Murmuration

Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique

Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique

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HI folks,

I just started working on these wall plaques using a scraffito technique where you scratch away to reveal the white areas (grey in the picture til they are fired). These are inspired by the wall art I saw in Santorini Greece at the Ancient site of Akrotiri. The sparrows were a part of wall murals uncovered by Archeaologists. These works will be appearing at SALA Festival in South Australia in August at The Forge Creative Warehouse.

A murmuration is a display by a group of birds at dusk as part of a survival technique for nesting. It can be quite amazing to watch. I’m planning to do a wall full of these plaques grouped together, hence the title…plus its a cool word to say.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

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Ceramic Platter inspired by Frescoes from Akrotiri Greece

Ceramic Platter inspired by Frescoes from Akrotiri Greece

Wall panel from Fresco at Akrotiri Greece

Wall panel from Fresco at Akrotiri Greece

Urn with swallow design from Akrotiri, Greece

Urn with swallow design from Akrotiri, Greece

I’ve recently been working on ceramics and loving it. Last year I went on a trip to Greece and Turkey and I was inspired by all the beautiful ancient ceramics. On the stunning island of Santorini in Greece is the amazing archeological site of Akrotiri and a newly opened museum full of amazing ceramics.

They have also unearthed wall frescoes, mosaics and more. I have been making and decorating these large ceramic platters and channeling a bit of Greece.

Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Drawing in Amorgos

Drawing in Amorgos

If this looks like I just got out of bed that is because I had!! However, this is a little flashback of my recent trip to Greece. I’m currently moving house and bogged down in cardboard boxes and piles and piles of stuff. It’s nice to take a moment to remember this lovely moment!! Sitting on the balcony in Greece, over the grapevines listening to the donkey heeeeee-haw, drinking a Greek coffee and drawing.
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So lovely. Love and Art.
Sarah-Jane

Sketching my journey- part 1

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One of the many churches in Mykonos, Greece.

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Mykonos, Greece. Restaurant on the beach at Megali Ammo beach

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View of the church and town hall from my room in Kampos, Ikaria

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View of Armenistis church and buildings from a very tasty Greek sweet shop in Armenistis, Ikaria, Greece

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Cafe in the Hora, Amorgos.

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View from my room in the Hora, Amorgos.

Here are some little gems from my travel sketchbook. These are a selection from Greece of views, buildings and landscapes. Its not really my preferred subject matter but when you are surrounded by such amazing and stunning views everywhere you just can’t help yourself!
These are pencil sketches with watercolours just 10x14cm in a little sketchbook given to me by my friend Kim-perfect for travel. Not sure what I will do with these little sketches but now it’s time to reflect and ponder for a while and digest everything I’ve seen. Any suggestions?
Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Irene mosaic artist

Irene working on her mosaic

Irene working on her mosaic

Irene's shopfront

Sign above the door

Mosaic Fish based on a Cypriot design

Mosaic Fish based on a Cypriot design

Irene mosaic artist

Irene breaking stones for her mosaic work with an anvil and hammer

Merhaba from Turkey folks!! I’ve got so much to blog about but internet access can be sporadic whilst on my travels and now is the first time I’ve had a chance to write anything. I’m currently in Turkey but this post is about a great mosaic artist I found in Mykonos.

Irene Sirianou has a shop in Agios Vlassis,Mykonos (about the size of a shoebox) in which she sells and makes mosaics based on the ancient designs from the nearby island of Delos. As with most Greek artists I have found the web is a work in progress but here’s the website. Delos has great mythological significance being the birthplace of Apollo.
Irene was a tour guide there for many years and knows a lot about the designs and their significance. She now works in mosaics made from a kind of man made conglomerate stone (as far as we can understand). It breaks very easily and into VERY small pieces. You can see long sticks of in the background of the photo of her breaking it up on the special pointed anvil she uses.

Lucky for me she had just arrived from Athens when we arrived at the shop and could have a chat with her. In the non tourist season Irene goes around to all the small islands and teaches the kids mosaics. She invited me to come back and do something with her another time. I hope she was serious!! I’d love too.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Grecian Travels

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Hi folks,
I’m here in GREECE!! Woo hoo!! I’ve seen so much interesting and amazing stuff to blog about that I have been overwhelmed. It’s hard to pick just one thing to write about. I’ve been drawing in my little notebook and taking lots of photos.
For this post I thought I would show you some of my little sketches from my notebook which cover a number of themes and subjects areas, people, places and things. That way, you get a broad smorgasbord of what I have been doing, seeing and experiencing.

The sketch of the red vase is of a ‘loutrophoros’ which is a ritual object used for bathing prior to getting married. There were lots of these in the New Acropolis Museum. Each one has a story drawn on to the side of it to do with the wedding. Kind of like a comic book format in rows with a series of images. The more beautiful and decorative they were the more wealthy the bride and groom. These were from around about 500 BC!! Wow! Pretty amazing.
The image of a Japanese/American tourist I saw on the boat is of an actual person on the ferry to Santorini. Now I know I’m a tourist too but if there ever was a uniform for the tourist this guy had it all!!
The lady with the leopard print thongs worn with stockings also was pretty interesting!

I have taken to drawing the view from our hotel windows and there is one abovenfrom our Santorini hotel. Santorini is actually a volcanic island and this view is of the volcano centre.
At the time of writing this post I am on the island of Amorgos. There is a sketch from our room window here above too. It is very different to Santorini and a lot less touristy. The view from our window here is of rocky mountains and ancient windmills. We have been noting the daily goings on from our window. The donkey in the paddock below has been providing much amusement through it’s actions and the incredible sound it makes.
Well I think that’s it for the moment.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane