We are becoming a little more Greek with every passing day. Here we are now in Kalymnos, after reluctantly leaving Symi and Kos, we are truly settled in our homes directly above the beach listening to waves lapping on the shore.
The seagulls are squawking and wheeling above as the fishing boats return home at the end of the day. This is a delight to me as when last here several years ago there were very few seagulls. The fish were few then as well but I’m thrilled to see that now the seas have replenished and are full of fish once again.
We’ve left all responsibilities behind and the biggest decision we make is what to have at the next meal. We haven’t thought about news or worry about what’s happening in the world because it seems unimportant when thinking about what colour the olive trees are how to get the sparkle in the cerulean sea. That is our world.
The colours of the Agean truly are those you see in travel brochures. Cerulean (running out!) with touches of Sap green and permanent rose.
The Greek Orthodox Easter has given us some marvelous sketch material. At our class the other day we practiced ‘fast people’ and created crowd scenes by adding extra people with a couple of lines here and there. This has all come together in our visits to Pothia, the main port where the biggest parades and celebrations have taken place. Plus the dynamite being let off reached a crescendo on Sunday night celebrating the rising of Christ and wrecking of our eardrums.
This was a turning point for those who’d always avoided ‘people’ in their sketches and to see us sketching the parade in the rain 2 nights ago was a sight to behold. Sheltering under umbrellas, rain dripping down our noses and onto our sketch books. We sketched on.
Every day we go somewhere entirely different. Our sketchers are delighted with the variety of subjects we cover. Not just vistas but every possible Greek nook and cranny we can find.
You’ll see our sketches below. I ask people to find just one favourite sketch from each day, and you’ll see from the variety how many different subjects we cover in a day.
Enjoy our work. More to come.
TUESDAY APRIL 26. SYMI
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27. KOS
THURSDAY APRIL 28. KALYMNOS
FRIDAY APRIL 29. KALYMNOS
SATURDAY APRIL 30. KALYMNOS
SUNDAY MAY 1. KALYMNOS
More next week