February Stuff: Oppression.... (and soon to be released the version for immature people, Ha,ha,ha...)
The Last Voyage... A painting with a story... A story it got after it was painted...
I may tell you about it ( or not...I have not really decided...) another time.
Transient Glory... Make the most of your time while you can....
April or rather May Stuff: Strange Spring...
After the Psychopomp's visit... A small oil painting...
depicting a possible aftermath of my painting "The Psychopomp"..
A certain memory, a breeze of air, a wavering note of music...
The remains of a life ... A life that brings a new clear day...
This painting stands by it's own... but it can also be seen side by side with the Psychopomp...
Thanks - the famous surreal club in dA - for the recent feature that includes works of mine here [link]
Thanks also my dearest friends that include my paintings in the collections and features in their journals....
Just received my prizes on the contest "Schizophrenia" as a personal choice of ([link] in the Traditional category with the painting
I really am delighted for the new possibilities the beta tester page gives us... The slide show of the gallery is a winner... as is the new layout!!! It gives us the means to really personalize our first page so that it can be almost REALLY personal... ART is about the PERSONAL and surely not the UNIFORM!!!
Keep up the good work, DA!!!!
Featured in this wonderful collection on News article "Talented Artists" Part 19 [link] by
Very apt to the past Christmas season, my "Lightbearer" featured here [link] by , for the twelve Days of Christmas in dA!!!!
Happy Birthday to me!!!! A NEW CSS (by `Lilyas) AND A NEW DD ON 24 NOVEMBER!!!
I decide to post some points of my interview to =AnnaKirsten and `DWALKER1047(August 2007) in order to introduce myself to Deviants who do not know me...
Do you have any formal training as an artist?
Well You have to keep in mind that after WW2 Corfu (the Greek island, were I was born and raised) was, (in fact all Greece was) very poor and trying to rebuild her dilapidated former glory in Music (Opera especially) and Art in general To have ambition to have Painting as a solo profession at that time was a ticket to poverty My father, a man with good education in Music (Maybe the best baritone the island of Corfu produced) did not have art as a profession, and as a pro-education but practical man, wanted his son to have a profession that would always put bread on his table..
So for him painting was to be my lover, but Medicine my wife I went to an Art school we had then in Corfu, that worked in the afternoons while in the mornings we attended normal school education There I learned the discipline of classical drawing by teachers to whom I am still grateful And nothing more, not color, not freedom of expression After school, I went to Athens to be a Doctor I finished medical school with most excellent grades (sketching all the time) and decided to specialize in Ophthalmology to serve Vision Vision that in turn can be used to appreciate ART And during my studies in Medicine, I had my first book on Magritte, then Ernst and then DALI
I found my paradise Color for me was then an absolute necessity I started reading books on painting techniques, mediums, oil colors, watercolors etc I self educated myself doing 2 paintings in the size of the originals One of Greco and another of Velásquez's , mimicking their way of using colors and brushes and then I started my own oil paintings
Wild things at first, paintings overloaded with symbolisms and meanings as if there would not be another painting
Later I calmed down, one theme one idea at a time I started exhibiting to the premier Gallery of Greece, at that time, ZYGOS Most of my paintings were sold immediately
Thinking that all my painting life was in front of me, I even had not photographed each painting that was sold The catalogue résonnais was far from my mind.. Pity, many - many paintings are now lost to me and I try to remember the owners so I can take a snapshot of them The recklessness of youth!
What software do you normally use for preparing a work for display on the internet?
Do you have a preference for the type of picture you like to create?
The whole image comes instantaneously to my mind As a whole. As a real Dreamscape Then starts the refinement, but not the betrayal of the initial idea The backdrop (usually my beloved Corfu), the composition, the meticulous under painting, the main painting and last, the lights
Can you give a brief overview of the various techniques you use?
In oil paintings, classical almost Flemish, execution lege artis;
In watercolor experimenting new methods;
In sketching mostly graphite and carbon.
What sort of things inspire your artwork?
Visual and mental inputs When an image comes I dont question it I put it on paper as a fast sketch, and if the next day it still talks to me then the adventure, small or big, starts
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Learn the essential from your teachers, then open your wings Dont be a slave of your teacher and dont reject him either Use him as a step, so you can climb toward your own imagination
And be kind in your critique to other artists A bravo tends to push an artist upwards, if he is really honest in his work..
Do you have any future plans for diversifying your artwork?
My future plans are to find time for painting, because Hippocrates holds the muse by the neck
Medicine is a very demanding wife and Art, my eternal mistress suffers lately
Is there anything else you'd like to add about what you do?
Art is a need for creation There is not Parthenogenesis in Art But advances, variations, oppositions, diversifications
There are shining minds and talents, but even the little stars have their merit in the constellation of Art.