Greece

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

 


Angles, Chania, Crete

Angular shadows chania crete

Chania, Crete, 11" x 15"

A little exercise in perspective and angles.  The scene is an old part of town and some lovely chequered patterns of slabs.  So this was done with a couple of washes - the second being the one that creates the patterns using a mob brush and pressing down hard in the foreground to give a thicker line and then lifting the brush towards the distance to get a narrower line.  The angled shadows add another area of interest in the top portion.

 


Cretan Harbour

Bristol savages exhibition cretan harbour

Crete, Greece, 15" x 11".

One of my submissions to the annual Bristol Savages Exhibition 2017.  This is a composition loosely based on a scene of Chania Harbour, with the low lying hills in the background and some soft reflections in the foreground.  Quite a 'light' painting compared to some I have done of this area, with much darker backgrounds.  The buildings here are not really white, but take on the hues of their surroundings and some fairly shabby in a nice kind of way.

 


Mykonos Steps and composition

Mykonos steps

Mykonos, Greece, 15" x 11"

What attracted me to this scene was the row of steps leading up to I presume the first floor of these local houses.  I thought it made for a nice composition and a classic leading your eye into the picture - maybe to the telegraph pole.  I also introduced the two figures, walking in the shade mainly, but the top of their bodies contrasting with the shadow on the background building.  A bit of splattering with clear water was used in the darkest area of shadows in the foreground.