There was a bit of a delay at Gatwick.
When we arrived in Crete, there were thunderstorms. As the storm clouds cleared, we saw the red streaks where soft earth had been washed into the sea.
I sketched the headlands.
Eventually the sun came out.
Up the hill is the Roman city of Ancient Aptera. Here is Aptera theatre.
It is still in use. A piano was wheeled in, tuned and prepared for use, while I sketched.
Then we feasted in the marvellous Aptera Tavern. Here is the view from the Aptera Tavern towards the other side of the street.
There were lovely sunsets
In my notebook I identified and logged the ships that passed.
On the day we departed, we visited the Agias Triadas Monastery.
Chania airport is a lively place after the tranquillity of the monastery.
The drawings were done in my notebooks and sketchbook and also as postcards sent to people.
- the postcards were on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm cold-press watercolour paper
- my sketchbook for this voyage was from the Vintage Paper Company, A5, containing cartridge paper
- the ship log is in a “Grids and Guides” notebook from Princeton Architectural Press.
All colours are Daniel Smith watercolours. I use a fountain pen with De Atramentis Permanent Black ink.