Well, that's me back in Scotland after the most wonderful week on the island of Crete where it was literally 30 degrees hotter than it is here!! We had temperatures in the high 30s all week which even the locals said was very unusual for the time of year. Our resort was gorgeous, small, quaint, with lots of wonderful restaurants at the water's edge and some lovely little shops with very little of the usual tacky touristy stuff.
Our hotel was at the top of a very, very steep hill about 15 minutes walk from the town, which was why I booked it as most of the rooms had amazing views down to the town and ocean beyond. I say most as unfortunately our room was the exception. This was the view from the pool terrace and most other rooms:
|The view from our hotel down to Elounda town|
This was the view from our room:
|The view from our balcony - not quite so picturesque!|
We did ask politely to move and were told to come back the next day. So, the next day we duly went back and were once again told to come back the next day. At which point we decided not to waste any more of our time worrying about it as we only had a week and figured we would just spend as little time as possible in the room. As it turned out, this was a blessing in disguise as we really did make the most of every day, driving to different beaches and towns all over the east of the island and coming back to the hotel just as the sun was setting, getting showered and then walking back down into town for dinner (taking dog treats for the two poor dogs chained up at different properties that we passed each evening).
The only thing we used the balcony for was to feed the many stray cats roaming around the complex. We found a Lidl on our travels and stocked up on cat treats and nibbles so each morning and evening we'd open the balcony door to discover at least four cats waiting patiently for food!
|One of the friends we made on holiday!|
Anyway, it was gorgeous and we enjoyed every second and now we're back home and it's cold and the evenings are getting shorter and we're now on the countdown to our trip to Iceland in November!!
|Agios Nikolaos - the next town along from our resort|
|We took a boat trip to Spinalonga (a wee island that used to be a leper colony)|
|Agios Fotia - a great wee beach we discovered off the beaten track!|
|The harbour at Elounda|
So, enough of our holiday, if you're visiting my blog then chances are you came for some art so allow me to tell you about this wee painting which I've titled 'As above, so below'.
|'As above so below' - before being framed|
A while back I bought some fine art spray paint in a few different shades which I've mostly used as the background colour on my canvasses as it is a great way of getting a smooth coat without any brushstrokes. I had ordered some more colours and they arrived while I was away so I had some fun the last couple of days trying them out on a few different sized canvasses.
You don't have too much control over them especially on the smaller cavassess but I like that about them - I'm a fan of the trial and error aspect which they offer which often results in happy artistic accidents. That is essentially how the sky in this painting came about. I had a loose idea of a sunset sky fading into twilight and then once the spray paint had dried (which took a while as there were a lot of layers!) I used a palette knife to paint on the mountain range which was inspired by a photo of Ben Loyal that I took on a trip out west earlier this year.
That's all for this week, if you'd like to see more photos of our trip to Greece then please feel free to have a look on my personal Facebook page, chance are we're already friends on there anyway!
I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone at Paint Party Friday. Thanks as always for visiting me here.