Sunset in Santorini

The last of the three commissioned pieces I did for Merna and Senan is of a sunset in Santorini, Greece.

[In case you missed it, see the first one here and the second one here]

Fun fact, both Merna and I actually lived in Greece for several years before moving to Canada, but neither one of us in Santorini. I have yet to go there actually, and according to Facebook, Merna and Senan are there right now enjoying their honeymoon.

Since I painted this before they had actually gone on their honeymoon, I had to use a bit of my imagination. We agreed to loosely use this photo of Santorini but to make it during a sunset, remove the tables, and insert the lovely couple watching the sunset.

Photograph of Santorini
Photograph of Santorini

I started by painting a sunset on an 18×24″ canvas.

I started by painting a sunset

Next I added the Greek church and then slowly kept adding more details.

Then added the building, and slowly added more details

Finally, I added the lovely couple watching the sunset, leaving us with the finished painting.

Sunset in Santorini - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Sunset in Santorini – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Here is a side view of the painting, where you can see that it is extended along the edges.

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Finally, all three paintings together!

 

I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos... that is some UGLY carpet!
I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos… that is some UGLY carpet!

 

Hopefully Merna and Senan will send me some pictures of the paintings once they hang them up once they’re back from their honeymoon, and then I can update that awful picture of my carpet above…

Ever been to Santorini? Or anywhere in Greece? My brother and his girlfriend just got back from Santorini and looking at their pictures has made me slightly jealous!  

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Also, if you’re thinking of getting a commissioned painting for someone special for Christmas, now is the time to contact me. More information about commissioning a painting is available here. I’ve got a couple on the go already, and a very busy three months ahead, so I will likely only take on one or two more. Hope to hear from you! Cheers 🙂 

 

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13 thoughts on “Sunset in Santorini

    • September 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm
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      Thank you. That’s so kind of you 🙂

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  • September 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm
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    The three of them look so good together! Well done.

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    • September 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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      Thanks Steph. I’m excited for you to get your painting tomorrow. Btw, I threw in something extra in the package, but you’ll have to wait and see to find out what it is!

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  • September 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm
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    Fabulous! You never disappoint!

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  • September 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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    This painting is beautiful. How long did it take you to complete? And also do you offer classes. I don’t think I live near you, but have you considered providing lessons on youtube?

    Fantastic work!!

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    • September 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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      Thank you Myron. I’m not sure exactly how long it took, but probably around 5 hours total (split up into many shorter blocks). And no, I don’t offer classes, nor have I ever even considered it. I’m flattered that you think I could! Maybe one day when I have more time… sounds like a good activity to consider for retirement 🙂 I’ve also never thought of using youtube but maybe it’s something I’ll look into. Thanks again 🙂

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  • September 11, 2013 at 9:10 am
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    I’ve been trying to decide which of these I like best, Agata. I’ve come to the conclusion, they are best all together as you meant them to be. I bet the happy couple are thrilled with your beautiful paintings. 🙂

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  • September 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm
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    Hi Agata,

    I’ve been watching these paintings with interest and was very happy to see Santorini in this last one!

    Yes, I’ve been there (with my then-fiance at the time – he’s now my husband!) and we have lots of beautiful photographs and I’d always wanted to turn one of the photos into a painting. I think you may have inspired me to finally do something about it!

    Your art is just great 🙂

    By the way, I also find YouTube videos (just google e.g. how to paint a face with watercolours) and you get lots of these ultra-amazing artists showing how they do their painting (but rapidly sped up). I find them totally inspiring and a great testament to the creative power of the human race that people can actually do this great thing AKA ART!

    Best wishes, M x

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    • September 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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      Hi Marija,
      I’m glad I’ve inspired you to do a painting. I would love to see it once you’re done 🙂

      And thank you for following and appreciating my artwork. It really means a lot to me.

      I tried doing a time-lapse video for my painting ‘City Girl’ but ran into some technical difficulties. I’ve since talked to another artist who recommended an app for my iPhone called Lapse It so I’ll hopefully get around to trying that soon. I love watching videos of other people painting too. It reminds me of Bob Ross from back in the day. It always looks so effortless when other people do it too.

      Cheers 🙂

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      • September 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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        Hey Agata,

        Hope yo get the app thing to work – I’m sure a lot of people would love to see how you actually work the paint – making it look effortless too (I know I would).

        Oh my goodness, I will have to get painting a scene from Santorini then. (Even though when it comes to my own work I think I maybe too shy to show…!)

        Best wishes, M x

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        • September 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm
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          Marija, I will do my best with the app 🙂 The biggest issue for me is that I usually paint either late at night or early in the morning when the lighting is really bad… But I will play around with it nonetheless.

          Don’t be shy to show it!!! That used to be me. I was the biggest closet painter ever and now I don’t even understand why I was ever so shy (ashamed even?) about it. Embrace your talent and your creativity. I’m sure your work is beautiful and you should be proud of it.

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          • September 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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            Hope the app works out okay. Yes, I can see that lighting must be an issue first thing or late at night. What’s the afternoon light like for you, or don’t you have time then?

            Thank you for your words of encouragement. I don’t really know if shy is the right word. I guess that lacking confidence is the big thing, but you’re right, we should all try to embrace our own creativity. It is what it is! Thank you again 🙂

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