RED DOOR AT PANAGIA PARAPORTIANI
18″ X 12″- MYKONOS ISLAND GREECE
Panagia means the “Virgin Mary”and Paraportiani translates to ‘’standing next to the entrance door.” One English translation names the whitewashed church as “Our Lady of the Side Gate.” In any case it is well known that the church consists of five churches. The churches were built on top or next to the others. There are four different architectural styles involved including Byzantine vernacular, traditional and western styles starting centuries ago in medieval time forward with the last renovations ceasing in 1920. A web search, if interested, will tell the entire history.
When we stopped and wandered around the church on our travel to Mykonos we also toured the town historical marine museum, they told us that when the church first started it was a very seafaring and fishing oriented island. Fisherman would brave storms and when it seemed they would not return, they would pray to God for a save return. Giving thanks to God, they would build a church praising God. It explains why the beauty of the five churches and the mixture of styles created a simple, clay-like structure, known the world over.
Very close to Panagia Paraportiani is another church with a blue dome on the shoreline in the Bay of Mykonos with colorful boats and reflections in the calm waters at the shore. That painting “Mykonos Bay” will be among my Prints that I will list very soon. This might be a good time to mention you can “follow me” here on BaywoodGallery.com and to be notified when my new work is listed.
For over 25 years I made these curved (beveled) frames. The design and depth of the frame was made by me and submitted to a milling company, where they made a “knife” to be used over and over to cut this curve. The hardwood used, was either Oak, Poplar, or Ash so that the frame could withstand the stretching of the canvas over and around to the back where it was stapled. I am older now and will not be building these frames anymore, but selling the machine used to join the corners and the original “knife” design. It is basically a 2-inch from the back and curved so gently that the canvas floats over the edge on the inside frame. All paintings come ready to hang. Coated wire mounted through brackets and screwed to back of frame.
I will be using the traditional, but upgraded, Gallery Wrap (flat edges rather than the curved). I have been left with many loyal collectors and followers who have commented on how the framing enhances the depth and interest in my paintings. All paintings are painted to the back edge of the canvas and so I will also paint the flat edge of future paintings I complete for sale.
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“RED DOOR AT PANAGIA PARAPORTIANI”
Original Oil Painting, "18X12". Frame designed and assembled by the Artist. Painted in Oils over a hand stretched canvas. Frame is hardwood, either Oak, Poplar or Ash. This is the Artist's website, BaywoodGallery.com, maintained by the Artist. Shipping is free within the United States, if you are international read last paragraphs.