Oh to be able to spend more time there
For a few hours in June, I explored the tourist area of Mykonos that most travelers know for small streets of white buildings and Greek Orthodox chapels. On a sunny day, the light is almost blinding and colors from shops, cafes and gardens pop out in stark contrast to all the white structures. There is no subtle or pale views in this little paradise.
In most of my paintings the sky gets worked on first to set the color tone for the rest of the painting. Skies are fun to paint, and I often reserve the brightest, most saturated blues for the sky. Not this time, however. The Aegean Sea called the shots for the brilliant color that made this sky soft in comparison. Even though the buildings are white and the rocks sun-bleached, the clear light cast beautiful color-intense shadows that were the best part to paint.
And yes, the guide books are correct: crystal-clear Mediterranean waters are the most intense blue. I hope to return one day and spend time painting en plein air. One would really learn to draw and work with color and light and never run out of subjects to paint. Dining on grilled sardines, spanak0pita and retsina everyday would not be too shabby either.
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 10.25″ x 14.12″
this painting has gone to a new home!