September brings in the incredible golden light that illuminates everything from early evening…….it is an incredible time to be here on Santorini, especially in Oia.
Everything is bathed in gold and it can be quite simply…breathtaking…the photos will hopefully speak for themselves…
Natures tribute to the end of summer and the dawn of Autumn…
our secret spot……
accross the road from my studio in Firosefani……
lovers at Ammoudi…
a shop passing from Finikia……
Dear friends, I am sorry that I have been too busy to post recently but thought you may all like to see the progress we are making at the studio. Yes I am back doing training classes, but this time with a difference…outside class room..no stuffy boardroom, and rather than a black marker and white board I have paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other….. and we are enjoying the hot summer evenings. The only similarity to my past training career is that the people are still wonderful….loving it!!
I will post soon on the hot, hot Santorini summer ……when I catch my breath…;)
There is such an abundance of color on this stunning Island, every where you look there are all consuming wonderful colors…and within every color there seems to be a thousand shades. Blue is omnipresent on Santorini and I wanted to share not only the beauty of the color, but how it inspires me.
This is the grey blue and aqua of the calm winter Aegean.
Dark blue…. almost electric blues of approaching storms.
The beautiful blues of exquisite Greek interior design.
The deep blues with hues of green of summer water.
The loulaki…blue with a hint of iridescent lilac.
And bright cobalt blue is used in so many different ways, no limits!
Some color pallets…
And some tiny sphere’s of inspiration..my hand made beads.
The season is starting so I am painting like crazy as we also have a new gallery space at the studio to fill…..I will try or a post each week! Next week some photos of the studio looking her best for Summer!!
A wonderul weekend ahead to everyone, Axx.
Santorini is a lovers, dreamers, artist’s, poets (and more), destination and has been for centuries. It is a place that opens your mind and soul, it make people change, fall in love…and it is for many ..the ultimate wedding destination.
Every season we have a wave of weddings, none more strange, beautiful, simple and elegant than that of the young Japanese couples that come, sometimes in groups …to take photos in the best white washed scene that they can find to celebrate and to later reminisce about on their perfect day.
We have celebrity, society and very expensive weddings here, but none capture the heart quite like these do.
On my way home from the studio I captured this group….
This was the line waiting for the bus…yes this is peak season last summer…..and coming around the bend
was this couple..followed by
another six couples…all in thier wedding outfits, cameras in tow and flowers in hand….they sat outside the main grocery store….
and preened and laughed and the men gave their ladies thier jackets..
in amongst the souveniers they were oblivious to the huge crowd around them.
you could just feel their immense joy…
another day, but yes….outside the studio was another young couple…it just makes you feel really good!
And still thinking of Japan….our thoughts are with you. The media may be less interested..the rest of the world does care. Have a wonderful week my friends….
It is that wonderful time of year again when everything seems new and fresh. Santorini is renowned for it’s incredible physical beauty…what it is not so well known for is the beautiful spring wild flowers. It stunned me the first full Springtime that we were here, the aroma of a hundred different flowers and herbs, it is intoxicating. Although only a small amount are flowering now, I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to share the start of the coming flower fashion parade!
It is also very inspiring so I am showing off my new Spring design for this season…
The island literally is covered by daisies followed by;
the fragile Rock Rose’s
my personal favorite..the poppy;
and my other personal favorite…well I have many…the bluebonnet..fields of gold turn to….
fields of blue all around Oia…
my new Spring design for this season…
I hope you all like it…this is a very large tablecloth, I also do this in napkins and a beautiful table runner.
I know the flower bug will keep biting me at least another 2 months, so I will post more flowers as they bloom, we get tiny beautiful orchids and the ancient ocean lily…..the aroma is wonderful!
And please let us not forget Japan..
All week we have been renovating one of my work rooms at the studio to makeway for a wonderful white gallery space.
We will be finished by this weekend, as we open for tourist season 2011 next week.
It is very exciting to have a space solely for a gallery.
We will be having exhibitions of local and International artists work through out the year. The first will be in May, but more on that soon..!
Green doors are not easy to find on Santorini, I hope you enjoy these…..
These doors are in Megalahori…
All within a few meters of each other!
And one of my Green Doors.
A preview of the new gallery space soon…see you then..A