We finished our meal and looked for the waiter. He was otherwise occupied in a series of activities which didn’t involve us. I started doing a drawing.
15 minutes later we had paid, and the drawing was done.
It was a good meal though. In Crete, one must slow down and enjoy the view.
Here are some very quick pencil sketches.
It’s a challenge to try to make a drawing in 45 seconds – but somehow liberating. The artist has to loosen up and concentrate, both at the same time. As does the Model.
17th century monastery on the Akrotiri Peninsula, western Crete. A working monastery, with 5 monks, and adjacent vineyards and olive groves. A beautiful and sacred place.
Pen and ink. The tone is diluted ink, and was tricky to put on, as it dried quickly in the heat, and can’t be lifted as watercolour can. It’s “De Atramentis document ink” which is formulated for signing legal documents. Once on, it can’t be removed. This is good for pen and wash, because the dilute watercolour does not lift the ink.
Here’s the sketch before adding the tone:
A very quick sketch, 5 minutes, coloured later.
From the Turkish Fort at Aptera.
Robert Pashley sketched a section of the wall in 1833, noting its ‘polygonal’ stones. All the stones looked polygonal to us. We found the section he drew, though.
The view from next to the washing line.
Shadows moved whilst I was drawing.
At Fisherman’s cottage, Kalami , Crete
Pencil sketch, 30min.
From the entrance to the orchestra.
This was a quick sketch. The longer drawing was from under the tree at the top left.