I usually always know my subject/ Theme, before I commence painting, the Luxury Painting(s)
What happens though, is a deep connection, a love, a guidance, a flow, if you like…
The Naming, The ‘Baptism’
As for me, The Artist, The Painter,
How do I feel as a person, a being of love – before, during and after the creative Luxury Painting process?
What do I, The Painter, wish to show, educate into awareness and share with the world at large?
My first painting of 2022 ‘Abstraction’ ‘delivers’ shapes and depicts form in harmony, together with the colours of my choice – whilst portraying the Abstract design of ‘Attraction’ and pleasant ‘Distraction’!
Ever since I was a child, I felt exhilarated whenever I walked into a stationery store, received my new stationery for another new year at school, entered Painters’, Artists’ Crafters’ stores, or even hardware stores! A total buzz for us Artists
One of my most memorable times was, as a tourist. I got ‘lost’ in an absolutely gigantic – enormous store that went on and on and on in items, storage, shelving and endless choices!
This was Artists’ Painters’ Crafters’ paradise!!!
Back in Australia, there weren’t any stores as enormous as this store that I knew of – anywhere!
There were what seemed like, kilometres and kilometres of endless colours of items – same in different shades, brands and sizes !
I spent most of the day’s daylight in there because it was late morning when I entered the monstrosity and by the time I exited, it was that part of the day that one knows the sunlight is about to start winding down.
That store catered for every Artists’ dream supplies!
I had a budget, but like a child in a candy store, I had to make decisions and sacrifices on those decisions!
Overwhelmed, is a perfect way to describe The Exhilaration Buzz Of New Stationery Arts Crafts Supplies before me!
Angels Are Love, Angels Are Light, Angels Are Universal Messengers… Here is a Celebration and realisation of the creative depictions, The Paintings of my Luxury Paintings of Angels ! ‘Angel’ from the Hellenic / Greek word Αγγελος Angelos / Aggelos meaning God’s Messenger. From the beginning of time and right up to present… Light – Halos – Wings of Birds ! Angels may be People Angels are God’s communicators… Between Heaven and us Beings on Earth! In most cultures, religions, In faith, in Art, Paintings, sculpture, architecture and everywhere else – Angels!
Angels vibe our lives. Some say that Butterflies come to us in Angel vibes. Butterflies flutter before us, land on us or on something to show us a heavenly – spiritual message!
We can all be good Angels if we choose… Good deeds and kindness are the work of the Good Angel(s) within us all!
Although my schooling started in Australia, my understanding of literacy commenced when learning American/ US English at night school in Europe and then British UK English when re settling into my Australian – British UK schooling again.
It was in Australia when I realised (realized) that Grey is Gray as well!
Mix Black with White and we have Grey/ Gray!
I Like The Colour Grey… Why Do People Find It Confusing?
Personally, I do not find Grey confusing
Grey or Gray is a versatile ‘include me’ anywhere colour/ Color in Paintings – decor or even attire!
Grey, may be a prominent Stand Out colour
Grey, may be a Blend In – Shade In – Fade In with the rest Colour
What a lovely colour it is!?
Grey, is an interesting mix of colour, so much so, that when I paint, artwork or look at Gray, it is a ‘malleable’ colour
My Luxury Paintings often feature the colour – color – – Grey – Gray
At one of my Art Exhibitions of Paintings, an Art Viewer/ Admirer turned to me with; ‘You make Grey look Beautiful’. Humbled by the delightful remark and glad that someone likes my usage of Grey, I had that ‘Yea!’ moment
We all Like and Love a Fantastic Outcome! It makes us Feel – Happy! Hence one of my mottos “Happy Art!”
Before any outcome though,
There is Preparation The ‘Feel’ and Go – To – The – Journey – of – The Painting!
Allow me to explain…
Painting is not a sporting race, sometimes though, it is a race against The Paints’ drying time!
Speaking, or writing of time… Over time, I have developed my own Rhythm into my unique Artistic style MHAngelis Painter – Marisa Angelis – Artist. This is how it is, this is who I am, a Professional Painter Artist
‘Greedy’ for Paint, To Paint, To Create Colour – Lots and Lots of Colour or Color (depending on the spelling you relate to)
‘Relate’ Now that I am here and you have come this far…
It all began when my family took me for a trip to The Hellenic Republic/ Greece.
My curiosity and intrigue developed when I sat on my father’s shoulders for the ultimate tour, as we all walked through the ruins of ancient Athens, Olympia, Ireon/ Heraion and everywhere else!
‘Archi’ – is from the Hellenic/ Greek word meaning ‘Beginning’
‘Tekton /Tecture’ – from the Hellenic/ Greek word ‘Techne’ – Skill – Artisan/ Craftsman – Craftsperson!
Architecture is ‘The Beginning of the Skill’!
So, Architecture or being an Architect is beyond ‘building’ as in ‘construction’ as in mud huts, bricks, timber, concrete etc.
We are The Architects of our Architecture…
We Plan, Design, Construct, Evolve… Travel – Reside – Travel
Structure – Life or as in a Building, or as in my Profession, a Painting!
I enjoy Architecture so much, that in most of my Luxury Paintings, it is likely that there will be some form of Architecture incorporated into my artwork.
Sometimes, the Architecture is the whole process, not just the visual or visual outcome – product/ product of Creation…
Touring the most magnificent Architectural sites of early ‘civilisation’, was indeed visually confronting and an amazing experience to say the least!
Statues of people, lions, animals, Corinthian pillars, antiquities, part ancestry, part mystery and all a priceless education.
Flashes of Architecture, Art, Sculpture, Character Houses with Expressions.
Blue and white – ocean, sky, green shrubs, trees, rubble and golden sunshine beaming into my eyes, as I looked on at the shadowy silhouettes from my surroundings.
Yes, it was exciting and a wonderful memory!
I was introduced to ancient Hellenic culture; inventions; arts, architecture – The Parthenon at the Acropolis, science, mathematics – Pythagoras, philosophy, medicine, diversity, Hellenic mythology, history, cuisine, olive oil, goats, donkeys, horses, the aroma of Ouzo, travelling market garden sellers, three wheeler trucks and that the ocean in this part of the world, was not inhabited with sharks!
Since that time, I have travelled to diverse destinations, mystical lands of various cultures and have discovered, learnt, worked, observed and enjoyed Architecture right up to present.
I see how the rest of the world has influenced Australia my country of birth and in particular South Australia; grand old houses that once belonged to British lords, Mediterranean naval villa’s, Stationmaster cottages, Dutch dwellings, Corinthian pillars, Meanders, Greek and Chinese key motifs, modern Iranian architecture, Spanish villas and so on…
As my Artwork of luxury paintings are expressively created – evolving; painting, designing, graphic digital images, photography and jewellery/ jewelry design all naturally include a significant influence of Architecture.
‘Structure?’ Okay! Lets not complicate it! Simply, Yes of course! Look deeper and deeper into the abstract and expressionism!
Architecture has inspired my life, thoughts, feelings and creativity in every possible way.
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Is it a ‘Grecian Key’ or a ‘Greek Fret’ ?
Is it an Ancient Hellenic Design used in Architecture and Art?
Is it a Greek Motif used time and time again everywhere around and throughout the world and in important buildings of governance – notoriety – nobility or Art Deco era Architecture?
This Design is the ‘Meandros’ or commonly known in English as ‘Meander’
Meandros is named after the twisting and turning path of the Maeander River in Asia Minor/ Anatolia, Anatole – Hellenic Greek – part of my ancestry – now Turkey. The Meandros is featured prominently in Hellenic Architecture because it belongs to the Hellenic/ Greek Empire.
You may notice that I incorporate this architectural design into my website. You may also notice that I sometimes incorporate this architectural design or architecture into my artwork -> Luxury Art Paintings, -> Luxury Necklaces and other Art Pieces – It Remains Forever Embedded Into My Creative Being – Here is an example;
My beautiful late Pappou/ Grandfather, was a Greek islander of Anatolian descent. His professions included; Saddler, Farmer, Market Gardener, Soldier and Army Cook, Soap Maker and Distributor during the great depression and a Butcher’s Apprentice. Pappou was a champion Backgammon player and above all a Kind Gentleman as remember by many and those who loved and knew him.
After my Grandparents married they helped raise and support my grandmothers’ three younger siblings and her young widowed mother who outlived my Grandfather. Later in life, my Great Grandmother informed me that my Grandfather was an angel.
Whilst in the army, a fellow Greek ship accidentally blew up my Grandfather and his platoon, mistaking them for the enemy. My Grandfather and a fellow soldier the only two survivors had to bag body parts.
My late Grandparents’ love for each other, was so strong that before the news broke out about the blast, my late Grandmother was on her knees, newly wedded and praying that her husband would be safe.
Amongst his pets Pappou had Tzak, the dog, many cats, horses, donkeys and goats.
Towards the end of the war, Pappou, learnt to converse in Italian with a small group of Italian soldiers, swapping goods for goods, so that he could carry out his soap making.
Immigrating to Australia my Grandparents became Australian. Proud to be Hellenes/ Greek, excited and anxious to commence their new life in Australia. They had a cat which was very playful, a lot of fun and always performing tricks. Pappou worked extremely hard on the South Australian railways and later in a factory, was self sufficient, cooked and carried out many chores, kept a huge garden of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees; including one of my favourites, wild Cherry trees!
When Pappou planted a wild cherry tree in our backyard and it started growing… I would go to the tiny non fully grown cherries, pick them…. Hold the miniature cherries in my hand and squeeze them, as I watched the liquid cherry reddish/ purplish colour, rush and run all over my hand and so my excitement, my inspiration for liquid colour – Paint began at an early age! I noticed how the liquid stained my hand and started rolling it around on my skin – ‘Wow’ !
“Marisa, leave the cherries to grow so we can eat them…” But little did dad know, what I had discovered!
When I was a toddler Pappou would sit me on his knee and I would play with his orange beaded komboloi/ Komboloyee, Greek ‘happy’ pass time beads. Many years later, I found one of the orange komboloi beads tossed in my late Grandparents garage and knew that Pappou was ‘talking’ to me. One bright orange bead –
“Yiassou (Hello) Pappou!”
Pappou’s komboloi of beads, was my creative embedding for designing and creating beaded Luxury Necklaces / Jewellery – Jewelry!
Whenever my father tried to renovate; repair windows with putty, little fingers followed – I was a crafter from way back!
Sorry dad! You had to re apply everything twice – maybe even three times!
I’d follow and watch dad making, fixing, building, growing, nurturing everything!