Day 86: Hurricane Zorba

Hurricane “Zorba” is pounding Greece this weekend. The wrong weekend to take a boat to Athens for an open air concert by the legendary George Dalaras. We got repeatedly soaked, the concert was cancelled, but we enjoyed the cosy warm & dry ferry boat lounge and the welcoming Piraeus Cafe, “Piri Café”. And I sketched […]

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Day 79: Fish Bookmark Wallpaper

In the last 80 days I’ve painted 26 postcards and put them into letters to friends and family. Sometimes I push them through Prisma and/or crop to 9:16 to double as a wallpaper for our iPhones. They’d look better on Watercolour paper than on cheap plain postcards. Probably. This little collection of fish is in […]

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Day 70: Archontiko Hotel

An hotel that thinks it is a time machine lies between Orthodox Agios Nikolaos Church and the Pirgos (Tower) Of Markellos in Aegina town. Even in September, the problem is choosing between sitting in the shade or getting a good view. I sat in the shade and drew for 15m with W&N ©️0.3 Inkliner and […]

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Day 65: Tones Of Grey

It’s not just that Grey is a colour, Grey is also needed to desaturate all the other colours. Perhaps Grey is in fact not a colour, so much as the cancellation effect of two other colours that are positioned on roughly opposite sides of the colour wheel. Here are some recipe suggestions from a self […]

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Day 63: The Alley

Again, seeking a view with dynamic perspective, I find a Café with a chair facing a steep alley climbing out of the dock of Poros town. I order a lemonade, and get started with a W&N 0.3 Inkliner. Later I add watercolour splashes and play with iOS Prisma. As well as pushing the colours and […]

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Day 62: Naos Oytos

This tiny church had strong shadows and a simple composition. So I went for ink and wash, sitting on a mat of fallen bark under a eucalyptus tree. Shade is vital. I can never resist discovering a possible improvement by #Prisma, so here goes, with filters Roy, Newspaper, and two (67% and 100%) of my […]

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Movie Review: “Madame”

The Last Supper Superficially, “Madame” is a comedy about the predicament of Bob and Anne, struggling with the pressures of their upper class lifestyle, in particular Anne’s neurotic controlling and insecurity. It all unfolds through the introduction of an ingénue; their maid Maria, who inadvertently brings farcical chaos into the already complicated relationships surrounding Bob […]

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Day 59: Monochrome Tone Sketch

Objectives: capture the scale, orientation and shadows of each house in the cluster that climbs the hill behind my hotel. 30m with Winsor & Newton 0.3 inkliner and two Ecoline Grey marker pens. Result before and after adding Ecoline shading and then tinted and monochrome preset filtering with Snapseed: And then with shading:

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Day 58: Tree and Leaf

The photo was good; Prisma made it better. Then I painted the Prisma version and ran that through Prisma. Then I cropped it to be a smartphone wallpaper. Photo: Photo with Roy filter in Prisma: My painting of the above: Painting with Gothic filter of Prisma:

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Day 57: Painting Poros

This place is quite picturesque. So I set out for some live drawing. First up, the lovely open-roof “Cinema Diana” When colouring this, I used too many colours. As my mentor says, “Mickey Mouse”! Also the colours emphasise my failure to organise the perspective scheme. Too late now. I do a Prisma Variation which normalises […]

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