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Oct-10-2005, 10:45
Thanks to the Forum and system Danmarc I have discovered the Opus Galleriet site. I have opened an album there and added some of my paintings and drawings of Mount Olympus and Greece. I have been looking for a decent uncluttered site like this for some time! And it's free! http://opusserver.dk/galleri/index.php?cat=10112
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/angel.gifJohn Foss

Christine Callisen
Oct-10-2005, 17:21
WOW - you are good at that! What´s the motive? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif

Christine https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Oct-11-2005, 10:51
Thanks, Christine. My only motive for painting is pleasure - though if I am hard up earning some money is also an incentive! I spent the summer in Nafplion in the Peloponese (Southern Greece) a few years back living solely on the sale of my paintings. I was quite surprised at how well they sold, really. I had really intended just to have a holiday painting! I was painting in the square - it is an attracive old town - and without my noticing it quite a crowd had gathered behind me watching. Painting is a very social activity. One of the crowd was the Manager of the National Bank, and he asked me if I would do a picture of his Bank to hang in the main banking hall. It's a very ugly building! I had to use considerable imagination to make it look more interesting - but it was quite successful and after that I got a lot of commissions from hotel and restaurant owners! From a financial point of view I was quite happy - and I got some other commissions as well from people who lived abroad and wanted pictures of their villages and so on.
I rememember sitting early one morning on a hill outside the town painting a village opposite for an "ex-patriate Greek" who lived in South Africa, when I heard the news on my portable radio of the Invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.
I used to paint early in the morning before it got too hot, and then go swimming in the afternoon. An Idyllic life. I stayed on a campsite next to the railway station (narrow gauge) which has a large collection of abandoned engines. Also fascinating.
Here is a picture of Pylos in the Peloponese. It is the harbour near the site of the Battle of Navarino, when a fleet of 25 Allied ships under the command of Admiral Coddrington defeated the entire Turkish and Egyptian Navy (80 ships) in 4 hours, bringing the Greek war of independence to an end (1821-1826) and ensuring the birth of the modern Greek democratic republic. 80 Turkish ships were sunk, no Allied (French, Rusian and British) ships were lost.
John Foss

Christine Callisen
Oct-11-2005, 11:54
I´m really impressed. I can´t paint, but I enjoy lookning at different kinds of pictures. It´s there a historie behind what you paint? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Oct-12-2005, 21:24
Thank you Christine. Do you mean a history behind why I paint or the pictures themselves?
A few years back I went on holiday with a couple of friends touring the Loire valley in France, playing organs, eating good food and enjoying ourselves. One of my friends is an artist and did some painting. I said "I wish I could do that!" "Oh, you can" he said. "Start with a tree!" I did and got hooked. Like anything else, it's practise!
John Foss

Christine Callisen
Oct-12-2005, 21:50
Well yes of cause I mean History (´Historie is the danish word https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif).... I mean behind the pictures themselves!?

Oct-12-2005, 23:16
Those are some really nice paintings you've got there! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/up.gif

Nice work!


Nov-24-2005, 12:56
Beautiful painting,harfo32. I wished I could draw like u!