Recent Studio activity has revolved around creating several new original altered-postcard-paintings. Initially intended to be a series of 100, I’ve just finished postcard-painting number 133! The latest originals are so fresh they’re not yet up on the website, so do contact me if you spot one you fancy here. This little chap is called ‘Knossos Boat’ as he was created on a postcard of Knossos in Crete.
I love working on these old postcards – all of which were sent from Greece many years ago to friends in the UK. Now they’re back in Greece, sitting in my studio, waiting to be chosen (or not) as the basis of a new painting. Not all postcards make the grade – many are unsuitable as they have no writing, or stamps, or were written with a fountain pen so have bleeding ink! The lucky ones get re-purposed with collage and drawings, acrylic transfers, hand-carved stamps and gesso, before being painted with fluid acrylics and sealed with clear matte varnish. The postcard painting below is named ‘October ’71’ – the date the original card was posted from Athens to England.
From now until Christmas 2017 as a seasonal gift to my lovely customers, I’ll be giving a free set of printed postcards with every purchase of an original postcard painting. (one set for each original purchased). Just place your order for an original postcard painting of your choice and I’ll pop a free set of six beautifully printed postcards (value £7.95) into the package for you when I send it out. There are two different sets of six printed postcards available – Set 1 and Set 2. I will choose a set at random for you…. unless you specify which you would prefer!
If your original postcard-painting is to be a gift, I’m happy to send it direct to your friend for you – just let me know and I’ll gift-wrap it (I normally use Greek fish shop paper!) and pop your personal message on a card for you. A complementary set of postcards will also accompany your original postcard-painting gift.
The postcard-painting above is entitled ‘Arhontiko’ – it was created on a lovely old postcard sent from Paleokastrttsa in Corfu. Below is ‘Assos 1980’ – so named as it’s created on a beautiful old card sent from Assos in Kefalonia… way back then. Don’t you just love these old postage stamps!
All Original postcard-paintings come in a bright white aperture mount, with the back left open, so you can see the face of the original postcard. These mounts will fit an 18 x 24cm standard frame, such as the one below (from IKEA).