Painting on the Greek Island Serifos

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Reminded me of my homeland

After a few days exploring the sights of Athens, Sara and I joined a group of painters and headed to the Small Island of Serifos, where we had been invited to stay with one of my painter buddies Dimitris Voyiazoglou. 10 days painting and exploring an island that was not unlike my hometown island Rottnest of the Western Australian Coast. Clear turquoise water, a dry grassy landscape basking in the warm sun light, it just felt like home!

in Water

Gotta do what ya gotta do!

During a quick swim I noticed the view from the waterline was spectacular, I just could not resist the challenge to take my kit out and see what could happen. A couple of bigger swells rolled through at one point and it got a little interesting. Other than that the only real challenge was the painting and making sure I didn’t drop anything.

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Good Morning Acropolis

8″x16″ (20x40cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

An early morning sketch of the Acropolis  from the roof of our hotel in Athens.


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Above Athens

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Oil on board

Plein air

A second early morning sketch. A very quick study capturing the morning shadows on the street below and the light over the massive sea of white rooftops that disappeared into the distance city of Athens.

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Chora – Serifos

8″x32″ (20x80cm)
Oil on Canvas

Plein air

This village sat high on the top of the mountain on the Island of Serifos. Sara and I both painted from a higher vantage point to capture this view.

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Serifos Boat Study

8″x16″ (20x40cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

I always enjoy painting boats.

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Serifos boat study #3

12″x8″ (30x20cm)
Oil on canvas board

Plein air

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Chora – Serifos #2

8″x12″ (20x30cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

A second study of the main village on the island of Serifos.

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The Donkey – Serifos

8″x16″ (20x40cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

It was a hot midday sun. I guess they were going for a siesta.

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Serifos Stormy Sunset

16″x8″ (40x20cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

It was a very moody atmosphere as the sun was setting and this was the back view from our villa. A slither of light falling on the hill top highlighting a single building made for a very interesting subject.

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Sunrise – Serifos

8″x12″ (20x30cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

Painted over two mornings. I was up early before all the other painters, they didn’t know what they were missing out on.

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Sunset Study with rocks – Serifos

8″x12″ (20x30cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

 

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Stormy Sea

8″x16″ (20x40cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

We had one late afternoon when a strong storm hit the island. It was so unlike the rest of the days and a big swell rolled in. Great to have some variety in the sea state, even if it was only for a few hours.

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Rock Study – Serifos

8″x16″ (20x40cm)
Oil on board

Plein air

This was an early morning study of the rock formations. I really like the way the linier structure of the small Greek house accentuates the ruggedness of the landscape.

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Ghost Town – Serifos

8″x12″ (20x30cm)
Oil on Board

Plein air

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Cloud Study – Serifos

8″x12″ (20x30cm)
Oil on Board

Plein air

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