Greece

Yellow Taxis, Athens

Yellow taxis athens

Athens, Greece, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

I went for a bright yellow on this one - I think cadmium yellow.  So underlying wash was that yellow in most of the road area, then applied thicker for the taxis.  After that first wash was completely dry, I paint the darks and shadows.  Left completely loose on the left had side, and add in a few figures for interest.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Demo #2 to Frome Art Club - Chania Harbour

Frome art club demo 2

Chania, Greece, 15" x 11"

The second demo painting to Frome Art Club and a demo of reflections and boats and values.  I normally do 2 demo paintings over a two-hour slot with a painting club (use my hairdryer to speed things up).   This is Chania Harbour in Crete.  Painted almost vertically because with a large audience behind you, you need people to see what you're doing.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

 


Stripy Blinds and Boats, Chania Harbour

Stripy blinds and boats old harbour chania

Chania, Crete, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A little bit of a made-up composition based on the Old Harbour in Chania, Crete.  It's a location I have painted a few times, and it's a composition I am happy with - background apartments, row of boats and reflections.  This time I made a feature of the blinds.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Heritage Buildings - Chania Harbour, Crete

Heritage buildings chania harbour crete

Chania, Crete,Watercolour, 15" x 11"

So a limited palette painting on Chania Harbour and I generally in a scene like this, try to have a dark background to some lighter boats in the foreground and so the row of heritage buildings on the quayside were a perfect backdrop for me.  A frame on the left with a fairly loose rendition of the side of an apartment block or it might have been a hotel right on the waterfront.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Two guys, Chania Harbour

Two guys chania harbour

Chania, Crete, 15" x 11"

Not sure if the composition worked 100% on this one.  I put the two figures in on the right, but every time I look at it, I just think there needs to be a small boat may be over on the left to balance.  Or at least just left of centre.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

 


Dull day in the Harbour - Chania

Dull day in the harbour

Chania, Crete, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A dull day harbour scene, Chania in Crete.  I think the composition works with the balance of the background buildings, the curve of the quayside and the position of the boats.  Maybe I could have had the horizon higher to make more of a feature of the reflections....

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Harbour walk, New Harbour, Chania, Crete

Harbour walk new harbour chania crete

Chania, Crete, 15" x 11"

There were 2 main challenges with this scene - 1) getting the soft edges around the trees and soft shadows, and 2) the handling of the row of boats on the left, moored up against the harbour - all sorts of craft.  So 1) was all about timing and sequence - tree first, then background buildings, then the dark areas of the tree.  2) was handled almost as an abstract, just observing the shapes, and not thinking 'boats'.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.


Akti Kanari Chania Crete - Harbour Scene and reflections

Akti Kanari Chania Crete

Chania, Crete, 15" x 11"

I haven't done boats for a while in a harbour scene, full tide and the reflections being a key element, and I miss doing them.  Sadly in need of some more reference photos, I went back to some old ones from a previous holiday to Crete.  Here is the sort of view I love doing - a row of boats, something tall in the background to give some larger reflections and a gentle swell to create some waves and interest.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


Red roof, Chania fishing port, Crete

Chania fishing port crete

Chania, Crete, 15" x 11"

Tricky part with this painting was getting the trees right - their edges against the background and the softness of their colour.  I let watercolour do what it does best - with combining wet washes a nice combination of colours appear and interesting bleeding patterns - just were I want them in the tree canopy.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press Paper, 300 gms