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Dad is playing with the kids in the swimming pool (the amazing one at the Jean-Drapeau park in Montreal) while mom is chilling out in the sun. A perfect way to spend a summer day, isn't it?
In October I am traveling to Greece, to teach a group of artists how to fill their travel sketchbooks. How fun that you came up with a Greek theme this month! I am really excited about the trip, and to prepare a little for it, I have illustrated highlights of each day of the trip.
This scene is inspired by a wonderful holiday to the North East coast of Corfu (Kalami Bay & Agni Bay area). It's like stepping back in time in the best way possible - to a slower pace of quality life. There are characterful hotels dotted everywhere, and lush greenery and stunning sea views around every corner. The welcome is warm & friendly, the food is fabulous & getting around by boat is the norm - pootling up and down the coast swimming and taverna hopping. My imaginary hotel is based on this experience and is for the "It's All Greek to Me" Play Along.
I took Latin in high school (nerd alert) and Art History in college; the first thing I thought when I read the latest Draw Along theme was a Greek columns illustration.
But what came first, the chicken or the egg? Did Romans or Greeks use columns first? I knew one of them sort of copied the other but for the life of me I couldn't remember who was the OG and who was the imposter.
Thank you internet! You reminded me that Greeks use columns in their architecture long before the Romans, and also that I have some library books due today.
One thing I NEVER forgot though, was one of the first things we were tested on in Art History all those years ago. When you have the types of Greek columns drilled into your heads as much as we did, you might still mutter Doric, Ionic, Corinthian under your breath as you walk around. People look at you like you're a little crazy.
They might be right.
(You might also remember bits and pieces of mnemonic devices you've come up with to remember little things no one else seems to need to know these days like Stonehenge is in Salisbury, England and Gothic Architecture is known for flying buttresses. I only know that last one because duh, butt jokes.)
Birmingham, Alabama enjoys strong ties to Greece - namely the small, quiet region of Kynouria, nestled on the eastern side of the Peloponnese peninsula. Eighty percent of residents from Kynouria made their way to Birmingham, starting in the 1880s. One such gentleman, George Sarris, founded one of the most popular and successful restaurants in Birmingham (The Fish Market), and I sat down with him to learn more about his native Greece.
Miles away from the tourist frenzy of Athens and Mykonos, the villages of Kynouria sit along the coast of the Myrtoan Sea amidst the Parnon mountains. The principal city of Leonidion is home to the ancient Tsakonian dialect and dance, along with the tsakoniki, a unique eggplant variety. Monasteries dot the landscape, shepherds tend their goats, villagers harvest vegetables and fruits from the land, and family fishing boats line the coastal waters.