Alojera 2018 Calendar - Detail
Each of the 12 calendar months is an individual oil on canvas painting measuring 60 x 40 cm.
Last year my calendar was a collection of paintings. That experience drew me to explore the theme of "Cycles of Time" in greater depth this year. I imagined my calendar hanging in people's homes, and offices, and I wanted those images to radiate more than just a pretty picture - but also be true to a unique natural energy that emerges, and dominates each month.
I decided to choose a single view of Alojera Playa, a special place near my home, and I painted the 12 expressionist paintings that you see here. This project allowed me to explore my perceptions about the progressions of the months, while letting details of external form fade into the background, letting colour and symbol tell the tale.
It was an experience that lasted 3 months, and once deeply involved I realised that I was painting an unfolding story. The story of a recurring natural cycle that repeats annually as the planet spins through the universe at 2 million km / h, marking a full cycle each year around the sun.
I used 7 different languages: Greek, Spanish, English, German, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese and French - to name the months, and abbreviated days of the week.
I will probably continue to develop series of paintings on abstract themes that express the spirit of the island, and those perceptions that emerge in the peaceful tranquility of life in La Gomera.