illustrations

Happy Canada Day!

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Just a rough last-minute sketch in honour of Canada day.  I think that the illustration would have been more accurate if I had drawn a box of Kraft Dinner, a Tim Horton’s coffee cup and a Harvey’s Burger 😉

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Creativity & Courage

Day Quote Challenge Day 3

I was nominated by Manuela to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

Thank you to https://inaloveworld.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this challenge.

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“Creativity Takes Courage”-Henri Matisse

One of my favourite quotes because it is one thing to have an idea or image in your head and another to actually go about bringing it to form. There is a lot of doubt and uncertainty. You will make mistakes.  The result won’t be like you expected, but it is worth a try.

My nominees are: https://sandsoftime10blog.wordpress.com/

https://itrainsinmyheart.wordpress.com/

https://instaology.com/

 

Smothering/Πνιγμενος απο Αγαπη

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Don’t smother your lover this Valentine’s day!

Μην πνίγετε τον/την σύντροφο/ισσα σας την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου!

Do couples still celebrate Valentine’s day or are they too busy fighting??

Τα ζευγάρια γιορτάζουν ακόμα την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου ή απλά περνάμε την

ημέρα τσακώνοντας;

Your Love Kills/Η Αγαπη σου Σκοτωνει

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‘Love Kills’ photo shop illustration by Angela Zafiris

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Being loved can give us strength, but if the wrong person is loving us, then it can kill us.. so be careful who you give your heart out to.

The inspiration behind my digital collage was the ‘Economist’ magazine cover featuring the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite holding a pistol aimed at-not at me but at the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  The image of Aphrodite de milo as well as her reputation has suffered rampant abuse by many European publications in recent years. Her image ‘hijacked’, and defaced to serve up hostile messages from science and business magazines that were targeting financially strapped Greece.  The irony in all this is that we are not talking about love, but about money. They could have used Hermes who is the god of commerce, financial gain and he’s also the messenger so it would be more fitting to use him to deliver the message, but instead the goddess of love was used. Is it because business people love money? So with so much hostility for Greece why didn’t they use (abuse) Ares the God of war? The many statues of Ares are very famous too. A few are located at the same museum, the Louvre in Paris, as the ‘Aphrodite de milo’. Perhaps Ares wasn’t used because he looks too strong to represent Greeks. On the other hand, Aphrodite looks more vulnerable because she is a woman and nude.  I know it’s sexist, but we are living in a hostile patriarchical society.. so I guess I just answered my previous question.

I guess a small positive side in all of this is that it inspired my art. I thought I would use her image as well and put her in a more fitting scene where she is not out of her element since she was born in the ocean.

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I laughed a lot when I saw this cover. Yes, I will make your day!

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And the award for the rudest cover of them all goes to..

The Modern Woman/Η Συνχρονη Γυναικα

Collage on canvas by Angela Zafiris

Collage on canvas by Angela Zafiris

High heels
Red lips
She’s careful to never slip
Chin up in the air when she walks
The confidence in her talk
Her ‘multi-tasking’ ability
She’s mastered the code between women
Closeness to the creation
Her love of pretty things
Long hair shining in the sun
Her obsession with beauty
Critical of her body
A career,  marriage and children
All happen so effortlessly
Her pride
Her ego
Are as strong as any mans’.

The modern woman, so much is expected from her. To be everything and to do everything.  She is not simple, she’s very complicated.. I can go on and on about her. The discussion is never-ending.

FYI-The words in Greek are ‘Woman or child?’, ‘Goddess within’ and ‘fearless’.