming the county with a friend who came to visit. Being uncharacteristically optimistic, I hope I'll be able to post a slideshow of the new books before Wednesday. The painting won't be finished before Tuesday so, for the time being, I am posting some pictures I took during our drives and walks through the countryside.


This is the sixteenth-century Chapel of our Lady of Mercy, about 16 kms (that would be 10 miles, thank you) from the village where I live. It was a glorious day and I think it shows in the picture. I wish that lil' cloud in the middle of the sky were a bit larger and a bit more impressive but we can't have everything, can we?


This gorgeous place is only about 5 kms (3.5 miles) from my house and it is called La Pesquera, something like The Fishing Place. I've never seen anyone fishing in the river but many (too many) people go there to bathe in summer. I took this shot on Tuesday 6 September and, as you can see, the area was blissfully deserted.


I love this picture! It is a close-up view of the river. Do click on the image so you can see the larger size. The colour contrast between the sunlit spots and the shady area was so striking! Warm, bright yellows and cool cyans and even some blues. Nature is a terrific artist.


An even closer view of a spot that looked exactly like an abstract painting. (It takes a photographer's eye of course to see it, eh-em, eh-em...) I bathed in the green 'pool', the water was neck-high and delightfully refreshing.


Driving to the end of the dirt road that follows the river upstream, we found this amazing hut built in the recess of a natural cave. Someone actually lived there decades ago! I was fascinated by the colours on the rock: iron-red, soot-black and a green I can't identify. Here is a close-up of this newer abstract 'painting':


I took many more pictures but I think these few are enough to share the beauty of the area with you. What do you think?

paintafeeling

Sunday, 21 August 2011

still missing the sea

Hello my patient readers. Hello my impatient readers too, of course! On 12 August I posted a photograph taken on the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca and I mentioned how much I miss the sea. I still do. We are having a very hot August here and my Mediterranean-coast genes are thirsty for salty, wavy sea water. I keep reminding myself that August has never been my favourite time for summer holidays and that who wants to go to a beach carpeted with thousands of sun bathing tourists anyway? So maybe another seaside photograph can calm my anxiety and give you some pleasure too. Taken in Sitges, a lovely small town (and extremely popular summer resort) on the Catalan coast. Facing South, with the setting sun to the right, the windswept clouds and the leaning tree created quite a dramatic setting.


And please, those of you who haven't already done so, hop over to Natasha Newton's blog because she's hosting a generous fund raiser for Cancer Research UK. It's a fine gesture and she's particularly sensitive on the subject right now. Just read her blog. Good luck, Natasha!

Have a great week, everybody!

paintafeeling

Thursday, 18 August 2011

a 'thank you' note

I'm still at work and time is the rarest of commodities for me these days. I must be brief and to the point.

This is a warm 'thank you' note to the people who chose to follow my blog and to those who have left comments so far. I am thrilled every time a new follower is added and I must say I admire their interest, given my scant presence online. Since I had to give up on the idea of drawing a special, fun 'thank you' note (or wait till September to do it!) this is my special dedication to you, my friends:


I took this shot in April (or was it May?) on my way to work. A 5-minute walk to the Exhibition Hall through such a beautiful countryside is a real luxury. What do you think?

♥ ♥

paintafeeling

Sunday, 14 August 2011

wind and fare preview

The handmade book I am working on these days is titled 'The Wind Went to the Fare' and I haven't been able to finish it yet. August is the busiest month of the year at the Exhibition Hall and time flies like a rocket. So I decided to share with you a scan of the first two pages -not the cover, that's the part that's still missing.


Click on the image to view a much larger... well, image, because lots of detail is lost in this smaller preview. This is not my usual style of painting and I must say I enjoyed it very much. I started with the background, playing with the layers of colour (acrylic inks) and the textures (gesso) and it was the intense, somewhat chaotic result that gave me the idea for the theme. It felt as if gusts of wind swirled around a rich, stimulating environment... a Fare, right?

This is an 8-page accordion book (I haven't tackled more complex book designs yet) and I'll upload a full slideshow soon. As soon as I can, at any rate :) Have a great evening, me lovelies ♥

paintafeeling

Friday, 12 August 2011

Mallorca in a frame of mind

Please don't think that I am posting this from Mallorca -I wish! Though I live in a gorgeous part of Spain where many people come to spend their holidays (Beceite, in Aragon), I miss the sea. I was born very near the sea (Athens, Greece) and lived most of my life in cities by the seaside: Athens and Barcelona (Spain). It was only six years ago that I moved to a mountainous area. Of course I love the mountains too. And the plains. And the deserts. I love nature, can you tell?


This is a shot I took of a small harbour in Mallorca some time ago. It could be anywhere, I know, but I don't really like to photograph the places you can find on any postcard, and the calm and transparency of this seascape appealed to me. I hope you enjoy it too.

On a side note, I finally finished my 'Long Path with Pauses' handmade book and made some last-minute changes. The covers are in place too, I just haven't had time to take some pictures. I'll post it as soon as I can. Another handmade book is almost finished. It is titled 'The Wind Went to the Fare' and it's kind of crazy. I'm still working on the covers. And my next project will be a book about a friend, who is also the Director of a local Museum. I won't say more on the subject until it's done.

Ta daaa and enjoy your weekend!

paintafeeling

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Milonga and a desert umbrella

To start with, I'd like to say -no, I'd like to shout to the world- that my cat Milonga (see previous post) is getting better and better! What an enormous, sweet relief! (Because 'sweet' has to be pink, right?)

She's eating with more appetite and she has gained some more weight. She's still weak, of course, but her eyes are livelier and she is more interested in what goes on in the apartment. It was touch and go for a while there, a very difficult time for both of us. It's good to be able to shake off the worries at last!

The desert umbrella is a completely different affair. It whimsically appeared in one of my watercolour paintings more than two years ago and yesterday it made its way into my Etsy shop . They tell me umbrellas do that, they open up and fly away and you never know where they'll land again. I think Mary Poppins was the greatest expert ever in taming them and using their extraordinary capabilities to her advantage.


Though I'm nothing like Mary Poppins, I did my best to accommodate the aforementioned whimsical umbrella and there you have it. I know it doesn't make sense but who says art and sense must go together? The umbrella certainly doesn't!

Oh, by the way, the new listing in my shop is an archival print . A whimsical soul fell in love with the idem umbrella and bought it shortly after it materialised itself.

Take care, me lovelies, and thank you for dropping in ♥

paintafeeling

Saturday, 6 August 2011

about Milonga, my dearest cat



Remember I have five cats? The oldest, Milonga (on the upper left in the picture) is now thirteen and a half and she has been ill with pancreatitis and enteritis. Poor thing! It was a relapse from last year's illness, when I had to hospitalise her in June. I have been worried sick about her and also very busy trying to attend to her needs. She is better now but so weak that she can't even leap onto my bed. I have to help her up.

She lost a lot of weight and has become very choosy with her food. She cannot eat solid cat food and she refuses to eat the same food two times in a row! That's the whimsical part of her reaction. I need to have 5 or 6 different rations ready for her to eat every day and I feel desperate when she starts refusing them one after the other. I even wake up two or three times every night to give her something to eat, because 8 hours without eating are too much for her and she becomes even weaker.

She was on antibiotics and antiemetics (drugs against vomiting) all week long last week and I know that this last shot is painful. Poor thing, she endured the treatment with courage and great dignity. She hasn't vomited for a week now, so my hopes are up. This is a sketch I did of her some time back:



Last week I was also terribly busy at work in the Exhibition Hall. We took down an exhibition, put up the new one and Saturday 30 July was the opening night. On Sunday I felt as weak as Milonga! Dead tired. I dragged my feet around the apartment and did nothing that was not absolutely necessary. That also explains my almost complete absence from online. I felt like tweeting a couple of times but my mind was blank and I had no idea what to tweet about. Not being able to come up with an 140-character sentence is disheartening, you know!

I am trying to be positive about my dear Milonga and I know she is making great efforts to get well. Cross your fingers for her, will you? Send her lots of warm, supportive wishes, they will help her feel better soon. Thank you, dearies!

paintafeeling

Friday, 29 July 2011

meaningful content

Maybe you've noticed that I am very much interested in making Artist's Books lately. I have already completed three and the fourth is in process. I am trying out different styles and methods, different materials too. I am very passionate about this new love of mine: handmade books with an artistic intention.

My teacher on the subject is Alisa Golden. I don't actually know her, I've never met her (I wish I had) but I bought three books written by her and she instantly became one of my favourite teachers. I like her style. I like the way she thinks. And I love her work.

I follow her blog: Making Handmade Books and each and every one of her posts there sheds new light on the subject, or maybe light from different angles. Unexpected angles too, like when she writes about graffiti. After all, street art also combines words with painting, doesn't it? Her latest post, Content Ideas: Do Sit Down made me feel soooo good!

It's all about taking the time to sit, relax, pay attention to your surroundings and to the feelings they inspire, outdoors, indoors or inside ourselves. Time. A precious element. A wide, deep and all-encompassing dimension. A rare luxury. I hope you'll read her post and I'd love to know what you really think about it. Because the Internet is buzzing with voices and pieces of advice that fill our time with static. Rolls of drums and rolling thunders vibrate through our time online and chase away the more delicate, sensitive dimensions: reflection, sensitivity, awareness. Time to feel and time to think and turn our feelings into images and words.

If I get carried away, I can spend so much time on Etsy (it's just an example) that my day flies by uselessly. Now why did I use such an unpleasant word? Is Etsy useless? Not at all! In fact, I have a shop there! What I mean to say is that the visual distraction of the images on the computer screen can clot our mind instead of opening it up and render our hearts insensitive instead of warming them to real life. We barely have time to hear the singing of the wind, the rhythm of life on the street or the beating of our heart. The softer, subtler things that can become powerful sources of inspiration.

Just some thoughts...

paintafeeling

Thursday, 21 July 2011

a long path with pauses

My third Artist's Book is in Spanish. Some of you may remember that I live in Spain, so my choice of language here is not that bizarre! I will eventually produce at least one in Greek too, since I was born and grew up in Greece.

I had this idea of creating a series of autobiographic books, in the wider sense of the term. They don't need to be thorough and they don't need to be precise. In a free, artistic way, they will be true. They will reflect my feelings (my website is called paint a feeling, remember?) my experiences and recollections.



This book is a conceptual approach to my subject-matter, more like an introductory note, a trial version, an initial approximation to the subject. I have no idea how long it will take me to create the series, it's not really important either. But the idea of 'painting my memoires' is extremely appealing to me and I know I won't give up on it. Stay tuned!

The English translation per page is as follows:

  1. A LONG PATH WITH PAUSES
  2. an insignificant detail - PATH
  3. when I opened my eyes I found myself in an unknown place - PAUSE
  4. PATH
  5. THE SUN
  6. 20805 DAYS - 620000KMS - 12 HOMES - 9611967118 VIEWS - 9 COUNTRIES - 1 LIFE
  7. THE SHADOW - PATH
  8. THE RIVERS
  9. NO-PATH - HOUSE - a faint vibration
  10. some win and some lose - PATH
  11. PATH
  12. WETLANDS

Once entirely open (flat) this accordion book is 162 cms (64.8 inches) long.
Each one of its 12 pages is 13.5 x 14.7 cms (5.4 x 5.9 inches).
I used acrylic inks, graphite and collage on fine-grain watercolour paper. I still have to add the covers, lack of time is my most hated enemy at this moment!

paintafeeling

Monday, 18 July 2011

happy as a cloud

Good day, everyone, and a lovely, creative week to you all!

Yesterday I managed to list a new item in my Etsy shop: craft and art by ersimarina. Why 'managed'? Well, the infamous monster of lack-of-time-due-to-my-day-job has the cruel habit of getting in the way of my creative work and my blogging and my presence online. I have fought many monsters in my life but this one is Mr. Hard Nut in person. Having worked free-lance since I finished my studies, being in charge of an Exhibition Hall for the past 21 months is draining all my energies but I'm determined to be an even harder nut and have my way in the end.


This is an open edition print measuring 12 x 15 cms (4.8 x 6 inches) and it's a reproduction of a watercolour and collage painting I did in 2008. The original sold back then but I still remember how much fun it was to make and I wanted to share the fun with you. It is deliberately naïve and carefree, a painterly window to a sweet seascape.

I use an Epson professional printer and Epson archival pigments for printing on acid-free archival watercolour paper, and I guarantee that the actual item looks better than the image on screen. It can be framed or used as a card. At any rate, I hope you like it :)

paintafeeling

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wetlands - An Artist's Book

Incredible as it may seem (it certainly seems so to me!) I can now dedicate a short while to my blog. My day job is getting in the way of everything lately and summer is always the busiest time of the year. (I run an Exhibition Hall, etc., etc.)

I am happy to be finally able to show you this artist's book or handmade book or accordion book or whatever you care to call it. All three names are adequate. Some weeks ago (omg, weeks!) I posted my first ever artist's book in my website: paintafeeling. This is my second, titled 'Wetlands'. Please click on the slideshow for a full-screen view.



This book was born from an actual memory. A late afternoon spent in a wetland area in Greece, very near the  sea shore. The sun was so low on the horizon that its last rays barely touched the tip of the feathery grasses and made them glow like gold. Thence the golden brush strokes here and there.

It is really an atmospheric abstract painting on 100% cotton, 250 gsm Stonehenge paper. I used acrylic inks and acrylic golden paint. I used artist's linen masking tape to reserve the white spaces where the words appear. The words themselves were initially printed and afterwards transferred onto the painting using soft pastels for their reproduction. An acid-free fixing spray guarantees permanence. The words are simply a repetition of the word 'wetlands' in Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, French and Italian.

I made the case with 100% cotton, heavyweight handmade paper and cut out those little 'windows' to the contents. It all ties nicely together with a delicate muslin ribbon.

This book will soon be on sale at my Etsy shop, I'll tweet and chirp away when I get it there :)

I hope you like my book, I'd love to know what you think of it. Feel free to comment -in fact, please do! I'm really looking forward to your opinions. And thank you for dropping in!

paintafeeling

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

and here they are!


I thought I'd show you the nice people I live with :) They are five and I am one. Since I am clearly outnumbered, I am honoured to say that they are willing to share the apartment with me and that they even allow me to sit on the sofa, as long as I don't occupy too much of their space. I could show you photos, of course, but I love doing quick sketches of them and here they are: the sleeping beauty is Milonga, mother of three. She is thirteen and a half years old and has chronic gastritis. I had to check her into the veterinary hospital yesterday so they can give her antibiotics. I'll bring her back home tomorrow though, her condition is not very serious, just something that requires special care and a diet.


This is Garibaldi, Milonga's only son. He and his two sisters are twelve and a half. He is not so rude as it may appear because he didn't deliberately turn his back on me while I was drawing him. I chose the angle because I was too lazy to get up from my chair and walk around to the other side!


This cute lil' head belongs to Carousina, one of Milonga's two daughters. She shifted completely before I was able to draw the rest of her. I think she may be a descendant of the Cheshire Cat family.


And this is almost Colombina, the other daughter of Milonga. 'Almost', because I had no time to draw in her black stains. She is a dear anyway and I'll scratch whoever says the contrary!


And finally this is The Lil' One. She's only two and a half and I picked her up from the street a couple of years ago, when someone abandoned her next to my house. She is half Siamese and very beautiful but when I told her that the outlines were finished she yawned and leaped off the table. So an outline she remained -till I draw her again.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

well, here I am!



I am that strange person who has a blog but never writes in it, who has a Twitter account but rarely tweets, who has an Etsy shop but never sells and who recently posted a 'blogger's statement' declaring that she doesn't like marketing. (I uphold that statement, by the way, in spite of my 'no sales yet' situation on Etsy.)


My hair looks really blond in this shot -but it isn't. It's mostly grey. I used a warm lighting filter to brighten up the picture a bit and my hair fell victim to it. Or maybe I should pay a visit to my hairdresser?

In case you are wondering, I do sell to real-life collectors and have been for a long time. I also have a day job I really like, I run an Exhibition Hall and that keeps me busy from Wednesday morning to Sunday afternoon. The Hall is housed on the ground floor of an old paper mill and here are a couple of shots for you, one of my little office and another one of the old service lift they used to move the paper stacks from one floor to another. The lift doesn't work any more, it's really just another 'exhibit' from the past.


That strange wooden contraption is the broken head of a paper press. It now makes an extraordinary piece of sculpture, don't you agree? The bluish light coming down the lift shaft is filtered through a glass ceiling and I so love the contrast between the cold daylight and the warm illumination of the interiors!


And this, me lovelies, is my office. The painterly textures on the walls and ceiling are, in fact, stains made by humidity. The place is very damp, being right next to a river and all, and we use dehumidifiers to control the dampness, that can seriously threaten works of art.

So know you know what I look like and where I work. Hey, pleased to meet you! Now that I have started posting I'll probably do it again and again. How often, you ask? I haven't the slightest idea. But I do have several ideas about artists I'd like to feature and interview so, if you decide to follow this blog, you may find in it things that interest you. You may even find yourself in it! Stay -relaxedly- tuned.

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