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ECHO HILL STUDIOS
ARTIST: ANN KAHL
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THE TOWN OF OIA, SANTORINI, GREECE
I tried to draw a little blue circle around the town of Oia way at the top of the island.
When the volcano erupted, about 3,500 years ago, the hole in the center of the island ,which includes the inland sea, the caldera, was much larger than the hole left by the eruption of Krakatoa.
It's believed that Santorini and Crete were the same parcel of land at one time, and that this is the site of Atlantis.
The history of the island is well documented in a museum on the lower part of the island.
Wonderful pottery shards, steps, and walls of long ago houses; much to see and wonder at.
It becomes abundantly clear that biblical kinds of catastrophes have been occurring as an ongoing aspect of this violent and exquisitely beautiful planet we are fortunate to spend any time on at all.
These landmark bells are on the northern tip of the island, just a little way north of OIa.
When we returned from this incredible, month long, trip to lovely Greece, , a gift from a friend, I chose this scene to reproduce in watercolor for an exhibit here in Berks County, PA
I also abstracted it.
(The first two of these three watercolors are 36" x 42"--the third is 22" 30")
I fell so in love with this scene that I couldn't pull myself away from it.
The scene itself, then the photograph, then the first watercolor--then I began abstracting it-
I never did sell any of them. I'm still trying to figure out how I can take them with me when I go.
WANDERING THROUGH THE TOWN IN QUIET AND PEACE
The two diggings at the right may be the beginnings of new houses. I wonder now whether they are being lived in and are as lovely as the little cottage where we spent our week, where I was so very sick, as mentioned in my poem, "A Lunar Month in Greece"
CAFE VIEW FROM CAFE
THE PHOTO THE WATERCOLOR
THE PHOTO THE OIL PAINTING
(Santorini The Town I I-continued)
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