Thursday, January 26, 2012

Quiet morning on Patmos

Patmos, Arches, 38 x 28 cm (11 x 15 in)
This is based on a photograph we took when visiting the Greek island of Patmos a number of years ago. We hiked on an early morning from the port up to the hill town of Chora. The town was quiet and serene, there was hardly anyone yet on the streets and the restaurants on the main square were still empty. My favorite time of the day...

Lately I have been watching one of Alvaro Castagnet's DVDs. I love his style - very loose, using bold colors and stark contrasts. This painting was influenced by him, I did it quite fast, trying to focus on the big shapes and main values. While there is still much to be desired, I had fun painting it and am happy with the way it turned out.

7 comments:

Lynn said...

I like your permission to not finish each detail (chairs for instance) and I appreciate seeing how you did the shadows. (I am learning by watching others works, thank you.)

Jane said...

I love all the whites so typical for greece and the stark contrasts are beautiful. The sunny light you put in is gorgeous! I think I recognize this ' piazza'...I was there a number of years ago, too.

Lydie said...

C'est un beau souvenir que tu as très bien peint Blaga.
J'aime aussi le travail d'Alavaro.

Judy said...

Wonderful Greek impression, Blaga! And well painted!

Blaga said...

Lynn, the complexity of the tables and chairs has been stopping me so far from trying to paint this view. But after seeing how Castagnet paints busy cafes and restaurants, I figured I should try. Thank you for your comment!

Thank you, Jane! He-he, we may have been there at the same time :) Next time - with easels!

Merci, Lydie, je suis content que tu l'aime.

Thank you, Judy! I should have been more careful with the vertical lines of buildings, but I was so eager to get to the paints :)

Tito said...

Hi Blaga, very nice representation of a Greek corner. Castagnet is also for me one of the reference artists, I really like his approach to watercolor. Ciao!

Elvi said...

Molto bello questo angolo di un paese greco. Bei colori e buonaa prospettiva. Elvi