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...


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 :)


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!


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!

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