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!

OPA! Greek Festival Decor

My church’s Greek Festival is rapidly approaching. To make things a little more festive, I volunteered to create some unique decorations.

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With the approval of the Festival’s chairperson and committee, I decided to make 4 ft. x 8 ft. panels from plywood. My daughter and I began by painting them all white with a primer/sealer.

After researching Greek scenes and clipart online, I sketched out four different scenarios on paper, which included churches, a windmill, a tavern and monuments in Athens. With pencil, I lightly repeated the sketches on the painted plywood. Then using a royal blue paint, I outlined the images.

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I decided to keep the images simple using a blue and white theme with a little bit of other colors added. The blue and white is reminiscent of Santorini.

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I had to overcome a few obstacles to get these panels done. Because our basement is being renovated, I couldn’t paint in my old spacious studio/office/basement without having to combat flies and bugs and wind. I had to work in our driveway in between bad weather, contractors asking me questions, and kids coming home from school. I also wanted to get these done quickly because my calendar was filling up with end-of-the-school year kids’ activities/commitments. I completed this project in 4 days. Needless to say, I spent the 5th day recuperating!

Opa! Greek Festival Art Panels.

Opa! Greek Festival Art Panels.

I let my kids help with some of the easier images. My daughter Julia painted the green trees in the Athens monument panel and my son, Constantine filled in the cobblestones. My 12 year old son Nicholas wasn’t really into helping.

Greek Taverna

Greek Taverna

 

Monuments of Athens

Monuments of Athens

Greek Windmill

Greek Windmill

Santorini churches

Santorini churches

I hope you like my Opa! Greek Festival Décor. I think they added a little bit of a Greek atmosphere to the festival (below).

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