Monday, June 29, 2009

from Russia with love!

Hard to believe that from talking about my plumerias in the hot US south, today, just a few days later, I am showing you examples of traditional crafts I just saw somewhere by the river Svir in North Russia! We spent 3 days in the super elegant and beautiful Saint Petersburg and yesterday we started a sailing journey through rivers and lakes that will bring us to Moscow!
Saint Petersburg's Hermitage and numerous palaces were filled with old world elegance, belle epoque examples of high living with rich displays of amazing wealth at the private art collections. Now we are getting a taste of the colorful crafts on everyday objects and appreciate their role in bringing color and warmth to these rural homes during the dark, long, icy cold winters.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

a plumeria's seed pod!

Sometimes it's hard to believe how much beauty there is right in front of our eyes...
Nature is such a continuous source of inspiration! For months now, one of my plumerias had grown a huge seed pod that was just... hanging there, becoming darker and shinier as the time went by, until two days ago: it just cracked! I brought it immediately in and mesmerized by the richness of its content, I photographed several stages of the revealing this load full of future beauty promises...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

early this morning...

That's how my day started! Admiring the sparkling beauty of my cactus flower just before fading under the brilliant sun. It's the kind that blooms at night, its life the length of a night, only to give the sun its last moments... 
Anyway, thanks to my camera, my morning stamina, the flower's movement and sparkle in the light breeze and a lot of luck I ended up with the most glorious photos!
A good start of a day and indeed it was a good day!

the statues...

...This land is much loved with patience and dignity. Every night, out of the dry well,
the statues emerge cautiously and climb the trees.
Certain poems inspire me to no end! They offer direct visual narrative that makes it hard not to respond...
Ritsos' verses evoke scenes that belong to situations undeniably familiar; situations -I believe- I have witnessed. Perhaps these "sensations" come from memories of times I've lived in my childhood or in my dreams. 
"Βλέμματα", Etching pulled from a copper plate and ink colored by hand. May, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

my patio friend!

Having a close up encounter earlier this morning... , a sign that I am going to have a wonderful day!!! Hope you do, too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

website revisited...

Well... Anna Mavromatis' Art Website has been redesigned! 
I finally got to rethink the whole concept and finally found the time to re compose, design and finally post the website in its new "look"! If/when you'll visit, drop me a note and let me know what you think! In the meantime wherever you are, have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 8, 2009

my "new" old book press!

I am so happy! I couldn't just not talk about it, especially not showing everyone my beautiful old -but brand new acquisition for  me - cast iron book press. I got it at ebay (of course...), through a great seller and I will be using it a great deal. My artist's books have generated quite some interest and already have been added in a few private collections which gives me great pride! More on this to come...
I hope everyone has a great week!
in the photograph, resting on the wall: one of my most recent etchings

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

all in a box!

My friend David was showing me examples of his work on a photography studio class and there it was a rejected salt print! I asked him if I could have it, and here is the result of a strong idea/inspiration generated by a humble print that had gone wrong... 
Box: clamshell structure, davey board, rives lightweight
Cards: Rives BFK, hand torn 
Archival pigmented inkjet prints
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