Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 50- Lunch with friends-(more sketchbook pages)


   It's back to the drawing board these days. Seeing Athens and Greece with new eyes after
ten years of absence, makes me want to rethink my painting methods.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 49- The making of olive oil- A tale from the island of Zakynthos

At the olive grove, 1-
markers and oil sticks on paper

At the olive grove , 2-
markers on paper

At the olive grove, 3-
markers and oil sticks on paper

At the olive grove, 4 - Lunch (First day: lentil soup, homemade bread, homemade cheese, homemade wine! Second day: pasta Bolognese, homemade bread, homemade cheese, homemade wine - words fail me!!)
markers on paper

At the olive grove, 5
markers on paper

At the olive press-1
markers on paper

At the olive press-2
markers on paper
I couldn't draw the final phase , when the oil came pouring out of the last
machine, because I was too busy dipping my bread in to get the first taste!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 48- Self-portrait

Day 48- Self-portrait
watercolor 6 x 6 inches on Arches CP
With misbehaving hair.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 47- Two rooms

Day 47- Two rooms
4 x 6 inches , mixed media on canvas paper
I have never before asked a total stranger to pose for me but I did it a couple of days ago.
 I met her while she was tending to her small potted garden in the middle of a busy street in the center of Athens. We agreed to meet again tomorrow.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 46- The water in watercolor.

Day 46- Allowing
7 x 9 inches, mixed media on Arches CP
Allowing the 'water' part of 'watercolor' do a lot more of the work.
Because it feels the right time to shake things up.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 45- The flowers are not real (not that it matters)

Day 45- The flowers are not real(not that it matters)
6 x 8 inches, watercolor on Arches CP
L. and I are out early in the morning so she can catch her school bus. I remember being a child, and standing outside waiting too. I didn't enjoy leaving my comfy bed. I was determined to be grumpy, but a  deep sense of wellbeing from being awake outdoors so early, wouldn't let me wallow, much as I wanted to. I was happy in spite of myself.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 44- Here and there-

Day 44-  Here and there-
6 x 8 inches- watercolor on Arches CP
Not here nor there.
After the euphoric wave of moving has settled,
 I am holding on to
the tiny moments where everything is at it should be, even when it is clearly not true. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 43- Keeping the balcony doors open-

                                                 Day 43- Keeping the balcony doors open
                                                  6 x 8 inches  watercolor on Arches CP

The air feels thicker. It's dense with smells, not always pleasant ones, with moisture, and heat. There is a jasmine bush in a yard near by, and it's scent is strong in the evenings. We burn coils for the mosquitoes. The balcony doors we mostly keep open, and for more coolness we use old fashioned fans because we prefer them.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 42- At Lila's place

                                                              Day 42: At Lila's place ( in Athens)
                                                              6 x 8 inches, watercolor on Arches CP

Our rented place still feels like a rental. Regaining an identity here will take some work.

It's almost the end of September but summer has not left us. Sitting at the balcony doesn't get any cooler. The light is intense, and it's common practice to keep the shutters shut during the hottest hours of the day. We move from dark to sharp light, to dark, to light.