Art Towards a Happy Day [painting & design]


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    • Ah, thank you, my dear Nandini. It’s been a long journey and I’m so grateful for all the people I’ve met here at WP [and continue to]. Thank you for your kindness. It means a lot! 🙂 🙂

  1. Guten Morgen liebe Marina die Sonne scheint kein Wölkchen ist zu sehen was will man mehr wünsche dir auch einen so schönen Tag mit vielen lieben Grüßen Klaus in Freundschaft

  2. Oh how beautiful dear Marina your lovely paintings do make our day happy. Perhaps its the choice of colors of your lovely paintings which sing a melody in our hearts each time.

    Greetings and fond regards 🙂

  3. Haaapppy neeew yeaaar, Marina! Thank you for all the beautiful moments, which you share with us in this year! In Romania it is customary to make gifts in this final period of the year. You are far from me and I can not to do a physical gift. So I’m going to do a spiritual gift. Some time ago, I told you, that I’m passionate about poetry and I have another blog, where I write poetry in Romanian. Now I asked to my Romanian blog-friend Nicol (, to translate one of my poems in English. Since she have advanced study of English and is also an excellent poet, he did more than a translation. She made an adaptation, showing that a poem written in English. The story is the same, but the rhythm and rhymes were adapted by Nicol for better look in English. I can not imagine how you perceive these verses (they were conceived for Romanian language), but I want that them to transmit you a little emotion and then, spiritual tranquility! I hope that the new year, to bring inspiration for you and better life for beautiful Greece!

    Autumn Nostalgia (Autumn Longing)

    Deeply carving their way down the cheek
    Autumn tears,
    Time scratching marks on the wandering soul
    With the nail of silence,
    Pointing at the hardened heart,
    Seeming to have been vibrating
    Up until yesterday.

    Neither song nor rhyme
    Nor colour zest,
    Stir eyes
    From their sad arrest.

    Dancing around swirling gently
    The mild Zephyr breeze,
    Carrying in his arms the leaf, a sweet recover,
    That in the spring he held close as his lover.

    He lays her down carefully
    Whilst she is dreaming silently,
    Spring rhyme
    For the last time.

    The Zephyr jolts lively
    In a brave whirl,
    And then a sudden crash,
    Among the clouds up high
    Within the crane-tormented sky.

    After all that, down my lonely look I bring
    And searching for an answer in your eyes,
    I roam along unknown blissful skies
    I wonder… will I be here in the spring?…

    • Dan, this is a most wonderful gift!
      Thank you so much for this beautiful poem.
      You are so very talented…
      I wish you a year filled with joy and an abundance of colorful words for you to compose into beautiful poems like this one here.
      Here’s to a better life for everyone!
      My warmest wishes! 🙂

      • Some time ago you translated for me, a few poems from Greek language into English. It was the first time, when I could read some Greek lyrics. I had hoped that this poetry, to be an equivalent gift. My blog-friend Nicol, promised to translate another two poems, for me. If I have your permission, I send them to you (when they will be ready), as a small reward for the wonderful music, that I listen on your blog.

  4. Liebe Marina kam durch Zufall auf deinem Blog und wollte nicht gehen um dir ganz liebe Grüße dir zu schenken einen super Dienstag wünscht dir Klaus aus Köln

    • Lieber Klaus aus Köln, Grüße. Ich freue mich für Ihren Besuch. Danke und hoffen, Sie genießen die Fahrt durch meine Seiten [wie ich will – ich bin sicher,]. Haben Sie einen schönen Abend und Mittwoch Dämmern. [hope it makes sense!] 🙂

  5. i think ive commented on this already, but hey, so what? that first painting on the top here…its so darn simple…just a few colors and tones..but it has untold wonders and statements to show the innocent observer…..yet again, well done, marina!

    • hi, my friend. Top image changes from time to time [featured image for my main page] and it’s a detail from one of my watercolors. Getting a close up on a painting’s detail can reveal so much, not even it’s creator was aware! 😉 Thank you!

  6. Hello, Marina….I came here to thank you for the “likes” and the follow and then I got lost for a while in all the delights of your artwork. Watercolor is a special favorite of mine, though I’m only a hobbyist at it. I feel a kinship to your sense of color….glad I found you, through Mary Oil Pastels!

    • I am also very glad I found you through Mary. I’m so happy you visited and thank you for your kind words. I do see the kinship in color! I see all us painters as hobbyists, whether earning from it or not. It’s in our nature. I look forward to more visits to your pages, Cynthia. Beautiful work!

  7. Carissima Marina,Ti ho nominato per un premio nel mio blog!…
    Vieni a ritirarlo???..
    UN cordiale saluto

  8. Incredible. I finally figured out how to navigate your blog! Now your in trouble and have persuaded me to add a wash to my work!

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  10. I have studied these two images closely. And as I allowed the subtle colors to seep into my brain, I found myself swept up into euphoria. Then I heard mysterious music that made me think all was right in the universe. I recognized it as a Marina Kanavaki composition…

    Of course this happens every time I look at your paintings, but still… : )

    You’re recharging? Well, avoid electric shock, and do enjoy yourself!! : )

    • True, a recharge by the sea can be dangerous, but I do well with electricity! (been known to stick metal pins in sockets with my bare hands just to watch the tiny sparks, when I was a child!!!) 😆
      Thank you, my friend for those mighty flattering words!
      It’s so interesting what happens when you cut out a detail from a painting. Top one ( featured) is from “Between the lines ” [] and the other one is from “As above so below #4” []
      You have just made my night AND day coming! 🙂

      • I’ve just looked at both full paintings, and, after being suitably mesmerized, I thought: Incredible! All her detail images succeed as individual paintings!! Even if they were reduced to the size of a single pixel, they would still be brilliant!! : )

  11. Your paintings are lovely (as always). The video was very good as well. I am definitely an “out” person. 🙂

  12. Thanks for following “Tails from Paris”. We’re now following your blog too.

    If you want to sharpen your international sense of humor, we do also have a French version called “Sous nos Couettes” :

    Thanks for sharing if you enjoy it too …

    Best from Paris, France 😉

    Alix, Roxane & their bald, bold & funny (at least he pretends to …) Dad

  13. Beautiful, Marina. You are so truly amazing with the colour, depth, light, allure.

    • Thank you so much, Celeste! They are in fact details from paintings I’ve done. I think details bring out a different world then the one you set out to paint, which can only discovered once magnified [make sense?] 🙂

  14. I’m so glad I got to know your art Marina: always a pleasure to admire the essence of your wonderful world of artistic ideas, sprinkled like stars on everlasting sky!

    Thanks so much Marina!


  15. ive said it before..but i need to say it again…that first watercolour of yours..the one above with purples and blues in it…that just fabulous! its what a watercolour should be like…..instantaneous, spontaneous and well…..just!

    • Ah, thank you so much!!!!! It is actually a detail from “Between the Lines”. [You can see the full painting here: My thoughts exactly on watercolour! When I took my first watercolour courses I thought [and maybe it’s right too] that I can’t be instantaneous with it, so I instantaneously disliked them and for years used ink, acrylic and oil. One day however, while tiding up, I came across a tin box with lots of cute little color cubes [like square colorful pills!]. Pulled up a brush and decided to play my way! My simple watercolour story! 🙂

      • you know…i like the way you said that!
        thats exactly what first attracted me to watercolours…those little square cubes of paint…like little sweets all wrapped up.
        in fact, even when i was a child..maybe 3 or 4 yrs old, my dad bought me a simple watercolour know, those cheap nasty ones made in china?
        well, at that age, i thought that the paints were sweets and could be eaten, so one day, i still remember, i tried eating one of them!
        i particularly like the pocket paint sets made by Winsor & Newton…they call them travel sets i think….i have 2 of them, one in zip up case and the other much smaller which folds up into a little thing not much bigger than a has everything you need…a tiny water bottle as well!
        anyway, if you dont mind, im going to try and copy that watercolour of yours if i can…i like it so much!

  16. thanks for dropping in, yet again, marina!
    my blog has just broken the 30,000 hit barrier..for me, thats a big deal!
    im just wondering how to celebrate it….!

  17. Hey there!
    I have surprise for you!!! 🙂
    I have nominated you for MOST INFLUENTIAL BLOG AWARD 2012…
    It was an honor for me nominating you for the award… 😀 Here’s a link… Go check it out… enjoy it with a cup of coffee… 😉 no wait… it’s hot out there… Why not to enjoy it with a smoothy… better idea you know… STRAWBERRY SMOOTHY… yum 🙂

  18. I really love the top one. The green sky is striking but it works! And the borders between the two bottom colors give the landscape great depth.

  19. Beautiful…. And I thank u for all ur likes and active participation on gcaffe… I’m so happie to see u there dear… a million thanks for all ur appreciation. lotsss sa love.

  20. Hauntingly breath-taking – something about this piece that took me to my boarding school years in Africa — ah, dear one! The green cuts sharp….the soft white soothes the cut. Let me not get philly on your blog! Thank you for this, sweet Marina. xxxxx

  21. With all their splendor and majesty, these are terrific art masterpieces. I congratulate you Marina for coming out with this blog. I am now following you. Thank you and be well.

  22. Thank you so much for your continued loyalty to my site, Marina. It means a lot to me to see your name each day as a like for each of my posts. I am behind on my blog likes at present. But hope to get caught up soon. Hope you are having a fabulous week!

  23. Really nice job. Has almost a duality to it that gives it some needed depth. Love the green color and how the yellow was used.

  24. Très chère Marina, merci d’apprécier nos photos, témoignages de la richesse de l’art urbain. La ville de Louvain-La-neuve est un vrai plaisir pour nous, collecteurs et passeurs de mémoire.
    Je cherche un photographe à Athène pour rejoindre notre projet international “Graffs en Capitales” … si tu as un appareil photo (et un peu de temps), es-tu intéressée? Sinon, si tu connais quelqu’un …
    J’attends de voir tes prochaines oeuvres avec impatience! (As-tu déjà exposé en Belgique?)
    Amicalement et à bientôt.

    • Ah, merci merci, Eric! No, I haven’t [just Athens and London] and I’d love to exhibit work in Belgium [maybe one day!] I I’ll be sure to tell you if I come across something from Athens. I’m not much of an “outdoor” person [not city outdoor anyway] but as soon as I see something, I will let you know. Have a beautiful day.
      ‘A bientôt!

  25. Marina,

    I think you should consider expanding into children’s illustration. You could use your watery techinique for backgrounds and draw the characters on another layer. You sort of did that in the Zoo.


  26. I just adore your art, it’s warm and embracing! Found your blogg and sites today, since my daughter (enjoymyadventure), Anne, has nominated you for ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’, and
    you deserve it! Congratulations! While reading the sites I realized you are greek, and it so happens that I live in Athens for the time being with my greek husband.
    Honestly, your art made my day, love Ingrid

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