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Langada from Agia Triada

Posted June 25th, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Another morning painting from below Agia Triada, this time from the walkway within Agia Triada’s gates. I liked the strong line of the walkway and the whitewashed houses of Langada. A challenge for me was to see the many colors of the shadows of the buildings.

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Morning Walk in Langada

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This morning, my last morning in Langada, I didn’t want to go very far to paint, so I walked down towards the lower village. Near the small church there is the house in this picture. Like many summer mornings, there were fluffy clouds over the mountains around 8 a.m., when I started to paint, but they soon dispersed, and the colors of the flowers became intense. I loved the patterns the sun made on the gate, wall, and sidewalk.

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Cypresses on the Hill

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Another picture painted from a shady spot near the cemetery gate, below Agia Triada. This time, I looked back toward the village. I wanted to see if I could portray how dark the Cypresses were against the sunny mountainside, and how the distant moutains behind Langada are beautifully barren. This was such a contrast with the early summer exuberance of the bushes in the foreground.

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Morning Moon – Agia Triada

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The nearly full moon was just setting as I painted this picture of Agia Triada, the little church in the rock above Langada. As I was painting, Irini, whose family takes care of the church, was coming down the long white staircase. Dressed all in black, she gave a special feeling to the scene.

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View from Agia Triada

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This very sunny morning, I wanted to sketch in the abstract pattern of the fields in the lower left of the picture, and the pattern of the terraces on the hill across from me. The village of Tholaria, at the top of the painting, was shining very brightly in the sun. When I work on the sketch some more, I plan to add more darks around it so that this brightness stands out. I think it might be fun to play with some of these abstract shapes in the winter.

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Agia Triada and the Sea

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Agia Triada and the Sea, Oil, approx 16 x 18

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Across from the Church

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Across from the Church, Oil, 11 x 14

In the early mornings in summer the sun makes wonderful patterns on the walls of this 500-year-old house in Langada. In this painting, I wanted to capture the shadow of the church steeple across from the house. The lady who lives there said she especially liked the indications that the door was old and wooden, since the same door has been in place for many decades. This is a wonderful piece of history on an island with a climate that’s very harsh (strong sun, wind, rain) on wooden structures.

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Sunday at Katina’s

Posted June 12th, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Before 9 a.m., Katina’s is just opening.  A few people on their way to open their shops stop to have a quick cup of coffee and exchange news in the shade of the big oleander which shades the restaurant and all its tables.  In early June, there’s a slight breeze blowing, the oleander is in full bloom, and strains of Hadzidakis’ “Thirty Night Songs” play a gentle background.  Tricky, because the light changes fast at this time of the morning.

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Aigiali Morning

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This was painted on a beautiful, clear June morning. The sun was strong on the sides of the buildings on the hill across from me, but I stood in deep shade just a few meters from the gently murmuring sea. A calming time in a hectic morning after our visiting family members left the island.

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