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02 May 2018

kohlakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade)


kohlakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 4"x6"

Robert Lax's three favorite Greek islands were Kalymnos, Lipsi, and Patmos (where I spent time painting). Lipsi is the smallest of the three, at about 6 square miles, and there's only 1 taxi on the island. It's a 25 minute ferry ride from Patmos and we went there twice while staying on Patmos. On one visit, we met Yanni, a former sponge diver, and a passerby helped translate a conversation. We learned that Yanni actually knew Lax (here's a photo of Yanni). Kohlakoura is a white pebble beach (another photo here). My Greece snapshots are a bit out of order, but those links give a glimpse of it.

In this painting I used a little bit of an interesting Vasari color that's not usually on my palette: Video Blue Extra Pale (click on the name to see a photo of it on Lipsi). It's a vibrant and delicate cool blue -- like an opaque bluish white that's chromatic enough for complementary mixing with warm yellow/orange/earth colors.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16.

You can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.

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