Three on-site watercolors made at the
famous archeological site at Knosos, Crete.
I will be sharing my Greek watercolors with you I made in my 2006 sabbatical since I return in my 2014 sabbatical. Lovely Greece is on my mind.
The bull fresco pavilion (featured here in 2 paintings) is heavily restored. I am researching these ancient bulls, called aurochs, now extinct. Polish nobility kept them alive into the 1700's on a special reserve in Poland but viruses from domiesticated animals brought about their demise. Aurochs were enormous, fierce animals, the stuff of ancient legends, cited by Julius Ceasar himself.
Recently, I archived all my watercolors done on site in Greece, Crete and Istanbul, along with watercolors I made in my studio at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I used Fabriano watercolor paper for on-site work because the paper allowed for the paint to dry quickly. Sometimes I would be running to the exit gate at site closing time, holding up the wet watercolors like a waiter holds trays of food. Luckily, no watercolors got damaged in the late afternoon sprint.