Description 28x28 Oil Painting on Canvas;Evzones are the Greek Presidential Guard of elite Greek soldiers. Their uniform is handmade with intricate detail and is a symbol of the countrys nationalistic pride. This uniform is blue in winter and brown in summer, a skirt-like garment (fustanella), and a pair of tsarouhia red leather clogs with black pompoms. But there is more to these men than their unique uniforms.The Evzones, colloquially called tsoliades, are usually selected from the Greek special army forces. The soldiers of the Presidential Guard are selected according to their height, excellent physical condition, and psychological state as well as character and morality, as they follow hard training before they become part of this honorary unit. The training lasts for one month and includes exercises to keep the body and mind still. Apart from staying still, the soldiers must also not make any face or eye move and must not show any expression.The duties of the soldiers are part of a ceremonial nature. Every soldier guards for about an hour, 3 times in total every 48 hours. Throughout these 60 minutes, they have to stand perfectly still until it is time to switch with another guard. During the changing, they work in pairs so they can perfectly coordinate their moves. The steps that the official ceremony requires at the time of changing are carried out in really slow motion.To be part of this elite unit, a junior Evzone has to undergo intense training; he needs to learn how to stand for several hours in a row, avoid eye contact, staring at an imaginary point without flinching or blinking his eyes and lift his leg up to shoulder height.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.