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Abstract Expressionism Painting Workshop

By Tina Christophillis

Jan 29th 2013

Teaching and Workshops

I am teaching an Introduction to Abstract Expressionism Painting Workshop Saturday, February 2 and 9, from 9 AM - 12 PM, at the Lambert Gray Gallery, 54 Broad St., 2nd Floor.  The workshop is open to all experience levels and will be an overview of abstract concepts and processes. 

What makes an abstract painting work?  How do I integrate these concepts into my studio practice?  How do I open myself to new creative veins while maintaining the integrity of my personal style and vision?  How do I expand my knowledge of art and grow as an artist? 

This one-day painting workshop will be an introduction to abstract expressionist painting.  Artists of this style will be introduced while a brief lecture and presentation will be given on abstract expressionism painting in art history. ...

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Making a Beautiful Picture

By Tina Christophillis

Jan 10th 2013

Art Inspiration

"What concerns me when I work, is not whether the picture is a landscape, or whether it's pastoral, or whether somebody will see a sunset in it.  What concerns me is- did I make a beautiful picture?" -Helen Frankenthaler

I make a painting to create beauty, to enter a beautiful place, to somehow transcend thoughts about a thing and just be... something beautiful.  That's the conversation I want to have with the viewer, a wordless conversation, a mysterious dialogue that somehow hits home.  I'm not sure what that is.  If a painting is "about" something, if there is a motif, it serves as a point of departure, and I realize what it is about when I'm close to being finished or much later.  

The motif serves as a construct from which to explore beauty and color, form and mystery, notes of...

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Figure Drawing at Redux

By Tina Christophillis

Jan 06th 2013

Teaching and Workshops

Every Sunday night at Redux Contemporary Art Center I administer a figure drawing session.  I always enjoy the class and find that it is helping me grow as an artist.  I feel this is a great way to practice drawing skills, unwind with other artists, and make new friends.  No matter where you are with your studio practice or what your artistic goals are, drawing from life, especially the human figure, is always a challenge bringing you back to the fundamental skill of learning to see.  It could also potentially open you up creatively in new and exciting ways.

Come join us!  Every Sunday, from 5-7 pm, at Redux.  All experience levels are welcome and bring any drawing or painting materials that suite your interest.

Redux Studios is located at 136 St. Philip St., downtown Charleston.... full article

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Hi I'm Fotini 

Welcome to my blog!

I am a painter currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.  Through my work, I seek to communicate an internal narrative using traditional painting processes.  

Here you will find information about what I am working on, recollections of my process, things that inspire me. I am asking questions about art, writing letters to myself, reflecting, learning, growing, discovering.  Thank you for joining and supporting the adventure.