It was a spectacular day today! I traveled down the mountain to Ammouliani to paint this morning and wound up on Karagatsia Beach. In the summertime this beach is packed with tourists but now it is serene and utterly beautiful.
I only had 2 hours so I got the first layer in and then packed up to leave. My thoughts on getting this to work better was that the peninsula needed some breaking up to stop that smooth line in the top right corner straight down to the sea. The eye plays better and finds a painting more interesting when there is more for it to do in the painting. So break up the straight lines we find in Nature a bit and create spots for the eye to play and rest.
1st layer of paint
This is as far as I could get today. The cement dock needs some adjusting and the shrub and rocks. I pulled in the large plastic container to create a stop at the edge of the painting so the eye doesn’t easily slip out and using the orangey colors connected it to the dock and the rocks.
Still needs some work. I’ll post the finished painting when done.
With all the holiday stuff happening I haven’t been back in my studio since last week. Today I went down and cleaned up a bit. Very therapeutic for me in that it is an energetic statement that I am readying myself for the next (loving) push in my painting.
On my easel I placed a seascape I am working on. I put it aside last month to get my other paintings ready for the exhibit at Ktima Bellou. Tomorrow I will begin to work on it again. I will begin a new series for another exhibit coming up and also begin to work some paintings from the Mt. Olympus area for a summer exhibit. I shall dive into the landscapes there and love every minute of it…..
I recently got back from an exhibit I set up in a lovely gallery at a Ktima Bellou, a fabulous hotel on the foothills of Mt. Olympus. The main theme of the exhibit comes from the landscapes and seascapes around the Halkidiki area where I live. I have yet to find a more beautiful place than Halkidiki to paint. Of course there are thousands of places in Greece to paint. This is one of most richest countries for the landscape/seascape artist (yes….. a workshop in the summertime is developing). Mt. Olympus is famous worldwide and the Goddesses and Gods have my intrigue tied to this area. With colors and canvas and brushes I will return here in the springtime to paint…..
Here are some images of Expressive/Spiritual and then Landscapes of Halkidiki: