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The House at the Edge of the Village

Posted June 17th, 2010 by | No Comments

Still having our mini heat wave. We’ve been up for hours, working on various outdoor tasks like cutting wayward grape vines. Finally, at 8:30 a.m. I can get started painting, just a little ways from our house, and finish before the sun reaches me on the shady side of the path. I’ve painted this house before; I like the way it sits on the edge of the hill, and I love the blue gate. I’m really happy that someone left it open today.

The House at the Edge of the Village, Langada

The House at the Edge of the Village, 16 x 12, Oil on Linen

painting site for house at the edge of the village

Set up for painting the House at the Edge of the Village

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Timios Stavros

Posted June 17th, 2010 by | No Comments

I’m painting late in the evening (starting at quarter after seven or so) because it’s just very hot at any other time of day (except early morning). In this case, I’m not quite where I want to be, but shade and keeping out of the way of possible ferry traffic and fishermen mending nets dictate where to set up. I know I have to work fast; I’ll lose the shadows shortly after 8, but all this does is confuse me, so that I wipe off my drawing and value study five times before getting a real start with the sixth one. Challenging, but a great time to be down at the harbor!

Greek boat

"Timios Stavros," 8 X 16, Oil on Linen

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Katapola Harbor, Summer

Posted June 16th, 2010 by | No Comments

Very, very hot day, but breezy under the tamarisk trees that line the approach to the harbor in Katapola. The two red boats caught my eye, and I was sorry that the trees were so far from the boats, but shade and breeze won out over composition!

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Alain’s Steps

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“The Sunday Morning After…” a wonderful baptism party we were priviledged to witness. Slept in–no painting this hot morning, so went out at 6:30 in the evening to see the last, golden light hitting the door of this most traditional house in Langada, owned by a Frenchman. This is on the way from our house to Langada’s main square (and parking lot), so I often admire the way the sun hits the old paint, and fervently hope it will not be painted again soon.

Sun on the door to Alain's house, Langada

Alain's Steps, 16x12, Oil on Linen

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Blue and Orange

Posted June 16th, 2010 by | No Comments

It was a very windy day, and we decided to go to Katapola for a change of scene and, perhaps a break from the wind. Not much luck with the latter, but the back street offered a little shelter and some shade by the side of the church. The trumpet vines by the door of this pension are something I look forward to seeing every summer. They’re still a little sparse now (June), but later there’ll be a smashing profusion of orange.

Blue Door and Trumpet Vines, Katapola

Blue and Orange 16x12, Oil on Linen

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Aegiali Bay d

Posted June 16th, 2010 by | No Comments

Another morning down at the shore. It’s very hot up in the hill village of Langada, where we live, because it’s set into the side of a rocky mountain which just soaks up the heat. Aegiali, our port town, almost always has a nice breeze under the tamarisk trees along the shore, so it’s a favorite painting spot for me in the summer.

Boats in Aegiali bay.

Aegiali Bay, 8x16, Oil on Linen

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Aegiali Bay, with yacht at anchor

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Of the two ports on Amorgos, Aegiali is visited by fewer yachts. Maybe because the Katapola harbor is so sheltered. Every once in a while, though, a yacht will anchor in the bay itself, not along the quay. This was on Monday following a very nice weekend, and this yacht spent three days in the harbor. There was also a catamaran anchored over towards the quay, not very visible in the painting. Both of the vessels left during the time I was painting, so I’m really glad I got an early start on this morning.

Yacht in Aegiali Bay

Aegiali Bay II, 8x16, Oil on Linen

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Turquoise Tires d

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Still fascinated by the bumpers–these some old tires which have taken on a patina almost like copper. A very sunny, hot, windy day. My umbrella blew over and bent the central pipe! Probably the last painting on the quay till fall, when the sun loses some of its intensity.

Boat bumpers made of old tires.

Turquoise Tires 12x16, Oil on Linen

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Sofie’s View, 12×16, Oil on Linen

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Decided to try this view again, this time adding more background. The Langada school is right behind me, and I had lots of onlookers during recess.

Bougainvillea on the steps across from Sofie's.

Sofie's View, 12x16, Oil on Linen

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Bumper Reflections

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I love the way the bumpers looked in the water, and wanted to capture the reflections. It was an interesting, kind of tough day to paint because there was alot of wind, and fluffy clouds scudding across the sky in Katapola, Amorgos. This changed the reflections continually, and I wished that I could have painted two canvases at once: one with full sun, and the other with clouds!

Bumper Reflections, 8x16, Oil on Linen

Photo of painting site for bumper reflections.

"Bumper Reflections" at Katapola, Amorgos

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