The old buildings in Greece are full of character and history. So many layers of old paint! This one was a challenge to paint with the light changing so quickly and all the colours in the shadows. Loved the underpainting technique again as it is so quick before the light changes. The window was finished in 20 minutes including drying time. It is full moon at the moment and you could see the moon glowing through one of the windows of this building last night. Just beautiful. Only one more day of painting on our Greek Island trip!
After a tough morning painting the local scenery, Glenn has cooked up some of his semi dried tomatoes and aubergines. First for swim before 5'sies. Diving off our deck into the mediterranean is quite and experience! It is a hard life being an artist....Wish you were all here.
Well the view has changed again. New day New island. It is like we are on a new holiday every few days. Very picturesque. The artists were taking photos continuously when we arrived. The weather is great and really looking forward to painting up a storm today!
This is the view from our balcony.
I had a PFD day today. “painting free day”. Spent the day with Glenn and it was well worth it. After a lovely fresh bakery treat we caught the bus to the Agios Pandeleimonas. A Monastery in Tilos. A great view with winding roads up into the mountains. Spectacular view. Scary bus ride. Greek roads, Greek bus and Greek driver make for an interesting workplace health and safety documentary! We then went on to the centre of the island and went through white washed streets and saw a church of Saint Michael. A lovely old greek lady told us all about it. Glenn got to go into the secret area where women were not allowed. She then showed us through the elelphant museum. dwarf elephant bones were found in the hills in the 1970’s. The only elephants found in europe. Lunch with the artists was great today.
Almost well again but wishing there was hot water.......None in Tilos so far.....
Arriving in Tilos I am so ill with the flu that i think the walk to the room may kill me. But the view is so stunning and the beach so inviting - I know I will get well here!
Painting the crystal water in Livada was lovely today. I still have the flu so a close little painting was called for. My first swim in the sea. Accommodation is a bit average with the smallest bathroom in the universe and no hot water. No cups to boil the “jug”. Breakfast was great first day but has gone down hill each day since.
Boats at Agios Andonis. A nice study. I am liking the underpainting method to get the clarity of the water. My pastels fell over which was sad so i did not do a second one. Lunch was whole fish - ueckhhh. Another swim and my day is done. Drinks on the rooftop bar with the girls and dinner in a great restaurant with greek dancing with Roma and Greg make it a great day in the end.
New Island - Kos. THis guy was opposite our room by the sea. He stripped down to his swimmers dived out with a snorkel and came back moments later with a squid. Then proceeded to beat it on the concrete to tenderise it. Scenes like this are quite common! At least you know it will be fresh on the menu.
No painting again to day. Sightseeing throughout the ancient ruins in the back yard!! Then to the first ancient hospital in 1300BC. Still can't get my head around it. The song "Ancient of Days" is constantly in my head.
WOW. The boats in Turkey are something to be seen! I cannot wait to paint them. We traveled from Kos to Bodrum for the day. Must say I prefer Greek hospitality. Don't feel particularly safe in Bodrum. But there was some great scenery on a beautiful day. Glenn haggled for leather jacket which was quite theatrical with the shop keeper throwing the money on the ground for good luck. No painting today but lots of reference material!
30 knot winds. Very refreshing! We take refuge in Vathi.
After a mountainous bus trip the fiord of Vathi opened up with a quant villiage of mandarin trees and a small fishing villiage. The boats were amazing little vessels that I am sure Ted will love!
The climbers have invaded the island of Kalymnos and they are everywhere. A competition is on next week with a prize pool of 15,000 euro. Phenomenal photos of them climbing cliff faces all over Kalymnos. Brave people!
The classic Greek window and door were the subject in Pothia today. The lane ways are picture perfect down the narrow back cobbled streets. But the light changes fast so it was quick painting today. The colours in the walls were amazing with cools and warms mingled together. I am having trouble finding the colours in the reflected light but it certainly is fun trying. Boats tomorrow!