Painting Villas Instead of Pictures!

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and so I need to write up on what’s been happening in my life lately.

I recently completed another version of my fisherman and his boat.  I sold the first one I made at the exhibition in Chania last May.

Seashell mosaic of fisherman mending his net

Fisherman mending his net – 50 x 70cms

Apart from working on my seashell mosaics and collages I have been on a lovely walk organised by David, another local artist and also a dear friend with whom I exhibit in Chania. I mentioned David in a previous post when we were exhibiting in the Mosque earlier in May this year. The walk took place around a beautiful lake in Georgoupoli and 18 people turned up to take part in it. It was a beautiful sunny day and as we walked round the lake David pointed out species of birds, wildlife and various plants and flowers of interest. There were many people there that I had not seen for a long time and I enjoyed chatting to several of them along the way. Afterwards everyone stopped for coffee and beer at one of the large open air cafes in Georgoupoli square.

View of  Georgoupoli from the mountains

View of Georgoupoli from the mountains

Stupidly, I forgot to take photos of this lake and it’s surroundings as I was too busy chatting and observing the wildlife.  So I have included here a picture I took last year from high up in the mountains, which shows the extremely long beach of Georgoupoli.

I have also been decorating! Earlier this year I helped my good friend Ian, to paint the outsides of a few villas. How the other half lives, hey? Some of these houses were just beautiful with most of them having spectacular views and yet these are just holiday homes! I generally do all the cutting in and Ian does all the paint-rollering plus any really difficult parts that I just can’t do! We make a great team and work really hard. It’s also quite energetic because we are up and down ladders, on rooftops and I am using muscles I wouldn’t normally use in order to reach awkward spots. At least I am getting plenty of exercise! The villa we are currently working on is enormous and will probably take us at least 6 days to complete. I ache all over, especially my bum for some strange reason, but am quite enjoying this alternative work. It’s a real bonus for me and will help with costs for my trip back to the UK at Christmas and New Year. It is so lovely to hear all of nature’s different voices – the goats and their tinkling bells, the odd donkey braying, the birds and the sound of the wind in the trees. However, these last couple of days the fine weather has finally broken and we’ve had lots of rain, wind and thunderstorms. Luckily we’ve been able to work on the enclosed balconies but now we will have to hope for some dry days next week in order to continue.

It’s my birthday tomorrow so I am going to work on my art at home and then get ready to party from early evening till late!

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