This past month was quite busy while spending time with family and friends, celebrating our wedding, moving to a new place, and finishing the latest painting “The Cathedral of Aegina”.
The painting of it started outdoors, right in the courtyard of the church. It was a new experience, to be out in the town while people were passing by and checking me painting. Although this church is situated in the middle of the Aegina town, it is very peaceful and serene there.
Having a dog like Toby has brought so much joy to life. One of my favorite parts of the day is going on early morning walks in the olive grove. He loves to run up and down the rows of trees.
I started this painting outside but wasn't able to get that far before the light changed. I was observing the way bright sunlight landed on Toby's fur. Also, trying to capture the effect of seeing shade between warm sunlight.
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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!
I'm always on the lookout for new places to paint. A big part of my process is to just experience and find new environments. Kanakides is an abandoned village I noticed while driving on a random road on the weekend. You could see it on top of a mountain. It looked like such a special place but a little bit difficult to get to.
The first time I went there, I didn't think there was any kind of road and didn't see one. I went through lot of rocks and bushes and stuff and it wasn't so easy. The second time, however, we found a road which made it a lot easier.
View of the village from the road
I absolutely love this place.
It was quite an experience being there. This is what I love about Greece. There are so many places like this that are so fascinating and historical. I feel at home and connected when I explore things like this. Like I am where I was born to be. I can't tell you the feeling I have when I was at this place for the first time. Photos do not do justice.
I will do a painting of Kanakides as soon as possible but I have some other ones I need to finish first. I need to find a way to paint faster to keep up with all the ideas.