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Back in Greece and Business is Resumed!

1st May 2013 –
Apologies for the huge gap in time since my last post. Its been a busy few months with travel to Australia and New Zealand, and to LA for Peter, and of course our wedding in Sydney. Why I always try and fool myself that I’ll be able to produce some weekly paintings whilst travelling, I don’t know.  Anyway, here we are now, just arrived back in Koroni and ready to settle into our quiet life here for another few months. Before I publish my next painting though, I’ll just write a short(ish) post about the last 3 months….. here goes……


As we tend to do, we flew via France to sort out visas etc.  Its always a bit of a shock to arrive there in winter and be reminded of the cold, but the Languedoc always looks beautiful, no matter what season.France2

Sydney was wonderful, and its usual bustling self, and I do love arriving there and feeling in charge again! I guess I can only put it down to the language barriers of living in places where I barely speak the language. Its mostly just being able to chat to people when we’re out and about that I miss most! It was looking particularly green this visit, despite some scorching days they’d had earlier in summer. The good ole Sydney rain was never too far away, but I must say for the whole month of March, it did itself justice, particularly for the important Wedding Day.


But before the wedding, and after kicking into organisation mode and a lot of rushing about (which its a relief to know I can still do!), we headed up to Northern Queensland to join my son James at his Graduation. It was a wonderful chance to see that part of Australia for the first time too.  It was all very beautiful and tropical, and yes, I am most definitely going to paint some palm trees soon.


The wedding went off beautifully. We had a lovely sunny day, though it was rather hot, and a little windy down next to the harbour, but we couldn’t have wished for anything more and being able to celebrate with lots of family and friends on the edge of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. A day to remember for sure.


Pete and I had a week to get used to being married, before we headed off into different directions (typical of our doing things a little back to front!) Peter to Los Angeles, and me to New Zealand. where I had some total relaxation at ‘the farm’ with the sheep and pukekos (and sister and brother in-law too of course). I also managed two nights in Auckland with great friends and a nice catch up with others there.  Then after 10 days or so the bride and groom met up again in Montpellier, France for 5 days of more R&R (and another reminder of chilly weather) before flying into Athens……


Today, is the first day I’ve managed to get into some painting;  those palm trees are on their way!

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A Painting A Week No 120 – Koroni Rooftops, a Trip Down Under… and A Wedding!


For Sale – 4th February 2013 – SOLD

This painting has been done in a rather sketchy palette knife technique – a simplified version of one I did as a demonstration at some recent Acrylic Classes that I taught, in conjunction with my art buddy, Gill.  Here is a link to her website showing the most recent session, and you can also look back over the previous 3 weeks of Wednesday and Friday classes if you wish.

It was an honour to be able to guide these lovely people through the technique that I generally use, and I was impressed with the work they did over the 4 week course. Considering most of them hadn’t used acrylics before, and certainly not in this way, they turned out some beautiful paintings. We look forward to being able to continue in the spring.

This view from one of the pathways through the houses down to Koroni port, is one of many that I love, and I thought it appropriate to have it as this week’s painting as we leave tomorrow for the slow and rather involved trip back to Australia. Car willing, we drive to Patras, and take the overnight ferry to Bari in Italy (assuming they’re running – they’re a little few and far between during the winter months, and I believe they were all on strike this weekend!) We’ll spend a few days driving through Italy, and hope to arrive in the Languedoc during the weekend. We’ll have a few days around Pezenas to take care of a bit more French bureaucracy and then on Valentine’s Day, we both fly out of Paris, but in totally different directions; I go straight to Sydney, and Pete to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks with his Mum.

It will be busy visit to Sydney this time. No exhibition to worry about, but a wedding instead!  Yes, we’re tying the knot on 23rd March!  I’m sure there’ll be masses of rushing about getting organised, and of course, lots and lots of shopping and socialising.  We’re also going up to Northern Queensland for a week, to attend James’ graduation  from James Cook University, and we’re looking forward to exploring the areas around Cairns and Townsville during that time. In our usual topsy turvey way, we’re also turning it into an early honeymoon (which is just as well, because when we leave Australia, I fly off alone to spend 10 days in New Zealand!) I’m looking forward to trying my hand at painting some Australian beaches lined with swaying palms (and obviously the wedding too!)

Of course, I’m still hoping to post blogs and my weekly paintings as we travel about. I’m sure its just a matter of notching myself up a gear or three once we leave quiet peaceful Koroni….. we shall see!

I’m just adding a little note here – the ferries are still on strike and are not committing as to whether they’ll be running Wednesday, so we’ve launched ourselves into Plan B, which is to fly from Athens to Montpellier, via Paris, (where we’ll be leaving from a few days later) – it entails all sorts of complications, but hey, we’ll get there eventually!

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Koroni Rooftops, Greece
Price: SOLD
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)