[An-Tili-psi] • Greek
(N.) the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.
a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.
The greek word “ΑΝΤΙΛΗΨΗ” translates to “Perception“
This new series titled “ΑΝΤΙΛΗΨΗ” was created to inspire you.
To interpret the natural world in a new way.
These abstract drawings of the ocean in Greece, are meant to challenge you.
To see the water in a way you never thought of before.
to perceive the ocean with a whole new perspective.
And to contemplate the complex beauty the water possesses.
This series of drawings were inspired by a photograph above of the waters of Kerkyra, Greece. Kerkyra is located in the north west part of Greece, and is also referred to as Corfu.
In the summer of 2018, I traveled to the island with my family.
Being in Greece with my sisters and cousin was such a fun bonding experience that I will never forget.
We had so much fun traveling all over Greece together, sharing such amazing moments together throughout the trip.
While we were in Greece for over 2 months together, we traveled to the the village where our grandmother was born, and reconnected with our family there.
We also traveled to the islands of Agina, Tinos, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Crete.
Each place we traveled to had its own unique charm.
In all we experienced over 50 different beaches throughout the country of Greece.
The Island of Kerkyra (Corfu) was one of the highlights.
Growing up, we always dreamed of traveling to Kerkyra to see the incorrupt body of the Greek Orthodox Saint, Saint Spyradon.
His body remains incorrupt to this day.
If you are interested in reading more about the miraculous saint, click HERE.
Not only is there a deep history of Orthodoxy on the island, there is also so many breathtaking beaches that are not very well known.
Looking back, I can't even recall the names of the beaches we went to.
But no matter the name of the beach, anywhere where there is water, you will be satisfied.
We made it to this beautiful quiet, and secluded beach, and were amazed by the glassy teal waters.
After traveling to multiple different beaches, you begin to notice how each beach has its own shades of blues, teals, greens, and turquoises. No two beaches are alike.
It was a typical hot day, and we were ready to feel the relief of the water on our skin.
The water was calming and cool. So serene and beautiful.
The water was chill and refreshing after sunbathing in the summer sun.
While creating these drawings, my mind drifts off into the sea.
I remember the feeling of my body submerged in the glassy water.
The salty and warm breeze hitting my face.
There is no worldly worry going through my mind, and I am completely relaxed.
I fade into the memory of what it is like to be standing in that crystal clear water.
Looking out into the horizon, and just feeling limitless.
Feeling the water flow around every inch of my body.
Drawing these abstract shapes, I stare closely at the photograph.
My mind goes back to those memories of being in the ocean, and time stands still.
Nothing matters at that moment.
All of my daily stresses and worries fade away.
Memories of floating in the ocean come flooding back into my mind.
The feeling of being one with the water.
My ears under the surface,
Every earthly noise is muffled by the water.
Words can’t describe that pure feeling of bliss.
An escape from all the noise of the world.
At that moment my whole mind and body are connected with nature.
Perceiving the ocean with all of my senses.
Even while in my studio hundreds of miles away from the Ocean in Greece,
My soul still feels the calmness of the water.
And my mind and body take joy from drawing it.
In case you ever find yourself on the Island of Corfu, here is a list of beaches you can experience for yourself while you are there.
- Agios Gordios
- Canal D'amour
- Agios Stefanos
If you are interested in learning about the mind & body connection to the ocean,
Please click on the link below to read about why our brains love the ocean.
Throughout my research on the relationship of the human brain & our innate connection to the ocean water, I came across a book titled, "Blue Mind" : The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do
If you resinate with this topic, or want to have a deeper conversation, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear your perspective!
Thank you for being here,
And I hope you find your beach soon :)