Plein air paintings from Greece 2016

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Terpsithea, 12×16″

 

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Agrylis 12×16″

 

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Vromoneri 10×14″

 

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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.”

them: “why?” 

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.

 

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Kyparissia 14×18″