Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Round 2: Unintended Collections

I looked in my top drawer where I keep my underwear and found that over the years I've stashed away some precious tidbits. In doing this drawing, I discovered a time capsule of my life--the tender and sweet things of life (teeth saved by the Tooth Fairy, a plush bunny from my babyhood, a birthday card from my now deceased parents, colorful cotton underwear, hand drawn love-notes from my children) and the difficult and deeply sorrowful underbelly of my life (stillbirths and cancer). C'est la vie! Even with all its twists and turns, I love my life!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Telling The Story!

This is my attempt to describe a day in our holiday in Paradise. It is truly a Paradise of relaxation, swimming, walking and meeting up again with Greek friends. We stay at a Taverna called Paradisos at Aghia Anna, Naxos.
I took my sketchbook out for the day and simply drew what occured as it happened. Thus the day starts with the amazing orange and green colours of the Pineapple Palm outside our room.
After breakfast we walked down to the beautiful beach with its little rocky coves and clear waters. Some time was spent drawing, before going up to the tiny church on the headland to play our concertinas.
Later I noticed the vivid pinks of a Bougainvilea and during dinner added the scene with people eating under the tree on the beach.
Throughout the day colours of sea and sky change and delight the eye, but always with a lovely intensity.

A great holiday place, but of course there are concerns. Europe and particularly Greece has financial problems and many people are in difficulties.
Another issue is the care of the environment especially the sand dunes and Juniper bushes. They need protection from tourism and development

October is the end of the holiday season and I often heard Greek people wishing each other 'Kalos Xemona' A Good Winter. I hope it is and problems can somehow be tackled amicably and fruitfully