Plein Air of Athens in the Morning, 14×18″
Here are (finally) good images of my pictures from Greece this past summer. There’s been a backlog of teaching, painting, emailing and everything else that got in the way of touching up, varnishing and photographing. Better late than never, here we are in November.
Messinian Patina, Morning 14×18″
I really enjoy painting in Greece (you can see some of my Greek pictures from winter 2014/15 in this post). It’s a great country for painting- besides the sites and weather, food is cheap, and lodgings are not expensive. If you are into painting cityscape, Athens is a lot of fun with all the ruins peppered through the city, and the subway is brand new and super easy to get around with. This time though I spent most of my time painting in the Peloponnese.
Methoni Castle 12×16″
One nice aspect of painting in Greece is that there really has been no impressionist vein ‘outdoor painting’ tradition to speak of post-war. There are great contemporary Greek Artists (Giorgos Rorris comes to mind), but I’m quite sure in many of the places I painted I am the first person with an easel they’ve seen painting outside; I’m a novelty. I speak Greek well enough at this point to interact with the locals, and the interaction is often a version of the following:
them: “Hey, what are you doing?”
me: “Good, just painting a little.”
them: pensive silence “… ….Why?”
me: “I like it, it’s my job.”
them: “huh. That’s my house/land/tree/olive field in the painting.”
me: “Oh really. Nice house/land/tree/olive field.”
them: “Can I have it?” pointing at the painting
me: awkward silence “well, no, it’s my work.”
and so on. It’s a breath of fresh air from the folks in New England that want to tell me about their Aunt’s paintings. On a trip years ago a farmer asked me to trade a picture for some of his watermelons.