Wonderful Illustrations of hundred-year-old Cretan doors

Dalius Regelskis’ love for the beautiful, sunny, Greek island of Crete inspired him to make these wonderful works of art which highlight hundred-year-old Cretan doors. All drawings are made with ink and watercolor.
The mantinades* used in the drawings are written by Manolis Maragoudakis from Vederi village, Rethymno, Crete, exclusively for these works. English translation of them is given under each drawing on Dalius Regelskis website.

Dalius Regelskis born in Vilnius, Lithuania, is a professional watercolor and monotype artist and has Illustrated several children’s books. He is also a lecturer at Vilnius Academy of Arts and the Lead architect and owner at DGD / Dalius & Greta Design.

* The Cretan mantinades are 15-syllable rhyming couplets in the Cretan dialect of Greek. That’s the unique way in which locals in Crete express their emotions of sorrow, joy, hope, desire, love, anger, revenge and nostalgia. According to historians, mantinades first appeared in the island of Crete in the 15th century, during the period of Venetian rule. Similar rhyming couplets are found on other Greek islands, however the difference in Crete is that this very old tradition is still alive today, especially in the villages.

Website link: www.daliusart.com

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