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.

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!


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?

♥ ♥


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 ♥


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!


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 ♥


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!

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