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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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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Day 54: Drawing a Painter

Artists keep still for ages thus making themselves perfect targets for other artists and creating a balanced economy of supply and demand. I failed horribly to draw Mary while she painted, but next day I made nice Prisma variations of a sketch of a Prisma variation of a photo of the scene. Here’s the process, […]

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Day 51: Perthika in #Prisma

A quick sketch of some chairs in harsh sunlight with crisp shadows is an easy target for a watercolour quickie. Then I turn to #Prisma and my favourite filter, “Gothic”. Whatever marks I make on paper, Prisma/Gothic always produces something closer to what I really wanted. So, either this is helping me to decide what […]

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Day 50: Blue Chairs

I took an iPhone photograph of these chairs without even stopping as we walked by an Aegina beach restaurant, «Φλισβος»: As usual, the painting I’m aiming for would be exactly like the iPhone App, #Prisma (#Gothic filter). I divide the generated image into two squares and square them up using the iPhone App, #Grid. I […]

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Day 42: Tonal Contours

If a photo is reduced to a limited number of tones then those tones meet at the “contour” line along which an object or a face has the same tone, and each “area” covered by a single tone is covering the area in which the tonal values fall between the upper and lower bounds. This […]

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Day 31: Pomegranates

I have promised a ‘pomegranate painting’ so it’s about time to get started. I begin without thought. Why not?! A try a postcard to go into my “Letters from an Island” to friends and family at home. Now to get serious. I’m thinking about the texture as well as the colours as I stare at […]

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Day 29: Night and Faces

Paints are all out, and a nice view, but to put off any actual painting, I’ve reorganised my pans! Roughly into the colour wheel sequence, and with four Grey mixes illustrated in the middle of a new guide sheet to help me learn the names. Before: And After: Portraits: We decide to paint each other, […]

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Day 27: Windows in Lisbon

While in Lisbon I took a graphically rhythmic photograph of the building opposite our balcony. Also in Lisbon we saw the fabulous exhibition of original M.C.Escher prints. I was struck by a quote saying how he found great pleasure in his pencil repeating the same pattern until it covered a sheet of paper. A quick […]

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