“This series of watercolors
is inspired by the Oneness of
“As Above So Below”.
Trees, Duality Trees, Inverted Trees
reflections, dreamscapes, paths,
in search of their fulfillment.”
I am delighted to welcome the Year 2020 with Marina Kanavaki, a dear blogger friend. Over the years, Marina has inspired me to view art and creative endeavour via the lens of her mantra, “Art Toward a Happy Day.”
Marina showcased her watercolour paintings “As Above So Below” at the Art Estate Gallery March – April 2019 to great reviews. When I heard that her 2020 Calendar reflected this amazing exhibition, I contacted Marina directly so that I would receive my As Above So Below calendar as a celebration of entering a fresh new year of exciting possibilities and opportunities.
Thank you, Marina, for your remarkable dedication to art, music, and building a vibrant community.
When you meet Marina, you will see for yourself that her artistic expression is “Art Toward a Happy Day.”
Happy New Year to all as we welcome the coming of 2020, a new year and a new decade.
Special Note: All images on this post are from photos of my calendar “As Above, So Below” These images are copyright © of Marina Artemis Kanavaki’s artistic work and cannot be copied, downloaded or used in any way without her express written permission.
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The Woods I Pink ©Marina Kanavaki
It’s my honour and pleasure to introduce the Greek artist Marina Kanavaki and her fine art to you. Many years ago Marina and I got to know each other through WordPress. Marina is not only a talented painter but also a graphic designer and musician. I’m sure that some of you are already familiar with her beautiful art. Nevertheless I would like to give her a stage on my blog too. Marina was so kind to let me use her biography text and her photo’s. Please respect the copyright of her work. May you enjoy her art as much as I do.
Orange Sea Drop ©Marina Kanavaki
Painter, graphic designer and musician, in no particular order.
I suppose music was my first love. I would literally crawl up to the piano stool and put my ear on the keys to hear the sounds and their combinations. Magic. Living in a home that classical [mainly] music was part of a daily ritual, really broadened my horizons. I studied piano and musical theory at the National Conservatory and continued to write my own music.
Then painting. Thankfully, my dad, being an artist himself, stood up for me when narrow-minded teachers at school thought there was something wrong with me when I would completely erase outlined drawings we were supposed to fill in with colour, and then painted my own on top! He was the owner of a creative design center and by the time I finished studies, I decided to go to England to study Graphic Design.
4 years later, I returned to Greece, to my father’s company, Schima Ltd, now Anmar [https://anmarcreative.com/], which is where I still work, designing for various companies and clients.
Little Chakra Tree #16I © Marina Kanavaki
Since my return from England, I’ve had several solo & group painting exhibitions, and released one solo album [Pote & Tipota – Never & Nothing] which was when I met my partner in life, and music, Oannes (Socratis – [https://oannes.gr/] ), a brilliant musician with a huge background. To my good fortune, he was at the time a musical editor and had come to interview me about my album. Our lives & music blended perfectly, so forming MK-O [Marina Kanavaki – Oannes] [http://www.mk-o.com/] came naturally. We have since released 5 albums of our music.
Parts of Colour Duffle Bag © Marina Kanavaki
My love for painting and design also vents to various projects. One of them is designing selected paintings to everyday items [from apparel and gadgets to furniture and home decor]. Society 6 [https://society6.com/marinakanavaki] gave me the opportunity of doing this without having to deal with the commercial part.
However creativity will never ask how and when and will always keep us on our feet, so I know there are many things to explore.
If you would to see more of Marina’s oeuvre , please click on the provided links. Or if would you like to buy one of her designing items please click on the Society 6 link.
my art page https://marinakanavaki.com/
Society 6 https://society6.com/marinakanavaki
FB artist page https://www.facebook.com/ArtTowardsAHappyDay
You Tube https://www.youtube.com/user/mkomusic
Note: All material in this post is copyright material of their author unless otherwise stated, no part may be used by any means without the written permission from their author.
Poetry and Art by Francina Hartstra