Saturday, July 10, 2010

Greek Holiday!

Greek Holiday
Watercolor 11" x 13" Mats to 15" x 17"

It is travel season and we sometimes think of exotic places to visit.  I did not make the journey physically to this Greek isle, but traveling via my painting is one of my favorite ways to travel.  (Much less expensive means of travel, too!   When you think of how much money you are saving by traveling via painting, the splurge of a new paintbrush is not a big deal!)    The painting above is of a clifftop village of Oia with cobblestone walkways, on the northern tip of the Greek island of Santorini. 

Notice the sharp contrast of the black hillside rock and the whitewashed builings.  The black rock of the island is due to a unique landscape from volcanic eruptions.  A volcano, still active, stands at the center of the ring of islands with Santorini being the longest island in this group.  The colorful bright blue doors bring out the beautiful blue of the sea and sky.

Watercolor tip:
The volcanic rocks were painted by dropping in various shades of brown paint and scraping the shape of the rocks in using the side of a credit card.  

So, if you don't have a "real" vacation planned, do what I do......take a trip with your paints.....and you'll have a little money left over to splurge on a paintbrush!

Happy Painting!

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