OPA! Celebrating Our Greek Heritage

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I was recently asked to create some Greek landscapes depicting Santorini, Greece for our church, Saint Anna’s annual Greek festival. In three days I produced four simple paintings.
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I first looked on the internet for ideas. I wanted a simple blue and white color scheme with a strong black outline to make the images pop. I purchased canvas drop cloths so they could be easily stored for future festivals. I tacked the large canvases on the wall of the back of my house with a plastic drop cloth underneath to prevent paint from leaking through. I began with pencil sketches.
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I used basic white craft paint for all the white areas and a Santorini blue latex I still had from last year. I quickly moved on to blue spray paint for the sky and water and grey spray paint for the stone walkways. I had to move fast because it was the end of summer and my kids hadn’t begun school yet and my husband was away at a conference. It was a busy time carpooling kids to the pool and arranging playdates.
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I outlined everything with a black sharpie pen.
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I added some fuscia and green to give dimension.
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We wanted to hang them in a way that wouldn’t damage the walls so we put a strip of duct tape on the back and then applied 3M adhesive strips to that.
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They were different sizes to accommodate the space.
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We hung the canvases in our church’s hall foyer where visitors entered the festival. I think they were a beautiful addition to the Greek panels I made last year.
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I hope you enjoyed seeing my simple Greek Santorini landscapes. Our festival was a hit, and it was fun to celebrate our family’s and our church’s Greek heritage!