Category Archives: Tid bits

A Recent Commission

I recently completed a commission piece for a client wanting to create a 18th birthday gift to remember! A scene around Circular Quay, that most of us are familiar with: the buskers, the ferries, harbour bridge and the people! A favourite spot of the family, I tried to capture their memory in my own style. Hope you like it!

Commendations

I received a couple of commendations recently for my watercolours at the Drummoyne Art Show. I don’t like being in front of people, but we award winners, had to go on stage, collect our certificates and pose for these wonderful photos with local councilors…

I am now also on INSTAGRAM! Follow me there: Instagram.com/chrysovalantou.mavroudis.art

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Paint and Paint some more…

I have enjoyed my painting experiences of late and have made a new pact with myself – When I visit a new location, I must paint the scene (that I am so excited about!!) the following week. This way, I still have a good memory of how I felt there, before Mr Time makes me forget all about it!

I have been running my brushes across landscapes of late and hope to do some more. I am a great lover of the Blue Mountains (and who wouldn’t be!)

Jamison Valley Sunrise, Blue Mountains

I have had some great conversations with buyers of my work – such as my buyer from the Royal Easter Show this year. It is great to hear why they connected with the story of the painting and in fact, gives the painting one half of its meaning.

I was also fortunate to be merited a VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED award at the Drummoyne Open Art Awards, that are currently running in inner city. The award was for my painting of the Canada Bay district, titled ‘Lyons Rd, Drummoyne’.

Lyons Road, Drummoyne

Merited Award

Next up, is my delivery for the Hunters Hill show. Cross your fingers that I get in this year!

Until next time 🙂

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Joseph Zbukvic Watercolour workshop

I was fortunate enough to participate in a Master Z (aka Joseph Zbukvic) workshop last month, my second workshop with him.

Doing the workshop second time around was beneficial, as I had forgotten a couple of things and it also allowed me to experience the painting process at a developed level.

To all budding watercolourists, a class with Z is recommended – but make sure that you:

  1. Find his works inspirational (you would be surprised!)
  2. Have painted with watercolour for a couple of years, with a firm grasp of the techniques of  the medium.

We went out plein air painting this time around. It was good to observe him in the element that he loves most (and recommends most to paint in – the outdoors). His work sold….my work was in the bin! But all good for the experience!

Here are some photos…. Thank you Z, I learned so much from you and your hard work is so admirable!

Joseph Zbukvic Plein Air Lesson

Thanks Joseph!

 

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Art Society Newsletter Report

Thought I would add the report that appeared in the December edition of the Nepean Art Society newsletter. It documented my process in completing the demonstration of a colourful sunset boat scene.screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-50-46-am

 

 

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A new year

My first post for the new year!

Last week I did a demo for an art group in Baulkham Hills. It was a fun night with a nice group of people. I demonstrated a sea scape with focus on the sky. Here are some (not so great) photos of the steps I took to complete the painting.

Demo in watercolor by Chrysovalantou

I have also donated one of my paintings to be raffled at the, up and coming, Nepean Art Society Autumn Exhibition and Sale. The show runs on the 9th & 10th April and ‘Abandoned‘ is the title of the painting.

Boats on sand in Wareemba Sydney

‘Abandoned’ raffle prize painting at the Nepean Art Show

I had a good old time over the Summer holidays painting my heart away. Some of the new paintings can be viewed in my new ‘RECENT’ gallery section on my website. I have also added a ‘FOR SALE’ section, for those interested in purchasing my paintings online.

I also have exhibited some of the new paintings at the currently running, Royal Easter Show. I was pleased when ‘The Jazz Players’ was sold on opening night.

Jazz band playing in restaurant

The Jazz Players