Double Thefties: Mirror Images and Pattern Play.

Hello! Today I dug up one of my old paintings, a self-portrait that I made many moons ago. You already know how much I adore patterns and portraits, but did you know how much I enjoy reinventing old pieces? Because It’s a lot. In fact, while some people relax in front of the telly, my afternoons off are spent playing around with Photoshop. (My sore back is a testament to how much time I spent hunched in front of my monitor.) Anyway, enough chatter!

Here are some fluoro Double-Thefties, disco style!


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Hold me closer tiny canvas (aka Little John)

For my birthday,  a friend of mine gave me a bunch of tiny canvasses. I got excited when I saw them, but I also had no idea what to do with them. However, I had a bit of an aha! moment this week. You see, whenever I do big paintings, I always end up with leftover paint which I hate to throw out. In the past, I’ve used the leftovers to paint my flowerpots…but I have now run out of flowerpots. And now? Well now, it’s tiny canvasses to the rescue:



I love how silly the tiny canvas looks next to my massive portrait of my boyfriend. (Yes, that’s Andy Warhol’s Mao hiding my boyfriend’s face. My Dearest One started to get weirded out by seeing himself hanging on the wall all the time, so we’ve covered him up for the time being.) After I finished drawing on my tiny canvas, It struck me that the man I’d drawn looked kinda like my brother. I’m therefore going to call this one ‘Little John‘.


The best thing about tiny canvasses is that they’re unintimidating. There isn’t a massive blank space staring at you, daring you to mess it up. It was so easy to slather the hand-sized canvas in paint, and and to pick up my black marker and doodle a face on top. So easy. Sometimes, it’s nice to draw easy things.

p.s. if you’re wondering what this post title is all about, listen here.

A portrait of Gayle

Hello! My friend Gayle visited me this week, and I painted her portrait while we drank about 50 cups of tea in the space of an hour. I haven’t had a good portrait painting session in a very long time. As much as I love my black pens and Photoshop, it’s nice to ditch them every once in a while.

Now, I have a history of making beautiful people look grotesque when I bust out the paints, but I’m quite pleased with this one.  I think it’s a decent likeness for a quick sketch (if you ignore the wonky eye, that is).

Gayle is an excellent model because she sits still, has nice cheekbones, and brings cake. I would happily paint her again (if she lets me).

p.s. Irrelevant side note: I’m on Pinterest! I’m new to it and it’s lonely, so please follow me!

Self-Portrait: A Moody Greek Maybe.

Hello! I’ve been rifling through folders of old sketches this week. This is a typically moody and indecisive self portrait from a while ago. I quite like the fluid lines. I added the blue dot pattern for a bit of extra texture.

Are you wondering what it says? The text is in Greek, and reads ‘isos‘, which means ‘maybe‘.

I used to add Greek text to my drawings because it felt quite … private. If I wanted to be moody, then no-one would know (as most of my friends aren’t Greek speakers). Perhaps I grew out of the Greek-lettering habit around the time I stopped being so moody? Ha!

I think the Greek alphabet is beautiful and expressive, and I might give it another shot. What do you think?

The GIF That Keeps On Giving

This week I learnt how to make GIFs, and I’ve been on absolute rampage. I made my first GIF for my portfolio homepage. However, I couldn’t stop, and I’ve been animating my artwork all day:

Above: Made from my three Super Good Day posters

Above: Made from my painting, Stripes on Stripes

Above: Made from my Fluoro Self Portrait

Above: I turned a picture of me into my new Twitter picture.

And lastly, I made this creative masterpiece:

I had pictures of llamas lying around from a recent farm visit, and I couldn’t help myself. Don’t pretend you don’t love it.

Fluoro Self-Portrait

I started this painting a few months ago, when I had some paint left over from another project. I slapped on the pink and green thickly and quickly, creating a very rough self-portrait. Today I found the painting and decided to go over it in black markers, creating a crisp black layer of lines on top. (I love crisp black lines, I really do.)

There’s something spooky about a disembodied head with piercing fluoro eyes…but I like it. What do you think?

Red, black and grey: A self portrait.

If you’re new to this blog, you probably don’t know that I love to draw portraits. That’s fair enough – I haven’t drawn one in a long time. I plan to change that, so be prepared.

I really like the colours in the one, with the warm greys contrasting with bright red paint. And, yes, I know I look miserable! I’m afraid that’s just how I look when I’m concentrating. (I’m happy on the inside, I swear.)

If you want to see more of my portraits, here’s one of my grandparents, my friends, and myself.

Yes I Can.

Hello. I’m going to get personal with you today.

I’ve been a full-time freelancer for less than a year. I’m still not used to spending so much time alone with my pens, pencils and thoughts. On some days, things seem a little bit difficult, and I just want someone to give me a high five and tell me to keep going! However, there’s no one here, so I have to find that encouragement on my own. Consider this drawing as a high five from me to myself.

If you need a bit of encouragement too, then I’ll pass the high five on to you as well.

p.s. I’m really not blonde.

GROK Projects: Music and art

Here’s a little bit about my latest project:

GROK are inviting artists to create a piece of visual work in any medium in response to any of the tracks from their forthcoming album. The artwork will be exhibited in an East London gallery on 8th-9th October 2011, along with listening posts to hear the songs and included in the album artwork and on a dedicated website.’

My painting  was created in response to the track ‘Box Bronson’, and has been selected for the exhibition. How exciting! Here’s the link to the track:

The track – especially the intro – made me think of shards of glass and layers of twinkling chandelier crystals. There’s something melancholy about the music (hence the face), but also something very dynamic and energetic (hence the vivid colours).

Exhibition details:

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October 2011, 12:00 midday – 11:00pm

The Rag Factory(16-18 Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ)


Hello there,

does this ring a bell?


Here’s a hint: It used to look like this –


When I ‘finished’ the latter, I was going on about how is was much simpler than my other pieces but it still worked. LIES. It turns out that I cannot handle minimalism and, unless I’ve plastered my images with aggressive colours and patterns (and rhinestones), I am not happy.

Now I am happy.

The end.

Yes, ok

Why, hello there.

For the last couple of months I have been working on multiple pieces simultaneously…but have been failing to finish any of them. UNTIL NOW. This particular piece has been hanging around for 8 months or so, and it was so satisfying to finally complete it. I hope you like it.

'Yes, ok', mixed media on canvas, 76 x 100xm, FOR SALE
'Yes, ok', mixed media on canvas, 76 x 100xm, FOR SALE

I really had fun with this one, mainly because I’m slightly obsessed with glitter and anything shiny. (Sadly, this makes photography quite difficult. Keep in mind that the yellow/brownish bits are gold.)


See what I mean?

This piece is for sale. If you are interested, just get in touch.

Coming Soon


I haven’t posted in too long. as a consequence, my conscience is looking at me like this:

helenamaratheftis_sketchbookglareI’m working on a bunch of new stuff and will be back soon, I SWEAR.

love, Helena.