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A Painting A Week No 127 – Chania, Crete

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For Sale – 31st July 2013 – 

We were in Crete a little over a year ago with some Sydney friends, and this was my favourite place. Chania is the second largest city in Crete, but it feels more like a bustling town. The ‘old town’ is built around a lovely harbour, and crammed with the usual Greek tavernas and bars. Behind this, is a myriad of lanes and alleyways to explore – fairly touristy I guess, but the whole place does have a great buzz to it, even when you get further away from the harbour, where’ll you’ll also find some interesting Minoan excavations, as well as Venetian and Turkish areas.

This painting is of a very small area along the waterfront (our hotel was the pale blue one on the right!), with the haphazard line of awnings, and shops and restaurants below. It was fairly windy when we visited, and the harbour was rough, hence no boats lined up along the front.

If you would like to buy this painting, please click on this link to my Art Weekly Online Shop, or if you’d rather deal with me direct, please email me at jackie@jackiesherwood.com.

Chania, Crete
Price:  AUD$90.00
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)

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Greek Boats, Methoni

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Details of this painting can be found in Gallery – Greece.

There is a lovely old ruined Venetian fort in the town of Methoni, not far from us here. On one side of the slightly dilapidated walls there is the crashing sea, usually fairly wild as its the west coast of the Peloponnese, and on the other side is a calm bay, perfect for swimming, and for all the locals to use as a harbour.  I love the colour and shapes of all the different boats, tied up along the harbour walls. Although these can’t technically be described as Greek fishing boats, I bet that’s what they are!

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A Painting A Week No 126 – Fishing Boat, Koroni Harbour

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For Sale – 25th June 2013 – SOLD

Not a very exciting title for a painting, but I seem to have Greek fishing boats everywhere I look right now, as well as in Koroni harbour and the bay below us. I’ve been painting them, sketching them, and sticking them onto collages. Each little waterside village around here has its unique selection of boats, and yes, most of them really do go out fishing each day, or night, and keep all the local restaurants full of seafood. I just love the shape of them, all the accoutrement hanging off them, not to forget all the little ‘sticky uppy bits’ (which I’ve recently told my students not to ignore!)

Summer has arrived with a vengance now – too hot for sitting on the edge of harbours sketching, but perfect for relaxing in any one of Koroni’s many cafes with an ice cold frappe, or an ouzo in your hand!

If you would like to buy this painting, please click on this link to my Art Weekly Online Shop, or if you’d rather deal with me direct, please email me at jackie@jackiesherwood.com.

Fishing Boat, Koroni Harbour
Price:  AUD$ SOLD
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)

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A Painting A Week No 123 – The Olive Tree, Koroni

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For Sale – 1st May 2013 

This olive tree is an integral part of our view and stands proudly in our neighbour, Vassili’s field, with the blue sea behind. A good subject I think, to recommence my 2013’s artistic pursuits!

If you would like to buy this painting, please click on this link to my Art Weekly Online Shop, or if you’d rather deal with me direct, please email me at jackie@jackiesherwood.com.

The Olive Tree, Koroni
Price:  AUD$90.00
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)

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

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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. http://artistswindow.com/new/2013/02/final-friday-acrylics-2/

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!

If you would like to buy this painting, please click on this link to my  Art Weekly Online Shop, or if you’d rather deal with me direct, please email me at jackie@jackiesherwood.com.

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