absence & hope


absence&hope v©marina kanavaki

Absence and hope © 2014 Marina Kanavaki

Digital Painting


“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
John Steinbeck  ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’


Alas, after a long absence, my radio silence is over.

As I mentioned in my previous post,  sometimes things happen that throw us off course.


A belated mention of events which took place during my absence.

[in date order]

• Early October was my 3rd blogging anniversary


• My work: ‘In Limbo – Sepia I’  was selected to be included in the Society6 Shop

In Limbo - Sepia I ©Marina Kanavaki l

• DST is gone and we have gotten our precious hour back!

[you can visit my homage to the lost hour back in March here ]


• My good friend Wendell, inspired by my full moon painting,

wrote this BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL poem:

The Moon’s Blessing Of Love

full moon october 2014 © marina kanavaki

Thank you, Wendell


THANK YOU, from my heart, to all my friends who sent their compassionate thoughts and love throughout this difficult time in my life.


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and new month dawning.



116 Responses to “absence & hope”
  1. Christy B says:

    This post is an older one but it’s still full of lovely art from… YOU! ❤

  2. D K Powell says:

    Sorry I’ve been away from your pages too long Marina! Back for a while now I hope 🙂
    This is a fascinating painting and one that moves me deeply as I am somewhere between these two at the moment 🙂 x

    • Seems that this has been [and still is] a trying time for many of us, Ken. I wish you start leaning more towards hope, my friend. Sending you a big smile. 🙂
      [no need to apologize!]

  3. Gorgeous artwork. 🙂

  4. idiotwriter says:

    Marina, I adore how art inspires art. Connections made through our creative hearts reaching out and touching each others lives. You bless me today with this post. Thank you.

  5. babsje says:

    Welcome back, Marina, you have been missed. Thinking of you. Babsje

  6. Bongo says:

    I love the contrast and the oppositeness (is that a word?) of this. Very nicely balanced.

  7. dilipnaidu says:

    Be well always dear Marina. Many good wishes coming your way. 🙌

  8. jakesprinter says:

    Beautiful concept Marina 🙂

  9. Aww beautiful! If you keep looking in the depth of these expositions, they look endless. Captivating )

  10. Tanveer Rauf says:

    welcome back Marina dear. your creative work was missed and we missed you more. cheers!

  11. Marina, Wishing you only the best during your difficult time xo I find your new artwork so intriguing and Wendell’s poem is beautiful too (how wonderful to have had your art as his inspiration!).

  12. Strikes right to the core of the heart! Compelling, Marina!

  13. Nawfal says:

    An Excellent and Strong Composition my Friend! 🙂 I hope you are getting along better and some healing is taking place – my good and positive thoughts have been with you.

  14. Aquileana says:

    Excellent!… Very powerful in black and white dear Marina ⭐
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend ahead!, Aquileana 😀

  15. What?? I hurried right over here, but I see I’m the 135th person to push the Like button!! I can’t believe 134 people were rude enough to push ahead of me– don’t they know I’m your #1 fan?? : )

    Beautiful image, my dear Marina. A light goes out on earth, its mirror image blossoms in the heavens. I just attended the Catholic All Souls Day mass this past Sunday, and your lovely creation fits the theme perfectly. I also heard a beautiful hymn with the lyric, “There is room for all in my Father’s house.” Absence is keenly felt, but Hope sustains us.

    Dear me! I’m waxing quite philosophical today! I must pull myself together and resume my usual shiftless existence. But not before I gaze wistfully up at Mt. Olympus and heave a sigh… : )

    • “Absence is keenly felt, but Hope sustains us.” Overwhelmed, bewildered, amazed,, flabbergasted, dumbfound, astounded – plainly said: rendered speechless as is expected whenever I read your comments! 🙂

  16. Bumba says:

    A full moon tonite and you at full power as well. Those spirals are wonderful. How on earth you re-constructed them is part of your art of course. Recently I blogged a photo of a spiral galaxy recently, and was looking at various galaxy photos. Yours are equally beautiful.

  17. nonoymanga says:

    full of mysteries!!!

  18. Dear Marina… I send you my thoughts and Hope this passage you are going through will soon be at an end as you see your Light at the end of your tunnel.. Sending special thoughts and Much Love your way my friend.. ❤ ❤ ❤ xxx Sue

  19. Love your art work! Great job!!!!

  20. Blood Ink Diary -ssd says:

    My dearest Marina, I am leaving my thoughts here after a very long time. To see your art is always a deep pleasure mingled with even deeper reflection(s). The composition has its’ striking emotion in all elements – where absence and hope become interdependent duo – as two dancers in a waltz, or, merangue – rising the pulse to a cathartic explosion. ‘Tis very beautiful – just as my dear friend and artist that you are. Lots of hugs & love to you.

  21. Madhu says:

    A strikingly beautiful and poignant work! Delighted to have you – and your art -back Marina. Take care dear friend.

  22. sriramjanak says:

    This is beautiful Marina…in B & W ..! favorite..:-)

  23. violetski says:

    So happy to see you my dear friend!
    If darkness doesn’t exist we couldn’t enjoy or be thanksfull for light! Been after long dark tunnels a light will be apear.
    Positive thoughts and all the best to you! My thoughts are with you and looking forward to see your dancing flowers or beautiful colors world again😘
    Love and hugs

    • Awww, thank you so much, my dear Violet for your sweet words. I don’t know if it’s going to be dancing flowers, but there will be …something – which I hope you’ll enjoy! Hugs – love and xxxxx

  24. There is always a light at the end of every tunnel – you just need to look for it.


  25. Darkness would be unbearable without knowing the light is going to break through. It’s great you’re having hope. All the best to you!

  26. Just being able to pop over here and see something you’ve created has been wonderful. I’m sad for your silence. You are a ray of sunshine each time you visit my blog and leave your very sweet comments. The paintings showcasing the dark and the light express the truism of life. For in order for there to be light at times there must be dark. My wish for you is one of rising above all and coming back to us in light and love. ❤ hugs ❤

    • My dear Isadora, that is a beautiful wish! My silence is over and I am gradually readjusting, but it may take a little longer than I anticipated to catch up with everything [including work]. Thank you so much for your warm words! 🙂 hugs to you too!

  27. frizztext says:

    good to read:
    after a long absence, my radio silence is over…
    μετά από μια μακρά απουσία, σιγή ασυρμάτου μου είναι πάνω.

  28. donna213 says:

    I myself have been gone for two months due to sickness and am surprised to read you were gone as well. Hope all is OK with you and I hope to see you posting again.

  29. Pink Ninjabi says:

    Woooo… love this one.. very Van Gogh! And love the quote too!

  30. Just… hi again, Marina. RH

  31. Penny L Howe says:

    Hello Marina. And across the miles I’ve felt what I shouldn’t be able to, and sensed same and knew to check in here today, dearest friend! Do take care of you … You’ve been in my thoughts with much love and hope 🙂 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  32. Happy to see you back and your beautiful painting speaks of your journey! XOXO

  33. Susan Feniak says:

    Positive thoughts coming your way. Happy to see your blog. Welcome back. 🙂

  34. Meanderer says:

    Clever design, Marina. Nice to see you back.

  35. Welcome back, Marina! Have a great weekend!

  36. sometimes we need those periods of incubation and introspection; sometimes we feel overwhelmed or that we fell short. sometimes our bodies let us down – or remind us that we’re not machines… you will look back and see where this was a growing period for you and necessary to evolve into an even-more stronger person… hang in there beautiful one… z

    • Ah, my dear Z… I agree with you about becoming a stronger person. A loss can surely do that. For the time, I am readjusting. Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts and support. xx

  37. Resa says:

    Welcome back, Marina! I truly hope your difficult time is over. I think this new piece of yours speaks volumes. _Resa xoxo

  38. Mary says:

    Very comforting and so happy to see you again Marina. Your art and writing tells me much, the road is long – it’s good to have you back ~

  39. Another piece I love immensely.

  40. jmsabbagh says:

    Beautiful creation ,waves of a volcano,tornado ,black and white adds magic to the painting.Best wishes.Jalal

  41. Welcome back. Your absence has been keenly felt.

  42. alexraphael says:

    You really are so talented.

  43. suej says:

    Good to see you back, Marina and hope you’re OK xx

  44. beautiful Marina! I’ve missed you and hope and pray you are ok.

  45. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Dear Marina it’s so good to see you back again and I hope you’re doing okay, big hugs.

  46. Jean-Jacques says:

    More than a nice way to bring these two words to surface. Absence & Hope seem interwoven in the images of the two separate, and yet one and the same forms, expressing the exact state of life on this planet earth in form and description. That artistically creative mind of yours just keep reaching out ever further to make us think beyond the beauty and pleasure of your paintings. Reminders the like are in short supply. Thank you for this! JJ

    • No, thank YOU, my dear JJ! It was hard to realize yet there can be hope from loss. As soon as I finished one, it’s negative brought it up. Sometimes our creations are wiser than us. Again, thank you, my friend. 🙂

  47. I’ve missed you, Marina. Good to see you here again. I popped over to read Wendell’s poem. It’s beautiful, and goes so well with your lovely painting. *hugs*

  48. Designer says:

    Marina, I’m so glad to see you, my dear friend! xoxo

  49. aFrankAngle says:

    I was thinking about an email … and then you post. 🙂 ,,, so now I’m happier. 😀

  50. equinoxio21 says:

    Very clever Marina! 🙂
    Bon week-end!

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