Antio sas, 2022.

That’s Greek for goodbye, if you didn’t know.

At least, that’s what Google translate tells me. It could say ‘f*ck you’ for all I know. Which would work just as well.

Saying farewell to the year in a foreign tongue has become a bit of a custom for reasons I shan’t go into right now.

Greek mythology and the divine muses have been pretty prominent for me in 2022, so it seems quite appropriate.

This year, I’ve managed to paint lots of pictures, visit lots of the Peak District and write lots of poetry. So much so, I’m hoping to publish my second collection of poetry, “Go tell the bees” some time in 2023. (I’ve even been dabbling with a book cover design for it.)

To see out the year, I thought I’d leave you with a few samples of abstract doodling which I’ve been doing quite a bit of lately. It’s a very cathartic and mindful exercise if you want to give it a go. I’ve even tried it with patients on the ward and it went down really well. (Remember, it’s about the process of doing art rather than the end result.)

It just remains for me to say, thank you for visiting my blog, your support is very much appreciated. I hope you have a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2023.

Keep being creative and tell those closest to you that you love them.

In the words of the great poet, Philip Larkin:

“…we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind   

While there is still time.”



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10 responses to “Antio sas, 2022.

  1. I like those abstract doodles very much – colours, shapes, composition. Very appealing.

    And thanks as always for reminding us of this all-important truth:
    (Remember, it’s about the process of doing art rather than the end result.)

    So – antio sas 2022 and geiá sas kai kalós írthate 2023

  2. Oh! And I am sure you know this, but just in case:

    I already like your cover!

    • That is a beautiful post and poem, thank you for sharing it. I only became aware of the custom when the Queen died. I read an article about the royal beekeeper having to tell the bees of her death and I thought it such a queer custom. I didn’t know it applied to every death. Nor was I aware of that beautiful poem. I might have to rethink my title now!

  3. JMN

    Your luminous doodles pack lots of wallop! ¡Feliz año nuevo!

  4. Anonymous

    Dude, those are great. Here’s to much health and happiness in 2023, and a fine new poetry collection from yourself. xp

  5. GP

    I have my own way of looking at things…

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