I have two new paintings coming up. One that I've started in the studio and another that I'm preparing for which will be outdoor and on-site. I've also purchased a bunch of new camera equipment mainly for my YouTube channel. Also, we just book a trip to the island of Amorgos!
Even though my girlfriend and I had been living in a big city for pretty much our whole adult life, we decided to try moving to the country in Dec 2019. We found a house we liked on the island of Aegina in a small village called Tzikides. We were really uncertain about if we'd like it but it has turned out to be a nice experience so far. There are endless things I want to paint here and it's so quick and easy to get out in nature. There is a huge network of hiking trails on the island and one of them starts right near our house.
When we moved to the new house, I started looking around to see what to scene to paint first on the property. This scene with the lemon tree somehow caught my eye the most.
Later on, this view of two cypress trees caught my eye. I initially took a picture of it on a really foggy day but didn't think to paint it. Then, during a sunset in the spring I got the idea when I saw all these wild flowers and poppies growing in front of them.
Another scene I've painted is on the other side of the house, over by one of our acacia trees. I didn't know about these trees before but in the spring we all of a sudden noticed that it was just blooming with so much yellow flowers. Such a cool looking tree.
There are a ton of other things on the property I want to paint next but I'm probably going to do something else for the time-being.
Some other things I love about being in the country is having much more land to garden. We have a few garden spots, one that we started already is for potatoes. We planted about 30 or so. Soon we will plant more vegetables in the other garden as it gets warmer. Things like tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, peppers.
I'm not sure if I ever want to live in a big city again. It's more healthy to live in a smaller town. Being 33 now, I've had my share of fun in cities. Occasionally you miss the conveniences. For example, I really miss ordering food for delivery—especially Chinese food.