Art Created by Katerina Stamatelos.

The present page contains some information, but also links to the entire artistic output of Katerina Stamatelos.

Some Works Discussed

The first gouache painting I will discuss carries the title My Coffee Mug. I am particularly fond of this painting for two reasons: first, the particular mug was my favorite one throughout my studies at the University of Iowa! It was black-and-white, had a wonderful shape that was distinct yet easy to hold, and its large black "stains" (on a white surface) reminded me of the Iowa...cows (of which all of us, "outsiders", used to make loving jokes!!!). The second reason for my liking it is fairly simple: the painting achieves, in a very direct way, what I wanted to depict!

But, before I continue with my discussion, let me "show" the painting to you You can visit this particular gallery (Still Life) by clicking on the link below:

My Coffee Mug

The fact is that this painting, My Coffee Mug demonstrates my personal technique with this medium quite perfectly.

The "mug" was painted first against the natural background of the white paper! I did this directly with a brush, no pre-sketches underneath: I find this way of working very gratifying. Of course, the "black dots" (of the original mug) were altered to fit the instinct of the moment. I then added lash/thick lines of yellow, blue, and red and accentuated the contours of the mug by adding red around. Finally, I gave more "character" to the painting through the strong black brushes and some finishing touches of white (this way, the white of the paper became a structural component!).

Some technical details: as you can see, one can have perfect white surfaces painted on a black background! The medium dries very quickly, so this is easy to achieve.

One more thing: I do NOT use white to make colors lighter(as the "gouache guides" describe): instead, I use more...water! This means that gouache paint can be worked with the watercolor techniques as well!

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Original Paintings & Limited Editions

The SXISMA Art Gallery

The Musicians by SXISMA LLC
The Musicians by SXISMA LLC

Works in Private Collections

Private Collections I
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