Enchanting Vignettes Woodcut Illustrations
Encircled by coarsely textured bark, fine woodcuts become canvases for the landscapes and whimsical scenes illustrated by Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou. Using a combination of pen, ink, gouache and acrylic paint, the Greek artist draws exterior vignettes masked with cosmic patterns and details.
Last year (2016) I started working on a series of woodblock illustrations. It started as an experiment and to explore a different surface, an outlet for the daily use of paper. There is something scenic about working on wood, it can transport you and it gives added meaning and purpose to the work. Nature has always given me great inspiration and this time I tried to capture the essence of the earth, long fields, high mountains and plants, sometimes even exploring different themes and subjects. Nature holds harmony and purity. For those who want to listen to him, I believe he has a lot to teach us.
– Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou
Chatzipanagiotou’s heavily modeled woodcuts are embellished with cosmic details that add a touch of whimsy to natural scenes. The night sky is full of snowflakes; Deer dash throws a starlit forest. Chatzipanagiotou’s paintings will bewitch you and transport you to a magical world.
On Etsy, there are many wood and paper graphics by Chatzipanagiotou that you can purchase from her Etsy shop. You can also see his woodcut illustrations on Instagram. She also has two coloring books “Circle of Life” and “Nature Mandalas”, if you want to fill her whimsical landscape with your imaginative touch.
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