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Art Weekly 151 – Three Figs

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The Greek summer is behind us now, and all the figs have finished. This year seemed to have produced a bumper crop, and I’ve had my full share of figs of all shapes and sizes. My favourites are the yellowish ones (honey figs?) which seem to appear earlish, but for a short season initially. Then for the next 3 months, there’s an abundance of various purple varieties, and again more yellow ones – they just seem to go on forever!  I even managed to grow about a dozen myself, in a pot on the balcony!

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Three Figs
Price:  AUD$90.00
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)

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Painting in Skopelos

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I’m currently relaxing in Northern Greece following two wonderful weeks on the gorgeous island of Skopelos.  It really is a beautiful island with the main town spilling down the hillside in a confusing maze of steps and laneways. Many of these are draped with brightly coloured plants, lined with pots, and scattered with churches and tiny chapels.

I was on Skopelos to tutor at the inaugural Skopelos Art Painting Holidays and what a great week that was. Our base was the Mercurius Bar which looked out over the turquoise harbour and bobbing boats. We had a great group of all abilities, some from Sydney and some from New Zealand, and for a change they all spoke the same language as me!

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We launched into the painting by having a play around with the great palette of brilliant watercolours provided, initially painting some colourful still lifes, then moving onto something that caught the eye of each student – there was a huge amount to choose from very close by, with bougainvillea and other climbers in every direction, typical Greek street scenes (you needed to tuck your legs in quickly to save them from the odd passing car or motorbike), a nice selection of interesting pots and plants, lovely window frames, old doors, and even a little chapel.

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At the end of the first morning, we were rewarded with a huge lunch at Agnondas, a serene little fishing village further along the island, and we ended the day with lots of swimming and loafing about. Well deserved I think!

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Towards the end of Day 2 we moved onto acrylic paints, with a quick still life in acrylics, in readiness for some On Location painting the following day, when we once again headed off to Agnondas,  Here we set up in the shady taverna on the water’s edge and each student selected their subject to paint. Everyone worked incredibly hard all morning, and produced some great paintings, all strangely enough in a very similar colour palette!

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The next few days passed in a blur of creativity, continuing to paint in acrylics, coming to grips with the use of the ink and stick, and battling two very hot days. We were well looked after with plenty of iced water and frappees and coffee each day, along with some very yummy almond florentines from the bakery. Paintings were finished and new ones started, including a small canvas.  It was wonderful to see the paintings appear and the confidence so quickly gained, and everyone’s style becoming evident.

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It was a great week that went by far too quickly with some wonderful paintings to show for it. Thank you Margie and Andrew for making it possible.

If you like the sound of painting, sunshine and plenty of good fun on a beautiful Greek Island, why not consider joining us next year on Skopelos?!

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Villa Koch, Kalamaki, Greece – May 2014

 

I was invited to take part in an Art Exhibition at the lovely Villa Koch with several other local artists of various nationalities.

It was a full-on weekend of art, music, food and wine and a wonderful experience to be amongst such a varied group of great artists.

 

 

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Acrylic Painting – May Class 4

The last week for this group of 3, and the first class to come close to completing two acrylic paintings over the 4 week course!  Brilliant work everyone. I love the way each of you are developing the technique to show your own individual styles. Keep on painting over the summer if you can…….

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For info on future art courses including sketching, monoprint, collage and painting, contact: gill@artistswindow.com.  Gill’s website:  http://artistswindow.com.

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Acrylic Painting – May Class 3

The 3 painters were very close to finishing their paintings when they started this morning. This can sometimes be a rather drawn out process, with lots and lots of tweaking. Its amazing how, when you put a tiny bit of colour on just one area of the painting, it can impact other areas, and sometimes this can go on and on, but that’s very normal. Ask any artist?!

By the end of the morning though, we had two completed and one ‘not sure if it’s finished’ paintings – beautiful work by all three. We also had some very promising beginnings of 3 new works, all working against the clock to get as much done before our last day next Monday.

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Then there were some great starts on 3 new underpaintings.

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Many thanks everyone for changing the day for me so I could meet my Sydney friends on the cruise ship!

For info on future art courses including sketching, monoprint, collage and painting, contact: gill@artistswindow.com.  Gill’s website:  http://artistswindow.com.

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Acrylic Painting – May Class 1

The start of another 4 week course, this time with a smaller group of three. Everyone made a fantastic effort this morning, and finished well into, or just finishing, the lovely loose ink stage.  These very different under-paintings are exactly on track and next week they’ll be moving onto the next stages of thicker and lighter paint.  Keep up the great work everyone.

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Art Weekly No 142 – April Poppies

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It’s springtime here in Europe, and the poppies are everywhere again. In France, where I first fell in love with them, they’re memorable in large swathes (that word must have been invented just for poppies!) in open fields, but here in Greece they pop up everywhere. They seem to particularly like growing along the side of the roads, often mingling with the vibrant yellow daisies (remember, I do live in a rather rural area – can’t see this happening in Sydney!). They’re also found scattered around the villages, tucked in between old buildings, or against lovely crumbling stone walls. The poppies here too, do seem to be larger and a much richer red than the ones I remember from France.

I went sketching today with Gill’s On Location gang, to a lovely village up in the hills, and there they were, a whole wall full of poppies, just waiting for me.  I couldn’t resist a quick sketch!

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April Poppies
Price:  AUD$90.00
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)

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Acrylic Painting – April Class 4

This was the last morning of acrylics class for this group of cheerful artists and great progress was made throughout the course, with some wonderful achievements. Those paintings that didn’t quite get finished are so very close, and I look forward to seeing the final result.

Many thanks everyone for your hard work and enthusiasm over the four weeks. I hope you’re all feeling inspired to keep on painting!

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And even the start of two new paintings – all of the above started out just like these!Bo2-Wk4 Jenny2-Wk4

For info on future art courses including sketching, monoprint, collage and painting, contact: gill@artistswindow.com.  Gill’s website:  http://artistswindow.com

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Acrylic Painting – April Class 3

Everyone struggled a bit this week but I do find this often happens at this stage of the painting, so hang in there and they will all come together next week. The beautiful paintings below are most definitely on track, and mostly very close to finishing. Apologies, some of the colours are a little exaggerated this week!

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For info on future art courses including sketching, monoprint, collage and painting, contact: gill@artistswindow.com.  Gill’s website:  http://artistswindow.com